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Eat Less Crap – Sept. 2: Motivation

[/caption] We’ve been so inspired by the response to the Eat Less Crap Challenge, and it made us think a little about why we’re doing it. Ultimately, we want to give everyone a chance to make a difference in their lives in small and large ways, and we thought the group setting was the best way to do it. We all work out together every day, so it seemed like a good idea to have the members of the group support each other. And that’s happening. People are sharing information and resources, and recipes are coming in. When we see people discussing nutrition after the workout and people struggling to make changes that are hard, it’s just as inspiring as when someone hits a new PR. And there have been lots of PRs lately, too. I also believe that CrossFit founder Greg Glassman is right when he says the gyms that are “doing it right” are making nutrition part of their program. In my job at the CrossFit Journal, I have an unbelievable opportunity to learn from some amazing affiliate owners around the world, and my day job basically presents me with the best practices of the CrossFit gyms that are getting the best results for their clients. The Eat Less Crap Challenge was specifically inspired by Crystal, who wanted to make nutrition more prominent in our program, and Jeff Barnett of CrossFit Impulse, who wrote the article Zero to 60. The article is only available by subscription, but that’s only $25 a year, and while I’m biased, I believe the CrossFit Journal is an essential resource for anyone who does CrossFit. Jeff came up with a plan to help people get on the right track slowly instead of forcing them into the deep end. I like that, and his ideas inspired our approach. So what’s your motivation for doing the Eat Less Crap Challenge? Fitness? Performance? Appearance? Peer pressure? Overall health? Experimentation? All reasons are valid, and you don’t have to share them if you don’t want to. But think about why you’re doing the challenge. Having a concrete reason – and a goal – will keep you on track and help you get the results you want. Think about what you want from this challenge, and then make it work for you. Thanks for participating!

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