The 5-day reboot is a sequence of adjustments that I make to my eating and drinking whenever I’m coming back from a time period where I haven’t been laser-focused on my health.
Some examples would be after the holiday season when it’s been a series of parties and buffets, after a vacation where I’ve eaten out a lot or even after that glutenous time period that seems to immediately follow an Ironman race. The last time I went through this was actually right after we prepped for, fled from and cleaned up after Hurricane Irma. So it can be a variety of situations. Or it could even just be when you decide that you are ready to make a change.
This is not a diet. This is not even nutrition advice. I’m not a doctor or a dietician. These are common sense things that I focus on to get myself back on track.
Why is the 5-day reboot 5-days?
It’s 5 days because that fits with Monday – Friday. I find that on the weekends with my workouts and my life it’s hard to regulate certain things as well. So rather than set myself up for frustration and failure I just set it for Monday – Friday.
The other reason it’s 5-days is because that’s very doable. I can do pretty much anything for 5 days. If you told me I could only eat bananas for 5 days I might be able to do that. Nothing in the 5-day reboot is that extreme but the idea of 5-days I think is a good start.
How does it work?
The 5 day reboot focuses on adding in good things to your day. Personally I am intrinsically motivated by happiness and by having good things in my life. I don’t enjoy a feeling of being deprived. Many reboots and resets that I tried immediately started with no coffee. I love my coffee. I LOVE my coffee. So I failed over and over again. They didn’t really work for me. I would take several of the ideas and apply them in my own way and it seemed to work. That’s what you see here.
The story behind the 5-day reboot actually comes from a realization that I had which was that many people thought that I was and could eat whatever I wanted because I exercise a lot. To a certain extent that’s true. But what’s more true is that I learned a long time ago that in order to enjoy the exercise that I do I needed to fuel my body properly. I can do some of my exercise on a diet of beer and fast food but it feels terrible. I feel terrible when I do that. So it’s really more true to say that I’m able to do all the exercise I do because of the way I care for myself.
Once at a dinner party I said that in a discussion and my husband challenged me on that. It’s crazy but while we live in the same house we have extremely different eating and exercise habits. I didn’t confront him at the dinner party (because that would have been a scene for sure) but a few days later I said – listen I want to talk to you about this again. Eventually it ended with me writing out what the steps were in a simple 5 day sequence. He didn’t love the process and he ignored some of the steps for sure when I wasn’t watching but he also admitted that he felt much better pretty quickly.
But there it stayed just as a little list in my book of notes until recently when after Hurricane Irma I was in the passenger seat of my car heading home having been totally derailed for about 10 days. I used that downtime to really write down my plan to get back on track. And that’s the 5-day reboot.
It’s not super sexy and I don’t promise amazing results. You won’t lose 10 pounds or look like a runway model (unless you already are a runway model). These are common sense things that we tend to forget or ignore in our busy lives.
The 5 day Reboot is Free
There’s no cost for the 5-day reboot. It’s a 5-day email sequence that takes you through these small lifestyle changes. Most are diet but not all.