Winter 2018 Fit Life Challenge Winners

A Challenge – What a way to kick off the year!

We all strive to live the best life we can live. Sometimes we get in a rut and need to make a change. It’s challenges that help us make that change.

To start 2018, a group of individuals started the Fit Life Challenge, presented by Inrive. The Fit Life Challenge helps participants live a healthier life through four components – Mindset, Sleep, Nutrition and Exercise. Each participant joined with a small entry fee, with the funds going back to winners and to charity, providing 200 healthy meals for children in need, through No Kid Hungry.

The results were amazing!

Here are some of the comments from the participants in the challenge:

  • “The challenge was about proving to myself that I can make my health and well being a priority so I can bring my very best self to everything I do.”
  • “Before this challenge, I didn’t sleep well. I ate poorly and was a complete couch potato. I knew I had to do something to get healthy… [I lost] 10 pounds, I feel stronger and my clothing fits better.”
  • “At the start, I was in possibly the worst shape I had been in years. The primary challenge was finding time for these life priorities. The best thing I got out of it was just the daily self-reminder to focus on all FOUR facets”
  • “I like the challenge because it makes me more accountable. I want to do well and not let my partner down. During the 40 days I ate very clean, good food and enjoyed trying healthy, new recipes. I haven’t had a piece of bread or cracker in 40 days, and it was not too hard to do. So, I will try to embrace this new lifestyle everyday. I love the mindset aspect of the challenge (hope to continue that), and know that I am sleeping better.”

Congratulations to the Winners!

Everyone who completed the challenge is a winner! When you create new healthy habits to lead to a better life, you win, so congratulations to all the participants!

Still, part of a challenge is to have winners, so here are the winners for the 2018 Challenge, each receiving $50…

Partners Winners – Jessica & Drew

Drew

  • Goal: Lose weight and reduce body fat
  • Lost 5% of body weight and reduced body fat % by 3.8%
  • Improved workout time (a 200 meter swim, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run) by nearly 5 minutes from 32 min 47 sec pre-challenge to 27 min 50 sec post-challenge
  • Drew said, “I’ve been doing CrossFit consistently for about a year. I was making great gains at the gym but neglecting my diet. I tried to out hustle my poor eating habits; however, that obviously was not working as my weight was slowly climbing over the past year. Also my sugar addiction was getting the best of me. So I used this challenge to jump start my diet and it worked! I feel much more energized and my sugar cravings at work have gone down considerably. Along the way I’ve found a lot of great healthy recipes and the group support on Facebook definitely helped me get through the 40 days.

Jessica

  • Goal: “To take more quiet time for myself, mindset part of the challenge”
  • Learned how to meditate and lost 6% of body weight as a bonus
  • Jessica said: “This is the second time I’ve done this challenge and the mindset portion was really difficult for me last time. This time my goal was to really make an effort to take at least 10 minute a day for myself to mediate without all my typical distractions. Although it wasn’t easy I did a much better job this time and I think I actually learned how to mediate for the first time in my life. I’ve found that I prefer to do it at the end of the day to help me decompress from all the craziness of the day. And although I eat Whole 30 about 95% of the time I was a little more strict about it and was able to loose [6% of my body weight] so that was an added bonus. I’m ready for the next Fit Life Challenge!”

Individual Winner – Stacey

  • Goal: “To lose weight, become more fit, and gain a healthier eating lifestyle.”
  • Lost 9 % of body weight, reduced body fat % by 10%, lost 2 inches off waist, 2.5 inches off hips
  • Stacey said: “I started this challenge at my highest weight gain and over indulgence during the holidays. I started buying bigger clothes sizes and baggie styles. I also found that hitting 45 made gaining weight easy and losing weight a huge struggle. I had been trying to lose weight doing my normal diet strategies in the past, they weren’t helping and in fact, I was gaining. When I saw this challenge, I knew that I needed to try it and see if it could help me get past this weight gain slump I had hit. Though I suffered several illnesses during the challenge (flu season hit hard), which kept me from exercising like I would have hoped, I still saw great results in the things I did change. The change in my diet has been drastic and I am so thankful that this challenge has taught me how to eat in a healthier way. I am very confident that these diet changes will be a permanent improvement in my lifestyle. I have also appreciated the meditation and mindset portion of this challenge. I have seen the benefits of starting my day right and getting the mental boost from the meditation and prayer. I fell short on my workouts and that brings me great encouragement that I can still improve my fitness level in a big way. I am excited to keep going and achieve even better success than I currently achieved. Losing [9% of my body weight], 2 inches in my waist, and 2.5 inches in my hips has been very exciting. I’m back in my normal clothes and looking forward to my upcoming Bahama vacation several months away, which means I can look even better by then!!!”

