What makes a challenge, a challenge?

by Tom Hills

On One Chicken Nugget (OCN) yesterday, I wrote about the mental challenges of keeping track of my diet. This year’s task has been to record every single piece of food that Lee and myself have eaten every day. It’s a challenge.

To begin with, it was a challenge to remember what we had eaten. People were waiting for us to slip up and give up. Now it’s been going for nearly eight months I don’t think that’s the challenge any more. We’re past that stage.

I am quite  certain that the end of 2011 will also be the end of OCN. Sorry fans. We can’t do it forever, and it was never the plan to. The year was the target and that’s what it will be. A snapshot of one years eating habits and thoughts on food.

So what’s next? OCN was and still is a challenge. However, I feel that a year-long challenge is perhaps the wrong time frame. People lose interest when they realise that you can succeed at something, there’s only so much time they can spend waiting for that slip up and when they can’t see it coming they give up waiting. I feel that’s happened a little with OCN, but not just with the readers. The motivation to succeed dies down a little when there is less pressure to fail.

A few months ago we thought of a few ideas for next year’s challenge. They followed similar lines, tracking drink (considerably more tricky than food), money spent (perhaps a little invasive) but nothing has been decided on.

Which is where you come in, we welcome your ideas from stupid to impossible – and of course ones that we could feasibly do.

Your comments will be gratefully welcomed and much appreciated, whoever you are.

Here are a few of my ideas to get you started:

  • A series of 30 day challenges, 12 of them to be precise. This will remove the problem of the year-long challenge being to long but the overall length of the challenge will be one year still (see video below)
  • Charity. The idea that what we do raises money which goes to a charity.
  • Ideally, not an everyday blog again – I would like the challenge blog to be on the challenge not the challenge itself next year.