WOW! What amazing results people can have in just 50 days. We know it may be tough to take on a challenge like ours, but not only did these girls take on the challenge, but they were brave enough to send in their pictures and show what they’ve done. (Something a slim majority were willing to do.) I will post our male winners in a separate post tomorrow.
What really caught my eye in each of these testimonials is that both our Superhumans, Casey and Ildi, were so enthusiastic about taking on ANOTHER 50-Day Challenge! Apparently, they had so much fun after this one that they couldn’t wait to do it all over again. It’s clear to see they had awesome results and they can’t wait to see what they can do in another 50 days.
It’s so important that we use success to breed more success. When we succeed at a challenge (whether it be 10 days or 50 days), that is a building block we’ve established on our path to Superhuman health. I’ve found that the majority of people who decide to take on the challenge, only end up remembering their in a challenge once every couple days. They don’t live the challenge like Casey and Ildi have done. Congrats to our newest Superhumans on their awesome success so far and for all that they will accomplish in the future.
The main reason I started the SuperHuman50 challenge because I wanted to get in shape for the summer. During the summer I work with kids in a tennis camp where the lunch menu includes: pizza, burger king, McDonald’s, bagels, pasta, ice cream and cakes (throughout the entire summer). We all know it’s unhealthy but it’s the cheapest and easiest way to keep the kids and the budget happy :).
The last 5 years I have spent my summers eating that junk food.
So my goal was to reach the lowest kg I was in college (62kgs=136.4lbs) in a healthy way. That time it took me 3 months to reached that by starving myself and barely eating anything.
But thanks to SuperHuman50 challenge I lost 17lbs so far (157lbs at start and 140lbs at the end), in a healthy way. The Paleo diet definitely changed my grocery shopping and cooking habits. At the beginning I used the advice of taking pictures of dishes I made, which was helpful to stay creative in preparing different dishes. Also I tried not to step on the scale the first couple of weeks to make sure I don’t get discouraged by the numbers.
There were many times where I craved sweets but I worked through those by having lots of fruits and smoothies. Important to mention that I did visit the gym 5 times a week which is giant step for me because I have not been there since graduated from college in 2008 :).
I am really happy I did this 50 day challenge and love the feeling of being healthier and fitting in clothes that were hiding in the back of the drawer…. I’m satisfied with my weight loss but I am going to challenge myself for 50 more days until the end of summer camp to make sure I close this summer in a bomb shape!
Thank you guys!
These are photos of some of my favorite meals during the challenge.
As day 51 comes to a half, I sit here eating cabbage baked with bacon and garlic. My day started at 7:00 am with no alarm, a cup of espresso and ghee mixed in my magic bullet, led me to a 90 minute hot yoga class, then to whole foods. I was to pick up some ground bison, grassfed steaks, 3 heads of broccoli (are they called a head.. perhaps a bushel?), organic green peppers, freshly ground almond butter and organic baby carrots…. rewind to day -1…. I didn’t know how to buy meat, how to cook meat, how to cook veggies, what to mix with what, and or why I would want to when I could just buy pre-made.. everything. In a world of convenience.. Paleo is hard and when you don’t have people who support you, understand you, and push you… paleo is REALLY hard. I made it all 51 days with one cheat meal consisting of 3 marshmallows.. there was a camping trip involving a bonfire and I just couldn’t resist.
I crossfit 5-6-8 times a week and do yoga about the same amount. I had been on that schedule for a month or maybe two previous to my 50 day challenge. I was not seeing results, i was getting disheartened and run down. Then I had a visit from a great friend of mine who is a fellow crossfitter. I look at him and his olympic athlete swimmer of a self (no joke) and we had a good long discussion about what to do on nutrition and how to improve my personal results. I never thought hearing this wouldn’t hurt my feelings.. but it didn’t.. it inspired me. “Casey.. please don’t take this the wrong way but you could probably lose about 10 lbs and you would be in perfect shape.” Hmm and just like that the light bulb turned on. We went to the fresh market where he and I smelled coffees and I bought some grassfed organic butter. Next came.. for me.. the best part of my challenge. From that day on, I made coffee/espresso with butter in it every morning before my workout. Holy nectar of the gods.
