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.
BOOM BABY! That is how it’s done!! Congrats to our female CSE Fall Challenge winner, Jenn!! 🎉 Even with her crazy busy schedule as a teacher, she made a commitment to prioritize her health and guess what?! SHE FOUND THE TIME AND ROCKED IT! “I never regretted working out”. “It taught me that need to eat good, wholesome foods that fuel my body properly NOW so that my future body will thank me later!” Make sure to swipe and read her full testimonial! So many invaluable golden nuggets of info that we can all use for inspiration and motivation to not let the little things throw off our groove! I love that when she stopped stepping on the scale, the inches started to DROP 🙌🏻 Way to go Jenn! We are so proud of all that you’ve accomplished!
This is my 3rd time doing the CSE challenge but only 2nd officially submitting before and after photos. Each time I’ve done the challenge I’ve not only had to overcome speed bumps but have also gained invaluable knowledge!
The first challenge: Starving doesn’t make you skinnier so eat your food as your medicine otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food. CSE showed me that I don’t need to go on a crazy fad diet that limits the types of food I can eat or that I can only be restricting myself to a ridiculously low calorie intake. It taught me that I need to eat good, wholesome foods that fuel my body properly NOW so that my future body will thank me later!
The second challenge: Perfection does NOT exist and I shouldn’t beat myself up for it or feel guilty for not doing everything to the “t”. Being a brand new teacher means I am CRAZY busy. I was worried that once the school year started that I would not be able to follow the CSE plan “perfectly” or maintain my health. I was wrong. The flexibility of CSE made it seamless and smooth! We are all human and we need to be flexible which is what I loved most about CSE. I could switch up meals when I wasn’t feeling something or when I might have indulged a little bit extra.. the CSE FB community would pick me back up!
The third challenge (and most difficult challenge): The number on the scale doesn’t matter. This was the hardest hurdle to overcome. At the beginning of my CSE journey, stepping on the scale was my largest means of motivation. It was extrinsic motivation that I could “see” immediately - instant gratification. BUT, on the flip side it was also instant discouragement, especially when the number increased or didn’t change. I obsessed over the number on the scale. It wasn’t until I had plateaued for a few weeks, despite working out almost everyday, that got me to realize that the number on the scale didn’t mean my progress had stopped. I started noticing that clothes, that I didn’t fit before, started fitting better. I felt more confident. I felt stronger. I liked the way I looked (despite the number on the scale). I am now no longer scared to eat all my calories/macros, in fear of my weight increasing, because I know that when my body gets the best foods, that I can function at my best!
Thanks CSE! I’m glad to have a community that fuels not only my belly but my soul!
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.