We’re thrilled that so many folks are excited about the Paleo Challenge that’s beginning today. Like so many of the workouts we do, the challenge isn’t easy. In fact, it’s harder – a lot harder. Until now, we’ve challenged you to both re-evaluate both your approach to physical fitness, and reconsider any assessments you may have made about your capabilities in this arena. With this challenge, we’re asking you to do more. A lot more. We’re asking you to expand your views of health and fitness, and to fully embrace the idea that their practice doesn’t begin and end within the confines of the four walls of your affiliate. We’re asking you to change behaviors that’ll not only affect you, but also those in your household. For some, this challenge may even restrict access to a preferred coping mechanism. We recognize and appreciate these challenges. Rest assured that we wouldn’t ask you to do them if we weren’t confident that they stand to offer tremendous benefits for you…and in your ability to have success with them.

Much like the physical challenges we present to you, this is one that stands to yield tremendous dividends. Also like our daily WODS, this challenge isn’t something you need to go through alone.

Along these lines, we’ve created a tool community members can use to help one another through our little challenge. Here’s a link to a spreadsheet you can all access and use to track your collective progress. Kindly log the points you accumulate through the challenge here daily. Additionally, post any reflections you have about the day on the comments section of each day’s notes. No only will it help us keep one another accountable, but also it can be an effective way to celebrate the success we have with this challenge. Before you use it, please take a second to consider the following:

  1. SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER. This purpose of this document isn’t to serve as a vehicle for score-keeping. Instead, think of it as a support vehicle. Just like the whiteboards enables us all to share our collective workout victories, this document should enable us all to share the moral victories this challenge yields. Use it accordingly. When you see someone making progress or something that’s impressive, comment on it on our website, on facebook, or even when you see them in class. Post recipes you’ve found that you’ve enjoyed; warn others
  2. IT’S HARD. DON’T MAKE IT HARDER. Lennon said is best: “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” There may be days when it’s not feasible for you to strictly adhere to the program. On these days, make the best choices you can, and then move on. Don’t beat yourself up over it; don’t dwell on it, and certainly don’t frown on others who may not have been hit with such misfortune. No one is judging you, and this isn’t a contest (If prizes are awarded at all, they’ll be for participation – not for points). Commit to doing the absolute best that you can. Be honest with yourself when evaluating whether you’re doing the best that you can. And then don’t look back.
  3. PALEO DOESN’T MEAN PERFECTION. There are a million and four different dietary plans one can effectively use as an introduction to solid Nutrition. Paleo is one of these plans. It’s not the only plan. Remember that the tactics aren’t nearly as important as the strategy. If a nutrition plan follows sound, proven principles, it’s pretty much a given that it – if followed as prescribed – will be effective.  This is why we’ve chosen Paleo. The science is sound, the guidelines are clear, and we’ve seen it work. Is it the only way to skin this cat? Absolutely not.Is the the optimum program for everyone? CERTAINLY not. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t get discouraged – it doesn’t mean that no program will.
  4. HAVE FUN. Life’s too short not to.

Look forward to seeing you all at the gym soon,

 

-TB