Congratulations to the Intrepids who finished the nutrition challenge yesterday and celebrated with their final dunk. Some of you met your body composition goals while some of you found out your nutrition wasn’t the main obstacle. Either way your path to good nutrition has just begun.
Since we do this challenge every year, I have found the people who are most successful in maintaining a healthy lifestyle are those who buy in to the science. There are essentially two groups of people who succeed during the Whole 30:
1. Those who look at it as a crash diet. It is a way to do penance for the holidays run amuck or to look good for a wedding/honeymoon/bikini.
2. Those who discover what foods fuel them and what foods sabotage them. These people recognize some foods have toxins that will do damage in the long term (think autoimmune diseases). They also use this newfound knowledge to provide good nutrition to their spouses and children.
Of the above two groups, only one is successful after the Whole 30. For those in the first group, they found a great way to ignore their nutrition 11 months out of the year because they feel they can always “get back to where they were” by repeating the Whole 30 again. And they will have missed the point completely.
Will there be days where you choose to indulge in a favorite dessert or eat pasta during an Italian vacations? Absolutely. And you should do so without guilt. When you celebrate and eat something you know will affect you, make sure it’s worth it and then enjoy it. The other 90-95% of the time, choose foods that will fuel you and make you perform better.
Hopefully you have found all the tools to stay on this journey. You’ve done the hard work already. I hope your progress continues through the year. If you are still on your way to reaching your body fat percentage/lean muscle mass goals, let us know and we can schedule another dunk mid-year as long as we can get 20 people who want to dunk. Remember, the true test of whether you found the perfect nutritional lifestyle will be at next year’s January dunk.
Not For Time:
3 Cleans (225/148 or 85% 1RM, whichever is higher)
5 High Box Jumps (36/32″ or higher)
7 L-Pull Ups
3 Rounds for Time:
7 Cleans (135/95)
9 Box Jumps (24/20)
11 Pull Ups
Athletes can do A if cleans are 185/123 or higher. They can scale L pullups to regular strict pull ups or strict chest to bar pull ups. All other athletes must do B.