The “why” behind this challenge is HUGE, folks. They can be radically different from person to person, with reasons that mean the world to some people, not even registering on your radar and visa versa.
The why is important because it dictates how you’re going to navigate your life for the next two months, it can mean the difference between blind adherence to the rules, or not following them at all. To each their own.
My “why” for the next two months is “to establish the healthiest experience of daily living that I can sustain for the foreseeable future.” That’s it. I’ve done a lot of Paleo Challenges in the past, have done a juice fast for 10 days, have had to cut 15 pounds in 48 hours to make weight, and have a solid understanding of what my body is capable of “will power wise” when it comes to food and general suffering – in the short term.
That being said, I always find myself going from the trash talking 4th week of a challenge right into a healthy dose of chips, salsa, and cold delicious beer the week after, usually after telling someone that I live with that I won’t touch those products ever again.
I’ve yet to establish what it means to live at the upper end of the 80/20 principle or even move that up to a 85/15 or even better a 90/10. It’s usually all or some form of nothing and the slippery slope of letting bad habits work their way back in is an ever present battle.
Additionally, and this is often the case with those of us who make a living prescribing health and wellness advice to other people, I rarely take my own advice. My fish oil intake has been sporadic, mobility happens only when I’m really sore or Ali gives me an ultimatum, I drink caffeine instead of eating breakfast, often skip lunch, and then pound down huge dinners – no bueno.
So, my additional goal is to establish the daily habit of asking myself honestly if I’m taking active steps to take care of myself throughout the day. Eight weeks of that should make for some extremely interesting results.
Please list your “why” in the comments below.
5 Rounds For Time
3 Rope ascents
15 Overhead Squats (95#/65#)
15 plyometric pushups