CrossFit Charlottesville’s “Back to School” New Member Special!
CrossFit Charlottesville is offering a 3 month, prepaid membership for only $299! This membership gives you unlimited access to all of our amazing class offerings at CrossFit Charlottesville, including C’ville Strength and C’ville Burn. Capture this opportunity for the best gym experience of your life. Get results, experience fun, and come see why we’re the best gym if you care about changing your life.
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Ready to jump start your fitness journey? Our prepaid 3 month membership special at CrossFit Charlottesville has you covered. You can either purchase it online or in person. Follow the link here to purchase online:
*This deal must be purchased before September 25, 2014. Upon purchasing the special, you can begin your 3 month membership at any time – your membership will activate when you sign in for your first class. All sales are final. For more information regarding the membership special, please come in for a FREE intro class during one of the times listed below to speak to a trainer and try it out, email email@example.com or call (434) 260-0209. This membership special applies to new members only, and cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.
Why Choose CrossFit Charlottesville?
We provide incredible value when you experience results and the environment we’ve created. CrossFit Charlottesville has a staff of 18 trainers with 40+ years combined experience and 30+ certifications held, and we’ve been in operation for 5 years; our experience is unmatched in Charlottesville. We offer CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting (C’ville Strength), and Bootcamp classes (C’ville Burn), so there is something for everyone. Come check out our facility during one of our Free Intro Classes and try it for yourself before purchasing this membership special.
FREE Intro Classes Every Week:
Starting the week of July 7, we will be making some schedule changes that will affect C’ville Strength weekday classes as well as our Free Intro Class and Essentials
C’ville Strength will be moving to 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday during the week (schedule remains the same for the weekend)
Intro/Essentials will be moving to 6:15pm on Monday and Wednesday during the week (we will still have our regular Saturday classes at noon)
These changes will better serve our growing strength community as well as make it easier for new members to take advantage of our Essentials class during the week. None of these changes will have an effect on our regular CrossFit Class Schedule.
Also, just a reminder about our current Saturday CrossFit schedule. We have CrossFit make-up classes at 8am and 11am ONLY. There is no longer class at 10am.
All of these changes are reflected in our online scheduler, and the website will be updated by the 7th.
If you have questions please email Scott!
Thanks, and always have fun getting more fit!
I feel lean and mean, systems running like a well oiled machine
I started sleeping much better and didn’t always need that second (or more) cups of coffee in the afternoons, even when I woke up before 5 AM for work
I’m not easily winded when going on the 400m and 800m run
Due to the weight loss my performance has changed greatly
I don’t get nearly as tired during workouts and feel like I have more energy
Overall I had great energy, slept soundly and was happy-go-lucky
I was able to gain perspective on the saying “you are what you eat”
The positive benefits have encouraged me to push myself more and try new things
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Spring 2014 Nutrition Challenge! This was our ninth Nutrition Challenge, and you can find past results here:
- Nutrition Challenge #1
- Nutrition Challenge #2
- Nutrition Challenge #3
- Nutrition Challenge #4
- Nutrition Challenge #5
- Nutrition Challenge #6
- Nutrition Challenge #7
- Nutrition Challenge #8
Below you will find before and after photos and testimonials from those who completed all eight weeks of our Nutrition Challenge this spring. I am really proud of the hard work everyone put in. You all approached it with an open mind and a willingness to make positive changes. It was very rewarding for me to witness this, and I enjoyed working with you all. Most importantly, big congratulations go out to Anna and Karen for winning the Spring Nutrition Challenge! They both not only did a solid job of sticking to the guidelines of the challenge, but achieved measurable body composition changes. Everyone who completed the challenge deserves recognition, and you can find their testimonials below. Again, congrats to everyone who participated, and we hope that everything you learned during the challenge will enrich your life going forward.
For this Nutrition Challenge we teamed up with Arqspin to produce some awesome before and after pictures! Nathan and Chandler were a huge help, and I appreciate the work they put in to make these great interactive pictures. You can see before and after spins by clicking on the picture itself or the links at the end of each participant’s testimonial.
I rate my overall experience with paleo strong to quite strong. I lost 15 pounds during the challenge, and let’s be honest, ten of those likely dropped due to the absence of IPAs in my diet. I feel lean and mean, systems running like a well oiled machine. I probably lost a dress size. The greatest impact was my recovery time. Throughout the challenge, I continued my usual workout schedule and played in a couple tennis leagues. I was able to do so without fatigue while seeing improvements in performance. Outside of fitness, Mondays are no longer the bane of existence, and I feel more alert around the usual two o’clock lull. Will I continue strict paleo? No. I like beer, ice cream and pizza too much. I will eat those a little less, though. Further, I plan to incorporate the following:
- An awareness of the content of your food. As a general rule, chemicals do not enhance food. In order to maximize your output, though, you must also input balanced amounts of protein, fat and carbs at the right time. For instance, I found the switch from a carb-loaded to protein-centric breakfast extremely valuable.
