The Challenge

Have you seen Survivorman? The cable TV challenge where a dude lives in the wild for 10 days with nothing but some bubble gum, a wad of dental floss, and a pocket knife. What about the one where the TV producers abandon a couple of strangers, opposite in sex, in the wilderness? Oh, yeah they’re buck-naked and have to survive on their own for 3 weeks?

If we can get even more ridiculous, let’s talk about the somewhat unobtainable ab challenges or buns challenges littered throughout the boards of Pinterest. You’ve seen them. The cookie cutter jpegs of a dude with a ripped 6-pack or a chick with a flat stomach, presumably lifted from a fitness site, adorned with 3 exercises to do in 30 days each day progressing with more reps. Yeah, my girlfriend may or may not have made me try one of those. I think it’s going to take me more than 3,000 body weight squats to get my butt to look like the girl in yoga pants.

Black Bean Vegetable Burrito

Black Bean Vegetable Burrito by Patrick Collins

Maybe my favorite of all are the revolting eating challenges a particular TV host subjected himself to on a weekly basis. Because nothing says good TV like the meat sweats and the dreaded food wall. Adam Richman, you know who you are.

Well, I’m keeping my clothes on (for now) and I don’t plan on eating a burrito as big as my head. As delicious as that might sound writing this before lunch.

I have tried many challenges in my 30 odd years. When I was 10, I joined my cousin briefly in her no TV challenge; that lasted a whole 3 days.I couldn’t possibly miss the latest episode of the Simpsons or not ponder Doug Funny’s latest middle school dilemma.

I remember as a teenager having a no soda challenge for a year. I think I made it until the 4th of July. Yeah, I was hitting the hard stuff when I was 14, “Do The Dew.” And recently I started the RockSmith 60 day Challenge to learn to play the guitar.

My real goal is to break these challenges down, see if they work and analyze what we can learn from them in an informative and entertaining fashion. I also want to challenge you to challenge yourself. The idea is to find fun challenges from the web and try them. I will post ones that look fun, look ridiculous, and even subject myself to some. Simply for my entertainment and yours. And most of all I aim to annoy my girlfriend.

I feel challenges are a great way to motivate yourself to grow. Challenges stoke the competitive flames within you. Challenges help you focus, push you, take you out of your comfort zone, give you structure, and may even help you develop a life-long habit.

So join me in my challenge quest. Encourage me, chide me, laugh at me and ChallengeAway. Feel free to challenge me, send me ridiculous challenges, and be all that I can be. (my apologies for the 80’s Army commercial tagline)

What is the most challenging thing you’ve done?

Author: Jeff

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  1. I hope even 3,000 squats couldn’t make you look like a girl in yoga pants! 😉

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  2. Hey Jeff,

    Looking to following along with all of your future challenges and breakdown of the results!

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    • Thanks, Chris! I’m excited for the journey.

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