Due to my laziness (I haven’t taken pictures of anything I’ve been doing lately), and the fact that I ate Pizza Hut last night – don’t worry, it was Paleo 😉 – I thought today would be an appropriate day to talk about The Whole Life Challenge.
I participated in this challenge for the first time last September. At the time, I desperately needed something to help get me back on track after a fun and food-filled summer. I needed some sort of guidance, inspiration, a swift kick in the ass, anything, and my every day, monotonous diet and exercise wasn’t doing the trick (I can’t imagine why!).
So, after having found out about this bad boy only three days prior to the start date (yikes!), I decided to throw all my inhibitions to the wind and just jump right into this intense lifestyle game. I knew it was what I needed, and waiting around for perfect timing or, at the very least, more advanced notice was not going to do me any favors. So, with everything in me intent to
succeed kick this challenge’s ass, I signed up.
The challenge was difficult to say the least, but I was dedicated and at the game’s end, I decided it was the best choice I had ever made regarding my nutrition, fitness, and overall health.
- Specifically, it’s the reason I switched to a Paleo diet, which included eating meat again (I was a pescatarian until halfway through the challenge), and helped me realize the importance of label reading, proper macronutrient balance, and general clean eating.
- More generally, it taught me that diligence and consistency are the keys to forming and keeping good habits. Shaping them takes constant effort, but once they’re formed, the upkeep is effortless.
- Most beneficial to me was how this game – over the course of only eight weeks – gave me reason to question everything I thought I knew about nutrition and fitness, sparking my interest in researching and understanding as much about those topics as possible.
I highly recommend this to anyone who’s in a general health slump, struggling with your everyday decisions, needs to get back on track, or just wants to kick it up a notch. I want to emphasize that this is not a diet. It is not a quick fix. It is a complete lifestyle challenge that includes changing your diet, exercise, mobilization, supplemental, sleep, and hydration habits (among a slew of others). It promotes overall wellness by concentrating on, and bettering, every aspect of your daily life.
All of the above is why I just signed up again! The challenge starts September 7th!!!
Here are a few more specifics about the game:
- 8 week long online accountability game
- Thousands of other players
- Body measurement/current fitness level recorded before and after challenge
- Daily log in to record your points (11 points total, daily)
- 5 nutrition points
- 2 exercise points
- 2 mobilization points
- 1 supplement point
- 1 lifestyle point
- Bonus points earned for reflections
- 3 different levels of participation: Advanced, intermediate, and beginner
- Choose your level when you sign up
- Break a nutrition rule, lose a point
- At least 10 minutes of exercise to earn your 2 points
- Active recovery for 10 minutes on rest days
- At least 10 minutes of stretching to earn your 2 points
- Take a supplement of your choice every day to earn your 1 point
- Earn 1 point each day by following the lifestyle instructions for that week i.e. water intake, min. hours of sleep, etc.
- Reflections are short, written entries in which you can write about anything you’re feeling that day
- Must log 5 consecutive entries in order to earn 2 bonus points
- $49 to sign up
- Access to player forum and online global community
- Daily blog content
Check out the FAQs for more information.
In addition to myself, others who are signing up for the challenge include Meghan, my boyfriend, my friend Jacque, AND her entire office! How awesome! Once you sign up, you can create teams through the website. We’re definitely doing that. It’s a great way to keep yourself and each other accountable, and it adds a little friendly competition to the mix 🙂
Annnyyyywayyyyy, so there’s that. I’m really excited about it. Only 16 days out! I can’t wait!
When and what was your healthy living breakthrough moment? My initial moment was May, 2011 in a Macy’s dressing room (you ladies know the lighting in there is the WORST) and I decided I was sick of being out of shape and unhealthy. WLC was my second.
Anyone else participating in a healthy living challenge?
Sorry there are no pictures in this post – that’s not a question 😦