What attitude did you take into the challenge?
Daryl: I did this challenge for myself and to prove to myself that I could do it, and to boost my confidence. It wasn’t about winning; it was about pushing myself to accomplish goals that seemed almost impossible.
Was doing the challenge hard/ easy/fun?
I found the challenge to be both hard and fun. The hardest thing I found was the eating, it was very hard giving up all my favourite foods but at the end of the day it was worth it. Prior to the challenge, going to the gym seemed like my least favourite chore, but during the challenge and even after it, it became something that I was excited to do.
What was your training regime like?
I had a few programmes set out by my trainer over the duration of the challenge to ensure variety and to keep challenging myself. The assisted training sessions included weights and cardio, plus I took advantage of the group training sessions and group fitness classes (BodyPump, BodyCombat) in the gym. To compliment my gym sessions I would walk/run up Colonial Knob, and also started doing Crossfit.
How has your nutrition changed?
The nutritional aspect of this challenge goes hand-in-hand with the exercise, so my diet had to change dramatically in the way that I am a lot more mindful about what I eat. At the same time, I don’t completely restrict myself. If I feel like a treat, I will treat myself with caution and a lot more self control. I found using the DrinkACT BodyTrim drink really helpful. Even now after the challenge I still continue to use this supplement.
Your advice for others that may be thinking about doing a challenge?
Don’t set your goals too high too early into the challenge. It’s a must that you go into it with an open and strong mindset. If you don’t see results straight away, don’t give up. It’s the beginning to the new you.