Wahoo! First five-day cycle complete, two to go! We’ve officially phased out fiber from our diet and are consuming only fresh juice. I’ve broken the days down for easy review and write a little something at the end of that day. Here are those entries:
Day 4 Our day started very early, around five o’clock, when I rolled over wide awake and realized that the beau was also up. I had previously mentioned that neither one of us were sleeping well but that night was a game-changer. The first three days I couldn’t drag myself out of bed sooner than seven. No complaints here, I like to start the day early. I finally got to enjoy the mangoes that were sitting there oh-so-patiently for the past five days in a delicious shake, paired with a banana, half an avocado, raw spinach and coconut water. So good!
This was our last day eating/chewing a meal- from here on out it’s all liquid. Getting real personal here fellas, and ladies that don’t want to read this but, I got my period and had zero symptoms. No bloating or cramping of any kind. My skin is still clear and dare I say no strange cravings; this just tells me that I am getting all of the nutrients I need during this natural cycle. I sometimes crave my favorite dish of kale, coconut and rice like you wouldn’t believe, sometimes just the kale. This is an indicator (or at least I think) that I need more iron in my diet. I think all of the greens I’ve had up to this day are really helping.
Day 5 We are back to sleeping in (boo) and the beau really isn’t 100%. He doesn’t have headaches because of the lack of caffeine, but does feel like he has less energy; at least in the mornings when he’s starting the day. By the end of the day he’s drained while I’m up zooming around in the kitchen, writing, planning in my head, etc. We’ve finally discussed that maybe it’s not just the reboot that is causing this shift in mood; we are both wishing for warmer weather and positive vibes in our personal lives. Stress can be a downer and I’ve been running a ton to deal with this, but he hasn’t had much time for yoga. I think he’s going to be more conscious of this and make more of an effort to get a little more physical activity in.
I’m satisfied to the point where I catch the time and realize that I haven’t had anything to eat/drink for 2-3 hours. I then shoot up from my desk to grab my next meal. Green juices are officially my favorite, but I realize I have many new concoctions to try over the next 5 days. Super excited to have oranges and beets added into the mix! Drinking a ton of water today because tomorrow I have a race and I am nervous about having to go to the bathroom constantly leading up to the race. I want to be hydrated enough so that I don’t have to drink anything other than my juice first thing in the morning.
Day 6 First day of 100% juice and I had my second race of the year, Runnin’ of the Green (Island). I was super nervous about this race for two reasons, I didn’t know if juice would be enough to fuel me for the four miles. I’ve only ran once during this reboot and although it went okay, I wanted to feel great. I was also afraid I’d have to pee during the entire race!
Well, I can tell you that I was about 85% physically and despite this, I still PR’d by 2 minutes 14 seconds! I didn’t drink anything other than my morning hot water and juice and held off from all liquids until after the race, and that worked O.K.. I got super hungry around mile two and just told myself that I had a big jar of coconut water with orange juice waiting for me in the car. That worked and carried me through the finish line. This was a great, local race and I saw a ton of familiar faces, and met a few new people.
About this race: initially my goal was to finish. I didn’t know how my body would react to juicing and wanted to reach the finish line. Literally minutes before my ride came to get me, I shot back into my bedroom and hopped on the computer to get some splits; I wanted to have something to work for if all felt good. I scribbled last month’s time on my wrist along with some times to shoot for.
Mile one: I was frustrated with my music and then decided to shove my phone into my pocket, thankful that I wore my vest. The clock was literally 8:45 when I passed- I threw a fist into the air.
Mile two: I got hungry and thought that I couldn’t carry on for an additional two. I allowed myself to slow a little and then saw the clock: 17:30 as I ran over the timer mat. Exactly on track.
Mile three: I picked a woman just in front of me and told myself not to lose her, not to allow her to pull away. By now, I had wished that I didn’t wear the vest; it was forty degrees and I could feel it. I slowed a tad but when I passed the clock, it had just ticked past 26 minutes; 15 seconds ahead of my goal.
Mile four: man I struggled. I ended up seeing an acquaintance from undergrad and she distracted me by quickly catching up. I slowed but then picked it up while finishing- 35:15! Pretty happy with that time despite falling slightly short.
The rest of the day consisted of a bubble bath, a nap and plenty of juice! The beau came home starving after teaching all day but is now in bed with a full belly. I actually couldn’t finish my “dessert” and am surprised with how satisfied I am after an active day. We spent an hour in the kitchen making all of our juices for tomorrow- he’ll have the day off and I’ll be in the mountains. I’ll be carrying a lot of liquids but am confident that it’ll be enough to keep me satisfied.
I must also note that the beau did feel much better today. His spirits are better and has said that he is no longer feeling foggy. His plan is to not drink much caffeine after this reboot finishes, because he hates feeling addicted to something. He will only drink tea occasionally, instead of habitually. I think this is wonderful and will fully support this decision.
Overall, I am feeling excellent and the beau is finally coming around to enjoying this reboot. We’ve both admitted to daydreaming about specific foods and have started to plan our first meal on the 26th; I’m sure this will change a hundred times between now and then. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! I’ll try my best to answer them with the next update.