Yea, there’s probably some really nifty quote from someone far more eloquent than I am regarding the lessons learned in the second half of a challenge period. I couldn’t find one, so I’m going to make one up.
“The lessons learned in the second half of a challenge are exponentially more important than those learned in the first four weeks. Go Giants.” – Aristotle.
What the famous Greek philosopher is trying get across is this. In the first four weeks of a dietary and/or lifestyle challenge, adrenaline, excitement, and the newness of the experimentation often gets us from A to B, but still begs the question of sustainability.
The last half of the challenge is really where you start to ask the question, “Am I doing this to avoid the punishment of a lost point, or am I doing this because this is how I see myself living for the rest of the year?”
From reading Wednesday’s epiphanies, a lot of you have already figured some things out with regards to your personal wellness equation. That is fantastic!
For those of you that have been focusing more on the competition, please do ask yourself weekly if not daily, if what you are doing is sustainable. Can you see yourself carrying these habits into your daily living because in addition to making you feel great, they work with your life, or even better, you’ve shifted your life to make them work.
The shifts are what you’re really after. Going from thinking that cookies taste great to thinking apples and almond butter tastes great and cookies taste sickly sweet is a wonderful healthy shift. It certainly doesn’t mean that you’ve got a cookie-less life ahead of you, just one with the same level of satisfaction without the glycemic spike.
Four more weeks to go folks! Stay committed, stay accountable to your partners and friends and keep active in the pursuit of your own best life.
5 Rounds For Time:
200 M Run
10 M Broad jump
15 Kettle Bell Swing (1.5pd/1pd)