- The accessibility of Paleo. You are just one Google search and a bag of coconut flour (though slightly expensive) away from replacing any of your favorite gluten treats. Except pizza – although even my paleo pizza was surprisingly tasty. As far as time commitment, you can commit as much or as little time as you would like. Very little of what I made took over twenty minutes to prep and most meals had leftovers, which was huge.
- Consistency. In the illustrious words of Ice Cube, “It ain’t a track meet, it’s a marathon.” The biggest struggle was adjusting my attitude that claimed, “Eat well and sometimes minimally during the week so you can glutinously gorge yourself on the weekend.” Discarding that attitude, I focused on making meals that interested me regularly and finding ways to satisfy cravings so I could easily say no to treats when offered.
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The biggest thing that I noticed was an improvement in my energy levels during the day and during my workouts (after an initial slump). Once that slump was over, I started sleeping much better and didn’t always need that second (or more) cups of coffee in the afternoons, even when I woke up before 5 AM for work. More than that, I had fairly consistent energy levels throughout the day. I was surprised by these improvements because I ate “primal” beforehand, but never really thought too much about ratios and timing of nutrients. Beyond that, I noticed pretty considerable gains in strength and muscle size. My squat and deadlift all improved, and I only use the red band for pull-ups now and can do more skilled movements than before (TTB!). I’ve always struggled with building muscle. My digestive issues got even better and my skin and nails got better, too. As for clothing sizes, I didn’t necessarily drop in size but my tops were definitely fitting looser. My pants fit looser in the waist and tighter in my legs etc., but I’m okay with that! Finally I became a lot better at listening to cues from my body – everything from when to rest or when I could do a bit more to my tendency to eat when I’m bored/tired/stressed instead of when I’m actually hungry. I think my relationship with food has improved considerably.
Check out Christina’s Spins from Arqspin!
- How much weight did you lose? How much have you leaned out? 6-7lb loss, I’ve toned/leaned out more.
- How do you feel throughout the day? How has your performance in workouts changed? I’m not groggy in the afternoon and I don’t snack throughout the day. My performance in workouts reflect this as well. I’m not easily winded when going on the 400m and 800m run.
- How many dress and / or pant sizes have you lost? Clothes are looser but pant size hasn’t changed.
- How have your energy levels changed? What about mental benefits? My energy level is great, more endurance.
- How much weight did you lose? How much have you leaned out?
I lost approximately 14 lbs. I don’t know exactly how much leaner I am but I certainly feel like my muscle mass has increased and my fat levels have dropped.
- How do you feel throughout the day? How has your performance in workouts changed?
Interestingly my energy level has been great. I still don’t get enough sleep, but that’s my life. One thing I did was completely cut out diet soft drinks, I was very addicted. I wanted to go cold turkey from them and did so. I was afraid I would have headaches from the withdrawals from caffeine but I never once noticed it. So far I am 9 weeks without a diet soda. Due to the weight loss my performance has changed greatly. I don’t get nearly as tired during workouts and feel like I have more energy. I believe it is a combination of a much stricter diet in combination with the weight loss and more muscle being built.
- How many dress and / or pant sizes have you lost?
I haven’t lost any sizes but my current closes fit much better. In fact, my wife says my XL shirts don’t look so tight anymore.
- How have your energy levels changed? What about mental benefits?
As I was saying earlier, my energy levels are great. I do find I need more rest but that is again because of my crazy schedule. As for mental benefits, I am much more positive about myself. I feel better mentally because I am doing something to help myself which makes me think of myself in a better way.
- Anything else you would like to share?
Just a big thanks to Scott for his encouragement and for the support along the way. Also, his knowledge was helpful as well as his willingness to take the time each week to help us push through.
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The nutrition challenge was an excellent experience for me. I have been doing versions of the ancestral diet for the past six years; first Weston Price and now Paleo for the past 2.5 years. Documenting and measuring my food for the first month of the challenge gave me a lot of insight about how I was eating. I found that I was filling up on good fats, but not eating nearly enough protein or carbohydrates. The biggest positive change for me was giving up all refined sugar. I quit my daily dark chocolate habit about one month before the challenge and have remained sugar free ever since.