I had planned on going Paleo that Monday following our conversation, I believe it was wednesday when we talked. When Sunday came around I was ready and Khristine my bff randomly linked me to the www.livingsuperhuman.com blog. For the next two hours of my life I perused the site, read every article, watched every video, sent anyone who would talk to me the chipotle ad (because its cute and I love willie nelson), and must have watched the #makeitcount video 2431432 times over. I made up my mind, I went to whole foods, bought my next week’s rations, and i was set. The first week was tough because I had no idea how or what to buy or cook. It started out with fish but then i had a bone incident and I haven’t really gone back to that since. It has evolved into SO many amazing meals that I can’t tell you how disappointed now when I don’t bring my lunch to work.
I work at a mall, my lunch options are tuff, I’m surrounded by mrs fields, ice cream, starbucks, you name it.. it’s there. I watch my coworkers eat pizza, pasta, chicken fingers, chinese food, rice, chickfila, bla bla bla, you name it while I munch on my home made bison burgers and grilled veggies. No one gets it, no one wants to try, but they support me none the less. I told them all about it, tried to get them on board, I had one taker.. he lasted 2 days. it’s not for the weak of heart, it is tuff and you have to be self disciplined. Luckily for me.. I can be with food. Shopping.. not so much.. but food yes all day long.
The hardest part of my “challenge” occurred on an 8 day work stint in califorina. It started out great, I was camping with friends, watching them drink (i was the sober videographer), grilling meat and veggies, and surfing as much as physically possible.. then it turned to crap when I actually had to work. The days started sans butter coffee and breakfasts consisting of yogurt and fruit, from which i promptly snuck around to the chef and had eggs made, lunches included some meat and veggies so not so bad, and then dinner was a cluster of pasta, korean, bowling alley food, and greek. I was then that annoying girl ordering “special menu” items and begging the waiter to please get me grilled chicken and steamed vegetables. I got so sick… the entire trip. I did not feel physically well, I did not feel mentally well, I didn’t feel up to par in any aspect of life. I was off my regimen, and it felt terrible.
When I returned, I literally took the red eye arrived at FLL at 6am where my mom.. love her.. met me with butter coffee in hand and said “I know you’ve been feeling pretty bad so I wanted to start your first day back off right.” HELL YEA MOM! That made my day. From there, I came home made some damn good champion eggs and vegetables, digested for an hour and went to crossfit. I have gone every day since. (aside from sunday rest days of course). I have been so extremely strict since I have been back (2 weeks now) that I can’t even think about eating anything “non paleo” now or forever.. not even marshmallows which you know, I don’t even like but I was caught up in the camping moment.. I couldn’t help myself.
I have upped my “challenge” to 100 days.. but at this point its not a challenge, it’s enjoyment. I see results, I feel amazing, I eat great food, and I love it. I will not preach to you about it nor force it on you, but me personally I am all in. I won’t stop at 100 I wont stop for who knows how long. Thanks for giving me guidelines and showing me the ropes. Tony, I haven’t met you but high five for awesome blog updates and Andrew.. I will see you soon!
Calf: 12 1/2″
Bicep: 12 1/2″
Waist: 28 1/2″
Chest: 30 1/2″
… my boobs are gone.. thanks superhuman50.. but my belly is gone too so whatever, I’ll take it!
Attached are my day 1 and day 51.. Ill send day 100 and day 150 and day 200 and so on and so on.. so stay tuned! oh oh oh I also day 1ish was dead lifting 135lb max.. and last week upped my max to 225lb. I won’t say all of my accomplishments but that was a pretty big one so YAY!