One week into the Whole Life Challenge. Its been a little rough, cutting out ALL added sugar. But I’m sure it will have great results. It will be really interesting to see how this goes. I did well on the baseline workout (1/2 mile run, 30 pullups, and as many burpees as possible in the remaining time of 12 minutes). Your score is the number of burpees you completed. I did 61; doing 61 burpees sucks, btw. Here’s my embarrassing, ½ naked before picture:
Hi, I’m Viva Violence!. I will be guest blogging about a 8 week long “Whole Life Challenge” (excessive quotations = read in the voice of Chris Farley) that I’m embarking on with a few of my friends. I’ve dabbled in the caveman diet before. You can read about that experience and my background for this challenge here. Well, what is a “whole life challenge” you ask? It’s a challenge to create a sustainable healthy lifestyle. So for diet (note, diet means what you eat. everyone is on a diet. I am not restricting calories or trying to lose weight), you cut out all grains, soy, dairy, processed food, added sugar and alcohol. For lifestyle, you exercise at least 10 minutes a day (includes active recovery for rest days), stretch/roll/mobility for at least 10 minutes a day, and take fish oil (to try to bring your Omega6:Omega3 fat intake from a normal 20+:1 down to an ideal 3:1).
Why would you do these things? Well, the basic answer for nutrition is that you want to eliminate the foods that are most likely to cause an allergic reaction in your body. Other health benefits include but are not limited to: clearer skin, steady insulin and other hormone levels, lose fat, promote bone health, for a happy healthy brain etc. I think we all know that exercise and stretching are good for us, and take fish oil, again for a happy healthy brain (I have to use mine a lot). Also participate for some friendly competition (there are points awarded, random giveaways etc).
Okay, but personally why would I do this? Two things really. I want to run an infamous ½ marathon, pier to peak, which routes 13.1 miles from the ocean to the top of a mountain. Yes, I want to run this, and I want to do it in less than 2.5 hours (yeah, I know that’s slow for a half marathon, but did I mention the 4000 ft elevation gain?) and I want to do this run while sporting an outfit and smile like Michelle Jenneke (if you know me, you know looking good is important).
I expect a few hardships along the way:
Resources to make it through:
The challenge is judged by an on your honor point system, measurements and workout performance improvement. The overall outcome is to make a sustainable healthy life.Stay tuned for next week where I’ll post my pre-challenge pictures and performance scores and give weekly updates on fun recipes and how to cope with being healthy in an unhealthy world.
PS: I like to know a lot of stuff. I’ve done a bunch of research and have some strong opinions about things related to this. If you have any questions, feel free to message me. firstname.lastname@example.org