For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
Every now and then in life, we get comfortable. When we get comfortable, it means we aren't being challenged any longer. When we aren't being challenged, we likely aren't growing. As I stopped growing, I had less to write about.
When I first started writing this blog, it was about more than just an outlet for my writing. It was meant to do more than document my health and fitness journey. I started this blog to remain accountable to myself and to my readers. If I inspired a few people along the way, I would have exceeded my goal.
With that said, I am embarking on a new journey and breathing life into this blog once more...
Enter the Check Yo'Self Before You Wreck Yo-self challenge at CrossFit Lakas.
Over the next six weeks, I will be participating in a lifestyle challenge which requires precise dieting (your choice of paleo or zone), appropriate consumption of water and fish oil, ample sleep, and a lot of dedication.
As I have become fairly comfortable with paleo over the last year and some change, I decided to challenge myself by checking out Dr. Barry Sears' Zone Diet. Based on the results of a body composition test completed on Saturday at the challenge kickoff, I will be eating 12 blocks of food per day: 3 block breakfast, 1 block snack, 3 block lunch, 1 block snack, 3 block dinner, and 1 block dessert.
If you are unfamiliar with the zone diet, a crash course will tell you 1 block of food consists of 7 grams of protein, 9 grams of carbs and 1.5 grams of fat, assuming 1.5 grams of fat are included in the 7 grams of protein. Following this formula, you are able to obtain a hormonal balance that promotes maximum health.
Following this formula, however, requires lots of preparation, lots of planning, and lots of math. The first day of planning for this diet, I spent four hours in the kitchen with measuring cups, spoons, and a calculator.
The challenge requires drinking half your weight in ounces of water. Example: I weigh roughly 130 lbs. I drink 65 ounces of water a day. Simple.
Take 4000mg combined EPA/DHA daily. Good thing I have my beloved SFH. May I recommend the tangerine flavor?
If the hours of food prep don't do me in, surely the required 7 hours of sleep will. 7 hours is a luxury during the week, but I know I could use the extra sleep. This will likely be my favorite part of the challenge.
Body Composition and Baseline Workout Improvement:
I mentioned earlier we took body composition measurements for the kickoff of the challenge. Those measurements will be re-taken on the last day of the challenge. The improvement in body composition will be taken into account in the final scoring of the challenge.
Additionally, a baseline WOD was performed at the challenge kickoff. Improvement in rep score in the baseline WOD will be the final factor in the challenge score.
The challenge started Monday, Aug. 26 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 5, when we will retest our body composition and baseline WOD. What lies between today and the last day of the challenge remains to be seen. That's where you come in.
I plan to post my progress weekly to keep myself accountable and to share with you my struggles and victories. Hopefully, you will be kind enough to share some of your recipes, tips, and encouragement along the way.
Oh, and speaking of recipes. I'm sure I'll come up with plenty of those along the way, too, and will need a place to document and stash them!
Wish me luck!