How was week 1 for everyone? Lots of changes or just minor tweaks?
The early adrenaline and easy momentum of a challenge like this is a great resource for pushing through the ugly head rearing of any previously held beliefs about what we are and are not capable of. Week 1 is also, for a lot of people, a kick in the pants.
Personally, and I say this with every challenge, week 1 is where I find the holes in my game. Oh, that’s right, chips and salsa are now a no-no, crap. Chocolate, one of my favorite hobbies, is so easy to contemplate going without…until I realize that it would perfectly complete the dinner of fish, asparagus, and salad that I just wolfed down. I work hard all day; I deserve a little something at the end of it…like a tall glass of non-bubbly water. Double crap.
That I believe for a lot of people is the biggest shift in Week 1. It’s probably not the actual a dietary change that gets to me, but more of a comfort level change if we look at it honestly. The piece of chocolate at the end of the day is less about the taste and more about the experience and what I believe it signifies – the reward at the end of a hard earned day.
This though is where Eric’s point about us not depriving ourselves, but rewarding ourselves comes into play. For almost all of us, at one point in our lives, working out was painful and a deprivation of other fun, more relaxing activities. Now it’s one of the few things that we can rely on to keep us sane!
Please post your thoughts on week 1 to the comments section – both successes and any challenges that you’re experiencing. We know that you all have jobs and lives but the feedback that we get from our own community at times like this is both educational, thought provoking, inspirational, and comforting.
Have at it.
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