Two Weeks Down!

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on September 24, 2013

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the fact I was going to be starting something called the
Whole Life Challenge through my CrossFit gym. The long and short of it is that it’s an eight week challenge in which you try to accumulate as many points as possible across five different categories, including nutrition, mobility, exercise, supplements and lifestyle. The lifestyle component changes over the course of the challenge, but includes things like proper hydration and enough sleep. There were different choices in the level of nutritional guidelines, but I decided to go all in which meant no grains, dairy, refined sugars/sweeteners or alcohol.

Going into these challenges, everyone has different goals. My trainer, Darcy, tried to emphasize to everyone that it’s not about being perfect, but more about being mindful and creating habits that you can sustain into the future. Now, I thought that was all fine and dandy coming from the long and lean super athlete that she is, but let’s be real, I was hoping to slim down and increase my performance in the gym. Otherwise, what’s the point of following something with so many restrictions?

Well, I’m just over two weeks into the challenge at this point, and I have to say, I’m learning more things than I would have imagined in such a short period of time. Better yet, I feel like I’ve shifted my thinking about food in particular that will have a lasting impact. I want to share a couple of my revelations, and hope that they can inspire others to make a small change here or there than can make a big difference in their health.

• In terms of being healthy, preparation and planning is key on all fronts. With all of the nutritional guidelines I’m following, if I’m not prepared for what’s to come in the day ahead, I’m setting myself up for failure. Having things on hand and ready to go sets me up for success and makes it much easier to walk away from other temptations. This applies to exercise as well. If you don’t plan for it and work it in to your schedule, it is probably the easiest thing to neglect. The lifestyle you want has to be a part of your schedule.

• Any sort of change is difficult in the beginning, but I’ve found that as you fall into a routine, restrictions start to feel more like choices and less like restrictions. Making the decision to walk away from a cookie at the office NOT because you can’t have it, but because it’s not the right choice for you in empowering.

• That said, making changes doesn’t mean being perfect all the time. This is probably one of the biggest life changing pieces for me. As someone who has been on a diet since I was 10 years old, it’s always felt like I’m on or off, but there’s nowhere in between. Last week I went out with some girlfriends. Everything I ate was within my guidelines, but my favorite seasonal beer happened to be on tap (as is only on tap for a month or two every year), so I decided to sacrifice a few of my nutritional points to enjoy a couple with friends. In the past, this would have been my green light to go ahead and eat whatever I wanted to because hey, I’ve already gone off the rails, right? This time was different. I made the choice, didn’t allow it to affect any of my other decisions that evening, didn’t allow it to turn into a whole weekend of bad choices, and most importantly, didn’t feel guilty about it. I’d like to think this is called balance and it’s probably the biggest pearl I’ve gained so far.

So that’s the first two weeks of my challenge. I will be updating as I go!

-Dr. Breanna Tivy

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