The Whole Life Challenge begins tomorrow!

I’ve mentioned before that the Whole Life Challenge is not about weight loss. Instead, the challenge is to have you focus on choices you make on a daily basis — and how these choices can be improved/fine tuned/changed in order to live a healthier lifestyle.

A side effect, if you will, of eating healthy, nutritious foods and regularly exercising will inevitably lead to some physical changes. This is why you’re asked to do a baseline workout and take photos and measurements of your body before the challenge starts and then do them again at the end of the challenge to compare your results.

However, for me, the change went beyond just a difference in my appearance. You can read more about it in my blogpost here.

Before we officially get started, taking some time to write down a few goals that you want to accomplish by the end of the challenge.

Think about why you’re doing this challenge in the first place. What do you hope to achieve? Can you come up with any measurable goals? Most importantly, figure out WHY these goals are important for you. I’ve found using the SMART checklist for goal-setting to be very helpful.

Smart goals

Coming up with specific, measurable, attainable goals that you can accomplish within this 8-week period (that are relevant to your lifestyle, of course) and actually writing them down and putting them somewhere you can see them each day is a good way to help you stay motivated and stay on track.

My 3 goals for the Whole Life Challenge
— Break through my weight plateau by at least 3 kg — 
I’ve been stuck at this weight since the beginning of this year and I know I don’t like the way that I look/feel. Plus, I know that losing the weight will help me get closer to my goal of finally being able to do a pull-up! It will also help me feel more comfortable training in a Gi (which is linked to goal #3).
— Detox from sugar —
In general my main meals are WLC-compliant even when I’m not doing the challenge. Sugar, however, is another story. I need to control my sweet tooth and keep my sugar cravings at bay. This challenge will help me get started with that.
— Test for my Jiujitsu blue belt — 
While this doesn’t have anything to do with the challenge per se, the exercises I’ve been doing – weight lifting, HIIT, yoga – are mainly geared towards helping me improve my Jiujitsu game (as well as my Muay Thai). I’ve been training hard. I’d really like to be able to move forward and take my game to another level.