Our Fall 2023 Challenge Winner, Hailey!
CSE taught me that healthy food can taste good, give you more sustainable energy, and honestly, my depression and anxiety has gotten so much better.
My first four challenges were about me - healing digestive distress and disease, overcoming depression and anxiety, getting to a healthy weight - all amazing goals. I knew that I had the tools and commitment I needed to continue reaching my goals during the Summer Challenge, and I also knew it was no longer about me. I had seen life-changing success and transformation in my first year of CSE, and I finally had the confidence and ability to set the example and encourage others toward that same success too.
I started honoring my commitments to myself 100% in the Spring Challenge and continued in the Summer - I refuse to quit!!! I decided I would never be limited by my mindset again - where some people say “no one’s perfect” I said “I can do literally anything!” - I had 49 perfect days of meeting my macros, 100+oz water, closing my rings on my apple watch, eating no snack foods, and limiting treats to two Saturdays during the Summer 2020 Challenge. I also kept my streak of my #5MinuteHabit, but increased it: running 10 minutes of stairs every day - no days off, no excuses.
Having my own transformation was amazing, but seeing that transformation multiply is something that is SO incredibly special! 35 people competed a #PerfectDay or #5MinuteHabit to enhance the summer challenge, and knowing they’re taking steps for their health means everything!!!
As I focused on other people: encouraging them, rooting for them, reminding them to be kind to themselves, I found I was naturally doing those things for myself, too. When I reminded someone they could stick with the challenge without quitting, I had a renewed energy and reminder that I wasn’t quitting either.
It’s no irony that the challenge I wasn’t wrapped up in myself was the challenge I saw the most transformation FOR myself. My digestion was near-perfect, my mental health was clear, I am able to constantly challenge myself to do new things I didn't think I could do, and my body composition is the healthiest it’s ever been. That’s the power of the CSE Tribe - as corny as it sounds: we rise by uplifting others!
More ironically, this is also the challenge that I saw the least quantitative success. I didn’t even lose a full pound (I’m rounding up from .9lbs though ?), but I look and feel SO much healthier and leaner. Thank the Lord for the Clean Simple Eats foundation and mindset: health is a lifelong marathon, not a 7 week sprint. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important, but it’s also important to have non-weight measures of health to stay encouraged and on-course when weight stays stagnant.
Thank you, JJ & Erika, for teaching and preaching that! The body composition changes I saw in 7 weeks were INCREDIBLE - I’m leaner, healthier, and able to move more. I feel like I lost 20lbs!
This challenge was transformational for me, and, even after 5 challenges, it’s only the beginning! I’m bringing this momentum into the Fall Challenge, and every challenge after that until I’m 70 - let’s go!!!
Each season we host a free 7-week, community-based health and fitness challenge. We work hard, get our sweat on, and work together to motivate each other to reach our goals.