Day 42

Thursday, February 16

Family reading night in 1st grade

Today at work I had the opportunity to listen to a videoconference by Carol Dweck, PhD, author of the book Mindset: The new psychology of success. The book’s website provides a good overview of the topic. Here are my takeaways.

The book describes two mindsets, “fixed” and “growth.” Dweck observes that as babies, we learn some of life’s most complex lessons (walking, talking, etc.) and we do so with great zeal and joy. As we get older, however, we begin to approach things differently. In studies from one-year of age to adult, Dweck determines that people generally take one of these mindsets in approaching an issue/topic/event. (Interestingly, the same person can have different mindsets about different issues; it is not that you would only have one or the other.)

While Dweck generally looks at how people approach learning through these mindsets, she defines this very broadly. Here are the basics of the mindsets:

Fixed: This mindset believes that things (intelligence) are fixed, one cannot train their brain, one cannot change their level of intelligence. Therefore, this individual seeks to look smart at all costs and believes that effort is bad (things should come easily/naturally) and, when there is a deficiency, this person places blame on other people/things and has trouble recovering from failure.

Growth: This mindset believes that you can “train” your brain and we must “use it or lose it!” Therefore, this individual seeks learning at all costs and believes that effort is good because we must work hard to be better. This person uses mistakes as information and values them as part of learning.

Mindsets come from multiple origins but Dweck believes that the way we praise ourselves and others is what most teaches mindset. Fixed mindset praises intelligence/smartness/innate “goodness”, while a growth mindset praises effort/process/growth.

Dweck suggests that we adopt one word to aid a shift in our mindset…“YET”. She suggests we add this to our vocabulary “I’m not good at…yet…,” “I can’t do…yet…,” and “I tried but that didn’t work…yet…”

When we embrace hard challenges as fun and resist quick, easy, and perfect, we can live in the “YET” and begin to experience the growth mindset. We realize where we started and how far we’ve come, and we learn that we can change our mindset. Dweck reminds us that effort creates talents, and that talents can be learned and accomplished through hard work.

I checked out the book a few weeks ago after reading about it in someone’s blog and I find the message intriguing and relevant. Not only does this relate to my role as a parent, but I find it incredibly helpful when thinking about the Whole30.

As easy as it is to believe “I’m just not smart enough,” it is also easy to think that our habits–eating, fitness, stress, injury, lifestyle–are fixed. That we can’t live without wine and chocolate. That we can’t imagine a world where we’d get out of bed to go exercise. That there’s a person that just makes us feel angry. That we are just destined to have that disease because our parents did.

Its easy to think that things just are the way they are.

But what if they’re not?

What if we can choose growth?

What if we can choose healthy habits–fueling our bodies, building muscle, managing our emotions, investing in wellness–as opportunities for growth.

When we choose to have a growth mindset we can learn from everything. We can find pleasure in a challenge. Hope in a setback. Desire in our effort. Delight in our struggle.

We can say “Not yet.”

But not “Never.”


WOD:  #climbing with annie

5 Wall Climbs, 50 Double Unders, 50 Sit Ups (Rx+ Toes To Bar)

4 Wall Climbs, 40 Double Unders, 40 Sit Ups

3 Wall Climbs, 30 Double Unders, 30 Sit Ups

2 Wall Climbs, 20 Double Unders, 20 Sit ups

1 Wall Climb, 10 Double Unders, 10 Sit Ups

This took me about 25:30. I did RX+ for half meaning I did half sit ups and half toes to bar on each round.


Immediately upon finishing – 250m Row – all out.  If the rowers are being used and you dont want to wait complete 25 Burpees as fast as you can.



Overhead Squats – deload – 60%x5, 65%x5, 70%x5

75, 85, 85




2 PWO muffins

Breakfast: 2 eggs, hash, 1/2 avocado

Lunch: Salad with leftover coconut curry chicken and 1/2 avocado


Snack: Blueberries & Coconut flakes

Dinner: 15 minutes or less tonight:

Quick, make something!

Spaghetti squash

W30 meat sauce (tomato paste, broth, mushrooms, onion, seasoning, meat)

Brussel sprouts

Kale chips

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4 Responses to Day 42

  1. Janelle says:

    Jen-you are amazing and def growing! Thank you for the inspiration and reminder to bring this book on the plane w me!!!

  2. Donna says:

    Fabulous insight! And, amazing expansion and growth on your part. I continue to be inspired by your work, admire your dedication, and love your spirit. Thanks for keeping me engaged. Last night I heard the expression “I am my message” you are certainly your message! As always I am sending love, light, and positive energy your way!

  3. mom says:

    Great…. thanks. You are just amazing to me….. everyday…. of your life. Love ya.

  4. Pingback: Day 43 | Jen's Whole 30

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