As we are preparing to start another Whole Life Challenge I can’t help but feel excited and anxious to start. Each of my challenges have been such worthwhile experiences that I am drawn to participate each and every time! My first challenge opportunity presented itself when I was still going through the Foundations Class. We were told to come to a meeting on a Thursday evening. This was back when Crystal and Alec coordinated the challenges for us. There was a discussion about nutrition and shared experiences by a member. I remember participating because all my Foundations classmates were doing it and we partnered up to support each other. I really didn’t have any idea what I was doing or even why, just trying to be part of the community and something that sounded like it might be good for me!
I’m not sure which of the food items I eliminated from my diet, wheat, dairy, or sugar, made the difference for me, maybe it was all of them combined, but I began to feel so much better each week. I had self diagnosed myself with something like irritable bowel syndrome, because I constantly had stomach issues. My mom has similar issues and I just thought it ran in my family. By the end of the challenge my symptoms had gone away and I was hooked on the Paleo eating system. It agreed with my body and felt better than I had in years.
I continue to follow this system, not perfectly mind you, but probably about 85% compliance. Each challenge helps to bring me back as I tend to stray away eating non-compliant foods. Each challenge is an opportunity to get better and re-establish good habits.
More than anything, through shared tips from Crossfit Uncommon coaches and members and by participating in the challenges, I have learned to take better care of myself. The mobilizing has been such a blessing, and I am finally resolving issues that have caused a variety of problems for me for years like chronic lower back pain, nerve issues, and flexibility problems. I value sleep so much more and I even have a regular bedtime that I am committed to except for Friday and Saturday nights. I have more energy at 54 than I ever imagined I could, and am more flexible than most people my age.
Crossfit itself is such a gift everyday. It sparks my competitive spirit but not to a degree where it’s a negative! It helps me be a better team member for my fellow classmates. I am so blessed everyday to have an opportunity to be better in mind, body and spirit.
If you are still on the fence about joining the Challenge, just do it! What do you have to lose? I promise you will find your life improved a little in at least one aspect. You are so worth it! You will not regret the time, money, or energy spent in these upcoming weeks.