My Nutrition Challenge

posted by Heather April 26, 2019 20 Comments
“Don’t step on the lines.”
I was dropping HL off in her classroom, then came out to get Bode and found him just like this.
CrossFit Kids at CrossFit Tilt II in Sudbury 🙂
The Ab Mat Turtle Race
LOVE this color!!!
Play dates with Emerson mean princess dresses and LOTS of bacon 🙂
Sure is nice having the Clark’s as parents in your kid’s class 😉
When I make her wear the clothes I want her to wear.
A peek at a day of nutrition for me.
Berries + Plain Unsweetened Kefir + cacao powder
Everyone SMILE!
Leaving for Iceland 🙁
Harley Love’s heart is broken.
Found them like this while I was making their breakfast.
Helicopters circling over our house as the SWAT team deals with a barricaded subject down the street from us. Felt like the Marathon Bombing all over again. No one allowed outside because we didn’t know what was going on. So scary.
Boys thinking laying out their sweaty weight vest is the same as “washing” it.
Went to the meeting for Jonah’s art trip to Chicago in a couple of months.
Kat promised to draw this for HL.
EC is coming to speak at CFNE next week!!!
She’s in to asking me to take pictures of her, then posing weirdly seductive like this. Making me so uncomfortable.
His backpack is bigger than his torso.

This Monday, we started a nutrition challenge at CFNE that I am so fired up about that I want to write about it here to see if I can get any cyber buddies to jump on board with until May 24th. Every class is doing their own thing, but here is what I’m having my class get on board with.

  1. Sleep: a minimum of 7-8 hours every night.
  2. Nutrition: make 1 major change + 3 minor changes to your current diet.
  3. Training: workout 6 days a week.
  4. Water: 40-60 oz. a day.
  5. Before & After Photos.
  6. Accountability: daily check-in’s with an Accountabilibuddy…if you have one, or you can reach out to me if you need help 🙂

Sleep. It’s arguably more important than diet and/or exercise. Listen to THIS podcast with The Joe Rogan Experience. It may change AND save your life. Nothing less than 7 hours for the next month. We’re doing it and while it’s often times harder than eliminating processed foods or alcohol from your diet, it’s worth every ounce of discipline it takes to get our whole family to be lights out by 9am every night (our alarm goes off at 5:25am, so that’s when bedtime needs to be). We are working on no screens after dinner, drinking no more fluids after dinner (or, even 5pm), blacking out our bedroom from any light, etc.

Nutrition. Commit to making one major change in your diet, and 3 minor ones. My major one is entirely eliminating alcohol, with 2 exceptions that I’m leaving open for discretion at the time (a fund raiser we’re going to tomorrow night and a party we’re hosting in May). My minor changes are no processed foods (particularly sneaking bites of the kids leftover sandwiches or pizza, and no plantain chips…but, nothing processed outside of those things, too), measuring out only 1 Tbsp. of my sweetened almond creamer in my cup of coffee every day, and doing real food around training versus protein shakes and other supplements.

Training. Anything counts towards this. Even a 1 mile run. But, not walking your dog.

Before & After Photos. In a bikini, undies, etc. The less the better, but something you could show someone after if you really wanted to…but, no one ever has to see them except YOU if you’re worried at all about it. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did at the end of this. AND, photos…alone…are motivation to be disciplined and make good decisions. Visuals are usually more motivating than a page full of numbers.

So, who’s in? I would love to hear from anyone who is in!


Ellie Zrenner April 26, 2019 at 3:17 pm

Love the nutrition challenge
I’m going to do this!!! Thx for sharing

Heather April 29, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Ok, but keep us posted on following posts. Good for you!

Deb April 26, 2019 at 7:39 pm

I am in! I love this! Will be following along over here in a Thailand! 🙂

Heather April 29, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Great, Deb! Let me know what your changes are!

