Welcome to the first Team Grit member highlight. We're excited to showcase our amazing members, their various goals, and personal tips & tricks to succeeding on The Grit Collective.
Meet Rose, dedicated ICU nurse who can be most commonly found attacking wods at CrossFit 1Force or dancing until the sun comes up. Like many of us, Rose's schedule is hectic, balancing night shifts, raising two awesome little ones, and hitting the gym 4-5x per week. Despite her packed schedule, Rose has made time for meal prep, tracked diligently, and confidently improvised when needed.
What would you tell someone who is starting their first week with The Grit Collective?
If you’re not used to counting, be patient with the transition period. Retraining your brain doesn't happen overnight, and it's well worth the process.
What is your favorite aspect of The Grit Collective?
Not feeling restricted and being able to enjoy my favorite foods without this feeling of guilt associated with it.
How has The Grit Collective changed your relationship with food?
I think about food all the time. With TGC, I'm excited about the food I have to eat for the rest of the day vs worry about "messing up" on my "diet". I don't worry about that slippery slope where you have one cookie and everything else goes to shit. My will power is stronger because I don't feel like I need to miss out on anything, as I enjoy the food that I want to eat.
How has The Grit Collective impacted your training?
I've managed to PR on lifts that I've been stuck on for years. I can finally RX workouts that involve a barbell. I have the energy to go hard in my workout and feel beat up after but not defeated.
What is your go-to meal?
Egg over easy with adobo spinach and kale over a buttered piece of protein bread. My. Jam. I have it daily.
What macro strategy has helped you the most?
Planning out my meals the day before. There’s a few things that I like to have daily, I plug those in, add my pre and post workout meal, what I want to have for lunch and dinner and see where my number are. If I'm under or over, I play with my serving sizes to fit the puzzle. Then I get really excited when all my numbers hit spot on.
What challenges did you face throughout the program?
In the beginning it was trusting that it's "ok" to eat a small much as I have programmed. Mentally, "dieting" has been known to cut calories, borderline starve, and do hours of cardio. Retraining your mind as you spread the butter on bread I think was the hardest part.
What’s the biggest change you’ve noticed( body, mind, gym or other)?
A little bit of everything. I'm more confident in my clothes (and naked), I challenge myself a little more with the weights at the gym, and find myself pleasantly surprised.
What has been you biggest/ favorite win overall?
I recently felt comfortable enough to wear shorts outside of my house. And not just to get the mail. Haven't felt that in my adult life. And it felt pretty good. I may not even wear a cover up to the beach and feel ok about it.
What is your goal? Has your goal changed? If so, how?
I had a number in my head of where I wanted to be weight wise. Now I don't really worry about that number, but focus on how my body feels and looks and go from there.
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