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Eight to Great: Day Two: A Lightbulb

Today has been a great challenge. Day Two, clean eating.

Feeling just a tad grrrrrrr….

For example, there was chocolate/peanut butter pie/cake that I could see from my desk. Okay, I could see when I walked by.

So I escaped the fourth floor and went to the fifth floor, where I was greeted with this:


Come on!! [Are there hidden cameras here?!]

I didn’t sleep well (at all) last night.  I was wide awake until 2:30 am, heart racing and lists forming of all the things I had to do. Total mess.  I would start to doze, then the Expert would snore and I would freak out, yell at him to shut his snoring yapper, and then he’d wake up, startled, tell me to shut up… ah, well….we basically just told each other to shut up all night.

[Clearly, the Expert is having a hard time with this clean eating too.]

Anyway, I know why I love “my” wine at night. Because I can sleep.  I even had a Zyrtec (allergy med) and melatonin last night.  Didn’t even touch it.

So cold turkey on sugar, wine and apparently, sleep.

I got this in the bag (laughing uncontrollably).

My alarm went off at 4:30 for an hour long swim and 1.5 hour bike. I slept in another hour, thinking that the swim could suffer.  It was a good call. I actually woke up at 5:30 feeling grateful for the three solid hours.

Had a great spin/ride. Feeling very (very) fluffy and out of shape, although I know consistency is key and will get me out of the slump.


As of now, the afternoon withdrawals for sugar and sweet and Mexican food and wine and Reese’s has started.  I am chugging water.

Interestingly, though… I am not hungry. Just emotionally starving.  Having to deal with the I-hate-myself factor and I-regret-so-much…which is difficult.

I liked this quote from the Whole30 website:

“There is a term in the health-behavior-change world called self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is your belief in your ability to succeed in specific situations….Take a minute today to take stock of yourself. Do you feel like you currently have the self-efficacy you need to be successful?”



Wowzer… that was like…

…it was like…



Treating my nutrition and choices to follow the plan is no different then setting out to do a triathlon. To do a half marathon. An Ironman.  A sprint. A 5k.

It all takes self-efficacy. Determination. Planning. 

Same mindset. I don’t know why it never occurred to me that eating well might actually be just as difficult as training for me… but if I have some self-efficacy with regards to my nutrition, that I might actually do this.

And do it well. Wow.


Day 2 LOG:

Pre-Workout:  (5:45 am) 1 egg (including yolk), 1 handful cashews

Workout:  1.5 hour bike, abs  – definitely noticed the lack of carbs. I know that it’s going to stink for a bit, until I learn how to be a fat-burner, using fat as my fuel source. I heard it’s like a week and then it kicks in. I need it to kick in. Me gots plenty to burn.

Post-Workout: (immediately after, 7:45 am) 2 egg whites (only), 1 organic apple. A surprisingly fun thing to do in the gym locker room – eat stinky eggs.

Breakfast:  (one hour later, 8:45am) 2 organic chicken sausages, steamed kale, olive oil, tons of salt.  I love this breakfast. If you are looking for recipe ideas, you won’t find them with me. I find something I like and I eat it every day. However, here’s a great site with tons of Whole30 driven recipes.

Lunch:  (1:15pm) organic chicken breast, orange peppers, kale, olive oil, salt, handful of cashews.  The real challenge is making this last until I get home after picking up kids and running them to karate.

Dinner: (7:30 – waaaaay too late. Had small handful of almonds about 5:15.) Steak kabobs, tons of veg, coconut flakes.



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.



  • Courtney

    August 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    As a health teacher, I always try to teach my students self efficacy. I think it’s one of the most important and overlooked skills one can have. And I’m notorious for finding a food I like and eating it nonstop. I mean, I could eat pizza for every meal for the rest of my life and be perfectly content. But that’s “unhealthy” (booooo!) Right now my kick is chicken seasoned with some taco blend spices and grilled, corn, red and green peppers and black beans steamed and mixed together, and greek yogurt mixed with an avocado to put a plop of on top. It’s been my dinner for like two weeks now. Yum!

  • Julia

    August 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Check out (formerly it is like pinterest for food and you can search for whole30 and 21 day sugar detox approved foods!!! I have found some great recipes on there!!! Beware: you can spend hours looking at all the yummy food!

  • Karla Bonnard-Head

    August 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    For sleeping I have a great snack that I have called appropriately the “Sleepytime Snack”. It’s one of the recipies found from Precision Nutrition, it has a mix of the right stuff to get the melatonin to kick in so you get sleepy a little after eating it. Here’s some links to the recipe/variations on it and I know you might think the combination is a little weird but it works! Whey protien powder/ Cottage cheese/Peanut Butter are the main ingredients.
    Link 1

    Link 2

    Hope this helps you sleep better through the night.

  • jackie

    August 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Try infused water, which is just a fancy way of saying put something in the water to give it some flavor. My favorite is cucumber infused water. But I also do cataloupe/strawberry, peach (I’m a Southern girl!), orange, kiwi/mint… well you get the picture. I drink only water and have recently stopped drinking seltzer water (to stop using single use plastic containers) so I tried the infused tap water to help make the transition. I love it. Taste great and a good way to be creative.

  • K Smith

    August 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    My latest bulb is about posture. I slump – especially when I’m tired/stressed/whatever. So I’m trying to stand up straighter – to the point of a superman pose if I can get away with it – when temptation pokes me harder than I prefer. Then I walk away like a boss, acting like I don’t even care about all those pizzas, or their smelly smell! : )

  • Amy

    August 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Yay!!! (And) The first few days of W30, you will be one with the suckage. Don’t expect to hit PRs, or even hit regular pace. Your body will figure it out. You will begin to feel so much better, both physically and emotionally. I found the most tremendous healing I got was not for my body, but for my psyche. My sleep was the most immediate improvement – it took a few days, but it is the most glorious, treasured, sleep of princesses ever now.

  • April Judd

    August 7, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks for this today! I am having such trouble with trying to eat clean. I eat 80 % very healthy with the other 20% being comprised of pizza, sweets and potato chips. When I cut out sugar my blood sugar goes berserk and I am starving all the time. I could eat healthy carbs all day and it doesn’t matter. It takes about a week to settle down and my brain (ie. emotional eating brain ) doesn’t want to comply. So the self efficacy and looking at eating like training is genius. I’ll keep on trying!

    To give myself props, I have eaten greens at every meal this week and way less sugar than usual. So I am baby stepping it, but darn those steps feel like lead!


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