One of the things I don’t always do in my life is move more and eat well. I think I’ve made that pretty obvious as well.
I recently got my ass handed to me by my therapist as I casually mentioned last week, “Well, I’ve put on about 40 pounds and some change since I lost it all back in 2010.” I plan to get into that conversation in a future post, but what needed to happen immediately was some responsible action on my part.
Enter the Whole Life Challenge.
I saw my friend Stephanie post on Facebook that she was gearing up to do this new health and fitness thing and curious, I messaged her and got enough details to pique my interest.
SO WHAT IS IT? Their website says, “The Whole Life Challenge is the 56-day online game that allows you to affect lasting change in your life.” You can read all about it here. It’s essentially a game you play and you have several areas to focus on daily: nutrition, exercise, stretching, supplements (whatever you decide is right for you), and reflection on your daily experience. There are three levels of play: Performance, Lifestyle and Kick Start and yes, you guessed it, each one has slightly different nutrition guidelines.
If you are familiar with Whole 30 plans, it has some similarities: bread and most sugar are off limits, but each chart has different restrictions and it’s not as bad as you might think. The bottom line? Eat real food every day and you’re golden.
Except for cheese. There’s no cheese. But you can’t have your cake—er, cheese—and eat it, or the word ‘challenge’ wouldn’t really apply now, would it?
DOES IT COST MONEY? Yes. And for me, paying for something adds an extra layer of motivation. I got an early bird rate of $39, but the regular price to join in and play is $49.
CAN I JOIN IN NOW? I think you technically could, but I’m not completely sure. I actually emailed the folks at WLC to get their advice and am still awaiting a reply. The next official Whole Life Challenge runs from January 17 to March 13, 2015.
HOW’S IT GOING SO FAR? I’m in the second week and I have to say, so far, so good. One of the things you have to do is drink water daily, half your body weight in ounces [edited: actually, it’s 1/3 your body weight. But I’m still shooting for half!]. I’m sure those of you who do this know how good it is for you, but for people like me who would rather drink their weight in coffee, it’s a bit of a challenge. But I’ve been drinking 94 ounces a day (yeah, go ahead and do the math on that one) and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t change a person’s hunger and cravings. Seriously. This challenge has also got me moving again, every day. I’m walking, doing Jillian Michael’s Beginner Shred (oh, hello stomach muscles… there you are!), and working my way into a Couch to 5K plan (not all simultaneously, mind you.)
I need to be a healthier person and if that ends up being a slightly lighter person, I’ll take it.
The most important thing to me in all of this is that I keep my health in my conscious mind. This is harder to do at certain times than at others. But for today and the next seven weeks, I’m all in.