I was initially concerned about the “Zone” portion control and potential hunger, but I actually found that I needed a greater variety and volume of food than I had been eating. After week three I cut my intake to about 1300 calories a day in hopes of shedding weight more quickly. I only remember feeling hungry during a few morning workouts. Overall I had great energy, slept soundly and was happy-go-lucky.
I lost four pounds, 1.5” off of my hips, and about 1.5 dress sizes during the nutrition challenge. I was initially disappointed that I did not lose more weight, but I see now that I have leaned out a lot and gained quite a bit of muscle. I am happy that I am able to squeeze into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes for the first time in a very long time.
During the last two weeks of the challenge I began to see performance improvements in myself. This encouraged me to focus less on the vanity aspect. I find the guidelines of the challenge sustainable and I continue to follow them (with the addition of a few glasses of wine here and there.) Now that I have been doing this for 11 weeks I actually feel like I have hit the tipping point and I am beginning to see the real changes that I was anticipating.
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I joined Charlottesville Crossfit in November of 2013. The range of fitness and physical challenges captivated me. This is something that I enjoy and it is never boring! After losing 15 lbs and hitting a plateau, the nutrition challenge was presented. I had heard of Paleo and thought it would be too difficult to maintain with children and not to mention costly. This was not a diet for me but a lifestyle change for my family that needed to take place. Once Scott assigned my specific weekly nutritional goals, I began cooking. Cooking and preparing my meals ahead and pre packing for the week helped with my busy schedule. I found that the first week, I was always hungry. I found myself eating all the time; however, a quick healthy snack or meal on hand was a big help to keep me on track. Once I was able to get through the first week and get into a manageable routine, I found that I had more energy and felt more focused. “Goodbye to the midday slump.” I think I realized the benefits of clean eating on my cheat days or when I would started to add some foods back into my diet. I quickly realized these were the foods that were making me feel bad: bloating, sleepiness, mental- fog and so on, it was all coming back. I was able to gain perspective on the saying “you are what you eat”. We choose what we put in our mouth and I will definitely continue the clean eating lifestyle and lead a healthier quality of life. During the nutrition challenge, I lost 8.7 lbs, 2.5 inches off of my waist, and 3.5 inches off of my hips. I am able to run further distances without stopping and my box jumps have also improved. The positive benefits have encouraged me to push myself more and try new things.
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I had a chance to catch up with Clay after he and Kristen moved out to Texas this summer. Clay and Kristen joined our gym about 2 years ago and were very active members in our small community here in Charlottesville. Like Clay and Kristen, many people are here for a short while due to school, training, or other commitments, so when that stint is up we often have to say farewell. We create lasting bonds with people in the gym, and we are excited for them when they start the next chapter of their life although it’s not easy to see them go. It was rewarding to see the progress Clay and Kristen made during their time at CrossFit Charlottesville, and it was even better to get to know them as people. I wanted to thank Clay for imparting some words of wisdom and finding the time during the move (and Kristen being close to having a baby!) to answer my questions below. Best of luck to you both, and come visit us in Charlottesville soon!
Where did you move?
Ft. Hood, TX
What takes you to your new home?
Army, back to work. No more goofing off at school.
What is your favorite memory of the gym?
I’m not sure if I could pin down a single favorite memory. Certainly there were some pretty tough WODs that felt great to get to the other side of. I really enjoyed helping out at the SuperFit games and seeing people of all ages who could bang out some reps in some pretty tough events. I am not sure, but I also feel like that was around the time when I started feeling like a part of the community and not just a member. That transition happened gradually, starting from the beginning, but certainly by a few months in, we weren’t just faces coming and going. Folks knew us, trainers didn’t worry if we knew what we were doing, and if we missed a week people asked after us.
Worst workout experience?
Again, hard to say. I never judged a bad workout on how difficult it was; if I thought it was bad, it was usually because I had eaten badly or was sick/hurt, and I was suffering from my own issue. That said, I do tend to hate anything with high rep burpees. All the up and down just spikes my heart-rate.
Best workout experience?
Kristen and I both remember one of the first Burn workouts we did last summer when it just started pouring at the start of a long series of hill runs and dumbbell things. Other than that I would say anytime I progressed to doing a particular movement/WOD Rx from scaled I was pretty happy. That happened a lot over the first year, even if I didn’t record the particular milestones.
Biggest accomplishment since starting CF?
