And just like that, the reboot ended. Five days early but ten days later.
Yesterday afternoon I was scheduled to run three miles on lunch but didn’t run because I felt hungry. I drank my juice and took a walk to the post office. By the time I was back at my desk, I was hungry again and upset with myself for not working out. But the thing is, it wouldn’t have been a great workout anyway because I’m not physically 100%.
Don’t get me wrong, I feel amazing and have for the entire 10 days of the reboot. My energy is up, I’ve been sleeping wonderful (and dreaming a lot more), and my skin has a healthy glow. But I can’t give 100% when working out and for me, that’s not good mentally. I feel like I’ve been making strides these last couple of months and don’t want to lose my progress, with only a couple of weeks between races. I knew going into this reboot that most people tone back on their workouts and I knew that I’d most likely have to, I just didn’t think it would affect me mentally as much as it did.
My biggest motivator for stopping the reboot early were my cravings: they were back and better than ever on Day 10. I just had to sit and listen to what my body wanted me to consume and let me tell you, it wasn’t a block of cheese or whole pizza pie. And I quote from a text to the beau, “if I want to eat a damn salad, then I’m going to eat a damn salad.” The thought of me having to walk into Trader Joe’s and purchase 10 bags of leafy greens/spinach/power of the greens and not be able to eat them, well, it got to me. I sat there for the rest of my afternoon at my desk daydreaming about what my first meal would be… and this is what I came up with:
A BIG green salad made up of mixed greens with diced red peppers, red onion, shaved carrots, avocado, kidney beans and topped with a goddess dressing and homemade vegan parmesan cheese (walnuts and nutritional yeast).
And you better believe that I ate the whole thing.
How do I feel about ending early? Not going to lie, there is that tiny bit of disappointment lingering. But mostly I just feel like a kid on Christmas morning, being able to eat the produce I’m buying instead of juicing it.
Will I continue to juice? Probably going to give the juicer a much needed rest for a week or two but am going to try and incorporate more juice into my daily diet. I’ve checked out the Reboot with Joe website and there are a TON of great recipes on there! Juices, smoothies and raw salads with dressings are right up my alley.
Do I have any further eating goals? Yes, of course! Over the next five days, in my head to finish the reboot, I am not going to consume any processed foods. This means no pasta, bread, frozen veggie burgers, etc.; just some good ‘ol clean food! This is what I ultimately strive for on a long term basis but we can’t be perfect all the time. No one is. I’m also going to try and not eat any tofu or tempeh because I tend to bloat/have trouble digesting that in large quantities… and golly, could I eat some large quantities of tofu scramble right about now. Oh yes, and still no alcohol for the next five days.
Would I do it again? Yes and I plan on doing it at least twice a year from now on. I think it’s a great idea to flood your body with nutrients and give it a much needed reboot in the right direction. Hopefully the beau will join me as well.
What have I learned over the past 10 days? That I have a lot of determination and willpower within me. I also have the ability to listen to what my body wants and can adapt to changes when it’s needed. This reboot was an opportunity for me to reflect and take a step in the direction of changing some “bad” habits. I also now realize how much I love food and spending time in the kitchen. I’ve learned how much the two of us love a schedule of meals and have already created one for the next five days, snacks ‘n all.
Thank you for following along on my juice journey! I surely do feel like my body got a reboot and can’t wait to hop back into training 100% for my upcoming 5k. As the beau put it, this reboot has shaken us out of our previous habits. He’s back into the routine of practicing yoga in the early mornings and we are both excited in the kitchen once again. Cheers to eating clean and close to the source!