There are several misconceptions about achieving our body composition goals. The reality of it is: it’s not about being largely restrictive, but rather learning about our body and just how much it needs for us to fuel it properly. Mary Guzman, a participant in the challenge, reflects: “The challenge made me think about what fuel my body actually needs and maintaining a constant level vs. the typical eating patterns. It helped me set new habits, which gives me much better control over my body composition and makes me feel better throughout the day.”
Twenty-two members of CFDP recently completed their first 8-week nutrition challenge! Several of these members have never approached nutrition in an analytic way, while some have already been working with our nutrition coaches for some time. Nonetheless, in just eight weeks, there were several metrics of success from all participants!
Third place winner, Sarah Murphy, shared with Coach Cheryl that she has felt stronger, more confident in herself and has seen her core strength improve over the past couple of months. Sarah did an amazing job sharing delicious recipes within the Facebook group and improved her benchmark metcon by 26 reps!
Second place winner, Stephanie Posch-McInery, shares with Coach Tricia, “I feel great, have a ton of energy and feel like my strength has improved.” Stephanie has been working diligently both before and during the challenge to prep simple, yet delicious meals for her whole family. Since Stephanie has been working 1:1 with Coach Tricia for a bit longer than the 8-week challenge, Stephanie has gained lean body mass and significantly decreased her body fat percentage!
First place winner, Jay McInery, who had also won CrossFit Des Plaines’ Member of the Month for the month of June, discusses the changes he has seen with his body, and how it was an eye-opening experience to set a goal of increasing muscle mass for strength. Meanwhile, when he re-tested his 1-rep maxes, he hit over 50 pounds more in his back squat, shoulder press and power clean total. Congratulations on your commitment Jay–from the progress pictures, to the consistency with increasing calories and training intensity–you have come so far!
As mentioned in our intro, Mary Guzman, a close “podium” finisher, receives an honorable mention due to her commitment both inside and outside of the box despite a very busy past two months. Between moving kids in and out of the house, work life, religiously practicing her clean technique, and prepping whole chicken roasts before hitting the gym, she has been incredibly consistent throughout the challenge and has been happy to “learn how to eat”. She plans to stick to the guidelines of the challenge to move forward during her daily routine.
Congratulations to all of our hard working participants in this first challenge! Many of you had taken a step outside of your comfort zone to try new things, and we are sure you surprised yourself with just how well you did. We are proud of you and we are continuing to root for you!
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