Two (they’re related): first, I’d say my short-lived ability to do an actual muscle up. Second, the weight loss/body comp improvements that came with being healthier overall in that fall of 2012, and again leading up to our wedding the next spring. I got down to the 200lbs mark for the first time in years, and I could really tell how much difference it made, especially on bodyweight exercises–like dropping a 25lbs plate.
What are your fitness goals when you leave Charlottesville?
Definitely regain the health/body comp focus we had before. Life got stressful and busy with the final school semester, moving, and everything else, and we went from habitual good choices to sporadically good choices in diet.
Anything you’d like to say to your fellow crossfitters?
We will sorely miss everyone we have gotten to know these past two years. I’m very sorry to anyone who we didn’t get to say goodbye to. You know, this seems to have been a tough year for C-ville in major competitions (except for Elizabeth, of course!), but I would absolutely rather workout alongside of everyone there than any of the professional CrossFit elite on TV. Remember the first rule–it’s what make the community in C-ville so strong.
Any advice or thoughts you’d like to impart on a new person considering trying CrossFit?
Along those same lines–CrossFit as a brand has been evolving at least in the several years since I found out about it. There is the international multi-million dollar competitive enterprise that the brand has become known for on TV, sporting goods stores, and countless blogs either touting or bashing it. Then there is the actual experience you have in the gym with trainers who were in your shoes not long ago themselves, and other members who all share the simple goal of fitness. Don’t be intimidated, come and learn. Don’t skip essentials. Learn the movements correctly, and scale appropriately at first. Don’t try to win the Games next year, just try to hit your next small goal, and catch that guy running a little faster than you up the hill. You will improve, quickly.
Anything else you’d like to say?
The bottom line though is that I think you’re doing it right at CFC. I’m bummed that the national brand is turning into a competitive professional sport, NOT focused on functional fitness for everyday people, but that doesn’t seem to have affected the focus locally. That’s good.
Put these upcoming events on your calendars, and get involved!
Bring A Friend Day is Back!
Bring A Friend Day will be the first Thursday of each month, starting May 1! Bring a friend to the gym for any class time. Expect some sort of partner workout so you and your friend can team up.
First Friday Potluck-Style BBQ and Hang Out
On May 2, join us for the first “First Friday” BBQ and hang out of 2014! BYOB and BYOM(eat), but please feel free to bring a side to share. Bring your family and/or friends, and come hang out after classes end on Friday around 6pm. We’ll have the grill up and running and cornhole boards set out, so it’s going to be an awesome time! RSVP to the Facebook Event (or just show up!).
Beginner/Intermediate Erg Clinic
On May 3 at 1:30pm, we are hosting a beginner/intermediate erg clinic with Laura Kocourek! This clinic will be very similar to the one we ran in the fall of last year. If you feel like you need some pointers or are just not “getting it” on the erg, this clinic is for you! You’ll do some core work, learn proper technique and basic drills, and do a fun team workout at the end! Free for members and $20 for non-members. Please RSVP to the Event on Facebook. The FB Event has a much more detailed description of the clinic.
Advanced Erg Clinic
On May 10 at 1:30pm, we are hosting an advanced erg clinic with Laura! Prerequisites for the Advanced clinic include having a good understanding of your own power/splits when rowing and/or having attended the beginner clinic in the fall or on May 3, 2014. That being said, the purpose of this clinic is to REFINE your technique. If you are unsure about whether or not you should attend the advanced clinic or cannot come to the beginner/intermediate clinic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions! Free for members and $20 for non-members. Please RSVP to the Event on Facebook
CF C’ville Goes to Friday’s After Five, May 16
We are planning to meet up on the downtown mall for Friday’s After Five on May 16. Come out with your family and friends, and meet us there! Please RSVP to the Event on Facebook
SuperFit Charlottesville, June 14
SuperFit Games is coming back to Charlottesville on June 14! Did you know that the very first SuperFit Games was held at our old facility right here in Charlottesville back in early 2010? SuperFit has grown to be a nation-wide competition platform, but it’s returning to its roots here in Charlottesville! It is an Rx only, individual competition, but if you competed in the open you are more than ready for it, and here’s your chance to compete at home! We also need judges and volunteers for the event, and you can sign up to do that at the same registration link. Please visit the SuperFit Charlottesville page for more information and details on how to register!
CrossFit Charlottesville is hosting our ninth Nutrition Challenge! This event is open to the public, so come redefine your relationship with food, learn how to cook again, and get in shape before the summer!
