It’s Day 8 of the 21 day challenge. Are you still with me? I hope so.

Day 8: Goal Setting & Clean Eating

1. Set a Goal

This is the same assignment from Day 1. Remember, your goals can in area of your life –  fitness, nutrition, academia, family, mental health, etc. If you didn’t accomplish your goal from last week, you can carry it over to this week. If that goal is important to you (or you know that it should be), I encourage you to keep the same goal.

My goals for the week are 3 yoga classes, daily meditation, and to motivate at least 70% of blog readers to complete their goals.

2. Begin the Nutrition Assignment

  • No junk food (soda, chips, brownies, etc.), no fried food, no fast food, no alcohol.
  • Drink half your bodyweight (ounces) of water every day.
  • You are allowed one cheat day per week. You can eat or drink whatever you want. Indulge and make yourself happy. However, I suggest you avoid getting wasted or swallowing an entire pizza. You’ll feel awful (in the stomach) and guilty (in the head). Sip your wine slow, baby girl.
  • These rules apply from Day 8-21. If you choose not to stick to the rules, that is your choice. I’m not going to berate you. And you’re not going to complain to me about the results you aren’t getting. (I hate having to put my foot down. But I know you, sneaky people.)
  • You still have to complete daily tasks. Although, they will be relatively simple so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.

Are you nervous, motivated, excited, ignoring me?


Michelle N. · 07/25/2013 at 2:13 pm

@Angel TheOfficialHungry on YouTube and have some pretty good vegan recipes (that don’t taste like tree bark)

Angel · 07/24/2013 at 6:41 pm

@FVR. Nope, not counting chasing a baby (who doesn’t run fast) while you have frosting in your mouth. Now, if you chase ME, I’ll count that.

Angel · 07/24/2013 at 6:40 pm

@Darlene. Let’s go!

Angel · 07/24/2013 at 6:40 pm

@Elena. You trying to blame me for not hitting pilates?!? Foul. Foul. Foul.

Angel · 07/24/2013 at 6:39 pm

@Rachel Do I have to come over there!?!?

Angel · 07/24/2013 at 6:39 pm

@Devon. Ah, consistency AND persistence. It’s a battle that we all need to win.

Angel · 07/24/2013 at 6:39 pm

@Lena. Yes, if it’s healthy it counts – no matter where you get it from. McDonald’s has salads. When I talk of fast food, I’m speaking of burgers, fries, kentucky fried chicken, popeyes, the stuff you wouldn’t eat in front of me. 🙂

You can have your iced tea but it doesn’t count toward water intake. I’ll let the Perrier count but only because it’s you. 🙂

Angel · 07/24/2013 at 6:37 pm

@Danielle. Yes, that is a lot to carry but….. YOU ARE STRONG AND YOU CAN HANDLE ALL OF THIS!

Angel · 07/24/2013 at 6:36 pm

@Elena. Yep, that’s it.

Angel · 07/24/2013 at 6:36 pm

@Emily. Awesome goals.

Angel · 07/24/2013 at 6:36 pm

@nomi. It’s not uncommon to slip up. The important thing is to make sure the next meal is perfect.

Angel · 07/24/2013 at 6:35 pm

@Nomi. It’s my pleasure. Glad you’re here!

Angel · 07/23/2013 at 12:59 pm

@tiffany. I know, I’m such a pain. daily meditation, yes!!!

Angel · 07/23/2013 at 12:58 pm

@Nancy Nice. That’s a lot. I’m rooting for you.

Angel · 07/23/2013 at 12:57 pm

@Megan. that’s a huge victory!

Angel · 07/23/2013 at 12:57 pm

@Heidi. Meditation is a game changer.

Angel · 07/23/2013 at 12:56 pm

@Slomo. You came super close. You’re gonna do it!

Angel · 07/23/2013 at 12:56 pm

@Victoria. Great goals!

Angel · 07/23/2013 at 12:55 pm

@Polly. Go running! Go!

Angel · 07/23/2013 at 12:55 pm

@Amy. Wow! 2lbs! That’s amazing, Amy. Keep you the good work.

Angel · 07/23/2013 at 12:54 pm

@Carrie. You have 1 cheat day every week. So you can have chocolate if you want, love!

Angel · 07/23/2013 at 12:54 pm

@Michelle. Nice. What are some vegan food websites?

Heather · 07/23/2013 at 10:29 am

My goal for this week is to make my lunch 4 times a week instead of eating out. And to stop rewarding myself for completing a hard workout by eating candy, which I notice I do a lot.

Michelle N. · 07/23/2013 at 12:45 am

My goal for the week are still focused on nutrition. I am a vegetarian and have been contemplating incorporating some vegan days into my normal week anyway, so I’m going to try that this week. My goal is to eat a vegan diet for 3 days this week (Tues-Thurs). I’m actually looking forward to this… and one of my friends/colleagues is a vegan so I have some company and motication. =) Looking forward to this.. thanks, Angel!

