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.
"You don't know what you got till it's gone!" That really rings true here. When I started this journey, I was really doing it because my wife wants to go to Hawaii so bad! I figured, if I supported her in the challenge, maybe she could win a trip! I knew that I was sporting the "Dad Bod", but I didn't feel like I had really let myself go that bad. Then I saw my before pictures and had a bit of a wake up call! It was time to get serious.
I have started other Clean Simple Eats' challenges in the past, but I've never been this dedicated. I've normally cut calories, done a bit of exercise, lost a few pounds, and called it good after a couple weeks. This time was way different and the results show.
In the past 7 weeks, I have lost 10.4% of my body weight. This is really amazing to me, but it's not the most important thing. My first day I decided to see how quickly I could run a mile. I made it in 11 minutes and felt like I was going to die! After seven weeks in the challenge, I am down to a 7 minute mile! I know this is slow for some, but I have never been a distance runner and I am thrilled to be where I am at. Apart from this, I have noticed my recovery time after a workout is much quicker which tells me that my body is thanking me!
As I look back, I am realizing how my poor physical condition was robbing me of some of my passions in life. I love mountain biking! About a year ago I went biking with a buddy of mine... It wasn't fun. It was painful! I was so embarrassed at how slow and out of shape I was, I didn't mountain bike again for about a year. Last week I went twice with him. It was awesome! I remembered why I loved biking so much. I can't wait for ski season!
Life is way more enjoyable when you are in shape! Thank you to Clean Simple Eats for giving me the motivation to get me back to a point that I can enjoy my life at a higher level!
"You don't know what you got till it's gone"? I usually think of this saying when I have lost something I wish I had back. In this case, I had 17 extra pounds and I didn't realize how they were affecting me. All I can say is, "GOOD RIDDANCE!"
I worked out 5-6 days a week, with the exception of one week where I strained a muscle in my back and could only work out 3 days. I have a hard time making it to the gym so I was limited to the equipment that I had at home which was a treadmill and a body tower for push-ups, pull-ups, dips, etc.
I have used the excuse of not having time to go to the gym too often in my life, so I decided to see what I could really accomplish by doing bodyweight only workouts. I would do one day heavy cardio, and the next light cardio with strength workouts using some of your bodyweight workout suggestions. I did not incorporate any weights into my workouts. I never had a "casual" workout. I pushed myself every time. My daughter always commented how gross it was that I was sweating so much! The good news is, it really worked. The bad news is I have no more "can't make it to the gym" excuses!
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.