And It Starts Again….Whole Life Challenge, Fall 2013

Well here goes nothing, another 8 week journey as the Whole Life Challenge Fall 2013 begins! Of course, at least for me, this time around is a little different. I don’t expect the same results as last time, not as drastic anyway. I already eat mostly compliant with the challenge. I’ve already cut out grains, corn, soy, gluten, dairy, soda, sugar (with the exception of occasional honey), and artificial ingredients from my diet. I mainly want to detox my body from the treats of summer ( and vacation, where I had some gluten-free, but not grain/sugar-free treats, and corn), and the drinks, the unknown marinades, the barbeques, the leniency with potatoes, etc. I ate pretty darn compliant, but I did drink (Sticking to wine, and gluten-free beer mostly), and even though I still lost weight, and I’m thinner than I was after the spring challenge, it slowed down and I want to get a little leaner. The accountability, reeling myself in, the lifestyle and fitness parts of the challenge, the community – these are all the things I am looking forward to jumping back into as a WLC veteran. The knowledge, strength and will power are there already, now it’s seeing how much more can I do.

With my past experience, there are definitely a few things I am going to do differently this time around.

  1. I am going to try to use my crock pot more
  2. I am going to try to make bigger batches, and make recipes with larger yields so I have leftovers
  3. I am going to try to prep more the night before, and make more in advance – having grilled chicken strips or steak strips that can easily be thrown into a salad, or used in a quick recipe.

Other than that, it’s just saying no to the drinks, and being a bit more strict with everything. I’m ready! The only thing I’m kind of sad about is that Taro isn’t allowed. I’m pretty sure it was allowed last time, but I guess it’s too starchy. Goodbye Taro Chips! I’ll miss you!

[Though, I must say, I probably WILL have one drink today, as I’m going to a wedding, and it just HAD to fall on day 1 of the challenge…I don’t care, the first time around I was pretty pristine with everything, so gosh darn it, I’m allowing myself a drink!]

Stats at the Beginning of the Challenge:

  • Weight: 131 lbs
  • Waist: 33″
  • Hips: 37″

Workout results: [257 Points]

2 min – 25 yd Shuttle Run
– complete as many 25 yd runs as possible between two cones (or marks)
(5 points for each complete 25yds)

-1 min rest –

2 min – complete as many reps as possible, repeating the following sequence:
5 push ups
15 squats
(1 point for each Push-up and Squat)

-1 min rest –

2 min – complete as many reps as possible of:
Sit Ups
(1 Point for each Sit-Up)

-1 min rest –

2 min – 25 yd Shuttle Run

complete as many 25 yd runs as possible between two cones (or marks)
(5 points for each complete 25yds)

And here is a before photo compilation to compare to once the challenge is over.


For those doing the challenge, or curious to see a fairly comprehensive list of foods that are and are not allowed, go here:

And here are my Ten Tips to Surviving The Challenge

  1. Use the community, don’t be afraid to ask questions!
  2. Cook your own food whenever possible – If you aren’t a great cook, or don’t know where to start – try some slow cooker recipes.
  3. Don’t go overboard on nuts, and try to stay away from “Paleo-fying” treats like waffles, cookies and muffins. Trust me, you’re not helping yourself.
  4. Eat plenty of good fats and protein, they will help you stay full longer
  5. Try to log your score first thing in the morning, that way you don’t forget.
  6. Read Labels, find things you like, and stick with them!
  7. Be adventurous, try something new. Use a new recipe, a new fruit, a new vegetable, as often as you can.
  8. Sometimes simple seasoning is better. Let the food speak for itself. A little salt, pepper, oregano….maybe some lemon juice, sometimes that’s all you need!
  9. If you fall down, just get back up and keep going. We all have slip ups, don’t let it get you down and don’t use it as an excuse to throw everything away. You owe it to yourself to keep moving forward!
  10. Have Fun! You are doing this to become better at being you!

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