PANCHO + DUSTY – Placed second with 429 points
What Pancho had to say:
I shaved off atbou 5 pounds, but more importantly, I feel like my body composition shifted a bit, and some skin issues (related to eczema) went away! Not sure if it’s the water intake or the inflammation from sugar/flour, but I haven’t had to use medication at all during the 6 weeks!
My success came from having an awesome partner who had great ideas on what to eat and holding one another accountable. Best part is that the “guilt” associated with losing a point here or there was more about letting my partner down – so the accountability works! I definitely feel like it was easier with the allowed honey and maple syrup, which allowed me to bake some fun stuff when I was craving something sweet.
Some things I want to try and continue: keep up with the water intake; maintain the no processed foods for 5 of the 7 days per week; have fun with the creative baking.
What Dusty had to say:
Here’s a pro tip on how to succeed at a nutrition challenge, find an awesome partner. My partner and I were a machine, I mean, he would make awesome tasting food…and I would eat it! We both put in the work and it paid it off…..Ha,
In all seriousness I didn’t realize that eating healthy food all the time could taste so good. I mean, I eat healthy most of the time but it’s just random stuff and very boring. My partner exceeded all expectations with what he put together for us to eat. He also had a daily check in to make sure it was enough.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how things improved. Quality of sleep increased, during some of those long Rise N Grind workouts I felt pretty strong all the way through. My wife would disagree with this, but I do think I’ve had a little better mental clarity.
What else can I say, I got lucky when I happened to be near Pancho when he was looking for a partner. I wouldn’t have kept at it as long as we did without that accountability…..and of course all the yummy food & snacks prepared in little containers ready to go every day. Thank you Pancho!
ROBYN + NATALIE – third place with 805 points
What Natalie had to say:
This nutrition challenge came at EXACTLY the right time for me, just a few weeks after I joined Daybreak. I read on the Daybreak website when I started that it would be counterproductive if I invested effort in the workouts but didn’t consider nutrition. That was a good kick in the pants. If I’m being honest, I was always trying to out-exercise a mediocre diet even way back when I was younger and fitter. This challenge has shifted me to think about food as fuel. Before I started the challenge, I wouldn’t have even entertained the idea to try to not eat a cookie every day. I ate cookies pretty mindlessly, and often motivated by emotions. I used to think, if I’m exercising regularly I should be able to have whatever I want. But fast forward to today, what I want is different!!! It took the challenge to realize that I didn’t even miss cookies. I had a cookie the day after the challenge and was surprised that I didn’t like it that much. Don’t get me wrong, chocolate will always be in my life, but I no longer need all of the chocolate things that exist. I’m enjoying treats more now that I pause to enjoy when I do have them. The biggest impact this challenge (and really CrossFit itself) has had is to my THOUGHTS about food and what I’m capable of in general. I feel more in control, stronger, more positive. I’ve lost a couple pounds but it is the improvement in my mood and outlook that I’m most excited about because of how it has spilled over into everything I do.
THANKS to my badass super-inspiring partner Robyn, to Andy who helped me when I was really lost at the beginning, to Michelle who still helps me when I’m still lost, to the 5:30am crew, and everyone in this community!
What Robyn had to say:
This challenge was awesome and really helped me dial in my nutrition in a way my body was ready for. Six cups of veggies and working out are pretty easy for me to be consistent with, since I’m a vegetarian and because I absolutely adore coming to Daybreak (it has quickly become my happy place since joining this summer) and getting out on my bike regularly. However, I’m usually TERRIBLE with sleep. If I get 5-6 hours a night on average, it’s a miracle, so 7 hours seemed out of this world. At first, it was really tough to have strict bedtimes each night. I even told my amazing and inspiring partner, Natalie, that I was sorry in advance – there was no way I’d earn the sleep points. But in the end, I only missed a couple of nights! The results are real: I’m not crashing anymore at 4PM or taking long naps on the weekends, and generally have a more even, steady level of energy throughout the day.
Next hardest was processed foods. This challenge made me think about everything I put in my body. The hardest to omit was sugar, fake sugar (Splenda in my coffee, I’m looking at you!) and some processed foods like my go-to pretzels that I’d mindlessly reach for all the time. I worked to find healthier substitutes – fruit instead of cookies, homemade bread or crackers instead of the processed stuff, and more veggies as snacks. I immediately felt less bloated cutting out sugar, which in itself is a win, and six weeks later, I don’t really miss any of those things at all.
All in all, this helped me start some new healthy habits that I will keep going! Special thanks to Natalie and Andy, who both helped keep me accountable and motivated, and also helped talk me off the ledge during times of desperate sugar cravings 🙂