10-day Reboot Update: Day 7

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Purple passion juice: grapes, blueberries, mint. Sporty Spice juice: beets, carrots, celery, lemon, oranges, basil.

We are over the hump and heading steady to the finish line of our 10-day reboot. I’m loving the juice and food hybrid approach to eating healthier. I’m glad we didn’t start with a three day, juice-only cleanse. Day three was the hardest for Merri Beth. Day five was tough for me because it was all smoothies, juices, and soup. I said screw it, I’m having a salad too.

To be honest, kicking off the reboot wasn’t that hard. Because we’d been experimenting and transitioning over the last few months, tightening up our consumption and limiting our meals to just fresh fruits and vegetables hasn’t been that much of a shock to our bodies. Having the 10-day menu to follow is extremely helpful. We’ve tried to minimize the substitutions, but have made a few tweaks here and there. We definitely want to enjoy what we’re eating and drinking. And the most of the juices are really delicious. Our compost is loving all the fruit and vegetable scraps too.

Progress update: I’ve lost 6 pounds and 1% body fat so far. I started out one day one at: 189 pounds, 23% body fat. The latest measurements are 183 pounds, 22% body fat.

The plan recommends scaling back on our exercise. I did for the first few days, but it’s so much a part of my routine that I really just “lightened” up on the first two workouts. I supplemented it by adding a banana to my day! I also got in a nice 8-mile run on Sunday (day 5) which probably attributed for my craving for more food that day. I felt great on my run and didn’t feel deprived at all.

But…how do you feel?

And that’s been the biggest question everyone is asking…how do you feel? I’ve only been “hungry” a few times during the reboot. And that’s mostly because I waited too long between meals. Each meal has been very nutrient-rich, lower sugar, and very filling. One thing that has been helpful, especially during lunches is to split things up. For example, if there was a soup and some roasted vegetables, I would have the soup at the beginning of my lunch break and the vegetables at the end. I didn’t want to eat it all at once because I was full from the first portion. But to answer the question, I feel great!

We’re over the halfway mark and plan on finishing the reboot up on Friday. Then we’ll slowly incorporate other, healthier foods back in. I miss my dairy and trailmix a lot. Can’t wait for some scrambled eggs either!

About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. At night, he wears his cape and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book titled The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown superpower of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets
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