The Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge Winners: 2nd Place
We’re so proud of everyone who recently completed the Look, Feel, Perform Better Challenge, our 12-week collective kickstart toward healthier nutrition and recovery habits in the New Year. Among the dedicated CFSBKers who rethought their diets, counted macros, and put in quality time with the foam roller, three women and three men stood out to us as winners, and we‘ve been annoucing them this week. We’ve also asked them to tell us a bit about the “secrets” to their success. Yesterday we announced the 3rd-place winners. Today we’re pleased to announce the 2nd place winners: Mo A. and Sarah M. They’re each taking home a Specialty 10-Class Punch Card.
This is my second time doing the Challenge. For me, this was more of a continuation of lifestyle goals of eating healthy, taking fish oil daily, drinking 64oz+ water, and getting a solid 8 hours of sleep. The biggest adaptation I made this time around was (due to) programming. I did 10 classes of 1:1 with Brett and followed a schedule of bodybuilding programming, Short Circuit, CrossFit, and AR. The biggest change for me was how my body reacted to the programming. I was able to shed belly fat and increase muscle mass, which translated into strength: a 20lb Bench PR and a 10lb Front Squat PR. This is my 15th month (continuing from last year) following the Challenge. For me, it’s just a continuation of keeping up with a healthy lifestyle. THANK YOU!!!
Look: I’m starting to see some body composition changes, my clothes tend to be a little looser, and I can see some muscles in places I didn’t have them before. Nothing super dramatic, but enough of a change for me to be happy. The scale shows that I’ve lost about 10 pounds.
Feel: I definitely have better energy and a better overall mood. Before the challenge my eating habits had really taken a turn for the worse. I was constantly overfeeding myself and eating low quality fried foods. I ate take-out for almost every meal. Now I feel in control at meals, and cook most of them myself at the beginning of every week. Even when I’m indulging with a treat, I feel capable of stopping when I’m full, and feel ready to pick up again with good habits at the next meal.
Perform: I stupidly didn’t write down my rowing the first time around. I guess I missed that it was part of the test. But I went from 5 full rounds and 3 Push-Ups to 6 rounds (and a 42 calorie row). It’s not a huge transformation, but I feel a difference. For one thing, I’ve been a lot more consistent in just showing up 3 times a week, which has been awesome. The most noticeable change for me has been in my Squating weight. Right before the challenge, I tried doing a 95lb Front Squat for the first time and felt like I was maybe pushing it too much. The other day I surprised myself by doing 3 easy 103lb Front Squats and realized I should probably be going heavier. Over the past 3 months I faced my fears and did my first legit Box Jump, which I found to be super exciting. In general I feel less out of place at CFSBK than I used to. I still feel like I’ve got miles and miles ahead of me, but CrossFit has become a part of my life, which is pretty cool.
In general I’d say I feel better all around, with a new set of healthy habits that feel easy to maintain. I haven’t had the dramatic changes I’d love to see in the mirror, but I feel hopeful that I’m on a good path. Letting go of quick results has been a good lesson from the past 3 months. In the past I’d drop 10 pounds in a couple of weeks by dropping my calories low, or cutting out carbs entirely, which would inevitably leave me feeling like crap, and eventually jumping off the “wagon” landing face first into a pile of bagels. I’d blame my lack of will power and feel bad, inevitably gaining back the weight and feeling worse off than I started. Now I’ve decided that just in the same way I have to scale workouts, I need to scale any changes to my eating habits as well. Over the past 3 months I’ve made a series of small changes, trying to take Fox’s advice of making them “too easy.” My hope is to continue to build off of all I’ve learned and just keep going, continuing to make small tweaks, and hopefully the extra pounds I’ve got will slowly come off a few at a time each month. It’s pretty awesome new feeling to leave a nutritional challenge feeling empowered, and like genuinely excited to keep going.
Congrats, Sarah and Mo! Check out tomorrow’s post for the 1st-place winners!
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