At 530 PM on Sunday, April 6th we will host our Nutrition Challenge Kick-off at the gym. Anyone, member or non-member, is welcome to participate; all you have to do is bring $20 in cash for the prize pool. Here are the results from our past challenges:
- Changing Member Lives: 8 Weeks of Paleo/Primal Eating and Strength Training with Result Pictures
- Second Nutrition Challenge: 8 Weeks of Paleo + Primal Eating and CrossFit Training with Result Pictures
- Third Nutrition Challenge: Paleo Eating Before and After Pictures
- Fourth Nutrition Challenge: Paleo & Zone-ish Eating for 8 Week Before and After Pictures
- Fifth Nutrition Challenge: Paleo Nutrition and Zone Guidelines for 8 Weeks Before and After Result Pictures
- Fall 2012 Nutrition Challenge Results, Before and After Photos, and Winners
- Spring 2013 Nutrition Challenge Results, Before and After Photos, and Winners
- Fall 2013 Nutrition Challenge Results, Before and After Photos, and Winners
Then around 6:30 PM we will host a Paleo Potluck Dinner. Anyone is welcome to come to the Paleo Potluck, even if you are not planning to participate in the challenge! Bring snacks, appetizers, entrees, or desserts, as long as they emphasize good-quality real food (meat, fish, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc.) and skip out on the bad stuff (processed sugar, gluten, etc.). We will supply utensils, plates, bowls, and paper towels. Bring your own beverage.
Food is fuel, and in order to fully achieve your health, performance, and body image goals, you need to dial in your nutrition. Unfortunately, exercise alone will not do the trick, and there is no such thing as out-training a bad diet. Here are three great resources about proper nutrition written by our very own trainers from CrossFit Charlottesville:
- Nutrition Resources and Summary
- Nutrition Basics for Health and Performance
- Zone Diet for Health, Performance and CrossFit
Nutrition Challenge Rules
- Consult your doctor before you make any nutrition changes.
- You must bring $20 in cash to the meeting on Sunday in order to participate. The money will be used as a prize pool for the winner.
- If you want to enter the Nutrition Challenge, follow the guidelines exactly. There are no exceptions or “cheat” meals.
- It starts Sunday and ends after 8 weeks.
- On Sunday we will take a picture of you showing your mid-section. The winner will be the one who shows the best body recomposition (more lean muscle mass and less fat). Men will go shirtless for the photo, and women will be asked to wear a sports bra.
- You need to enter everything you eat into FitDay for the first three weeks. Once a week, print out your FitDay information and bring the sheets into the gym to review with Scott.
- Emphasize naturally-raised, organic, and pastured food as much as possible. Shop at Whole Foods, the Farmers’ Market, and the C’ville Market. Avoid processed food-like substances in the aisles by sticking to the perimeter of the grocery store.
- Good: local, organic, or pastured meats and eggs, wild-caught fish, local or organic vegetables and berries, oils like coconut or olive oil.
- Grey area: full-fat grass-fed milk and butter, whey protein, full-fat Greek yogurt
- Bad: processed sugar, gluten, grains, alcohol, soda (even diet).
- Supplements: fish oil (5 to 8 grams daily), multi-vitamin, vitamin D (5,000 IU per day), creatine (3 to 6 grams daily)
Calculating How Much to Eat
- Take your body weight and subtract fat mass. For example, if you weigh 150# and have about 20% body fat, you have 120# of lean body mass.
- Everyone will start out by eating 1 gram of protein per pound of lean body mass (our example would eat 120 grams of protein per day). Based on general Zone guidelines, divide that number by 7 to estimate fat and carb macronutrient blocks. This gives us 17 blocks for our example.
- Multiply by 9 for carbs and by 3 for fat; so roughly 150 grams of carbs and 50 grams of fat (which we will tweak later on in the challenge). This is not purely a science, but rather it is just a starting benchmark.
- If you are looking to shed fat dramatically, you need to be eating under 100 grams of carbs per day. Under 50 carbs per day and you are going to be lethargic and your performance will decrease. You need to experiment, track, and dial things in based on your specific needs.
CrossFit Charlottesville’s 2 Month New Member Special!
CrossFit Charlottesville is offering a 2 month, prepaid membership for new members for $199! This membership gives you unlimited access to all of our amazing class offerings at CrossFit Charlottesville, including C’ville Strength and C’ville Burn. Capture this opportunity for the best gym experience of your life. Get results, experience fun, and come see why we’re the best gym if you care about changing your life. This deal is good for purchase from February 25 to April 1, 2014!
