A couple of you guys have come up to me and commenting on how well I am doing on the Whole Life Challenge. Despite Brett’s ridiculous comments, I have been enjoying the whole experience, especially doing it with all of you! In all honesty, the reason why I didn’t do the challenge the last time around is because I primarily eat this way without any sort of incentive. I have dialed it in a bit more (no drinking or ice cream on weekends) but it’s not too big of a change to my normal daily routine. I’ve been doing CrossFit for 3+ years so already know that my body performs better (in workouts and just in overall energy level so I can come up with amazingly fun warm-ups and things for you all to do) when I eat “Paleo” quality foods.
So in order to truly experience a different change and make it a challenge for myself I decided to track my macronutrients. Using resources from the website http://www.eattoperform.com
I was able to calculate my daily energy expenditure and set goals for myself for daily goals for protein, carbohydrate, and fat intake. I started before the WLC by tracking how my normal way of eating compared to what I was supposed to be eating for optimal performance. To my surprise I was low on all fronts. I’m very busy all day with my schedule and I do workout a lot but I didn’t expect to not be eating enough protein, carbs, or fat.
So throughout these 2 months I have been measuring, weighing, and calculating everything that I eat. I promise it sounds a lot more like a headache than it actually is. It requires a lot of cooking but once you get in a groove it is very manageable. I have noticed a huge difference in my performance in workouts and just having “more in the tank” in general. I have no desire to change my weight (up or down) and although I haven’t weighed myself, I don’t notice much of a change there.
For those of you that have the quality of your food under control, the next step is just to check that the quantity you are eating is right for you in order to optimize your results and make you the best version of yourself. I have done a TON of research on this in the past few weeks so please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for help on any nutrition questions you may have. Stay whole!