Whole Life Challenge – An 8 Week Lifestyle Change

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. WLC-Facebook-Banner-3

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!

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4 Comments

  1. I love the idea of the challenge being a game. Throw in a FitBit and it would be “game on”. Keep us updated.

  2. I am not familiar with the WLC, but I do eat a semi paleo and have a ton of recipes I love.. Since it is getting to be fall I am in love with soups, stews and crockpot recipes 🙂

    Here are a few:

    “Creamy” Chicken Tomato Soup everydaypaleo.com
    4 frozen skinless boneless chicken breast
    Garlic salt to taste
    2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
    1 tablespoon dried basil
    1 clove garlic
    1 14 oz. can of coconut milk (full fat)
    1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes and juice
    1 cup of chicken broth (I used homemade chicken broth but you can use store bought)
    Sea Salt and pepper to taste
    Put all the above ingredients into the crock-pot, cook for 9 hours on low. After 9 hours take two forks and shred the chicken, set the crock-pot on warm till ready to serve (making sure to taste it before serving to make sure there is enough salt and pepper)
    Served: 6 (with left over’s for lunch the next day)

    Garlic Beef Stew everydaypaleo.com
    1.5 – 2 lbs of grass fed stew meat
    1 yellow onion diced
    4-6 carrots diced
    4-6 stalks of celery diced
    6-12 mashed cloves of garlic (I used the jarred crushed garlic from TJ’s)
    palm full of ground marjoram
    sea salt and black pepper to taste
    1 small can tomato paste
    splash of chicken broth
    Throw it all in your crock pot, mix well, cook all day on low. It’s a lot of garlic but it mellows from the long cooking time and your house will smell amazing!

    Savory Cauliflower Mash
    1 giant head of organic cauliflower steamed until soft
    big hunk of Kerrygold Irish butter
    palm full of turmeric powder
    sea salt and white pepper to taste
    Blend all ingredients in a food processor. I like to leave mine a little lumpy for texture.

    Enchilada Chicken Stew – Crockpot recipe Paleomg.com
    Serves: 4-6
    Ingredients
    •2lbs chicken breasts
    •1 yellow onion, chopped
    •1 green bell pepper, chopped
    •1 (4oz) can of chopped jalapenos
    •1 (4oz) can of chopped green chiles
    •2 tablespoons coconut oil
    •1 (14oz) can of diced tomatoes
    •1 (7 oz) can tomato sauce
    •3 garlic cloves, minced
    •1 tablespoon cumin
    •1 tablespoon chili powder
    •2 teaspoons dried oregano
    •salt and pepper, to taste
    •bundle of cilantro, to garnish
    •avocado, to garnish
    Instructions
    1.Pull out your handy dandy crockpot.
    2.Add your chicken breasts.
    3.Then add the rest of the ingredients on top, in any order.
    4.Put on low for 8-10 hours or high for 6-8.
    5.After it’s done cooking, use tongs to pick at the chicken to shred it in with all the ingredients.
    6.Top with cilantro and some avocado.
    7.Eat up!!

    If any more jump out at me while I meal plan later this week I will send them over!

    Now I am going to google this Whole Life Challenge! 🙂

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