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.
As a mother of six and after a rough year, this challenge was just what I needed to change my life. I gave up on my health last year. I didn’t care how much weight I gained or how I felt. I was overwhelmed by what seemed like impossible demands on my time and something had to give. I chose to let my health go.
I didn’t want to think about what to eat. I didn’t want to schedule time for exercise. I stopped caring. And I wanted to be “free.” What I didn’t realize was that my attempt to be “free” and unrestricted was actually leading me to greater physical and emotional stress. I was unwilling to consider the consequences of my actions. And I was in complete denial that my choices were leading to unhappiness and feelings of being even more overwhelmed.
By letting go of my health, I was actually making everything worse. I knew in the back of my mind that I needed to change my thoughts and my behavior. But how? Where would I find the motivation in my already stressful situation? And what if I tried and failed? That would only reinforce my lack of confidence. Such was my spiraling thought process.
For a month, I considered what it would take to change my course. But I knew that I would have to stick with my decision. And so I joined the Clean Simple Eats challenge. I also kept a video journal every day of my journey and shared it publicly to keep me accountable. The recipes and the meal plans are incredible. And they take all the guesswork out of what to eat. The App makes it so easy to stay on track.
I’ve lost 12 lbs in 7 weeks and gained a new perspective of my life. The best part is that this lifestyle is 100% sustainable. And my journey will continue long after this challenge.
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.