introducing the bite-sized challenge

May 18, 2010

A friend of mine in London recently asked if I would be up for coaching her on the path to healthier eating.  Noelle (not her real name to protect her privacy) is a productivity coach, so she was very clear about her goals.  I’ll quote her words:

In my work, when we start a project we always recommend defining the “Successful Outcome.”  In other words, how do you know when this project is “DONE”?  The idea is that if you feel unhappy about something, you ask yourself, “Well, what would I like instead?”  That question is usually enough to get the ideas flowing!  Here’s what I’ve come up with:

I rarely eat processed food – I almost always eat fresh food.

I rarely eat refined sugar – my diet contains only natural sugars.

When I look in the mirror, I can say confidently, “My body is just right how it is.  I wouldn’t want to lose any weight or gain any weight.”

My stomach is flat and muscular.

I know a lot about nutrition, and I make choices about what I eat that reflect my knowledge.

I have a healthy body – inside and out.

My body is almost always in great shape.

I am a conscious eater – I know what foods have what impact on my body.

I eat foods that give me energy (and not foods that zap my energy).

Wow!  Are you as impressed with Noelle as I am?  My first thought was that she doesn’t need me.  But here’s where we all need each other: Noelle told me that a money-savvy friend of hers is giving her a bi-monthly money challenge, and it’s working so well that she wants me to give her the same kind of challenge when it comes to food.  And me?  Noelle’s helping me get better at being more decisive.  My successful outcome: to feel more confident in my decision-making and not stress myself out in the process.  We’ve created our own little barter economy!

And the marker of any worthwhile goal is that it also benefits the greater good.  Which is where you come in.  Over the next several weeks, I’ll be taking each of Noelle’s “successful outcomes” and detailing a challenge she can do to make them a reality.  The idea, of course, is that it takes time to implement a change until it becomes habit.  This is a marathon, not a sprint.  Noelle will be posting her feelings and feedback in the comments section, so I hope you’ll follow along.  She’ll also post both a physical (weight) and emotional indicator of her progress.

I’ll be doing each of the challenges along with Noelle – I need to coach myself every day to have the same successful outcomes, otherwise I’m bound to backtrack.  And here’s where the real beauty of coaching comes in: peer support.

Feeling motivated to join us?  Take this as your first challenge to write down your own successful outcomes like Noelle did.  And please be sure to share your thoughts/progress/support in the comments section!

The next challenge will be posted tomorrow.

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