30 days to change your eating, to change your life.
The worst part was filling the boredom snack void--although the snacks that I ate were mostly healthy beforehand, it is easy to snack on something while at the desk/computer working during the day even if a meal was truly filling. I ate more during the first week because I wanted to chew on something when bored. ( There is a picture from a paleo site that shows a whole grilled fish with sliced lemon and cilantro that says that if that fish looks appetizing, then you are hungry, otherwise you are not--I used that image often!)The best part: there are 2-- the discipline of following the program and knowing others were out there doing it as well, so thank you all for the comraderie!--second--having my kids acutely aware of the program led them to be curious and want to join me in the program-- I served sauteed kale last night and no one complained!It would be nice to know who is joining at the beginning and which gym so that we can greet each other and cheer folks on during the program. Maybe also collect the personal goal of each person. Thanks for the opportunity!!
I enjoyed the challenge. I am sticking to the zone and allowing myself a cheat meal each week to keep the progress I have made going. I think doing the zone changed the way i think of food and balancing my meals. I went out to eat a couple of times and maintained the balance after weeks of weighing and measuring. The most difficult part of doing the zone was getting fats. Nuts are easy, but a bit troublesome to the digestive tract. I needed a little coaching to fit my needs into the zone without getting lazy and just eating cream cheese or bread. I wish the coaches at the gym were more engaged in the blog giving feedback or more engaged in discussing nutrition at the gym. I think if there was more a sense of continuity between the challenge and the box it would have been a more full experience. As it was run, it felt parallel but not integrated. I will definitely be a part of the next one. I am impressed by my results and everyone else's, we had a great month!
It's been An amazing month. Blogging is a great tool for accountability! 2 challenges ago the blog def had more info that has helped me thru this challenge as well. Although we all eat healthy for the most part a diet challenge is great to get your body in check! What's amazing is that we are all winners, we all have made amazing personnel progress!One again Thanks!
I enjoyed the Nutrition Challenge this time around. In the past, all the cravings and temptations would get the best of me but in the end, I realize that I was not in it alone. Blogging and reading everyone's posts made me realize that we are all going through the same thing. It gives people a sense of community. I enjoy that both gyms are motivating each other and rooting each other even if we've never met each other. Nicol, I myself am part of the coaching staff at 305 but I too am learning with you guys but I agree that we should be more involved in the blog and address any questions you all might have. I will definitely bring it up to the rest of the coaches before the next challenge begins. I think everyone did an excellent job keeping motivated, motivating others, being strong and sticking to which ever diet we were following. Congratulations to everyone with your results and lets keep it up.
Peter and Chad were super helpful in person when I had specific issues and Dan answered my one question on the blog about the amount of food I was consuming on the zone. I sought out that feedback and the coaches were available and happy to help. I guess I was just trying to answer the question of what I think would make it better next time around. The blog was good and kept me accountable. But in my mind a greater integration between the box and the challenge would help for me immensely. At times I felt like the two parts of my fitness life were disconnected. The nutrition and blog isolated to my relationship with my laptop and the WOD isolated to the box. I think to improve on the experience, the two could be more of a tandem than parallels.
I concur with the above comments regarding input from trainers. Maybe a class breaking down the differences in the two diets befor the challenge starts would be helpful. I think you get out of this challenge what you put into it but the blog is defiantly motivating. During my first nutrition challenge I was craving a coke on ice, the last it was Starbucks, this time I want cereal and milk which I am having first thing tomorrow. I will not be as strict on my food consumption but this challenge has taught me to be more aware and prepare better meals. Thank you and congrats to all--a lot of great numbers were posted.
I basically couldn't eat an exact diet but I would suggest it was more like a paleo diet because I ate a lot of veggies and only a little bit of fruits. I also got my protein in from shakes but other than that I just went along with how my body was feeling. If I was tired or sore I would drink more water and more protein. The hardest part was the fact that sometimes I wanted to eat crap but couldn't in the beginning. Soon I realized that the weight was dropping off and my cravings were not as much. After about two weeks and 10lbs I found that the cravings were totally gone. I dont think I would have changed anything. Im still going and have like 10 more lbs to lose and gain like 10 lbs of muscle over the next year