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Life After the Whole Life Challenge: It's Not About the "Wagon"

Life After the Whole Life Challenge: It’s Not About the “Wagon”

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As a coach, I see some pretty cool stuff during sessions of the Whole Life Challenge. Not only do I witness physical transformations, but I get to be part of the deeper changes to people’s health, happiness, and quality of life — whether that’s helping others reach their goals, have light-bulb moments, face their demons, experience breakthroughs, or learn something new about themselves.…

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What Is a "Well-Being Practice" and Why Would I Do One?

What Is a “Well-Being Practice” and Why Would I Do One?

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The Well-Being Practices are exercises in practical mindfulness — guiding you to pay attention to your thoughts, your relationships, and your automatic actions, and to alter them as needed to live a calmer, more connected lifestyle.

The Well-Being Practices span categories throughout your life, including improving your personal relationships, increasing productivity, doing more of the things you love, serving others, connecting with your thoughts and feelings, expressing gratitude, and examining your relationship with technology.…

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Why We Keep Score (and How to Do It Like a Pro)

Why We Keep Score (and How to Do It Like a Pro)

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Each day during the Whole Life Challenge, you’ll pursue the 7 Daily Habits — and you’ll give yourself points for completing them. 5 points each for Nutrition, Exercise, Mobility, Hydration, Sleep, Well-Being Practice, and Reflection.

Given this daily scoring, you’d be forgiven for thinking the score itself is the point of the Challenge. That line of thinking goes something like this:

  • Score higher and you’re doing better.
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    The Whole Life Challenge: 7 Reasons It’s 6 Weeks Long

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    I get asked the question all the time, “Why is the Whole Life Challenge so long?” People say, “It would be so much better at thirty days. Then I would be able to finish and not quit. I would go all the way through to the end and I would feel much better about myself.”

    I’ve been asked this so many times that it made me wonder whether we should consider making it shorter.…

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    6 On and 6 Off: A New Era for the Whole Life Challenge

    6 On and 6 Off: A New Era for the Whole Life Challenge

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  • What is the “secret sauce” of long-term growth?
  • How can the Whole Life Challenge help players stay on the path and not lose their way?
  • What can we (the WLC) do to best to ensure that five years from now, players of the Challenge can look back on their progress and feel happy, satisfied, and confident that they’ve moved in the right direction — toward improved health, fitness, and well-being?
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    The “Why” of the Whole Life Challenge Food Rules

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    We’ve become used to fad diets giving us lists of things we can and cannot eat for seemingly no reason. This makes it impossible to transfer into everyday life. If you don’t know why you do something, you’re less likely to do to it.

    And without this why, it’s easy to have an emotional response to rules that deprive you of your favorite things.…

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    How to Choose Your Whole Life Challenge Nutrition Level

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    The rules for healthy eating actually are simple — and to understand them, you’ll start by identifying the foods to avoid.

    Foods to avoid come in packages and bottles, and they’re found in the interior of the grocery store — among the chips, crackers, cookies, candy, cereals, sodas, and frozen foods. They also dominate the takeout menus tacked to your fridge and the menu at your local restaurant, where manmade oils (like canola and vegetable) are the primary cooking substrate, and salt and sugar are added to everything.…

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    Prepare Your Kitchen

    How to Prepare Your Kitchen for the Whole Life Challenge

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    The only thing that sabotages a great nutrition plan faster than the twin temptations of sugar and bread: a lack of the right foods, close at hand.

    Let’s prevent that.

    Below, seven tasks you can perform in the next seven days to ensure you’ll always have compliant, healthy food ready to go (while facing as little temptation as possible).

    Go through the steps one at a time, and by the end of the week, you’ll be ready to tackle the Whole Life Challenge’s Nutrition and Hydration Habits.…

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    What Do I Say in My Reflection?

    What Do I Say in My Reflection?

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    A great way to think about the Reflection habit in the Whole Life Challenge is as your conscious daily acknowledgment of being in the process. Treat it as a part of your day where you consider what your actions in the Challenge provided you today — something you did that represents you being on the path. It’s looking back at the day and pulling out the gold from each day.…

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    Tips for Successful Whole Life Challenge

    16 Tips to Set You Up for a Successful Whole Life Challenge

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    Over the many Whole Life Challenges I have done, I have amassed a few staple tips that I pass on to my team in the hopes that it makes the Challenge a little easier. But better still, I have received lots of tips from my teammates as well.

    Here are a few of my go-to strategies for having a successful Whole Life Challenge experience, followed by some of my favorites from others.…

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    Welcome to Your Whole Life Challenge

    Welcome to Your Whole Life Challenge!

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    What started as a small local event has grown into a worldwide community of over 100,000 people who have changed their lives through small daily steps in the 7 Habits of the Whole Life Challenge. It has been our experience that people playing the Whole Life Challenge experience benefits they never expected or could even predict.

    This is a lifestyle challenge, not just about exercise and nutrition.…

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