Spring/Summer was full of travelling and work and maintaining my usual level of fitness and nutrition started to become a huge struggle. I have high expectations of myself and was starting to get more and more down on myself as I felt like I was losing control of the food I put in my body, and missed the energy and strength and happiness I felt from exercising consistently, but couldn’t seem to get out of my rut no matter how much I wanted to. I needed something to help snap me out of it and reignite my motivation- I needed the tight life challenge. So my expectation was this...in those 3 weeks I wanted to drop my bad habits of unhealthy snacking and mindless eating, remember how good I feel when I fuel my body properly and crave that instead of junk, rediscover my drive and passion to sweat and push myself hard physically no matter what kind of day I’m having, and overall, regain balance in my life. Like usual, I had high expectations.
The tight life kick off includes goal setting and although I wrote down a few specific strength and physicality related goals I honestly wasn’t too concerned if I met them within those 3 weeks because I knew they would come with time and consistency so my biggest and most important goal was the mental aspect of having a better relationship with food and simply getting back into the habit of eating healthy and training hard.
Initially my biggest fear was the nutrition aspect. At that point I felt really out of control with what I ate, always giving in to unhealthy cravings and overeating even though I knew I’d feel shitty after. So my fear was that I’d give in to that during the Tight Life and fail myself and the rest of the group.
My biggest challenge was sticking to workouts and eating healthy despite having plans to go out with friends, getting a cold, and having exhausting work days. The group support was huge in helping me get through this. Being able to post to the Facebook group on a tough day and in response get support and encouragement from everyone helped motivate me to stay on track and feel accountable.
See my last response. The community definitely had my back, we shared our struggles and celebrated our wins together. One thing I looked forward to most about the workouts was seeing each and every person who was a part of this challenge. Even on the days I didn’t feel like going, that’s what helped get me there.
The thing that surprised me the most was how much my physical assessments improved. I didn’t really expect to see that much of a difference in 3 weeks as that isn’t really very long, but not only did I smash and improve every single challenge, I also lost almost 5 lbs and inches off my measurements.
Meeting my mental goals. After those 3 weeks I felt so much better mentally. I felt in control of what and how much I ate, I was craving veggies not sugar (most of the time), I felt myself regaining confidence in my body, and overall was feeling balanced again. Although I have a lot of work ahead of me to meet my long term strength goals, I’m back on the right track to get there. I’m also really proud of the group of humans I got to do this with, for the goals they met and the challenges they all overcame (oh ya, and my 10:04 min wall sit!).
To me, living the tight life means having a healthy, balanced lifestyle and doing what I love that makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning, excited to start each day. It means living life and loving to the fullest.
I’d recommend this to almost anyone really, the only requirement for the gold level challenge being that you have some kind of fitness knowledge and experience. Everyone’s goals are so individual both mentally and physically and I truly believe you will get out of it as much as you are willing to put in. There’s always alternatives, progressions, new ways of trying things, and ways to challenge yourself in every aspect of life: workouts, nutrition, relationships, etc. So if you commit, show up, put the work in, have fun, and be a part of the community and support system, I guarantee anyone can benefit and be rewarded from those 3 weeks.
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