Clearly I am excellent at updating this blog, however, I did want to share my thoughts on the Whole Life Challenge. I did the challenge RX and overall it taught me a lot about what works and doesn’t work for me within the construct of the Paleo diet.
At first, I was craving dairy like nothing else in this world. But after a few weeks, that want subsided and eventually gave way to more delicious dairy alternatives like coconut milk (Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk fit within the WLC food limits). The rest of the stuff was fairly easy to give up, mostly because it was out of my diet already. Honey, other Paleo sweeteners, none of those were issues just because I rarely ate those before, but the Larabars. Those took me a while to give up and now that they’re gone, I honestly don’t miss them at all. I can only imagine what I could have done if I had given them up sooner in the challenge.
The exercise portion and the mobility portion were a piece of cake for me. If I couldn’t make it to the box, I would take Gimli for extra long walks and do a mini WOD at home consisting of push ups, sit ups, and squats. The mobility portion was easy because it just felt so damn good to do and since I grabbed a foam roller and a lacrosse ball, mobilizing at home was no problem.
The lifestyle challenges posed an interesting challenge, but nothing I wasn’t up for. The most difficult one was the half your body weight in water, but now that has simply become a part of my daily routine.
So here are my before and after measurements:
Over the course of the challenge I went from a starting weight of 167.6 lbs to 157.6 lbs. which is a pretty drastic difference for me. I had been struggling to get below 160 for over a year and this challenge finally jump started my plateau and got me there.
This challenge has been fun and exactly what it should be– a challenge. Though, I would not do this formally again. It was worth it this time and the results speak for themselves, but between the pretty awful customer service and the glitches on the website, it wouldn’t be worth it again for me.
I’m proud of my improvements and the improvements my friends have made through this challenge. I will take to heart many of the changes that I made during these last 8 weeks and keep them with me as I move forward in my fitness journey.
Though I went a little crazy this weekend with my food choices, I’m back on the bandwagon now. Lessons learned the hard way are always the ones that stick the best, right? Even my fiance was like, honey, you need to get back on track– he’s a good man really. He mostly wants me to get back on track because of the horrible pain I’m in and the guilt I feel when I’m not. But I gotta say, the felafel, booze, and Reese’s PB cup and cookie sandwich…worth it. Though, not gonna be worth it again for a long while.
Anywho, here are my before and after shots and I honestly didn’t think I’d see a difference, but holy cow! Yes you can! Sorry the after ones are so dark– fiance was asleep and I didn’t want to wake him. Anywho, I still can’t believe the difference! Proof that if you stick with something for even 8 weeks it can make a huge difference to your body and your mind. I feel better, I’m performing better, and in general, I’m feeling like a better person. Keep on keeping on my friends!
BEFORE and AFTER: