Day 56: The End of The Whole Life Challenge Fall 2013: Results!

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It’s over! It’s done! We did it! This marks the end of another chapter, and now I can say I am a 2 time WLC veteran! I love it. Seriously, I don’t mean to sound like a commercial, but if you haven’t done one, you owe it to yourself to do it, at least once… And give it everything you’ve got! What did I do once I was free? Well, I sat on the couch with a single glass of red wine, and I relaxed. I took a few minutes to just celebrate myself and my accomplishments. I did NOT binge on pizza, or sugar, or pasta – because I know better than to do that. If there is one thing this challenge teaches you, it’s that YOU are in control of your actions. So if those foods don’t cause your body distress, and you really need to have them, then go ahead…. But be reasonable and make sure it’s worth it. Today, I promised myself a treat. Since I don’t tolerate dairy, I’ve pretty much written off ice cream, no way will that ever be allowed in my mouth. However, There are some great, limited ingredient/junk free coconut milk based ice creams that I’ve been meaning to try, so I’m gonna have one.

This time around, the food felt easy. I’ve been eating Paleo since the last challenge, so it was really just eliminating the occasional sweetener (Honey, Maple Syrup), and the alcohol. I was already gluten, grain, and dairy free (With the exception of a rare portion of rice with sushi or Thai). I definitely learned to use my crock pot more, to prep ahead more, and to always have a supply of home-made stock for cooking. Last challenge I felt deprived when I couldn’t go out for a beer with friends. This time I knew I could find a way to stay compliant anywhere (even if that meant eating beforehand), and if everyone was drinking, I would be content with my seltzer and a lime wedge. I truly felt in control.

I loved keeping up with mobility and daily activity. The lifestyle challenges were great this time around. I really want to get better at working mindfulness into my day, maybe during my break at work. It’s so important to allow yourself some time to just clear your head, and just exist. Stress management is essential to good health, and I think it would greatly benefit me, to continue to try to work it in. The reading lifestyle challenge, and the “Things You Love” were a wonderful touch this time.

Anyway, the results! I actually surprised myself! I didn’t lose that much in terms of a scale number, but I lost way more in inches than I anticipated! Considering my diet was pretty up to speed and on par going in, I didn’t expect much, but I definitely exceeded my expectations! (I was also annoyed because this was a hormonally bloaty week for me – women you know – and I didn’t want it to negatively impact my results!)

Preliminary Measurements:
Weight: 131 lbs
Waist: 33″
Hips: 37″

Final Measurements:
Weight: 123.5 lbs
Waist: 29″
Hips: 34.5″

For the workout, I felt like I had more endurance, and just moved better. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I felt like I didn’t do as well on the sit-ups, but apparently I did. In the end, even a marginal improvement is something to be proud of. Just to remind everyone what the official workout was:

Complete the following for maximum 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 25 yds)

– 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)

Workout Results:

Preliminary Total Points: 257
Shuttle Runs: 15 (75 points)
Push-ups/Squats: 66
Sit-Ups: 46
Shuttle Runs: 14 (70 points)

Finals Total Points: 277
Shuttle Runs: 17 (85 points)
Push-ups/Squats: 69
Sit-Ups: 48
Shuttle Runs: 15 (75 points)

Improvement: 20 points

Those are just numbers though, looking at pictures side by side I definitely see improvements, and I did indeed lean out a bit as I hoped. As usual I’m going to continue to move forward, and we’ll see where I naturally end up tapering off! If I naturally and healthily get leaner, and lose more fat, then great. At the end of the day, I feel healthy and look healthy, so even if nothing changes I am very happy with where I am. Here are the visual results! (Same outfit and poses so you can really compare properly)

Prelims:

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Finals:

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And Here are each pose side by side compared:

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So Did YOU do the challenge? How did YOU do?

Oh…And I posted this on Twitter last week (Are you following me yet!) but I thought it was pretty relevant for here. This is a picture comparing where I was August 2012, Right when I started at CrossFit Stony Brook, and before the first challenge in the spring. I gained some muscle and lost a small amount of fat, but my hidden food intolerance(s) kept me from really losing. Back then I was skeptical of Paleo and thought I was eating healthy (veggies, lean meats, whole grains, occasional treats and things in moderation) It wasn’t until the Spring Whole Life Challenge, that I really became dialed in to my body and realized how much food was sabotaging my desire to be healthy! I sometimes like to look back and remind myself where I was before this journey started, and sometimes I can’t believe it…it shocks me that I was that much heavier just ONE YEAR ago. That in one year, I could transform so much, and not have to worry about starving myself, counting calories, religiously watching a scale number, or depriving myself of delicious food. I did it the healthy way, and in a way that’s sustainable for the rest of my life. I remind myself of this journey, and the reason why I’m here, telling you guys about it. I want to tell you that it’s possible for you too!

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