2023 Weight Loss Challenge

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The Challenge: Lose as much body fat and gain as much muscle as you can in 90 days.

The Winner: The winner takes home a brand new $300 Haven Athletic Gym Bag.

The Plan: A Nutrition Lab session, bi-monthly check-in meetings, and a free InBody Session comes with your ticket.

Choose an option
2023 Weight Loss Challenge – Basic
Entry into the 2023 Weight Loss Challenge, bi-monthly check-in meetings (Sundays at 9:30AM), one Nutrition Lab Session, and one InBody Scan,
2023 Weight Loss Challenge – Plus
Entry into the 2023 Weight Loss Challenge, bi-monthly check-in meetings, one Nutrition Lab Session, and complementary InBody Scans at check-in meetings.
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Dates and Tickets
Begins Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 9AM.  Standard ticket price includes access to our weight loss check-in meetings, a Nutrition Lab session and one InBody Scan. The Plus ticket includes everything from the standard ticket, and unlimited InBody Scans during the check-in meetings. The challenge winner takes home a brand new Haven Athletic Gym Bag.
Zero Profit Event
The Weight Loss Challenge (WLC) is a zero-profit event for the gym… we give a 100% of the proceeds back to you in terms of perks, food, bonuses, and rewards. So please encourage others to register, as it helps more people lose weight and makes it a better event for everyone.

The Challenge is Simple

Lose as much body fat and gain as much muscle as you can in 90 days.

Winning: like Survivor you’ll need to make your case to the jury (that’s everyone else in attendance at the Finale) as to why you should be our 2023 Weight Loss Champion and take home the Haven Athletic Gym Bag. Each person will be provided 2-3 minutes to present why you think you should be the winner.

Win This $300 Haven Athletic Gym Bag

Grand Prize Haven Athletic Gym Bag

In case you don’t know, Paul’s a huge fan of Haven bags. He has two of them! They are the ultimate organizer bag for running and CrossFit. In Paul’s opinion, it’s the ultimate gym bag. The only thing that could make it better, is getting one of these $300 bags for free. Check out Paul’s video review here.

Weight Loss Check-in Meetings (New for 2023)

For 2023, we are adding bi-monthly check-in meetings where you’ll be able to chat with other members of the weight loss challenge. In the meetings, participants will share what has been working for them, and how they are implementing their changes to their weight loss plans. Paul will attend some of these meetings as a participant. Meetings will be at 9:30AM before the 10:00 AM Beyond Stretch Class.

My 90 Day Results (from 2022 Weight Loss Challenge)

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It’s been 90 days since I started the Nutrition Lab diet. I’m dialed in, I’m pushing hard, and I’m staying with it until I reach my goal of 165. So join me this January, as we do it again! – Coach Paul

Nutrition is More Than Weight Loss

In August 2022, I knew Sand & Steel needed to bring back the Nutrition Coaching Program I coached from 2013-2019. As a coach, I never ask anything from my clients that I would not do myself. And so that meant, I needed to buckle down and start following my own diet, and I am glad I did.

  • Weight Loss: In the 90 days, I lost 22 lbs of body fat and put on 4 pounds of muscle mass. Yielding a net result of -18 lbs. I feel better and I perform better.
  • Performance: But the biggest surprise to me is how much eating better helped my workout performance.  I saw about a 25% improvement in my workouts in the first 30 days.  Imagine that, performing better when you eat better.  Shocking, but most people don’t appreciate how this matters. If you workout better, you can build more muscle.
  • Mobility: I feel better and my mobility has improved. For the first time every, I’m able to do Side Crow in Yoga. That doesn’t sound like much, but I have attempted and failed to do that pose for 5 plus years.
  • Competitions: I also finished 15 out of 140 people in the Spartan Sprint and completed 100% of the obstacles.
I’m Three Months in and I’m not stopping here. If I feel this good now, how good am  I going to feel when I lose the next 20 lbs?

So get inspired, signup for a Spartan Race if that’s your jam, join me in our CrossFit Classes or Personal Training, and build a body that you can proud of.

