Optimal Thrive – week 1


Last month I signed up for Optimal Thrive. It is a course that is being offered by Swim Bike Mom (Meredith Atwood) on metabolic efficiency training. The quick definition of it is:

Metabolic Efficiency Training™ (MET) can be defined as improving the body’s ability to use its internal stores of nutrients, specifically carbohydrate and fat, more efficiently, through proper dietary and exercise strategies.

It spoke to me because I feel like we eat pretty well most of the time but I wanted a little more instruction. Not the “eat boiled chicken and veggies for every meal” kind of instruction but “here’s how to fix what you are doing now” kind of instruction. That and I can’t seem to drop weight!!

We are currently in week 2 and I can say that I’ve only kinda started things. At first I was annoyed at the trickle release of information in this course. Then I realized that all the other program I’ve tried give you everything at the beginning, and well, they obviously didn’t work. I’m attacking this with a lot more THOUGHT. Why do I make the choices I make? How is this providing nourishment?

If I keep doing what I’ve always done then nothing is going to change. So…here’s to making the right choices or better yet learning how to make the right choices!



Apple Cider Vinegar


Part of my new meal plan includes apple cider vinegar. Every morning when I wake up I have to drink 16oz of water, 2tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 2tsp of lemon juice. I have to tell you

This. Tastes. Like. CRAP! There is nothing good about how this tastes. What’s that quote from Harry Potter when Mad Eye warns that the polyjuice potion tastes “like Goblin piss” I would assume that is a fair comparison of this concoction.

In all honesty I can’t drink it. I actually put the vinegar and the lemon in a shot glass and fill a glass with 16oz of water. Then I take the shot and chug the water. I assume this will work the same and it makes it easier to take.

Now, why am I drinking the goblin piss? Because it supposedly has some great benefits. There are 2 main reasons that I’m giving it a try. 1) It supposedly can help with weight loss efforts and 2) It can help with diabetes prevention and insulin regulations.

If you have been following my crazy then you know these are the 2 things that I am working to avoid. Weight and diabetes. I’ll take the goblin piss any day over what I’ve seen diabetes do to a person!

If you decide you want to give it a try make sure you get the organic, unfiltered version of apple cider vinegar not the stuff you get for cooking. To reap all the benefits you need the fancy natural food store style stuff. Get the organic lemon juice too while you are at it!

I’m told after a while my acidity will change and it will start to taste a little sweeter. That hasn’t happened yet so I’m waiting to see how long that takes!

Anyone out there drink this stuff and seen the positive effects?