Whole Life Challenge Interview

Whole Life Challenge Emily Beers article

Emily Beers wrote a story based on our phone interview to share some the my lessons learned while doing Whole Life Challenge (WLC). WLC isn’t a diet plan but a customizable focus on seven important areas that helped you naturally change habits for positive impact.

Excerpt from the article by Emily Beers:

Despite these new habits being integrated into his life, Jim said he will continue signing up for Challenges, as it’s a great way to reinforce those habits and solidify them even further.

“It’s a good reminder. Even though those 7 Daily Habits [the Challenge teaches] are ingrained in my mind, doing the Challenge helps me stay in balance and pursue good health so I don’t get out of whack,” he said. “Like if I start losing motivation and I don’t want to exercise, being on the Challenge motivates me just enough to push me over the edge to work out.”

To read the article go to this link: Whole Life Challenge Allows Me to Remember What’s Important.

A recent lesson learned is that it’s good for me to sign up for a Whole Life Challenge in advance. Ever since I signed up for the September challenge, I’m more mindful of the habits I need for this challenge. I’m making better decisions simply because I know the challenge is coming up in the future.

Whole Life Challenge: Taking Life Up a Notch

 

Sometimes we need a little motivational kick in the pants. That’s what I thought Whole Life Challenge might do, but it was a boost and much more.

By taking concrete steps to address 7 specific daily habits that are important to health, you move toward a better self physically, mentally, and spiritually. The seven habits include Nutrition, Exercise, Mobilize, Sleep, Hydrate, Well-being, and Reflect.

Exercise and hydration were the easiest habits for me, but being more consistent with workout times and prescribing the amount of water based on body weight made me more consistent in both areas.

Mobilize (stretching) and well-being (meditation) are two areas where I struggle. I learned that becoming mindful of my breathing and stride while walking helps me enter a form of meditation that meets the challenge and benefits me personally. I’ve come to enjoy stretching as never before, avoiding monotony by varying stretches each day. 

Sleep was an underrated habit in my thinking, but it has a significant impact. By increasing time and consistency of rest, I’m feeling better and more ready to exercise each morning. I feel awake throughout the day and can avoid bad snack choices resulting from fatigue.

The reason I was attracted to Whole Life Challenge was my struggle with nutrition. I’ve been surprised how easy making some changes has been and how much the loss of a point motivates me to make good decisions. Resources and readings provided have been helpful, with practical advice on which foods to choose and which to avoid.

I’m not receiving any financial incentive from Whole Life Challenge. The only benefits to me are health and wellness. It’s an excellent motivational tool for anyone wishing to establish healthier habits.

Twitter: @wholelife

Website: Whole Life Challenge

Hiker-dog Jim

Hiker-dog, my personal trainer for daily walks and longer weekend treks.

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Hiking in the Ozarks for exercise and mental health! Photo from Five Star Trails: The Ozarks