We had a few requests to move the start of the challenge and I agree that starting something as potentially lifestyle changing as this can be pretty daunting mid-week. Now the start will be as of April 4th, so you have NO excuse not to clean out the cupboards, go shopping and cooking this weekend and be ready to roll Monday! End date of the challenge will be May 4th, so you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your (hopefully more-Paleofied self) with a NorCal margarita and maybe even a plate of nachos.
Before you turn your nose up at the thought of eating Paleo, I’ll borrow the words of Robb Wolf. I’m willing to bet that you’ve likely eaten eggs and some fruit for breakfast before. I also bet that at some time in your life, you’ve eaten a salad with chicken breast for lunch. And you’ve also quite likely have had a dinner of steak and some grilled vegetables. All you need to do is string a bunch of those days together and guess what — you’re eating Paleo.
Here’s the details of what the challenge will entail…
Start date: April 4th at 12:01am
End date: May 4th at 11:59pm
Buy-in: $15 per person
Partners — you will be randomly partnered with another participant and your fates are somewhat tied together. If one cheats, you both cheat. And if you cheat, you’re out… so don’t cheat.
Pictures — yep, we’re going to require before and after pictures of everyone participating. I know, I know. It’s a daunting feeling to think someone will see a picture of you in shorts and a sports bra (guys, you don’t have to wear a sports bra if you don’t want to). The only ones to see the pictures will be your trainers and if you drop out, the before pictures will never see the light of day. However, if you’re a winner, we will likely be posting your pictures (faces can be blurred upon request).
Food logs — everyone will be required to join and create a food log at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/crossfitintrepid. While we encourage you to post daily, as long as your food log is updated every Monday with the previous week’s food, you will be fine. Exact measurements are not necessary, but if you want to — go for broke. Why are we requiring this? Not just to keep tabs on you, but some of you may get stumped when it comes to meal ideas and your fellow competitors may help spark an idea. Also, the group will be locked to only participants so you don’t have to worry about outside snarky comments.
You can declare your intention to participate in the comments here, but make sure you join the Yahoo group by Sunday night so I know you’re ready to go.
With your Whole30 challenge, it’s obvious how high an importance we place on solid nutrition. We’ve decided to roll out a few new services for those of you who find you need just a little more help.
Do you find yourself baffled when you enter a supermarket, strolling each aisle and ending up with more junk foods than healthy ones? We’ll accompany you to the grocery store of your choice and help guide you to the best choices.
Does your cupboard have several canned goods that you’re not sure if they’re edible, much less Paleo? Are you having a hard time getting rid of junk foods and you’d rather someone else do the dirty work of trashing them? Let us be the steady hand for you, making sure your home isn’t a place of unhealthy temptation.
Perhaps all of this is just too overwhelming and you’d like a little more guidance. We’ll work with you to build a weekly meal plan based on the Paleo foods you like to eat and ensure you’re preparing well-rounded meals. You’ll also get a shopping list to ensure you know just what to buy when you get to the store.
Send an email to any of the trainers to inquire about pricing!