One of my triathlon friends – and one of the handful of people who inspired me to begin my triathlon journey – is Meredith Atwood (MA). You may know her better by the name “Swim Bike Mom.” Meredith has done a tremendous job of building a following (The Army) and a brand since she entered the triathlon world and blogosphere on August 26, 2010 with 7 simple words… “I have decided to become a Triathlete.”
What resonated with me so strongly about her was that she was just a regular person… A wife, a mom, a career woman, busy, frazzled, searching… JUST LIKE ME! She put it all out there – the good, the bad, and the ugly. She became an advocate for the “every woman (and man) triathlete” – and people loved her for it. Over the years, as The Army grew, so did the Swim Bike Mom brand… Tri kits, mantra t-shirts, cycling kits, swim caps, and so much more – oh, yeah, I own them ALL and they are awesome!
In April, 2015, Meredith was looking to make some changes. She was strong as a bull and a fine triathlete in her own right with 2 full Ironman triathlons under her belt, but she was stuck weight wise, and she knew she was not reaching her racing potential. Enter Meredith Vieceli… MV is a nutritionist, a triathlon and running coach, and a metabolic specialist – and an Ironman in her own right. MV started coaching MA in April and the results were both immediate and drastic! A 70.3 PR at Gulf Coast in May, followed by IM Lake Placid and her “best race ever” at IM Louisville. The ever-shrinking Meredith Atwood was getting a lot of attention. People wanted to know what she was doing? What diet plan? What? Where? Who? How?
I think ole Swim Bike Mom must follow the same philosophy as one of our business coaches: Look at the things you say “No” to on a daily basis and find a way to say “Yes.”
And Swim Bike Fuel was born. SBF is a one month program that reveals truths about nutrition that are not necessarily common knowledge – one lesson at a time, one day at a time. It’s delivered in a way that is easy to digest and implement in your life.
I’ll be honest, when Swim Bike Fuel was rolled out late last year, I wasn’t really interested. I thought it was a cool concept, but I had a really good base in sports nutrition and I couldn’t imagine what I could possibly learn from it (talk about arrogant thinking!). Two cycles of SBF passed before I started looking at the changes in MA’s body and performance and took a long hard look at my own situation and realized that MV and MA must have some missing piece of the weight loss/performance puzzle that was eluding me.
I mean seriously, check out the difference in just ONE YEAR!!
So, I enrolled in the April, 2016 class.
Holy Cow! It was amazing!
The SBF folks set up a secret Facebook page for our SBF class. I honestly don’t know exactly how many ladies were in the April group, but there were a lot, and yet the interaction was very smooth. The lessons were delivered each day by email and the questions that were submitted for each lesson were compiled into an FAQ and posted. There were 2 scheduled Q&A conference calls, although our group didn’t send in any questions for the first call, so we didn’t actually have that one. The 2nd Q&A call went almost 2 hours and was jam packed with great information.
Meredith Vieceli was absolutely available to us when we needed her and Meredith Atwood chimed in daily with how the lesson du jour impacted her journey. If we posted a question or asked for clarification on a lesson MV usually answered within an hour or so – and she lives in Utah, so the time zone thing was in play.
I found that most of the lessons focused on concepts I was already aware of, but that maybe I just wasn’t being consistent with or had forgotten or needed to tweak. Over the month I had a number of “Ah-Ha” moments that really made a huge difference. I loved that there was no prescribed “diet plan.” Never once was I told that I had to “eat this” or “workout like this” or “drink that.” There were no pills, no powders, no restriction. Just good old fashioned common sense, combined with the very best up-to-date nutritional information- a very holistic program.
I’m not quite ready to go posting my before/after pics yet, but after 1 month I dropped 4+ pounds, and shed 5-1/2 inches and I know more has come off since then. But beyond that, I feel terrific! I have so much more energy, I’m sleeping better, my skin is clearer, I’m healthy (all the old aches and pains are gone), I’m catching those old self-sabotage triggers that would normally send me running for the bag of chips or ice cream before any damage is done, I’m recovering faster between my workouts, and I had one of my best races ever at St. Anthony’s on 4/24. It’s been really great!
So, if – like me – you’ve been diligently following your training program and have been eating what you consider to be a healthy diet (maybe with a few more treats than you planned, because hey, you just killed that brick workout), but you’re not seeing the results you expected manifesting on your body, I encourage you to give Swim Bike Fuel some serious consideration.
Sure, there’s an investment – that made me think twice too – but it was totally worth it – EVERY . PENNY!
And my main question was this: Well, what happens after the month? A month of hand-holding is great, but what happens when it’s all over? The great news is that the Facebook page remains and each group can decide how they want to proceed. In our case, we are going back through each lesson – day-by-day. We post a thread each day discussing our victories and our struggles – we are each other’s cheerleaders and support system. We hold each other accountable, and that’s what gives the program it’s staying power.
This is not a fad diet – it’s a lifestyle program – and it is awesome! There’s a new class forming for July. Check it out!