The metamorphosis has begun. I feel like I should be wearing a T-shirt that says: “Under construction.”
The first two weeks of the eight-week fitness challenge between yours truly and curling legend Randy Ferbey is in the books.
I’ve dubbed this Darwinian challenge “Survival of the Fittest.”
And the fittest will be the one who can maintain (or build) the most muscle and lose the most bodyfat. We’re both following the exercise and nutrition principles laid out in celeb fitness guru Mark Macdonald‘s New York Times bestseller, Body Confidence.
And although it’s set for eight weeks, this is merely the beginning of what is designed as a lifelong journey.
The changes have been incremental through these first two weeks because this ain’t no sprint — it’s a marathon! Let me say it again: this is for life!
Sure, I’m down about five pounds. But more importantly, I’ve been making some small lifestyle habits that are slowly adding up and I’m already feeling the shift.
Brettany Sorokowsky of The Blood Sugar Stabilization Clinic has been working with me on nutrition, while Kelly Hanscom of the Core Fitness team has been putting me through some kick-butt workouts at Athletes Nation in St. Albert.
The key now is to continue to build on this early momentum. I’ve celebrated some small victories along the way and I’m intent on enjoying the journey, but my sights are firmly set on achieving my longer-term fitness goals. That vision is now what drives me. It’s top of mind when I get up in the morning, it stays with me all day and it’s still there when I go to bed at night.
Yup, methinks Ferbey is in tough.
Of course, he’s a world champ. And you can bet he’s got an ultra-competitive side to him.
But he also has a household name and a recognizable face, which means all the pressure is on him to beat me.
Don’t feel bad for Ferbey, though. He’s got Shari Reiniger of Fuel 2 Perform in his corner. And Hanscom is also making him sweat at Athletes Nation. Plus, Ferbey’s friend Jason Rimmer has joined him for moral support.
Indeed, it’s going to be an epic battle.
But like I said before, this isn’t just about Castagna and Ferbey. This is so much more. Our greatest hope out of all of this is to inspire others to take control of their lives.
We want to inspire YOU!
And if you’ve answered the challenge, we want to hear from you. Tell us how you’re doing. What are your struggles? What are you doing to overcome them?
C’mon, we’re all in this together! Let’s build a community, so we can build each other up to ultimately live healthier and happier lives!
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Here are some pics from the challenge so far:
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Hanscom, Berndt, Reiniger and Sorokowsky are all available to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
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For more on Mark Macdonald, check out the following columns I’ve written:
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