NOTE: If you sign up to do this with me, I will have some options for you, posted tomorrow, on alternative diet rules and workouts that you can follow. I want this to be a challenge for you but, depending on where you are, you may not find it beneficial to be as strict as I will be. The purpose is to bump yourself up to that next level of good health and fitness habits and be able to maintain.
From September 15th to November 10th I’m actually going to take part in a real, organized, large-scale challenge with hundreds of people from all over the country. This is not the kind of thing I do or ever have done or ever thought I would do.
Part of the reason I joined CrossFit WAS to challenge myself – not something I’m known for. I want to really put effort into training and healthy eating, and see what I can do, what progress I make, and develop healthy habits in the process. I want to find the right balance in my life: how disciplined in diet and fitness do I need to be in order to enjoy life to the fullest and be completely healthy?
This is the Whole Life Challenge. I’m joining through my CrossFit box and I feel it really fits with the goals I had for starting CrossFit to begin with. Participating in the Whole Life Challenge will help me better focus on my goals for 8 weeks and reap the benefits.
I put this out here because I’ll be blogging about it and
I want you to do it with me.
I know I will do better if others are with me. I will even be offering prizes throughout the challenge if you sign up with me!
You DO NOT have to do CrossFit to sign up.
You DO have to sign up by September 14th!
WHAT IS THE WHOLE LIFE CHALLENGE?
“The purpose of The Whole Life Challenge is to see what sort of impact you can have on your body, your fitness and your lifestyle habits over the course of 8 weeks, and to train in having a health and fitness practice that is practical and sustainable for the long term.”
As the Whole Life Challenge website tends toward the verbose, I will cut to the core of what it is and what is expected of you.
- First, it’s an online game and someone will win*. You get up to 6 daily pointsin four categories (these are broken down into further detail on their site):
- Up to 3 points for food. Lose points for eating something on the “No” list.
- 1 point for working out.
- 1 point for mobilization/stretching.
- 1 point for daily fish oil supplement (because it’s good for you).
- Second, there are measurable resultsthat will also factor in:
- Performance Results: Do the same 9 min. workout at the beginning and the end to see how much you improve.
- Physical Results: How much do you gain/lose where you want too in certain predetermined areas of your body.
- Lifestyle/Accountability Results: Over the 56 days, how good were you about maintaining healthy habits?
- Third, this is a community. No one is alone. The online Whole Life Challenge community will allow us to engage with other ‘players’ and see their progress. There will also be opportunities to earn bonus points, watch detailed videos from fitness and health professionals, and encourage each other to succeed.
I like this because it is a structured challenge with clear rules to follow. However, people have to be honest because you enter your points yourself. No one is watching you to make sure you really stuck to the rules. You MUST sign in EVERY DAY to enter your points for the previous day, or have someone sign in and do it for you if you can’t access the internet.
JOIN ME IF:
- You want to challenge yourself and see if 8 weeks can make a difference.
- You don’t mind trying out a mostly paleo diet (legumes and butter are allowed). (If you’re vegetarian, you can still participate. There are separate nutrition rules for you.)
- You find encouragement from the online fitness community and like games.
- You’d like to win a prize (*I’m still solidifying prizes so more on that later).
- You can spare $45 for the registration fee – it comes out to $0.81 cents a day. I don’t want anyone to sign up for something they can’t afford. The web platform for this challenge cost money to build and the aforementioned professionals who coach us through this challenge online do need to make a living.
Click here to sign up! Make sure you enter me, Tiffany Henness, as your referral so we can connect in the game!