Day 7 This day of the reboot I totally challenged myself and decided to hike up in the Adirondack Mountains. I wasn’t sore from the previous day’s race so I packed all of my daily juice, along with an extra apple and a package of Clif Blocks just in case. The total mileage for this trip was 17.8 miles on snowshoes, with about six inches of fresh snow. It was tough! Only during the last couple of miles did I question my sanity. Not going to lie, it was a hard but I think it was partially because I just wasn’t physically ready for that long of a distance. Juicing wasn’t nearly as difficult as I had expected, HOWEVER, drinking a liter of beet slushy is quite difficult when the temperatures are hovering above zero. My throat wasn’t happy, my fingers weren’t happy and mentally I just wanted a hot serving of food!
I was hungry on the way home and had to overcome my old habit of stopping for french fries. I think this was harder than the actually climb earlier in the day. The guys stopped and got chips and a big ‘ol tuna wrap with jalapenos! and I can honestly say that I have never craved tuna more in my life. Lucky for me, the beau had my dessert juice already made and I chugged that puppy after taking a hot bubble bath. I went to bed with a fully belly that night.
As for the beau’s progress, he broke it to me this night that he will be stopping the reboot after Day 10. He feels like he has a handle over his caffeine addiction, has flooded his body with more than enough nutrients and is craving very healthy foods. He is also concerned with the amount of weight he has lost and doesn’t want to look emaciated. I keep reassuring him that he doesn’t look too thin and will start building muscle the more yoga he does.
Day 8 I woke up this morning SORE but that’s no surprise, I really worked hard the previous day. I started my morning off with a gentle yoga routine and a big mug of green juice. This was mentally my most difficult day to date. Throughout the reboot I really haven’t had any cravings but today, I struggled. Bad. I wanted hummus. I wanted eggs. I wanted roasted beets and carrots instead of my juiced beets and carrots. I wanted Chipotle. I wanted broccoli soup. I wanted the golden raisins up in the cupboard and the sweets that I received in the mail. There was no shaking the cravings. I drank a lot of coconut water for electrolytes that I may have lost during the hike and made sure to drink all of my juice. By the end of the day I was still talking about food but my belly was full.
Something the beau and I have commented about is the quality of sleep we’ve been getting the past couple of nights. We both seem to be sleeping much sounder/deeper but still have difficulty in the mornings (because of the darkness). He’s been getting up before me to do yoga and this has been a motivator to get myself moving. We’ve made it a point to be in bed with the lights off by 10 o’clock which is a wonderful habit I’d like to continue into Spring.
Day 9 Back to work for myself and the cravings have pretty much disappeared. I like being busy throughout the day and having my juices packed and ready to go. I did have a herbal tea today (sans caffeine) because I did want that extra mug of warmth after taking a walk on lunch. My water intake has increased (before I felt too full of fluids) to almost two liters a day on top of the juices.
The beau came home this evening saying that his cravings had also disappeared and will attempt the last five days of the reboot with me. Music to my ears! I juiced all of Day 10’s juices tonight and made our grocery list for the next five days; we’ll hit the markets tomorrow after work and dinner.
Tips I’ve learned up to this point:
- For some reason after drinking juice, you get this weird film-like feeling on your teeth. May be it’s just the beau and I that have noticed this but it drives me insane. So much so that I’ve brought a toothbrush (part of my race swag from this past weekend) to work so that I can brush after each juice consumed.
- If you live near a Trader Joe’s, do 95% of your shopping here to save BIG bucks! For example, at TJ’s you can buy a big bag of organic carrots for just 69 cents. 69 cents people! At Hannaford for the same sized bag of organic carrots, you’re paying almost $3.00! Trader Joe’s also has sweet deals on organic apples, celery, greens, and zucchini. The only items that we’ve had to buy at Hannaford are kale (juicing the whole leaf is FAR easier than the pre-cut bags of kale at TJ’s), beets and leeks. Oh, and the coconut water at TJ’s is only $3.99; Hannaford sells it for $5.99! For the same brand!
- Juicing the night before really is the easiest if you have a busy schedule. By now we’ve got the process down and it only takes us 45 minutes or so to juice an entire day’s worth of juice for two and clean up. Yes, I’d rather spend that time off of my feet and in bed relaxing, however we use this time to catch up with each other. In the morning we don’t have to worry about making a mess and getting everything done in time before work. We just pack our bags and go. I do label the top of each jar for ease when packing.
And to answer the question about weight loss: yes, I’ve lost weight. No, I won’t be revealing the number. Weight loss was not a motivator for choosing to complete this reboot, I just see it as a perk. For the first five days, I hid the battery to the scale so that neither one of us would fixate over the numbers. This morning we did hop on the scale and I wasn’t shocked with what it said. You can see my weight loss in my face- the first place I gain weight. The ring on my finger spins much easier than it had previously and my pants do feel a little more roomy. I don’t focus on this because it’s not about the number but how I feel. That number will change anyway once I start consuming food again.
Sorry for no photographs- I forgot my phone at work and never went back for it. It actually feels a good to be disconnected from it. Juice on my friends!