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We provide incredible value when you experience results and the environment we’ve created. CrossFit Charlottesville has a staff of 18 trainers with 40+ years combined experience and 30+ certifications held, and we’ve been in operation for almost 5 years; our experience is unmatched in Charlottesville. We offer CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting (C’ville Strength), and Bootcamp classes (C’ville Burn), so there is something for everyone. Come check out our facility during one of our Free Intro Classes and try it for yourself before purchasing this awesome membership special:
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Why Choose CrossFit Charlottesville?
We’re a results-oriented community, but we provide so much more value than your typical gym experience. So why choose CrossFit? More importantly, why choose us?
Years of Experience: Almost 5 years training all types of clients
Class Schedule: 7 to 10 classes per day to fit any schedule
Program Variety: CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, Bootcamp
Training Staff: 18 Trainers; 40+ Years Training Experience; 30+ Certifications Held
Open Gym Time: Open lifting during regular class times; Saturday make-up sessions
Competitive Wins: 4x CrossFit Games competitors; Many local wins
Intro Program: Optional Essentials classes for newer members
Nutrition Challenge: 4 Years Running; Over 100 Finishers!
Facility: 5,000 Square Feet; Best in class
For our FREE intro classes, either show up unannounced during the times listed below a few minutes early, call us at 434-260-0209, or send us an email and we’ll make sure you experience the most awesome, results-based approach to your fitness goals.
We offer FREE Intro classes every week:
- Monday at 6:15PM
- Wednesday at 6:15PM
- Saturday at Noon
My energy is much more predictable and sustained throughout the day
It has been a wonderful exercise to jumpstart self-awareness, preparation, and “kind discipline.”
My clothes fit better, specifically around my midsection.
I noticed improved strength in my core as well as my upper body.
But very quickly after changing my diet, maybe a week or two, I was amazed at how good I slept.
The challenge really opened my eyes to how much change can come from cutting out those last few cheat items, especially gluten.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Fall 2013 Nutrition Challenge! This was our eighth Nutrition Challenge, and you can find past results here:
- Nutrition Challenge #1
- Nutrition Challenge #2
- Nutrition Challenge #3
- Nutrition Challenge #4
- Nutrition Challenge #5
- Nutrition Challenge #6
- Nutrition Challenge #7
Below you will find before and after photos and testimonials from those who completed all eight weeks of our Nutrition Challenge this fall. Chris and I are really proud of the hard work you put in, and I’m glad that we were able to finish this challenge together prior to him moving up to Northern Virginia. Most importantly, big congratulations go out to Linde and Kelly for winning the Fall 2013 Nutrition Challenge! They did a great job sticking to the guidelines of the challenge, achieved measurable body composition changes, but also created new sustainable lifestyle habits now that the challenge is over. Again, congrats to everyone that participated, and we hope that everything you learned during the challenge will enrich your life going forward.
I lost 13 pounds from Day 1 to Day 60. Nine of those pounds were lost after the BodPod measurement, which really motivated me to change my body composition because it gave me a very specific breakdown of % body fat, rather than just a number on a scale. I do not have my measurements about leaning out, but my clothes fit better, I am squatting and lifting more than I did 2 months ago, and I look and feel tighter, especially around the leg area.
Before doing this challenge, I napped at least an hour every single day, and I had serious issues with my sleeping habits. Once I settled into the challenge, Chris pushed me to track my sleep cycle and meal times, which really transformed the ways I gained and expended energy. Because my energy reboots come more rhythmically now with a better sleep cycle and better eating habits, I feel like my energy is much more predictable and sustained throughout the day. I was told years ago that I was hypoglycemic, and I always had what I called “hypo dives” throughout the day, where I’d be exhausted and light headed until I consumed carbs or sugar. Now, that is completely gone; I cannot emphasize how much of a change that is for my daily routine.
I do know that my thruster has increased by 10 lbs; that I grab the 25 lb kettlebell instead of the 15 now; that I can squat 25 more pounds; and that I have moved from ALWAYS being the last runner back to SOMETIMES being the last runner back. I also have moved to completing the higher level of workouts, which is in part due to getting used to CrossFit… but I bet I can also thank this challenge. And I can actually do a push up now!
I’ll be the first to admit that I wear yoga pants 99% (ok, 99.99%) of the time, which are quite forgiving, but just the other day I had to go shopping for a dress because I did not have one to wear for a function I was invited to. I went from a tight medium (especially around the arms and lower stomach) to a comfortable small in a similar style/fit of dress. I can also fit back into the size 6 jeans I have, where before the challenge I was at a tight 8. I was most excited when I could confidently ask my grandma for size small sweaters when she called me before Grandma’s Christmas Shopping Week this year (rather than nervously requesting smalls or mediums and hoping for gift receipts)!
