On September 7, we will be staring The Whole Life Challenge!
It’s a chance for you to challenge yourself, your family and friends, and challenge the world!
The Whole Life Challenge is an all encompassing physical and mental challenge, available to CrossFit Merge members, friends, and families. This is an 8 week challenge of your overall health and commitment. Nutrition, exercise, mobility, recovery, lifestyle…all of it will be tested and improved.
Obviously you’re going to say, “well, Marianoel, you’re a coach, of course you want me to do this.” But don’t me convince you about what a positive change this will have in your life. Let Jane, one of the winners of the WLC tell you all about it:
It’s all or nothing…
I joined my 1st challenge in the fall of 2012, and I never expected the impact this would have on me. Bryce approached me about joining WLC because he knew I was struggling with my food consumption and my main goal, “weight loss”. THANK YOU BRYCE!! After much research and soul searching, I decided to sign up. The first few weeks were truly a test for me. I had headaches, cravings, constant hunger, fatigue, weakness; nausea took over and was especially crabby. The sweet ladies at work were constantly offering me coffee and made sure we had an abundance of brewed coffee to help me along the way. I learned that having meals planned really helped. Sundays were my grocery shopping and cooking days. It made such a difference to start the week off prepared vs. scrambling throughout the week to stay compliant. What also helped me were the reflections of my fellow mergers that were participating alongside me. It made me realize my issues were NOT THAT unique and this was something most all of us were all experiencing. And of course brain-picking fellow mergers for their recipes; what they were doing to curve their cravings, etc. So much info comes out of this. Here, I came to the conclusion that this is not achievable without community and support of loved ones. I started educating my friends and family about WLC so they were well informed on what it was and why I was doing this. I made sure to emphasize how important this was for me. Thereafter, they made sure to have compliant foods for me for events or if we went out to eat they were courteous enough to let me have my pick of restaurants so that I may stay compliant. It is important to educate those that are close to you about the WLC. It makes the challenging task a bit easier, and also helps when it comes to sparing feelings of friends and family for turning down their foods. Of course, I had to remember all this is very helpful and is essential but I still needed to make sure I was in check and be accountable, determined and consistent throughout the challenge. I have an “It’s all or nothing approach”(so I’m told) for most things in my life. It has its positives and negatives, but this is the approach I took with WLC. Just took a deep breath, recognized why I was doing this, and jumped right in “all or nothing”. It worked for me. The humbling and awesome part of this was seeing all the changes in everyone participating in the box. I was lucky enough to witness and most of all be a part of it. I say try it once. If you don’t like it, you don’t ever have to do it again, but I doubt that’d be the case. I am gearing up to join for the 3rd super excited about it. What does one have to lose? There is much more we gain from participating in my opinion, and it opens your eyes to your capabilities, drive, and determination. Little did I know that I possessed these qualities at this caliber. A lot of my friends and family tell me I am such a different person today versus a year ago; not only in appearance but my thought process as well. I think it’s the highest form of compliment I can receive at this point in my life. Whoo hoo!!! Let’s do this!!
YOUR TIME IS NOW!!! NOW! Register yourself and friends today!
All Levels/Intermediate Skill:
Weighted Pull ups
Kipping Handstand Push Ups
Workout of the Day (WOD):
3 Rounds of
10 KB Swings (70/44)