Congratulations to Sean Vernon on winning last month’s 800g Challenge®!
In the same way as taking part in a CrossFit class involves a competitive element that makes you try harder, eliciting dietary changes can be easier if you have some sort of external push from your community. The goal of our recent 800g Challenge® was to help our members make sustainable changes that you will be able to maintain in the long-term. Though the challenge has come to an end, we hope the short-term push alleviated the initial difficulty of incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your daily routine.
Sean did a great job of being consistent throughout the duration of the challenge. Combined with his efforts in the gym, he is on the right track with his fitness and overall health! You can usually find him at one of our later evening classes, often with his adorable puppy, Ellie, in tow. Be sure to give him a high five next time you see him! We interviewed Sean after the challenge. Here’s what he had to say:
1. What made you want to do the 800g Challenge®?
I wanted a way to jump start healthy eating habits. I had been eating poorly and I felt like I was in a constant struggle with food. This was a good way to jump start those healthy habits.
2. What was your diet/nutrition like before the challenge? (Did you follow a specific nutrition philosophy, seek out/avoid specific foods, etc.?)
I would typically eat a lot of breads, grains and cheese. I have been a vegetarian for about 8 years now so I was no stranger to fruits and veggies but found myself constantly going back to eating lots of processed vegetarian foods. Veggie dogs and veggie burgers were some of my favorite foods. I would tend to avoid all fresh fruits and vegetables.
3. What did you learn?
I learned that eating fresh fruits and veggies wasn’t as terrible as I was making it out in my head to be. I would create this mental block that the taste was going to be far less enjoyable than if I were to get a cheese pizza. However after falling into a routine of eating fresh fruits and veggies I have come to enjoy them a lot more than all the cheese and breads. Plus I feel a lot better and full after.
4. What elements of the 800g challenge do you plan to maintain now that it’s over?
During the challenge I have made giant bowls of all kinds of mixed veggies then throw them into a taco. I plan to continue this as it is a good way to try new veggies and stir fry’s. My breakfast now consists of fresh fruits instead of just toast and butter.
5. What elements of the 800g challenge do you not plan to maintain?
The diversity section. Which was the hardest part of the challenge in my opinion. I don’t think I will be able to continue to eat 6 different types fruits or veggies a day. However I will give it my best shot. 😉 Also I will no longer be weighing my food as I don’t want to keep having to bring the scale to work.
6. What was most helpful about the challenge?
Having the daily check-in and a group at the gym for support and motivation helped keep things on track
7. Least helpful?
Can’t really think of anything that wasn’t helpful.
8. What differences have you noticed as a result of the 800g challenge (body composition, sleep, skin, energy, focus, etc.) — positive or negative?
I have lost a ton of weight, my skin tone has changed and my focus at work has been outstanding. Also sleep has been great and I wake up feeling good to go. The first few days were tough but beyond that it was nothing but feeling great everyday.
9. Anything else you can think of?
I would love to be able to do more of these challenges at the gym. Even if it isn’t a competition, just the daily checkins and community have helped drive healthy habits that I feel most people who competed have benefited from. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of it! Looking forward to more in the future.
We have many opportunities in the coming months to upgrade your knowledge and skill set around nutrition, starting THIS THURSDAY when we’ll host our first nutrition seminar at 5.30pm. Click here for a schedule of upcoming seminars and reserve your spot!