Interview with Janel

Introducing your 2022 Weight Loss Champion Janel. Watch as she discusses some of the real life challenges associated with her weight loss journey (16 pounds in 77 days.) She shares her lessons learned from the process, and gives tips to future competitors. Plus we catch up with Laura, our second place finisher, who finally reveals the secret sauce behind her staggering 21 pound weight loss.
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Member Weight Loss Journeys

I am proud of my success in our 2022 competition, but I am even more proud of the success stories our members have made in the 2022 Weight Loss Challenge. I hope to see Anthony, Elga, Katie, Laura, and Sean back for our 2023 competition. – Coach Paul

Anthony M.

My Weight Loss Journey I came into the challenge with some strongly held preconceptions about weight loss and nutrition. But with the help of the Nutrition Lab and Coach Paul’s guidance, I came to understand where I was wrong or skewed in my thinking. More importantly, I realized that no matter how educated you are on nutrition and fitness, without a disciplined regiment and structured plan (and maybe some competitive motivation), bad habits and social/environmental temptations quickly derail your progress and make you think you “hit a wall.”

Strictly discussing weight loss, I started at 175.8lbs on 1 September (photo 1) and was able to drop 10lbs to 165.8 by 21 October (7 weeks) (photo 2). After that, I was derailed by some planned and unplanned factors, namely an injury and a 2-week visit by family from abroad that included trips to NYC, Philly and Miami, and some indulging in things like alcohol, extra calories, carbs, refined sugars, and processed foods & very little sleep. Despite all those NO-NOs, the foundational knowledge and discipline the WLC had instilled in me kept from going too far off the rails (gained 3-4lbs) and getting right back into the groove when I got back home and my injury healed up. I have 2 weeks left to hit my 90 days, and even with the above set backs, I believe I can still hit my goal weight of 160lbs by the end!


Elga O.

My Weight Loss Journey: I hit my minimum goal of reaching 160 lbs on day 48. But I almost immediately bounced back up to the low-mid 160s and stayed there for a few weeks. I suspect my scale may have been malfunctioning on that dip. But if you take a look at my graph, you can see that, despite severe ups-and-downs along the way, I’m continuing on a pretty consistent downward trajectory. This week I’ve consistently dipped back into the 150’s, with top weights in the very low 160’s. I am confident that, by the end of the 90 days, I will be squarely and entirely in the 150’s (note that my 90 days ends on December 3rd, and the official finale is on my Day 77).


More importantly, I’m feeling pretty good. My pants are less uncomfortable (though they are falling down now, doh!), I have more energy, my back pain has lessened some, and my endurance is up.  Also I now find rope climbing way easier than I did in the spring!

5 Tips that Worked for Me:

  1. Avoid Addictive Foods: I removed alcohol, chocolate, cookies, ice cream, and any other sweets I might use to replace these items (such as donuts, cupcakes, etc)
  2. Calories: Stay below 1,800 calories per day
  3. Steps: Take 15,000 steps per day – OR – 12,000 steps per day if also doing 30 minutes of exercise that doesn’t count steps (weightlifting, yoga, biking, etc).
  4. Run at least once every 2 days
  5. Rewards Based TV. If I hit every single other goal for the day, I can watch more TV than 1 hour of TV at the end of the day.
  6. Consistency. Through Nutrition Lab, I built my own rules, and was very diligent in following. Here’s a link to my spreadsheet. I did some informal color-coding to help visualize my progress. Green means I hit my goal. Yellow means “borderline, questionable, or close.” Red means failure. Teal means above-and-beyond awesomeness. Note that there is very little red on this chart!


Katie M.

My Results: I lost 17 Inches, and I did it despite numerous setbacks. You can too!

