We’ve got a couple of days until the Whole Life Challenge begins – are you ready? The start of this challenge is going to be particularly hectic for me as I’m in the middle of moving houses. On top of that, I have to work on both Saturday and Sunday so I’ve to to get all my planning and food prep in beforehand. It’s all manageable as long as I prepare. Here are a few tips to navigating through the first few days of challenge:

1) Measurements: Have your camera and your tape measure handy. Take your ‘before’ photos and measurements. You should also weigh yourself. You can decide what type of measurement you want to enter on your page as a gauge for your progress through the challenge. If you can measure your body fat percentage it’s a good idea to do that as well. Even though you’ll only be entering one type of measurement on your chart, it doesn’t hurt to note the other numbers as well so you can track how much progress you make over the following 8 weeks.

2) Workout: Choose your preliminary workout. You can either do the official WLC workout or you can choose a baseline workout of your own (e.g. how minutes). Take note of your workout and your score and enter it on the WLC website. You’ll be doing the same workout at the end of the challenge to compare your scores.

In addition to the baseline workout, I don’t know about you, but I know that my weekends get quite busy. It can be helpful to figure out what you’ll be doing and schedule in time to complete your exercise and your mobilization. If you set aside this block of time (not just for the weekend but also for the week), then it’ll be a lot easier to get it done. It’s amazing how once the day gets started that 20 minutes can just fly by … but making a conscious effort to schedule it into your day will make it much, much easier to incorporate.

3) Plan your meals: My meal planning has become quite systematic. I write down what I”ll be eating during the week and I buy my groceries accordingly – I don’t buy anything extra. Having my menu written out and put up where I can see it makes it really easy for me to stick to my plan. In the beginning it takes a bit of time to figure out what to eat and when, but after some time it really does become part of your routine. Since the challenge starts on a weekend, make sure you know what you’ll be eating and when. Plan now so that you don’t feel lost or overwhelmed once the challenge begins.

4) Calculate your water: Have you figured out how much water you should be drinking on a daily basis? I like to keep mine poured out in bottles so I know exactly what amount I have to drink for the day.

5) Choose your supplement: Do you know what supplements you’ll be taking? Make sure you have enough in stock and that you have them on hand/in sight so that you don’t forget to take them.

These are just a few tips to help you get started with the challenge. Plan, plan, plan — that’s the key to success!

There’s still time to sign up for the challenge and join our team. Use this link: http://www.whole.lc/wlcmay15/pt/plumpetals

Here are a few of my previous blog posts preparing for the start of the challenge:

Getting the Kitchen Ready: http://plumpetalsfitwlc.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/getting-kitchen-ready.html

Preparing for Day 1 (from 2014 in case I missed anything in this post): http://plumpetalsfitwlc.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/preparing-for-day-1.html