Jenny April 26, 2019 at 8:06 pm

I’m in

Heather May 1, 2019 at 6:36 am


Jess W. April 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm

I’m in, I need some motivation.
1 major change: Tracking my macros again.
3 minor changes: cutting back on alcohol, no eating kids snack food, eating min. 25g fiber

I can definitely get 7 hours of sleep but 6 days of training will be hard but do able.

Thanks for the push, it’s much needed!

Heather April 29, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Nice, Jess! What does “cutting back on alcohol” mean exactly, though? And, on training 6 days: almost anything counts, short of walking your dog 😉

Jess April 29, 2019 at 9:05 pm

Cutting back is going to mean no more than 1 drink per week. I’ve been way too indulgent lately because I’ve been away for 10 days so I can’t wait to get home and start a new routine.

Heather May 2, 2019 at 6:06 am


Melissa April 28, 2019 at 4:44 am

🙋🏻‍♀️ I need to do this!

Heather April 29, 2019 at 8:43 pm

YES, MISSY!!! Let’s hear your changes, girl!

Claire April 30, 2019 at 9:40 am

This is awesome, I’m in for sure!
Major change: tracking all food in MFP
Minor changes: no processed food, bring my own breakfast and lunch to work every day, only 1 cup of coffee per day
Thank you for always being so inspiring – I really appreciate what you do on this blog, and how you share your life with us, I always come away with a helpful or thought-provoking nugget 🙂

Heather May 2, 2019 at 6:05 am

Thanks for reading, Claire! These sound great. I bring my own food with me everywhere I go, and for the family whenever we all go somewhere. It’s easier, cheaper, and so much healthier than the alternative of finding something while we’re out.

Rachel May 1, 2019 at 9:41 am

Ok…so I’m a few days late to the game but I’m in! I need something like this…badly. I made the commitment to sleep a few months ago after listening to Rogan’s podcast. And I can do 6 days/week of workouts. Food is harder for me so…
1. Major change: Weighing and tracking everything.
2. Minor changes: Limit alcohol to 2 glasses of wine on the weekends; find ways to increase protein intake ( I only eat fish, no other animal proteins – would love suggestions), and no eliminate bread.

Heather May 2, 2019 at 6:04 am

These are great, Rachel! Do you do eggs? And, I put collagen in my coffee every morning, which is about 22 g of protein. I may actually start adding some at night, too. My joints feel totally different in the morning when I do this versus when I don’t.

Rachel May 2, 2019 at 11:12 am

Hi Heather. Thanks for the reply. I do eat eggs and fish so that helps. I’m considering the collagen…it’s a beef product so that’s an issue for me but I may bend that way for health purposes. I’m excited for this challenge…tracked everything yesterday…but no wine 🙁

Heather May 2, 2019 at 5:57 pm

We should hold a huge wine party at the end of this to celebrate. RIGHT? Let me know if the collagen’s a no-go. I can ask around if it’s a problem. There’s always whey and casein protein powder.

Rachel May 9, 2019 at 9:19 am

Thought I’d check in. How are you doing with your challenge? I’m doing well…not perfectly. I’ve adjusted my “drinking on the weekends” to a limit of twice per week. My hand was forced by a mid-week dinner party for a favorite CF coach who is moving 🙁 I’m still struggling with the protein. I tried the collagen creamer but it was flavored and I don’t sweeten my coffee. I think I’m not a powdered creamer kind of gal. I’m almost tracking every day. I falter on the weekends when I’m not in front of a computer so much. BUT…3 pounds down the first week so happy dance! I’m all in on the wine party at the end!!!

Heather May 13, 2019 at 6:07 am

This is all SO AWESOME, Rachel! My collagen doesn’t have any sweetener (Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate). I get it on Amazon. THANK YOU FOR ASKING about my challenge! Haha 🙂 Loving the new discipline with drinking and really feel like it’s moving the needle for me. Had my 2nd of 2 cheat days this month for Bode’s birthday party that we hosted. It was worth it, but super glad to get back on track.

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