Caitlin recently completed on last nutrition challenge and lost 8.3 lbs and 5.75 inches. When asked what her favorite part of the challenge was Caitlin stated it was how quickly she felt progress. See her full story below!
You’ve been a member for some time now and you just completed the five week nutrition challenge. Why did you sign up for the nutrition challenge?
“I signed up for the nutrition challenge because I had been in a really good routine working out consistently and I felt ready to take on the changes that I needed to make better nutrition choices.”
Tell us a little bit about the successes you have had over the last five weeks.
“Over the last five weeks I have totally changed how I look at meal planning and what I’m eating. For me, a big thing was learning about meal prep, what choices were best and why. Over the last five weeks I’m eating cleaner and feeling better just by what meal choices I’m making. It’s been eye opening to what meal choices I was making before and not really conscious of it. That was a big thing for me.”
What was your first sign that you were making progress?
“First sign of making progress was how clothes were fitting. It came quicker than I thought it was going to actually. “
Were there any results that you got that maybe as coaches we wouldn’t have noticed?
“It impacted how I was sleeping. Because it’s impacting how I’m able to workout, which you may be able to see in the gym but not on paper. Its made a difference in performance and in my sleep routine and habits.”
What was a big obstacle that you faced that we helped you overcome during the challenge?
“A big obstacle for me was being more organized and planning in advance. I was looking forward to the challenge for the right tools for prep and being accountable. Prepping and making those choices. The challenge helped me get more organized. I quickly learned that the “stress” of taking a day and prepping meals and getting those good options easily available was much less than the stress of not having meals ready or good choices ready. That’s the biggest take away for me and knowing that I’m going to continue doing this because it’s changed my whole mind set. Its much easier to just take the time to make good things easily available. That’s less stressful than floundering trying to make good choices on the fly.”
You had good success, what were the top contributing factors?
“I loved the community aspect of it. Yes you earned your point checking in with people or using the Facebook group. It really did help get ideas from how other people are trying new recipes or what other people are struggling with, in the beginning, getting things going. It really helped a lot that you had this small group with like minded goals and like minded struggles at first. During Covid we couldn’t all necessarily be together, but it was something to look forward to connect and share, bounce ideas off each other. That was really big for me.”
If someone else was sitting at home, as the same person you were five weeks ago, what would you tell them about the nutrition challenge?
“I would tell them that the nutrition challenge is an important first step to take. Because I know five weeks ago, I thought – oh yeah I know I need to make better choices, I need to make some changes. The nutrition challenge helps you realize its just small changes that are very realistic, but if you keep them consistent and you’re held accountable and with like minded people, you realize that it’s not some broad big jump to take, its little steps that make a big difference over time. Five weeks ago I thought I had an idea of, okay yeah eat better, eat cleaner, but the challenge makes it realistic and is the perfect guide to make it realistic for your everyday. “