Welcome to the January BCCC!
Welcome to the January 2013 edition of the Body Change Composition Challenge!
Officially, the BCCC runs for four full weeks. “Day 1” is Wednesday, 1/16. The final day is Wednesday, 2/13. [Don’t forget to save the date for Friday, 2/15, for post-BCCC celebrations!] I’m not going to tell you that doing a few extra days of careful eating is going to hurt you, so if you want to get weighed in on Monday and call that your official “Day 1,” that’s just fine by us!
We’re offering a wide range of available times over Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of this week (so, the 14th/15th/16th) that you can come in to get weighed and measured. They are as follows:Monday – 7am-9am (Meg)Tuesday – 11am-11:30am, 12pm – 2pm (Meg)Tuesday – 4-8pm (Erin)Wednesday – 5-8pm (Meg)You do NOT have to RSVP or sign up, just show up during one of these times. If none of these times work for you – you MUST email us to schedule something separately (but please, do your level best to get here during one of the available slots). PLEASE BRING YOUR $20 IN CASH OR CHECK when you come to weigh in. YOU MUST HAND US MONEY TO BE WEIGHED IN – NO EXCEPTIONS. If I don’t see you at a weigh-in time or hear from you to reschedule by Wednesday the 16th, I’ll assume you changed your mind about participating and I will be sad, but I’ll take you off the list.Expect to hop on the scale, get measurements taken of your waist/chest/bicep/calf (men) and waist/chest/hips/bicep/calf (women). We’ll do “before” pictures facing front, side and back – it’s best to do these shirtless (men) and in a sports bra or fitted tank top (women). More on this in a second.
If you’re nervous about the idea of measurements and photos, PLEASE don’t fret! A word about what we mean here:We will never make you do anything that makes you truly, deeply uncomfortable. Yes, we’ll push you to give up alcohol for thirty days and we’ll probably encourage you to jump on the higher box or kick up into a handstand even if you’re scared – but we also know that the idea of getting your waist measured by a stranger and getting photos taken in all your post-workout glory can be extremely intimidating. That said, please keep these things in mind:1. THE SCALE IS ONLY A TOOL. It is NOT a reflection of your self worth or how great of an athlete you currently are or once were. It doesn’t make you GOOD or BAD as a person, and it doesn’t mean you’re more or less disciplined than anyone else. It merely is a sort-of accurate representation of how you’re CHANGING as a person, one way or another. I’m working on a much more extensive post on this, but leave it to say that in the course of one day, I’ve fluctuated by 6-8 pounds on CFCC’s kitchen scale. SIX TO EIGHT POUNDS. You eat a meal that’s a little salty? The number will go up. Severely dehydrated from the flu? Down it goes. Different scales can read differently by up to five pounds, and our own scale has been known to read two pounds heavier when we move it a foot to the right, even if we’ve JUST stepped on it. As most of us are aware, gaining muscle will make the number go up – we’ve seen people end up significantly leaner but only a few pounds lighter (or even a pound or two HEAVIER) then they were when they started.I know it’s hard for many people to not obsess over this number. If you’ve moved past it – congratulations! If you feel like it will put you in a weird place mentally, that’s completely fine. Just let me know (you’re not the first or only one that’s asked this, I promise) and I will still have you hop on the scale, but I will not let you look and I will not tell you the number. And I won’t tell anyone else, either.2. All of the above goes for pictures. Trust me in advance – NO ONE LOOKS GOOD in these pictures. It’s overhead lighting, you’re sweaty, we get it. Again, we will NEVER show these pictures to anyone without your express permission, and we don’t even need to show you if you don’t want to see.3. If your goals are aesthetic, you’d be surprised at how skewed your own perception can be. You see yourself every single day. Even the most dramatic of changes happens minutely, and sometimes it can be difficult to see just how different things really are – unless you have a starting point to look back on. (Case in point – our Fall 2012 winners. Holy cow.) Even if your goals aren’t so much aesthetic, it’s always good to have these kind of things recorded so you can see how things are progressing – even if you ask us to file them away and we don’t look at them again for a year.4. Finally – we’re all friends here. You’re never going to weird us out or gross us out with questions about anything, and you’re not going to blind us with your winter paleness. So come in. It’s cool. We promise.