For the past five weeks, members participating in our nutrition challenge have learned about macronutrients, revamped their normal meals, and practiced healthier eating tactics both at home and while eating out.
Everyone has undoubtedly experienced adversity, but that adversity has been overshadowed by the many successes – inches lost, energy levels restored, sleep improved, and PRs had in the gym. We’ve even had participants challenge one another to extend the challenge to Thanksgiving and beyond!
We’re in the final week of the challenge, and soon, we’ll announce the male and female winner (they’ll both receive $200 in cash)! But, the truth is the challenge never really ends (we all know that deep down).
With the official challenge in its final week, we thought we’d expand on our topic from a few weeks ago (Nutrition in the Real World) and talk about balancing healthy eating and you know…living. We’re also going to talk about something new that’s kicking off next week – our powerlifting cycle!
Life After The Nutrition Challenge
Every challenger has come a long way since we kicked this thing off five weeks ago.
First, we learned all about macronutrients and optimal ratios for proteins carbs and fats. Next, we translated that knowledge into action and discussed portion sizes. Best of all, our portion sizes were all based around our own two hands so we have measurement units that are always with us! Mindset plays a big role in any health endeavor so we dove deep on the all-or-nothing mindset and understanding the root causes for specific behaviors (like late night snacking). Finally, we talked about stress (the bad and the good) as well as some techniques to stay in balance.
In just a few short weeks, we’ll hit Halloween, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas. Three holidays in a row where food and treats are going to be the center of attention. If there’s any time of the year that’s guaranteed to test your resolve, this is it.
Throughout the challenge, we’ve promoted a balanced approach to eating healthy. We didn’t suggest a specific diet; we have participants doing Paleo, Keto, low carb, vegetarian…you name it. Our goal was to get everyone eating whole foods, introducing more vegetables, making more of their meals at home, and understanding core concepts around their behavior and nutrition science.
“Success” does not mean being perfect all the time. It means doing the best you can 85% of the time and enjoying that 15% of the time when you splurge on your favorite treats. Ultimately, that’s the path forward for sustainable, healthy eating – not depriving yourself, but staying balanced.
As we enter the last week (regardless of whether you’re in the challenge or not, but especially if you are), reflect back on everything you have learned over the past few weeks. Celebrate the successes you have had and think about how you’re going to stay balanced as we enter the holidays. How can you make healthy choices while still enjoying your favorite foods? What will success look like to you, and what plan can you put in place to “win?”
Finally, remember that although the challenge might be coming to a close, resources are still available! Feel free to chat with any coach about questions you have. We’re always happy to help!
Coming Up Next – Powerlifting Cycle
Our first in-house nutrition challenge is coming to a close, but we’re just getting started with some exciting fall/winter programming at CrossFit Undeniable.
This Saturday, we have our powerlifting clinic running from 10:15AM-1:15PM. Over the three hours, you’ll learn the intricacies of the squat, deadlift, and bench press. We’ll be going into detail on each movement, spending time to perfect form, and working up to heavy weights across the board. You’ll get one-on-one attention from a coach the entire time!
The cost of the clinic is as follows:
- Non-members and 3 days/week – $50 per person
- Unlimited Members – $25
- Athlete Plus – FREE
Starting Monday, October 22nd, 2018, we’ll be kicking off our powerlifting class. It will run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7PM-8:30PM. This six week cycle will be progressive, meaning we’ll be building with consistency on your current personal bench, squat, and deadlift numbers. You’ll certainly get stronger (PRs are expected!).
If you have any questions or would like to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is as follows:
- Non-members and 3 days/week – $250 per person
- Unlimited Members – $175
- Athlete Plus – FREE