[Note: Honorable Mention to Stacey’s partner who was also one of the finalists. She also met her challenge goals, lost 4% of her body weight, and plans to “embrace this new lifestyle everyday.”]

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It’s not only a challenge. It’s also a lifestyle.

Again, outstanding job to everyone who participated in the challenge! It was rewarding to see you learning even more about mindset, sleep, nutrition and exercise and applying it to your lives. Keep up the great work, and make it a lifestyle!

For those interested in being a part of the next challenge, you can download the free .pdf that shares what it’s all about here: FitLifeChallenge.com

Fall 2017 Fit Life Challenge Winners

Weight Lost, Energy Gained, Performance Improved and 1,000 Healthy Meals for Children in Need

In life, we all have commitments with work, family and obligations that prevent us from taking the time we need to focus on ourselves and live the best life possible. Sometimes, it’s challenges and accountability from friends that can give us the push we need to live fit, healthy lives. It’s not just about exercise or even diet and exercise, but rather, mindset, sleep, nutrition and exercise, and that’s what the Fit Life Challenge is all about.

It’s also about giving back and from this challenge, we were able to contribute 1,000 nutritious meals to hungry children through the No Kid Hungry Campaign. They help families in need cook healthy food on a budget.

Yet again, the Fit Life Challenge had amazing results and success stories with many deserving winners. The winners were judged on: 1) total score, 2) body weight, measurement and workout improvement, and 3) a statement about the challenge. This time a new twist was added, so those in the challenge had a partner for additional encouragement and accountability. For the judging, the names were removed to keep it anonymous and the panel of judges chose an Individual Winner and the Partner Winners (each receiving a $50 cash prize).

The Fall 2017 FLC Winners are:

Individual Winner – Lacy

  • Goal was to lose weight
  • Lost 4% body fat and lost 8 pounds during the timeframe of the challenge (and is down 15 pounds overall)
  • Scored 300 points in the challenge (1st place in this challenge, and hitting the elusive ‘300’ that has now happened only 3 times in the history of this challenge)

    “While my overall desire is to be as healthy as possible and in the best shape I can be in, I knew I had to make adjustments in my eating. Workouts are pretty consistent for me, but my eating habits can be up and down. So, I started Whole 30 with a couple of friends in mid-August and just continued doing that through the Fit Life Challenge. While I still have further to go and more to lose, I’m in a much better place now with food. I’ve cooked way more than I ever have and read more labels than I probably ever wanted, but I’ve really enjoyed learning new recipes and I’m enjoying healthier foods without so many of my previous cravings. Time spent reading and praying is important to me so the accountability of the mindset portion was really good for me as well.”

    Partner Winners – JJ & Tracey

    JJ

  • Goal was to lose a few pounds
  • Lost 6 pounds
  • Scored 288 points (2nd highest in this challenge)

    “I wanted to do this challenge to get myself back on track. The first few weeks were difficult and I found myself having less energy than before. However, I stuck with it and I was happy with my results. I like that I could add some simple foods in on some days (a little bread if needed) and would only lose a point. These challenges can be more mental than anything. If I was going to lose a point, I wanted it to be on something like fat free creamer or a few pretzel chips with hummus. Never on fast food or beer. Beer….that is the one item in my diet I think made a huge difference eliminating! 6.2 lbs is a lot for me! I’m happy that I’m once again well below my weight watchers goal…it felt good to go in last Saturday and weigh in the lowest I’ve been in well over a year!”

Tracey

  • Goals were to lose weight, tone-up and increase energy
  • Lost 4 pounds
  • Improved time in baseline workout by over a minute from a pre-challenge time of 7:30 to post-challenge time of 6:26.

    “This challenge was a great jump start to cutting out mindless eating and nibbling on my kids’ mac and cheese and goldfish! I was in a bit of a rut before the challenge – I wasn’t exercising as often as I had been and wasn’t very focused on my nutrition.

I really liked the four areas of focus. I was very consistent on both mindset and sleep. I started a daily devotion book that I had for a while, but failed to stick with regularly. I really liked adding my personal quiet time to the day. I also started going to sleep a bit earlier — which helped me add in some early morning workouts before work.

The biggest improvement on my nutrition was cutting out my old habits of snacking and drinking wine while cooking. I also added some vegan recipes to our weekly dinners. I struggled a few times during the challenge due to my birthday (I did have some cake!), a trip to visit family/friends, and some work travel that involved nice dinners out. But, I at least managed to keep my breakfasts and lunches with the plan in those cases. Life is all about balance and even though I was doing this challenge, I didn’t want to miss out on fun experiences and celebrations! Overall, I felt like I was still making solid choices like skipping the bread bowl, only ordering one glass of wine, and ordering half portions when available.

