Hey there! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Jesse and I took a little trip to get out of town and recharge for a few days. It wasn’t exactly the trip we were expecting, but it was still nice to spend a weekend away with my husband. I also took today off to work on some house stuff that we put off since we were gone. Had to make up for that lost time vacationing!
One of the highlights of taking a vacation is always the chance to eat lots of new foods, especially non-healthy ones. I treated this weekend as a “last meal” of sorts, before I started the Whole Life Challenge. The Whole Life Challenge is an 8 week online game that challenges you too make healthy eating changes while competing against friends. Each day you start with 5 points and you can earn more points by drinking water, working out, stretching and taking vitamins. You can also lose points by eating foods on the restricted list. This allows space for splurging every now and then, which is perfect to not completely lose my mind or social life.
Now, the reason why I’m doing this challenge: it was all thanks to a physical. One of the perks of my new job is that they offer employee wellness sessions for all employees. I had my first session, which included a full physical, on Friday afternoon. My results from the physical did not come back the way that I expected… I have slightly elevated blood pressure, my cholesterol is off and my body composition is not what it should be. My body is apparently several years older than I actually am, which scares me. I’ve been coasting on a “high metabolism” and a few days of work outs here and there, but I was only fooling myself. This challenge is all about me getting healthy and in better shape.
Jesse and I will be competing against each other until Christmas, and even threw in a few extra cash incentives to keep us both motivated and away from all the cookies and treats that the holidays have to offer. After Christmas we will also be competing with a group of friends in another more official challenge. I want to do this several times instead of just once to help the changes last longer and to really make an impact on my health in a more lasting way.
So wish me luck! And if you have any Paleo or WLC approved recipes to share, please pass them on! I dont want to just eat chicken and rice for the next 8 weeks!