Dessert was on offer and I declined - just sipped on my water and felt absolutely fine.
The Whole Life Challenge was exactly what I needed to take that next step in my health and fitness progress. There are a lot of people who eat clean and exercise regularly; there are many others that do either one or the other; and many, many others who don't do either.
Before the challenge I definitely fell into the middle category - exercising, but not really eating as clean as I could/should have ...
Dropping the grains, dairy, sugars, etc. made a massive difference. I exercised everyday for the past 8 weeks, though some days it was just for 20 minutes (10 min of active workout + 10 minutes of cool down). In the beginning I was watching what I ate AND counting calories. By the middle of the challenge I stopped counting calories because I realized I was eating so healthy that in the end it didn't really matter if I had 1 or 2 servings of what I had cooked. Though I didn't count my calories, I did watch my portions. I always measured how much oil I used, and I didn't overeat - ever. I stopped when I was full.
I ate 3 full meals a day - e.g. eggs for breakfast, tuna salad for lunch, fish and veggies for dinner - lots of lean protein, lots of veggies. I sometimes had a few snacks during the day - banana, apple, grapes, dates, peanut butter + celery, raw nuts and raisins. If I didn't feel hungry, I didn't eat.
My biggest problem is still the amount of sleep that I get ... I need more sleep. I really, really need more sleep. That's something that I'll continue to work on.
So, without further ado, here are a few pix to illustrate my progress over the past 8 weeks.
First of all, my weight, measurements, and fitness achievement (did the same workout today that I did 8 weeks ago and compared my progress). Here are the results:
I am incredibly pleased with these results. Of course I wanted to lose exactly 10 kg, but I really can't complain. I was so happy to improve on my baseline test as well. Maybe I'll do it again in 8 weeks to see how I compare!
Here are a few more pix for you :)
This is a pic of one of my closets before the challenge:
I went through and tried on all the clothes; they were almost all way too big. Some of them fit ok, others finally fit right. Here's what it looked like after the purge:
Here's the first stack of clothes that I'll be giving away. I still have 2 more closets to go through!
I feel really shy putting up these progress photos, but this is just to demonstrate the change over the past 8 weeks.
It's not easy, but at the same time it's not difficult. You just have to make the decision to make the change and then DO IT. Stick to the plan for 8 weeks. You need to be patient for the progress to occur.
Patience, persistence, and in the words of Norma - constant vigilance :)
A huge shout out to Jenn for getting me involved in the challenge and for putting me under your affiliate. This is just what I needed to take me to the next level.
Stay tuned for post-Whole Life Challenge plans ... coming up tomorrow!!