Its time for our annual Fall Nutrition Challenge! A summer of BBQ’s, Shandy, and s’mores don’t do much for the waistline….so let’s reign things back in with a fun little challenge!

We like to shake things up every year, so we are trying something a little different! Instead of telling you what you CAN’T eat or drink, or eliminating whole food groups….we are going to focus on building good habits, eating nutrient-dense foods, educating you, all while being held accountable by an amazing community of support. We’ll let you eat whatever you’d like, but of course with a couple contingencies!

We are so excited for a challenge that ANYONE can do, and possibly get the whole family on board as well! We’ll provide all the information, guidance, and support you need to clean up your nutrition and stay consistent with your workouts. We’ll still do this in a team format for accountability, and will award both a winning team, and an overall winner at the end of the five weeks.

No food or drinks are off limits, but here is the catch! You must eat 5 SERVINGS of fruits and vegetables BEFORE any refined/processed grains or sugar are consumed. So for example……… if you want to eat cake for your child’s birthday, that’s ok as long as you got in your five fruits and veggies before the cake.

For our purposes, a “serving” will be 1 cup of veggies, and a normal sized piece of fruit. So you will need TWO of a smaller fruit like a clementine for example. A serving of berries/grapes is 1 cup. Please note that any fruit covered in sugar and a part of a delicious dessert DOES NOT COUNT as a serving. So, sorry… pie doesn’t count as a serving of fruit!

AT LEAST 2 OF YOUR 5 SERVINGS MUST BE VEGETABLES…and no the slice of tomato and leaf of lettuce on your sandwich doesn’t cut it. A serving must be a FULL serving, typically at least 1 cup of veggies. White potatoes will not count here, but we will allow squash and sweet potatoes to count.

Earn 1 point for every day you hit the 5 servings. The goal/thought is that after getting in those fruits and veggies, along with your protein source, you won’t be very hungry for the usual crap. You will also feel a lot better eating real whole foods, and that alone will hopefully help you refrain from indulging too much!

We will also require that you work out, of course! Four workouts per week is the minimum! So for every week you get in 4 WODs, you earn 4 points. Three workouts will earn you 2 points, and anything less than that will be zero points. One workout a week can be done at home and we will post a home WOD at the beginning of every week!

Every week will include bonus points! The weekly bonus points will give you an opportunity to further clean up your nutrition, experiment with new foods, track quantities, learn to food prep, etc!

It’s that simple! Eat your fruits and veggies, and exercise! The challenge will run five weeks, from Sept. 16th through Oct. 20th. There will be a $20 entry fee, with the winners earning the cash pot! Sign up on the white board at the gym by Sept 13th!

Not a CrossFit 203 member? No worries! Click here to find out how you can join the challenge or play along at home!

Mike Q and Lou with some high box jumps

Matthew locking out a DB snatch

Kevin tossing around an atlas stone

Rachael with a sandbag clean

Jay finishing a strict pull-up

Alberto and Shaun working through a set of strict pull-ups