by Catherine Wong
Paleo, RP, Keto, Atkins, The Zone Diet, Raw Food Diet, Master Cleanse, Intermittent Fasting, Whole 30, juice cleanses, low-carb diet, low-fat diet, starve yourself diet. There are so many diets out there right now and I have tried almost all of them. How many have you tried?
What works for one person may not work for you. What works for 99 out of 100 people may not work for you. Finding what works best for you really depends on your goals and understanding your own body. Now if your goals are to have a more well-rounded lifestyle when it comes to nutrition, fitness, mental health and happiness, then The Whole Life Challenge might be great for you.
What’s awesome about the WLC is that it is not another diet. It is not a weight-loss challenge. It is a lifestyle challenge. It focuses on developing new lifestyle habits by putting things into practice and using repetition to create simple and healthy routines over 8 weeks. It’s about seeing and taking advantage of opportunities that were always there by re-calibrating your actions towards a consistently healthy lifestyle.
Unlike the Whole 30, WLC is a challenge where perfection is not the objective. It’s not an all-or-nothing, restrictive nutrition challenge. You can go off plan for a meal, and all you do is lose a point(s).
There are 3 levels to pick from: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. You choose a level that is sustainable for your current lifestyle, yet challenges you to make positive changes you otherwise wouldn’t make. Every week, WLC will introduce a new lifestyle challenge that focuses on stress relief, mental health, staying connected to people you care about, or organizing your life. (Some past examples are: disconnecting from technology during meals, reading for 30 minutes each day, contacting someone you don’t usually keep in touch with, writing down 3 things you’re grateful for at the end of each day, writing down 3 to-do items you will get done the next day, and meditating for 10 minutes).
WLC is also built to fit you. For example, it is unrealistic for every person to aim to get 8 full hours of sleep per night. If you normally get 5 hours, then you’re shooting for at least 5.5 or 6 hours of sleep during the challenge. You earn points and log them through the 8 weeks and the goal is to end up with as many points as possible.
I have participated in The Whole Life Challenge 3 times and am a big advocate for this program. The nutrition and fitness habits you pick up during the challenge can be measured in performance and body composition. You take body measurements and do a workout at the beginning of the challenge, and do the same at the end of the 8 weeks.
The challenge shows us habits, we practice them, and after the challenge we decide if they’re right for our lives. Plus, you get to “compete” with your friends who are your support system throughout the game, and you keep each other accountable. Have fun while reaching your goals!
How to play: https://www.wholelifechallenge.com/howto-play/
Join our team!: https://game.wholelifechallenge.com/wlc1701/teams/crossfit-power-grid#/