Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $1,000!).

Avoiding junk food at home is doable. Most of the time it’s as simple as not stocking cookies in your cabinet or replacing fries with, uh, kale. Being out in the wild, on the other hand, can really throw you for a loop.

Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) successfully resisted temptation when she was offered a free (!!!) chocolate cookie. Jasmine, we feel your pain and applaud your strength.

Jasmine also discovered LaCroix, a drink that makes everything else taste like sludge. Seltzer water is a great way to treat yourself during Whole30—and fool your tongue into thinking you’re sipping a nice, cold beer (one that is nonalcoholic, free of carbs, and won’t make you text mean things to your ex).


  • Regina (@greatistregina) is keeping busy—like, really busy—with a full training schedule involving swim sprints, conditioning, personal training, and Muay Thai. How she manages to juggle all those activities while still throwing together a shrimp and cashew salad is beyond us.
  • Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda) can’t get enough Sweetgreen in their lives. Honestly, Sweetgreen could chop up a dirty cactus and serve it on a bed of nails, and it’d still taste delicious. #Salads4Lyfe
  • Call us crazy, but it looks like Brandon (@greatistbrandon) is really getting into this whole exercise scene. See, Brandon? Working out isn’t that horrible after all, especially when Sacramento is your backdrop.

  • Jessi (@greatistmentor) suggests finding a partner: “Motivational tip: Have an accountability buddy for your goals. Schedule your workouts/meal prep/whatever at the same time and then check in after you did it! That way you’re not just cancelling on yourself, you’re cancelling on your friend too.” It’s called the buddy system for a reason.