I really enjoyed the exercise challenge – it’s a great reminder that even 15 minutes of getting your heart rate can change your mood and energy. With exercise, I can tend to be all or nothing. So, if I didn’t have time for an hour+ workout, I’d just do nothing. During the challenge, I gave myself the chance to try some new, shorter workouts and other stretching training, like PiYo. When I repeated my workout challenge, I dropped more than one minute in time!

Even though I didn’t quite reach my weight loss goal, I still made solid progress and believe I’ll be able to really stick with some of the changes throughout the holiday season! Thank you!”

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It’s not a challenge. It’s a lifestyle.

Again, outstanding job to everyone who participated in the challenge! It was rewarding to see you learning even more about mindset, sleep, nutrition and exercise and applying it to your lives. Keep up the great work, make it a lifestyle!

For those interested in being a part of the next challenge, you can download the free .pdf that shares what it’s all about here: FitLifeChallenge.com/

83 pounds and counting… An Inspiring Fit Life Challenge Story

We at the Fit Life Challenge are awed and humbled by the efforts that are put in surrounding this challenge and so inspired to hear the success stories.
 

This is one is one of the best. The post is written by Chris, himself. We’ve known him for a while, but he was hesitant to come into the gym or get started on the challenge, but when he did, wow, did he ever commit! Every time we see him, its inspiration for us to keep doing what we do. Chris started the Fit Life Challenge and lost 25 pounds in the first 40 days of the challenge. He’s continued with it and now 8 months later is down over 80 pounds & feels better than ever!

…and yes, Chris, we do feel like you are ‘some sort of superstar’!

Enter Chris:

Back in January, Alex and Patrick really pushed me into doing the FitLife Challenge. I was really hesitant at first. I wasn’t the type of person to think that dieting would work for me.

I was coming from the mentality that back when I lost weight in 201-2011, the only change in my diet was giving up soda. I was also working out three days a week with a personal trainer. Yet the weight came back after the session with the trainer ended. Then I began to drink soda again. Then I turned 21. Within a very short period of time, I stopped doing the things I needed to do, and began doing the things I shouldn’t have done.

Fast forward to January. Before the challenge even began, I knew that I had to jump start my metabolism each day. I began eating two cups of Greek yogurt from Publix (they have a great selection of flavors and they are 12g of protein in each cup with limited sugar) and a 12oz glass of the Naked Green Machine, as it fell in line with the Whole 30 diet. Now I know you’re not supposed to eat dairy with Whole 30, but I was working with what I knew I could do.

The lunches were the hardest part. I would come off of work eating Zaxby’s or Arby’s or even after a late night I would buy four burritos from Taco Bell and guzzle down the Large Baja Blast. So I started simple. I went to Publix and bought a premade salad every day and added chicken to it. The salads are a whole topic of themselves but for my sake, I’ll print out the recipe. After seeing how much salad I ate, I decided to buy all the ingredients and make my own salads at home. I made my own vinaigrettes and switched them up every few weeks so the flavor was always new.

For the first month, combined with a strict breakfast and lunch diet, (dinner was the only thing I didn’t moderate.) I lost TWENTY-FIVE POUNDS! In one month I lost a whole size as well.

Since January I have stuck to the Whole 30 diet (I have little cheat meals every so often as to keep me going), I gave up on soda, I stopped drinking beer (I still drink liquor a few times a month) I drink about one gallon of water a day. I sleep better than I used to. I ran an unbroken 3.75 miles for the first time in my life. Since January I have lost eighty-three pounds and counting. I am close to my first real breakthrough in my weight-loss goal of 250lbs by January 2018, maybe even 220lbs!!

I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for the people in my CrossFit classes as well as the constant encouragement from Alex, Patrick, Scott and Steve. Everyone at CrossFit PPG has gone out of their way to make me feel like I am some sort of superstar when in all honesty, they’re the ones who have been keeping me going each day at the gym.

You are the only one keeping yourself from moving forward; why continue staying where you are only to end up going backwards?

Christopher O’Connell
August 28, 2017
348lbs to 266lbs

Are you the next success story?

There’s no time like right now to get started on the path to living a fit life. Simply, go to FitLifeChallenge.com and enter your info in the box to get the Fit Life Challenge guide for FREE and see how you can join the challenge!

Winter 2017 Fit Life Challenge Winners: 4 Athletes and 500 Children

Wow! The Fit Life Challenge was an amazing way to start 2017! It’s been so inspiring to hear the truly life changing results that came out of this challenge.

Over time, we started to see that ideal health and fitness is not just about exercise or even diet and exercise, but rather, mindset, sleep, nutrition and exercise.

Therefore, the Fit Life Challenge incorporates all four components. It is a 40 day challenge where participants earn points for activities completed in each area – mindset, sleep, nutrition and exercise.

The winners were judged on: 1) total score for days 1 – 40, 2) body weight, measurement and workout improvement, and 3) a statement about the challenge.