I talked earlier about the “hypo-dive” disappearance already. Beyond that, I wouldn’t say that I feel profoundly more energetic. I do feel less lethargic, though. And I feel more stable (less hyper/lazy cycles). Mentally, I have experienced more profound benefits. I have completely changed my relationship with my body, and my mind has definitely noticed. I started practicing a sort of “kind discipline” with myself, rather than indulging or bullying myself constantly about my food intake and my weight and my insanely unsustainable workout cycle. I read the Primal Blueprint throughout this challenge, and it guided me to a more natural (and pleasant) way to live healthily, including eating Paleo. My mind feels a lot more in “calm control,” much less anxious and less “grabby” than I used to feel when I sought control.
I had only been doing CrossFit for a few weeks when the challenged started, so I was nervous about getting through the workouts. Also, I started the challenge as a vegetarian, which made me not even want to attend the info meeting. This challenge was a huge shift for me, and it taught me how to get good sources of protein and rely less on carbohydrates and sugar for quick surges of energy. I shifted completely from a vegetarian to a pescetarian during this challenge, and I am going to continue eating and living this way because I love the way it makes me feel. I had to experiment way more than I wanted; there were many days where I was literally dozens of grams under my protein intake goal; and I wanted to eat my hand off the first two weeks. But it was amazing how my body adjusted and began thanking itself for it: deeper sleep, cleaner skin, calmer mind, sustained energy, and so on. I am so happy that I went out on a limb, had some grace with myself so that I didn’t give up completely when I cheated and ate 3 cookies a few weeks ago, and never stopped experimenting and reflecting on the manifestations of healthy eating on my body and in my mind. I have learned that this is a process, which is a hard thing for me to accept, but it has been a wonderful exercise to jumpstart self-awareness, preparation, and “kind discipline.”
This nutrition challenge helped me adopt habits that have helped me feel more balanced in terms of my health and wellness. I began the challenge having only attended a free intro crossfit class, and was a nervous beginner. The crossfit staff and members were very welcoming and offered coaching and advice with each workout. I attended the gym 2x/wk, and ran several miles at home 3x/wk which I was doing at baseline. With crossfit I quickly noticed that at work I no longer felt as fatigued during my 12hr nursing shift. I noticed improved strength in my core as well as my upper body.
Following a paleo diet has helped me learn to consume more protein and less carbohydrate in a ratio that best supports my personal activity habits, so I no longer experience sharp drops in blood sugar, and I now rarely crave sugary foods. I feel I have increased muscle tone and have improved posture. My clothes fit better, specifically around my midsection. My favorite part about crossfit, however, is the sense of feeling powerful after completing a workout. Most of the workouts included something I had never done before, and never would have otherwise attempted, and I appreciate the nudge out of my comfort zone that crossfit so consistently provides : )
I lost 3.3 pounds (I don’t know how much I leaned out). This is my second nutrition challenge and it was definitely a different experience than the first. In some ways, I felt less committed and if I had to grade myself on it I’d give myself a low grade. We (my boyfriend and I) both did the challenge together and it was good for both of us to see how I needed to eat much differently than he. It gave us a chance to consciously modify some of our daily behavior – like, how we grocery shop, how we pack each others’ lunches and how we spend our evenings. I wasn’t particularly good at logging my food after the first week, social situations – which seemed to be in abundance this fall – were full of temptation to which I succumbed, and I grew inconsistent with workouts almost like I psyched myself out or maxed out my own mental bandwidth. But looking at it from a wider view, in this time a few deeper level things really started to unravel.
At the same time I was taking the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course which helped me start to face some of the emotions I have had wrapped up in my relationship to food. Instead of mentally leaning on “only the best” specialty foods or specialty snacks to get me through at the expense of any other personal commitment, like a groceries budget, I opted to take the slow path. I needed to be cultivating a little more of the bigger picture view – allowing for imperfections and healthy mental talk on the back end. Where I noticeably self-sabotaged, I practiced self-compassion instead of striving for perfect paleo. And it was really hard, but with a little encouragement from Chris, started to pause before meals with more consistency (another important place to practice compassion). In the end my ego would have liked for me to have lost more weight and be able to report a great new physical feat, but I know that slowly crafting a lifestyle that is sustainable and loving is more important in the long term. So, that’s what I started to do. It’s a process.