My Weight Loss Journey: My journey has challenges and that’s OK.  Life has challenges. In the past 77 days I dealt with:

  • 5 days of planned vacation
  • 7 days on the couch injured
  • 7 days on crutches
  • A big Italian wedding
  • A cortisone shot
  • 1 Midwestern funeral with lots of casseroles (main ingredient: Campbell’s cream soup)

My Advice: Life happens, shit happens, people get married, and people get buried. Classes get canceled, classes continue and things seldom go according to plan. This is life and you need adaptable to everything life throws at you. There is no perfect time to lose weight … the time is now.

At Sand & Steel: I have tried new things, learned new things, and relearned old things. I have eaten spinach salads and wedding cakes, grilled chicken and vegetables and funeral casseroles. I am exploring the boundaries of a realistic and sustainable healthy lifestyle. I’m learning what works for me, where I fit in, what I can do, and what else I can do to stay young and move young.

It’s amazing, scary, and humbling. I’m not trying to do anything perfectly; I’m looking for a way to live a healthier life so I can continue to play.

Crossfit and nutrition are vehicles in this curious adventure. The nutrition challenge is all of that and a part of that. It is not the end, just as it was not the beginning.


Laura I.

I started my weight loss journey on August 6 of this year, and since I started not only have, I felt better about my performance and CrossFit and running have improved so much. I am running faster (8:30 per mile while running on pavement) and I am that much closer to completing my first pull-up! By the first day of the weight loss challenge at Sand and Steel I already lost 10 pounds. I overcame my challenges with eating in moderation, especially sweets. If I have a stressful day at work how do I keep myself from binge eating ice cream? Well, some days I would replace it with plain yogurt (topped with a teaspoon of honey), or I would eat a cookie but only one! Once I figured this out my weight loss plan started to work and I am feeling the best ever! 


Sean D.

Sean Day 1 - 194.6lbs
Sean Day 90 - 179.2 lbs

My Weight Loss Journey: I started my weight loss journey in early September, learning and relearning many of the lessons I have learned from Sand and Steel’s nutrition program. My goal was to march towards 15 % body fat, while growing muscle mass. I am down a net total of 16 pounds while gaining over a pound in muscle. Sand and Steel gave me the tools needed to enjoy 2 small family vacations to their fullest and bounce right back, all without getting discouraged. I am no stranger to working on weight loss, but through solid education and a great community, finally I feel I am able to accomplish this while feeling confident in the results and making food that tastes great!


Weight Loss Competition FAQ

FAQs for the Weight Loss Challenge
  1. Can I attend the Nutrition Lab Sessions without registering for the Challenge?
    • Yes, you can book Nutrition Lab with any Private or Semi-Private Membership without entering the Challenge.
  2. Do I have to take pictures of myself to participate in the contest?
    • We are hoping your progress photos will inspire others to take a first step toward weight loss. That said, photos are not required to participate. However, your photos will play a large part in whether you win the contest and Haven Gym Bag. But for many people, losing 20-30 pounds is the real prize.
  3. What if I can’t make it on January 7 at 9AM?
    • You can still enroll, you’ll be given a free Nutrition Lab Session and InBody to use later.
  4. What are the Official Rules?
    • Every member that registers for this event may participate in the challenge. The winner will be chosen based on a popular vote of your overall improvement, your community engagement, and support of others.
  5. How can Sand & Steel help me lose weight?
    • If you would like assistance in your weight loss journey, you may enroll in our private, semi-private, CrossFit classes, or InBody Services. No additional purchases or memberships are necessary to participate in the Challenge.

Nutrition Lab

Sand & Steel Offers Personal Training, Nutrition Coaching, Semi-Private Training, and CrossFit Classes to help you get into shape. Since diet is a big part of weight loss, we will be offering Nutrition Lab every other Thursday at 7PM to assist you in your weight loss journey.

Nutrition Lab and Meal Plans

Nutrition Lab

A comprehensive, nutrition program for weight loss and better health. Taught in a small group setting, gain accountability for your decisions and the power to make better choices for a healthier future.

We will help you design and implement a diet that works for your body. We’ll make sure you understand it; we’ll help you implement it; and we’ll hold you accountable for following it. Nutrition Lab is about taking back control over what goes in your body, so you can look and perform at your best.


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