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  • The 30-Day Challenge

    In 2015 our most popular lesson in our 1-on-1 English classes was 30-Day Challenge, a lesson about goals and trying new things. It’s a good lesson for starting off a new year, and it inspired me to try something for 30 days. I’ve given up eating sugar for the month of January. I’m 20 days in now, and it’s really not bad at all, although I really have the urge to buy some chocolate chip cookies right now.

    In the past I’ve also given up alcohol for 30 days, which was easy, and caffeine, which was horrible. Although, coffee never tasted better to me than it did after 30 days without it.

    Below we have a TED Talk that we also used in the lesson. It’s about 30-day challenges, and was inspired by Spurlock, perhaps the king of these challenges, who ate nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days in Super Size Me. Watch the video below and see if you can answer the listening questions.

    Answer the questions in comments, and we’ll respond.

    1. A few years ago, I felt like I was ___ in a ___.
    2. What does the above sentence mean?
    3. What is Morgan Spurlock’s actual profession? How does the speaker refer to him?
    4. It __ __ 30 days is just about the right amount of time…
    5. How did the speaker perceive time while doing the challenges?
    6. What were some of the challenges the speaker did?
    7. Did the speaker write a novel?
    8. Are small or large changes more likely to stick?