Carrie · 07/22/2013 at 10:52 pm

It’s hard to think beyond not eating chocolate for two weeks but I will keep my goal of doing what you tell me to do and add working out three times this week

Amy · 07/22/2013 at 10:52 pm

Week one was great – though I was better on nutrition than the workouts. My goals for week 2 are continue to track all food and beverage intake, make myself sweat at least once a day (just walking out the door does not count), and stick to the challenge because it’s working! Down 2 lbs this week already!

Polly · 07/22/2013 at 9:33 pm

I finished up today last week’s goal of running four mornings. I’m going to stick with running every other day, which will end up being three times this week. I have a wedding to attend on Sunday, so I can’t take my cheat day until then!

Victoria · 07/22/2013 at 9:29 pm

Goal 1: No negativity.

Goal 2: Stay on track for all of the fitness and nutrition tasks.

Slomo · 07/22/2013 at 9:02 pm

I didn’t meet my goal last week, but came really close. I’m proud of what I accomplished, and my workouts have been amazing in large part due to my nutrition goals. Same goals this week, but I already know I’m cheating on Friday. Having this challenge be at such a stressful time in my life has been awesome. I’m dealing with the madness in ways that are so much healthier than I otherwise would have dealt with it.

Heidi · 07/22/2013 at 6:03 pm

Besides staying on task with the program goals, I will meditate at least four times this week.

Megan · 07/22/2013 at 5:13 pm

Small nutrition victory. Catered lunch at work, and I did not partake in any of the following: sosa, tortilla chips, pasta, or brownies. Now if I can just get out of here so those darn brownies stop calling my name!

Victoria Honey · 07/22/2013 at 4:04 pm

Goal 1: No negativity. I made it through last week without gossiping, but I noticed that several times during the work day I would have a negative/sour attitude for no reason.
Goal 2: Stay on track with ALL of the fitness and nutrition tasks. I started the week strong, and started slipping towards the end of the week and now I’m playing catch up.

FVR · 07/22/2013 at 1:34 pm

I didn’t get to four workouts last week (again, unless you count the running-after-toddler-while-eating-cupcakes thing), so that is my goal again this week. I am a week behind on the exercises so that I can better plot out my schedule, but they will be done! The nutrition challenge … is a challenge, but I am down for that as well. Can’t wait!

Nancy · 07/22/2013 at 12:08 pm

Goals are to 1) do the challenges on the day they’re posted. 2) do day 6 today. 3) knit an average 10 rows/day of the baby blanket I’m making 4) be in bed by 10 pm and up by 6 am so getting to boot camp on thu won’t be so hard 5) do at least 1 class of Pilates or something other than BC and challenge.

Tiffany · 07/22/2013 at 11:24 am

Last week exercises really got me, especially that Friday full body work out…geesh Angel! I do feel good though. My fitness goal is the same this week…cardio for at least 20 minutes 3-5 times this week. I also want to add a daily meditation.

Nomi · 07/22/2013 at 10:04 am

Oh…and I am definitely motivated! With each assignment I complete, I feel excited and eager to see how much stronger I can get. Thanks so much pushing us to be better 🙂

Nomi · 07/22/2013 at 9:57 am

I have the same study goal. I did not do as well as I had hoped last week, so I am really going to try to focus more this week.

I have actually been eating less cheese daily, but I went crazy last night so I’ll repeat that goal, too!

Emily · 07/22/2013 at 9:49 am

my goal is to run at least 4X this week. also i’m going to try to cut back on my bread intake and sub in more veggies.

Elena · 07/22/2013 at 9:40 am

Oh and to keep with the water goal I measured my work mug and its 20oz so now I need to drink at least 2 with just water and make up the rest at home.

Danielle · 07/22/2013 at 9:39 am

I ended up doing all the workouts last week but sometimes it took me 2 or 3 days to get there. I’m also having trouble getting motivated for my marathon training (working a full-time job, being a cycling instructor, and training for a tri and a marathon are taking their toll!), so with that in mind, my goals are: make time to do the workouts on the days they’re posted, stick to my running schedule this week, and remember that I’m strong and I can handle all of this!

Lena · 07/22/2013 at 9:08 am

I failed miserably last week but am starting today with the clean eating. if i get something healthy from a food truck, does that count as fast food? forgot my lunch today :/

Also, iced tea (home brewed, very little sugar) doesn’t count toward my water does it? does Perrier count? it’s flavored with pink grapefruit, but no sugar or anything in it. I’m trying to get on top of this!

Devon · 07/22/2013 at 9:01 am

Continue with the no snacking after dinner and mindless eating (was strong early last week, not so strong this weekend)! Focus on consistency and persistence! Want this to be a lifestyle.

Rachel · 07/22/2013 at 8:54 am

I need to really stick to not eating late and only cheating one day per week. Also the not yelling. I broke my rules a tiny bit last week. A lot a bit.

Elena · 07/22/2013 at 8:40 am

Goals are the same. Breakfast and Pilates although I slacked on the Pilates last week since I was beat after your daily workouts. Fridge is stocked with good food and I’m ready for a healthy week!

Darlene · 07/22/2013 at 8:15 am

Day 8 Goal: Same as last week. I have a desk job and need to move my body more during the day. Goal is 6,500 steps each day at work all week. Last week I was close but only reached the goal one of the five days. This week, I will do better.

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