I ended up losing between 2-3 pounds. Though I don’t yet have the official Bod Pod measurements, I’m estimating that my Fat % decreased by about 1-2%.
Energy level definitely increased and overall workout performance improved as well. The diet complimented what I what I was able to do in the gym really well.
How many dress and / or pant sizes have you lost?
No changes at all! Which is important because one of my main goals going into the Challenge was not to have to buy new clothes at the end.
The challenge in some ways was a tale of two stories. During the first month I completely abstained from both coffee and sugar and felt phenomenal. I was pretty strict in my diet and was able to hit my ideal macro nutrient targets most days. By the end of the first 30 days I was at my peak for the entire year in terms of physical energy and stamina and experienced a high level of mental acuity. During the final 30 days I was absent from the gym for about 3 weeks as both nursed a cold and rested a strained muscle. Coffee and sugar crept back into the diet fairly regularly however my mental and physical energy still remained relatively high considering the circumstances.
I participated in the Challenge alongside my girlfriend, Heather Hightower, who took part in the Spring ’13 nutrition challenge. She ended up being the one who planted the seed that led me to Crossfit and eventually the fall nutrition challenge. My goals of the nutrition challenge were twofold: increase my own overall health and well being and be supportive of Heather as she sought the same. So it became not only an exercise in increasing physical and mental health but a relationship building exercise as well. The benefits I received from the challenge were immeasurable given their qualitative and subjective nature, but no matter how you boil it down it was a win/win. Chris and Scott offered excellent guidance and support along the way and I’d recommend the challenge to any individuals or couples who are curious about taking the paleo plunge.
I lost 6 lbs and about an inch off my waist. I wasn’t trying to lose very much weight so I was satisfied with that. I think I’ve leaned out some in my abdomen, still have a little ways to go but I’m happy with my results after only 8 weeks. I’m not a crossfit member, so I didn’t do the crossfit workouts for this challenge. I did, however, change my routine from just running every day to lifting weights with the help of my boyfriend. I definitely like the results I’m seeing from that along with the diet change. I had hit a wall when I was only running with the occasional ab workout.
I feel great throughout the day. I don’t feel the need to take a nap after getting up at 5:30for work. I definitely have more energy and less moodiness.
One of the best things I noticed about this challenge was how I was able to sleep through the night. This probably helped with my energy level as well. I have NEVER been able to sleep through the night without waking up three or more times. Before this challenge, I honestly couldn’t remember the last time I slept all the way through the night. But very quickly after changing my diet, maybe a week or two, I was amazed at how good I slept. Very exciting. A reason all in itself to continue with this lifestyle change.
The nutrition challenge wasn’t easy but I definitely learned a lot about fueling my body. I definitely noticed that I had more energy during the day. I didn’t limit my caffeine intake but the longer I followed the challenge the less I felt I needed it. Before the challenge I pretty much relied on my cup of coffee in the morning but during the challenge I grew not to need it at all. In terms of workout performance, I don’t really have a base point. I started working out with CrossFit only a few weeks before I started the nutrition challenge. I felt a little increase in stamina but I’m not sure how much of that was due to the new diet and how much of it was a result from just getting into a 3 times a week intensive workout regimen.
My dress/pant size didn’t drop but I went from most of my pants fitting tightly to them being comfortable and even a bit loose.
My energy level definitely increased from eating clean. My mental energy was better in the fact that I felt more alert during the day. I also felt an improvement in my physical energy. I felt like my body was stronger and didn’t tire as quickly.
Overall, this nutrition challenge taught me a lot about how my body functions in response to the food I eat. I will definitely try to incorporate clean eating into my everyday life from here on out.
I lost about two pounds. I have leaned out a bit but overall just feel healthier and fitter.
I have much more energy and no problems with my stomach or headaches that I am accustom to. My workouts seem to have improved and I feel more energized and have increased endurance.
I have not noticed an entire pant/dress size loss although all of my clothes do fit better.
My energy levels have certainly increased. I sleep much better throughout the night whereas before I had serious sleeping issues. Mentally, I feel more alert and productive.
I was inconsistently paleo before this challenge for about a year. The challenge really opened my eyes to how much change can come from cutting out those last few cheat items, especially gluten. I have an incredibly sensitive stomach however it has not been upset once since starting the challenge. The biggest change for me though is definitely my sleep. I was a huge insomniac through high school and college and rarely ever slept a full eight hours straight. Now I have an awesome sleeping schedule and feel much more rested from the sleep I do get. I have been tracking my sleep cycles with a free app called Sleep Cycle.