124 – Cleansing, Injuries, Weight Gain and Goals

This is the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. I am recording live from Breckenridge, CO today. I am outside today on the Burro Trail. It’s the same trail that Yoko and I ran the Breck Crest Half Marathon this past summer. I wasn’t sure if it would be possible due to the winter but it is definitely hikeable and it is beautiful. If you ever get out to the Breckenridge area, I am going to highly recommend this trail.

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Let me tell you why I am on this trail today and not on the ski slope. If you have been following me for a little while now, you probably know that I got a ski injury not too long ago when I was in Japan. Thankfully, I think it was the first injury that I have ever had skiing. It wasn’t that bad and did not require any kind of surgery or cast or crutches, or anything like that. It’s been about 6 or 7 weeks now and I am trying to baby it. Although I did test it a little yesterday and the day before. I went skiing and stayed on the blue courses which are intermediate. So, this morning as we were walking down the steps with boots on and skis in hand, I twisted my leg again somehow. I was practically in tears and told Yoko that I could not go skiing today. So I am really babying it now and I am going to take it easy for the next few weeks. I’ll do a little bit of skiing as I can but I am not going to go crazy. But anyhow, that is why I am on the Burro Trail. I had some time so I put my trail running shoes on and came out here and it’s just absolutely gorgeous.

Let me tell you my goal and what I want to accomplish while I am in Breckenridge this winter. It started over the holidays and when I was in Japan. I started gaining a little weight for various reasons. Partly from my injury and not being able to be as mobile as I would like to be. I didn’t exercise a lot or do my running or my walking. I just kinda got lazy. Lazy meant eating a little bit more and eating foods that were not so good for me such as processed foods. Yes, I am human I make mistakes. No meat or animal products though. I will never make an exception for that. Anyhow I started looking down at the scale and noticed that I was gaining a little bit of weight. After my leg injury, I came down with a bug that lasted a good three weeks or so. I want you to understand that I screw up too. I am never perfect. So I am here in Breckenridge and I am looking at this as a cleanse for me. By the time I leave Breckenridge in 2 ½ weeks, I have a goal. My goal weight is 182 pounds. In the interest of transparency, I will tell you that I currently weigh 191.2 pounds. I am pretty tall at 6’ 2” so 191 is not overweight for me but I know it’s not ideal for me. When I first got here to Breckenridge I weighed 194.2 pounds. So in two days I have already dropped 3 pounds. I am going to share with you what I am doing. And you don’t have to be in Breckenridge or on a retreat to do it.

For breakfast, we typically have a bunch of fruit, a small bowl of oatmeal, and some green tea. We usually eat in as much as possible because it is hard not to overeat when you eat out. We go to the supermarket a lot and always try to buy organic. We eat very well. We also walk everywhere we go. It’s very uncommon for us to take a car anywhere. We are usually skiing by day, walking by night, we are usually moving. This is basically the perfect recipe for getting healthier and shedding the pounds.

Yes, I am teaching you how to live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier and here your host admitting that he screws up! It’s a little bit embarrassing. I am going to eat really clean, get a ton of exercise, get sleep, relaxing, and reducing the stress. When I get back to Maryland, my goal is to keep up with this lifestyle. So here I am doing my cleansing. I am going to be back in great shape in no time at all. March 5th is the day that I return to Maryland. Yoko is not coming back with me by the way. She is actually traveling on with a friend to run a half marathon out west and then she fly back home to Maryland. My goal is to let you know on March 5th what my weight is and how I feel. I am pretty sure it is going to be great news.

So I have spent the show so far talking about me and my woes. And how I got so out of shape this winter and how I am going to combat that. Now let’s turn this around. The goal of the show is not to talk about me but it’s to help you. Where are you at now? We are just about into March now. How are you doing with your goals?  I am sure if you are a follower, you have set goals because I have discussed many times that goals are very important. Maybe they were weight management, maybe eating, maybe they were exercise, maybe they were business or financial. Whatever they were, I hope you set some goals. How are you doing with them? I hope you didn’t just list a few goals and never returned to see them again. Never looking back at your notebook. If you haven’t done this yet, it’s not too late. Think about what you want to accomplish. What’s your ideal weight? What’s your ideal exercise regimen? What is your ideal investment portfolio? Whatever your goals may be. Write them down and I want you to read them every single day. It doesn’t have to be a lot of goals, it could be one or two. As a matter of fact, having just a handful of goals is better than having a lot because when you have a lot you get overwhelmed. I don’t want to overwhelm you. I want you to have a small handful of goals. Think about what you want to accomplish this year, write them down, and read them every single day. I want you to let me know how it’s going with you. I will guarantee that if you do this and read your goals every single day, you will be living the life that YOU want to live. I know you can do it!

One of my goals is to spend more and more time in Breckenridge, CO. We just love it here. There’s nothing like it. Life is short. It seems as in the blink of an eye, you are old. Whatever you want to do in your life, you have one chance! I am here in Breckenridge living my dream. The only reason I am living my dream is because I’ve written it down, I’ve studied it, and I figured out how to make this happen. I do things smart and Yoko and only spend a lot of money on things that are very important to us. We spend our money on things that truly matter. We don’t need a big house. We don’t buy designer clothes. Being in a place like this is worth more to me than any kind of jewelry or mansion. We don’t need that.

Also something that is very important to me is to give. Give to others that are in need. Give to organizations. I give to a lot of animal organizations because I really do love animals and want to see them care for and rescued. Think about giving.

I am trying to change your life because if you are like most people, they get every morning, go to a job that they hate and eat a lot of unhealthy food that is making them sick. And before they know it they are old and are saying to themselves “What did I do my whole life? Why did I spend my life doing this?” I do not want you to waste your life. I want you to live your dream. I will change your life, but you have to listen to me. You can’t just turn this off now and say that was a good episode and then just go back to something that you just absolutely hate. Promise me you won’t do that! Is that a deal? Live YOUR dream! I am living mine J

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