The JR CrossFit Nutrition Challenge was a huge success for everyone involved. For the females, the overall winner was Delila Amaitsa, who lost 5.4% body fat and over 11 pounds during the 8-week challenge! In this week’s blog post, we talked with Delila about her nutrition journey, how CrossFit played a role, her goals for the future, and much more.
While Delila was the female winner, others saw incredible results as well:
- Runner up: Hellon Morelock with a total loss of 9.8lbs, and body fat loss of 5.2%
- 3rd place: Rachel Page with a total loss of 7.6 lbs and body fat loss of 3.6%
- Leigh Ann Gerik
- Cora Henderson
- Lisa Marroquin
- Kaelyn Cowan
- Pam Thomason
- Jenna Jones
And for the men, the overall winner was the one and only Coach Matt. He lost a total of 9.5 pounds and a body fat loss of 2.0%.
Read our full interview with Delila below and stay tuned for even more nutrition programming from JR CrossFit!
Tell us about the progress you saw during the JR Crossfit Nutrition Challenge:
Well, I lost a total of 11.1 lbs and lost 5.4% body fat! But apart from that, I started noticing how I have been getting stronger in my workouts and how my endurance has increased. Working out is becoming something I enjoy as opposed to something I feel obligated to do and I simply feel healthier!
What were some of your strategies? Did you count calories and macros closely? How did the Nutrition Challenge itself help you?
My main strategy was counting my macros closely. I started weighing most of my foods and logging everything I eat into MyFitnessPal (which pretty much does all the calculating). I basically scanned all my food and made sure I was eating the correct amount of protein, carbs, and fat!
The Nutrition Challenge itself was super helpful in guiding me with my macro numbers, offering resources and holding all of us accountable. Coach Jai checked in with me about every 1-2 weeks to make sure my macros were giving me results and adjusting them if they were not. We were also held accountable with logging in the days we were at the gym to make sure that we were getting there at least three times a week. Lastly, having resources such as 5-Star Nutrition and FitLeighMeals was also such a huge help by offering supplements and meals that supported me in my weight loss!
What has been the hardest part about the process? How did you stay motivated?
I think there were two main things I struggled with—letting go of my perfectionism and staying motivated when I started to plateau. During the first week, Coach Jai mentioned how this wasn’t about eating our correct macros perfectly every day and not beating ourselves up when we didn’t meet our macros. I really appreciated her saying that because I kept focused on that during the entire process: this isn’t about being perfect, just be healthy. But I have a competitive and perfectionist personality, so I honestly struggled on the days where I ate too many carbs or did not eat enough protein.
Also, there was a period (at about the one-month mark) that my weight was not changing very much at all and my muscle mass decreased, which I must admit was discouraging. However, I simply kept going! I made sure to communicate what I was feeling to my coaches (shoutout to Haylie!) and even to my co-athletes who were experiencing the same thing. That is what kept me motivated to keep trying.
How have CrossFit workouts play a role in your nutrition journey?
CrossFit workouts have played a major role in my nutrition journey, I don’t think I would have seen as much results without them. What I have found in my weight/body fat loss journey, is that exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. As I started eating healthier, I started noticing an increase in energy and motivation to get back to the gym. I noticed more PR’s in weightlifting and how running felt less like death. Whenever I saw positive results in the gym, I wanted to keep eating healthier so I could see even more results. It’s a positive cycle, I think!
What are some of your nutrition and CrossFit goals going forward?
Nutrition-wise, I think I just want to keep going! One of my goals is to keep losing body fat and gaining muscle. However, I do want to try more specific meal plans so that I can count macros more accurately. I am also looking forward to whatever nutrition challenges JR CrossFit offers next because I am all in!
As for CrossFit, I would like to be able to do an actual pull-up (I know that is very specific) and a box jump despite the fear of tearing up my shins. I also want to continue working on my form in weightlifting and pushing through the mental blocks that prevent me from more PR’s!
Do you have any tips for people looking to focus on their nutrition?
Yes! Remember that this is a lifestyle and not a diet. You will make many mistakes and not always eat perfectly, and that is okay! Focus on eating healthier foods (chicken and all vegetables have been my best friend) and, yes, you can still have ice cream (in moderation!). Give yourself a ton of grace and instead of focusing on the destination, enjoy the journey.