For the judging, the names were removed to keep it anonymous. The panel of five judges came to a split decision.  There was not one clear Grand Prize winner this time, so the prize was split among the four top finishers, receiving $50* each.

Congratulations to the Four Winners!

Chris

  • Goal was to lose weight.
  • Lost 25 pounds (~7% of body weight, tied for highest % lost in the challenge)

“I started the Fit Life Challenge and with the support of my family, friends and CrossFit PPG, I achieved my first goal – down 25 pounds and feeling great! I’m not in the best shape, but I want to be. I started this as a way to see if changing my diet was the problem. While I didn’t shred weight, I did continue to steadily lose that one pound per day. Although I was hopeful to lose, more, I can say that with the dedication to my diet (I’m not going to change it anytime soon) and a steady workout regimen, I am confident that I will be able to lose 25 more and more until I hit my dream weight. It may feel like it seems unattainable now, but I just have to keep moving forward one day at a time.”

Leann

  • Goal was to lose weight and feel great.
  • Lost 9 pounds (~7% of body weight, tied for highest % lost in the challenge)
  • Scored 259 points (second most points in the challenge)

“I usually always feel good and eat pretty healthy foods. However, my husband and I started “celebrating” life a little more than I needed too.  I was not as careful with foods and libations, so put on some unwanted pounds. I loved the challenge! It made me stop and think before eating unhealthy foods and helped break some bad habits. Who needs goldfish, crackers, pimento cheese and champagne? It was fun being creative with healthy recipes. Zucchini “noodles” are great-no need for pasta! Also, La Croix drinks in a champagne glass with a twist of lime are great for “celebrating!” I loved the meditation and will continue that. I have been sleeping great (most nights), had less heartburn (a real problem, even though do not eat spicy foods, etc.) and have lost 9 pounds! I’m planning on sticking to this all my life. However, probably allowing a little more celebrating on the weekends! Cheers!”

Scott

  • Goal was to lose 3 – 4 pounds while improving performance
  • Decreased body fat by 4% and lost 3 pounds
  • Scored 304 points (1st place in the challenge)

“Often you need to be pushed by your peers, colleagues, friends, and competition to be better.  This challenge was a great way to spark that push.  Nutrition: For forty days and nights, I ate, as if on the Whole30/Rx+ plan. I was able to become more disciplined and creative finding a variety of vegetables and cooking methods that I had not experienced before the challenge.  Vegetable intake increased daily starting in the morning and continued throughout the day. My mind; I was able to accomplish daily tasks more efficiently, with planning and focus guided by morning meditations.  I have really enjoyed the apps; headspace, calm and Insight Timer.  I will continue to start my day with time for my mind. My body;  I have gotten 7.5 hours of sleep on most evenings and felt more alert throughout day, even in the early afternoon and evenings than I have in a long time.  My body fat decreased a little over 4% and my body weight decreased a little over 3 pounds.  I was able to reach personal records in the gym, and surpassed several benchmark workouts. Overall, I felt great during the challenge. I will continue to eat well, avoiding grains, dairy, and sweeteners and processed foods and will also continue the mind and body training and allow it to become a lifestyle.”

Steve

  • Goal was to lose weight without diminishing performance in the gym
  • Decreased body fat by 5% (1st place in the challenge, for those who took measurements)
  • Lost 10 pounds (~5% of body weight, 3rd highest % lost in the challenge)
  • Scored 224 (3rd highest in the challenge)

“This challenge took effort.  Although the desire to lose weight was present, I was cautious about doing that at the cost of diminishing my ability to perform in the gym.  The balance was difficult.  I will say that the introduction of Mindset into the arena was a game-changer and such a positive element to this journey.  The ability to ‘disconnect’ and be at peace with your thoughts initially was an effort, which evolved into a basic need. The nutritional aspect was the most difficult part based on my nutritional needs for optimal performance, but I consider this to be a stunning success for me personally.”

* Despite the anonymous nature of the judging, two of the winners felt they were “too close” to the organizers of the Fit Life Challenge, so declined the prize money and requested it be donated.

Making a Difference: 500 Children In Need Also Win

At Fit Life Insight, we absolutely love making a positive difference in the lives of others. We are blessed to be able to do this through the challenge and coaching. We are also blessed to be able to make a difference in this world.

From this challenge, we were able to contribute to 500 nutritious meals to hungry children through the No Kid Hungry Campaign. They help families in need cook healthy food on a budget.

It’s not a challenge. It’s a lifestyle.

Again, outstanding job to everyone who participated in the challenge! It was rewarding to see you learning even more about mindset, sleep, nutrition and exercise and applying it to your lives. Keep up the great work, make it a lifestyle, and be on the lookout for the next challenge ;).