Sunday, August 18, 2013

Taking on the Whole Life Challenge

A couple of weeks ago, I asked my Facebook followers which wellness program I should do next. I've done and blogged about P90X, Insanity, the Quantum Wellness Cleanse, and the Metagenics Metabolic Detox.

A fair majority of people suggested Focus T25 but once I saw it was another Shaun T. nightmare fitness video, I was out. That man is officially dead to me. My sister posted a link to a mindfulness retreat which looked interesting. Someone else mentioned the Crazy Sexy Diet. Nobody suggested a twelve-step program of any kind so I guess that's good news.  Still, I've been really looking for more than a diet, or exercise video, or weekend away.

Separately, a former colleague posted an announcement that she was doing something called "Whole Life Challenge." I never heard of it but geez, it sure sounded like what I had in mind.

I went to the WLC website and clicked on How it Works. And FAQ. And Rules. It was mildly overwhelming at first but I signed up anyway.

Obviously you can read just like I did, but let me give you the CliffsNotes version as well:

* The WLC begins on September 7th and goes eight weeks; 55 days of official rule following.

* Cost is $49. Sign up online. Invite friends.

* It's a game with points and shared scoreboard; high level of accountability via online check-ins. If you are a competitive person, it's a competition. If you're not, then shame self-motivation works too.

* Get and track points daily in five areas:
    1. Nutrition -- start with 5 points; lose a point when you break one of the nutrition rules they give you. They address vegan and vegetarian diets, which I appreciate.
    2. Exercise -- 2 points for 10 minutes of any fitness activity per day. Yup. That's it. Of course, you can (and should) do more, but you don't get more points.
    3. Mobilization -- 2 points for 10 minutes of stretching per day.
    4. Supplementation -- 1 point for taking any kind of healthy supplement each day. Shameless plug for my GanoLife supplements. Note: I'm taking the GanoLife Green Coffee 365 capsules. Ah. Maze. Ing.
    5. Lifestyle - 1 point for doing whatever WLC specifically prescribes at a given time; includes things like water, sleep, mindfulness, etc.

* You can choose Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced level. As far as I can tell, the level mainly affects the Nutrition piece. Higher level = more restrictions on what you can and can't eat. I'm doing Intermediate which gives more options for grains, doesn't restrict sugar as an ingredient in savory items, and allows for a minimal amount of alcohol (vs. none. Have we met?)

* When you sign up, they tell you to join a team. I didn't see one that jumped out at me so I created my own. Wanting to get my team at the beginning of the list with the A's, I named it "All Positive People Welcome." If you sign up, join my team so we can play together!

* Set goals and track progress along the way.

On day one, they have you measure your waist and "the peak of your buttocks." So um, good luck with that. Personally, I think the line in the handy graphic needs to be just a *little* bit lower. Heck, I don't even know if I have a butt peak. If I did, maybe I wouldn't need to do eight weeks of torture. Did I say torture? I meant FUN!

Naturally, I will track my progress here but I'd love to get some more folks involved as well. The more, the merrier!

Good luck!







Non-compensation disclosure: I am not financially compensated in any way by Whole Life Challenge or any of the wellness programs I have done and/or written about on this blog, other than GanoLife for which I am a registered Independent Affiliate.


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