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Craig Ballantyne 09-05-2016 05:00 PM

Back on Track
Alright, my goals are "transformational in mind" in this, the 27th TT Contest.

For starters, I need to get back on track to overcome three bad nutrition habits that have been creeping back into my life.

1st - No more Coke Zero... or any forms of artificial sweeteners

They were everywhere in Rio, I tell ya, and in fancy gold cans, too. And I was running on less sleep than normal, so these lil' suckers snuck back into my life. Time to go off all aspartame and other junk. (Stevia is allowed.)

2nd - No more plastic water bottles.

There was just no way to avoid this in Rio. But since I've returned, I've only been using boxed water. But let's just get this in writing and public accountability so I don't get lazy on my seminar travels this fall.

3rd - No more Quest bars.

I'll go through phases of eating these, maybe 1 a day a few times per week... and while they aren't the worst thing in the world, some of them have artificial sweeteners (i.e. not Stevia), and they all have filler ingredients in them. So I'm done with these.

Ok, that's it for right now.

Of course I'll continue to train to get stronger and build more muscle. I'm at a solid 175 pounds now at 5'9", and getting stronger again, so the last transformation really helped.

Time to keep this going while reducing bad habits.

Back on the track I've always been tracking.

Join me in this contest.

Let's hear your plan.

Stay strong,


PeterJankowski 09-06-2016 01:56 AM

I'm with you on the quest bars. I've recently cut my intake as well as I was eating too many. I found having them around made me lazy so instead of eating real food I'd eat one of them instead. I know there are far worse things you could eat but there are definitely things far better available as well.

I gave up the coke zero about 3 years ago. I think I've had about a dozen cokes in the since then and if I have one these day's I usually go for full cream.

BrothaMannP11911 09-07-2016 11:22 AM

Diet Dr Pepper
This is my soda poison. The more I do Stevia and the less I do diet soda, when I drink it it tastes funny but I crave the carbonation unfortunately.

Craig Ballantyne 09-08-2016 08:52 AM

Matt Mann, I've never understood the allure of Dr. Pepper... but I think it's a Southern thing, right? I was once in Waco, and I think that's the home of the good (bad) Doctor Pepper (factory), right?


Yesterday I said no to a protein bar with sucralose. (A new "Oh Yeah" brand bar that seemed on par with a Quest Bar <= poetry).

Yesterday I said no to caffeine and alcohol (not necessarily part of my transformation, but always part of my quest for nutritional purity).

The day before I bought some boxed water and a Brita water filter travel jug (which is ugly and requires you to drink out of a straw... so I think that $15 was totally wasted... odds of me using it are low.)

Oh well, you always have to be experimenting.

Hope that helps you stay on track.

Follow this in your transformation:
"If you want something you've never had, you must do something you've never done." Ė #truth ... Know what you must to do to succeed. Then do it. Otherwise, donít complain about what you donít have because you arenít willing to do what it takes to get it.

Craig Ballantyne 09-08-2016 09:18 AM

Forgot to mention...

I'm lucky to have Bedros Keuilian, Matt Smith, and Joel Marion as mentors, friends, and most importantly, although, most uncomfortably, "No BS accountability partners." They don't let me away with anything. They hold me to a high standard. Sometimes it hurts, but I know they are always doing what is best for me. Open yourself up to the same mentoring and accountability.

Craig Ballantyne 09-10-2016 07:51 PM

Very tempted by a fresh box of Quest bars in the office today.

Held off because of you.

Thank YOU for the accountability!

Craig Ballantyne 09-13-2016 11:02 AM

Significant update.

Bedros just told me he is giving up Diet Coke for life.

So I'm joining him.

I will never have another Coke Zero ever.

Looks like I am one GIANT step closer to having my first coffee ever.

phoenixb97 09-13-2016 02:25 PM


Originally Posted by Craig Ballantyne (Post 203337)
Significant update.

Bedros just told me he is giving up Diet Coke for life.

So I'm joining him.

I will never have another Coke Zero ever.

Looks like I am one GIANT step closer to having my first coffee ever.

Awesome!!!! You can do it. I know you can. i wonder what the replacement will be if any? Coffee, tea, perrier? other?

Anyhow, sending encouragement and good thoughts your way.

Craig Ballantyne 09-13-2016 02:55 PM

Thanks Blake, greatly appreciated.

Lots of peppermint tea... since I would only have it early in the day.

Craig Ballantyne 09-16-2016 10:14 AM

I'm going to add BioTrust bars to my list, too. They are too sweet and just make me want to eat another, even if I don't need it.

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