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Eight to Great: Day One

Well, I went out with a bang on Sunday night, getting ready to start the Eight to Great Challenge with Whole30 as my choice of plan.

I mean, really really elevated my food status to Louis C.K. levels.  “I don’t stop eating when I’m full.  The meal is not over when I am full. The meal is over when I hate myself.”

Mission accomplished. I woke up on Monday morning feeling gross and couldn’t even button my pants. So I wore a dress. [Next stop, mumu. If I don’t make this healthy lifestyle an actual lifestyle.]


No workout today

Breakfast:   8:15 a.m. – 1 organic chicken sausage, 2 whole eggs, kale, red peppers, 3/4 avocado.  I was not hungry until almost 1:00. Awesome.


Lunch: 1:00 – 1 organic chicken breast, kale, onions, lemon juice, clementine, two handfuls of cashews. Brought 2 eggs, but they were waaaaay under-boiled. So scrapped that. About 30 minutes later, I was hungry.  Need more protein, I guess. Which would have been fine if I had the eggs.

Afternoon, around 4:15 I started feeling yucky with some serious cravings for sugar and a desire for wine.  Kind of light-headed too. Also, I have been perched at my desk all days and stood up like twice. Terrible.


Dinner: Starving by dinner.  6:45pm. The Expert cooked some awesome fish, asparagus, salad with dates and other yummies. Avocado. And I used too much olive oil on all. But two hours later, I am not hungry (I’m mentally starving…but not physically).


I packed up my pre-workout snack and post-workout recovery food, my gym bag, got the kids in the bed, and now it’s 9:00, and I’m already behind the eightball, because I’m supposed to turn off my electronics by 9:00 and get in bed by 10:00 and now I “need” to watch Dexter.

Plus, we are suing the pants off our landlord tomorrow and I’m doing everything in my power to not think about it, because that might result in a lot of mindless eating.



What is SBM’s Eight to Great?

So I started the SBM Eight to Great to give us all some motivation and incentive to be better together.  Eight weeks of full commitment. So whatever changes are you are going to make, whatever eating regime you plan to follow, let’s do the healthy things together.  We already have almost 500 people on the Facebook group! You can join the Facebook group here.

The main tenets of the Eight to Great are:

1) Eat clean– no junk food, no (or very limited) processed food, low (or no) sugar, no booze or Filet-o-Fish sandwiches (written more with myself in mind here). I am following Whole 30, but there are many ways to get to healthy—-we all must find what works for us.

2) Train hard – work hard in your workouts with your big goals in mind. If you need a free beginner tri guide, go here.

3) Just Keep Moving Forward – if you fall down, you pick yourself back up and go!

Go here to sign your commitment to GREAT, and let’s get ready for an amazing, life-changing 8 weeks! Go here to download an awesome goal-setting worksheet from Whole 30.



  • Carrie Giordano

    August 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    This is such a great start! And as you well know, every good change has to have a solid foundation. If there’s anything you have its a SOLID foundation. Kill the negative Nilly. Find the beast. Unleash!

    If it helps, when I get the munchies, I chug a glass of water. Best of luck!!

  • Betsy

    August 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Awesome day of clean eating. Make sure you are getting enough carbs. When I cleaned up my diet I felt sluggish and tired for a few days and couldn’t figure out why. Turns out when I eliminated junk from my diet I also eliminated a lot of carbs. Sweet potatos and bananas (if allowed) on the Whole 30 are your friends. You need carbs for energy. Also, if you can use nutritiional yeast on the Whole 30 I highly recommend it sprinkled on any roasted veggie. Yum. Keep at it-you are doing great.

  • Dianna

    August 6, 2013 at 12:53 am

    All that food made me hungry but it is now 9pm and I must not eat anymore! Did great all day but got really hungry between the swim and bike workout so fell off for just a little tiny bit- back together now and heading for bed after a big drink of water!


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