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Challenges of the 12 Week Challenge

This week I am super excited. Super excited to know that the THR1VE 12 Week Challenge is happening again! At the same time I am also envious of the amazing experience that all of the competitors are going to have. I want to play too! But they don’t call it a Challenge for no reason. If you are toying with the idea of entering but are a bit worried about some of the difficulties that you will face, then don’t be. If I could do it then you can do it. Here are some of the challenges that I experienced during the 12 weeks and some of the ways I overcame them.

I got a little lonely at the start. I stopped going out drinking with my friends and it is amazing how much sobriety decreases your social life. But you can find other ways to socialise. Instead of Friday night drinks I started doing Friday night fight training. It is now my favourite activity. Not only do I get a super hectic work out, I also get to socialise with a really good group of likeminded people. It’s fun and it gives you guns. There are lots of ways in which you can socialise whilst doing the Challenge, you just need to change your idea of what socialisation is and also occupy yourself with activities on the evenings that you would usually be finding yourself battered and stumbling to the kebab shop.

Get a good support network. Having a trainer really helps, even if it is just once a month. I was beyond lucky to have Billy from Team Tarzan as my trainer. He provided mass amounts of support, encouragement and knowledge. It also helps to get to know your other competitors, become friends on Facebook and communicate on the THR1VE page. These guys are going through the exact same issues as you and together you can all support each other and discuss different tactics. And start talking and hanging out more with your fitness freak friends, you know the ones that you have previously thought were obsessive and could never understand why they would go for a run first thing on a Saturday morning. Also, make friends with the guys serving you your THR1VE lunch bowl, they are friendly and full of knowledge.

Sometimes you end up in a situation where there is a massive, amazing looking piece of delicious but toxic cake in your face. Dropping kicking it into the trash isn’t always a viable option so try and keep a bag of nuts or a protein ball at hand for these kinds of surprise situations. I also keep raw cacao and stevia in my desk drawer at work and almond milk in the fridge so that I can make a big hot chocolate to help get me through things like staff morning teas. But if you are mentally going nuts and really really wanting to consume that cake, or whatever else you are presented with, then take a couple of deep breaths and ask yourself a couple of questions:

● Will it nourish you?
● What kinds of feelings are you going to suffer from after you have eaten it?
● Would you feel embarrassed if the other Challengers knew you ate it?

It is likely that you are definitely not going to eat that cake once you answer these questions.

Don’t take on too much at once. For the 12WC I went whole hog and on top of creating a primitive life I also quit caffeine and all sugar, including fruit and root vegetables. In hindsight I think this was too much. As you are already making an important lifestyle change you don’t need the added stresses of other dietary eliminations to begin with. Once you are all settled and comfortable being paleo it will then be easier to eliminate things like sugar and caffeine if you choose to.

But most importantly, have fun! Don’t think of it as a competition, think of it as an adventure. Who cares where you place in the Challenge, it is where you place in your new life that matters most. If you’re up for the Challenge, chat to someone in a THR1VE store or download the form here. Good luck!

-Isabel



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