Q & A with previous Nutrition Challenge winners

by Admin | December 31, 1969 | BLOGS | 0 Comment

Today we hosted our 2018 Spring Nutrition Challenge information session. We had a great turn out and we are so excited to get things started on Monday, April 30.

In that spirit, we thought it would be fun to reach out to each of our winners (we had 4!) from the 2017 Fall Nutrition Challenge. This is to help you better understand the benefits of the nutrition challenge, but also to give you a different POV from me (Cara), Jess, Stan and all of our coaches at Outsiders.

Here we go!

Jason Eagles

1 - Why did you decide to participate in the nutrition challenge?
I felt like I was missing something in my fitness.  Although I was eating “clean” prior to the challenge, I had never dug into my nutrition much.  My goal was not focused on losing weight. I wanted to see the effects of the challenge on my performance.  Also, I needed a reason to detox from alcohol and cheese on the weekends. Joking…maybe

2 - What was the most difficult part of the nutrition challenge?
Easily social and work events.  I often have lunch appointments and other events for business. This would typically include eating out and a few drinks.  I had strategically planned my meals and actually had to not eat or drink at a few events. I decided at the very beginning that I was going to be “All in” or not at all.  It was surprisingly easier than I thought and after a joke or two it was no big deal. With friends and family I found people were extremely supportive.

3 - What was the most rewarding part of the nutrition challenge?
The Way you feel!  I learned so much about myself.  The challenge itself was not very hard.  I could see it being more challenging if you needed to detox from sugar and processed foods.  That would be all the more reason to do the challenge though. I found myself being able to recovery from workouts quicker than ever before.  I PR’d just about every lift and benchmark WOD during and after the challenge.

4 - What would you tell someone who was unsure of participating in the challenge?
Anyone and everyone can benefit from this Challenge.  If you are considering it, DO IT! Still not sure….Why not?  It has the potential to make you feel amazing while trimming up.  Who doesn’t want that? It is not forever and you will have a support system behind you.

Joyce Hollander

1 - Why did you decide to participate in the nutrition challenge?  
To support my husband (who was going to participate) and to see if I truly felt any different with what I ate or didn't eat.

2 - What was the most difficult part of the nutrition challenge? No sugar and no alcohol-my body craved sugar so badly the first week!

3 - What was the most rewarding part of the nutrition challenge?  To see a better performance in my Wod's and to feel more energy.

4 - What would you tell someone who was unsure of participating in the challenge? Do it-You won't be alone and everyone is supportive and there to help you do your best. No one is perfect either, And it's only 3 weeks.

Nick Hollander

1 - Why did you decide to participate in the nutrition challenge?  It was my first nutrition challenge and I was on the fence bc I love food and love an “occasional” beer, but quite a few previous nutrition challengers told me how amazing it was to see the aches and pains go away and lose a few pounds.

2 - What was the most difficult part of the nutrition challenge?  The first week of getting enough food prep done and enough eating (5 meals is tough at first).

3 - What was the most rewarding part of the nutrition challenge?  For me, b/c I had some lb’s to lose, it was watching the weight just fall off, and also the increased energy in the metcon portion of the workouts….just didn’t get the fatigue.

4 - What would you tell someone who was unsure of participating in the challenge?  Give it a try, it’s rewarding just to challenge yourself to not cheat (much) and persevere through the suffering bc it will make you a better person both physically and mentally.

Joanna Doyka

1 - Why did you decide to participate in the nutrition challenge?
I was curious, and slightly skeptical. I wanted to see if following the nutrition challenge rules made a difference in my performance. Also, I think everyone that knows me didn’t think I could give up sugar for month.

2 - What was the most difficult part of the nutrition challenge?
The first week was difficult. I felt foggy, and tired. I was ready to start eating skittles again! Slowly the fog lifted, I felt great, and started to sleep better.
I also had a hard time remembering to log my food in my fitness pal.

3 - What was the most rewarding part of the nutrition challenge?
Seeing the positive change in my performance and body as a result of eating healthy food. No pills or gimmicks, just food and a lot of it.
Also, restful sleep!

4 - What would you tell someone who was unsure of participating in the challenge?  
Just because you are doing the challenge doesn’t mean life stops. The points based system allows you to eat or drink something you want that isn’t on the list....it holds you accountable. It’s only a month! What’s the worst that could happen?


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