131 – The Fitbit, Crazy Road Trip and Dear Vegan

Welcome back to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. This is episode #131 and it’s great to have you with me here today.

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I have a lot of great stuff for you on today’s show. First, I want to give a shout out to my good friend Don Robertson of EarthSave Baltimore for allowing me to play my brand new song, Dear Vaygan, at his pot-luck dinner last night. It was the first time that I had played this song in front of a live audience. I got a great response with lots of laughter and applause so I think it went really well. I will be going back to EarthSave Baltimore on June 25th to give a great talk titled, “How to Thrive on a Plant Based Lifestyle”. If you are local to the Maryland area, I highly recommend that you get there and check it out (register here).

By the time you listen to this podcast, I will be driving from Phoenix, AZ to Little Rock, AK in between speaking gigs. I have about 5-6 days to do this little road trip. I am not making any reservations. I am just going to go ahead and follow my energy and see where it takes me. As long as I make it to Little Rock, AK by Thursday, I will be ok. So I have time to hang out and hopefully check out some really cool places. I will be listening to a lot of music and hopefully some good podcasts as well. I will be working as needed. I will be taking lots of really cool pictures. I am also taking my hiking boots, some cash, and my recorder because I will most likely be journaling the trip in some way. I will be completely by myself. I just pray that the weather will be good and the traffic will be clear. This is going to be really really fun!

Now, let me explain why I am outside right now. I am in Reisterstown, Maryland currently and it’s early April but it is a very cold and windy day for April. Ordinarily, I would not be out here today taking my walk. I probably would have come up with some excuse why I need to stay inside and do my exercise. But when it gets to be Spring, you are just ready for some warmer weather. I am ready to throw on some shorts and a tshirt and do some walking or running. My leg is getting a little bit better as we speak. So I am able to do a tiny bit of running. I am working my way into it. I hope it’s ready for the Bay2Breakers 12k Race on May 15th in San Francisco, CA.

Anyhow, the reason I am out here today is that I got myself a new present. It’s something that I have been thinking about getting for a few years but I never wanted to mess with it. But I finally purchased a Fitbit. They’ve come a long way. I bought a Fitbit Blaze and I love this thing. It looks like an Apple watch which is what I liked about it but it costs a third of the price. I paid about $200 for this thing. It doesn’t do everything that an Apple watch does but that’s ok because I have everything I need at my fingertips. First of all, it tells the time. It tracks the number of steps I take per day and tracks your sleep.It also sync up with my iPhone so that I can see when a call is coming in or control my music. I am sure I am missing things, it does a lot more than I am mentioning. A few episodes ago (Episode #129), I was talking about how I use the scale as a fitness instrument. Just like the speedometer in my car that tells me how fast I am going, I like to see how I am doing. The scale does that for me and now I have another tool on my wrist that tells me how many steps a day I am taking. It is recommended that you take 10,000 steps per day to get in your aerobic exercise each day. As we speak, I am up to 8494 and it’s only about 4pm so I have quite a bit of time to get another 1500 steps in. That’s going to be my goal to get in at least 10,000 steps a day. I will crank it up and do more as my leg gets better. That’s a decent start for me. The bottom line is I compete with myself. For example, the other day at about midday I saw that I only had a few thousand steps and I said to myself, “I’ve got to get outside now and do some walking so I can get up to 10,000 steps. Now here’s my point, had I not had this Fitbit, I probably would have said, “you know, it’s too cold today. It’s windy and it’s April. This is bs and I don’t feel like going out.” I would have probably come up with some excuse as to why I did not have to go out that day. But since I have the Fitbit, it is almost forcing me, or at least strongly suggesting, to push me to get to 10,000 steps. It gave me the nudge to get outside and do that. I have talked to you about the”Magic 4″ and I have been saying this for years. Way before the Fitbit was even invented. If you can get out and walk 4 miles per day, you are going to feel great. Not only physically but mentally too. I still stick to this and try to do at least 4 miles every day. I have been saying this since I wrote my book back in 2007.

Don’t rush out and buy the Fitbit just yet. Give me a few weeks and I will have a full recommendation for you. I am also working on recommendations for a few other products. I don’t make any money on these. When I recommend something it’s not because I get a bonus or commission or anything like that. I recommend things because I use them and because I recommend it for you. I would never recommend a product just because I am getting paid for it.

By the way, I am seriously considering coming up with an updated version of my book, Impress the World with Your Body in Seven Days. Back in 2007 when I wrote it, to this day it is still a good short book that tells you how to live a healthy lifestyle. But, back then I was not vegan. I was still eating some fish and a little bit of meat. I think I talked about chicken or fish in the book, and if I update it, I will of course have a chapter in there about being plant based and what to eat as opposed to eating things like sushi, sashimi, and chicken.I wouldn’t talk about these things in the updated version. I never knew how horrible the egg and poultry industry was. So I will never recommend eating eggs or chicken. Otherwise, most of the stuff is really relevant. I would include more about some of the stuff I am doing now like meditation, yoga, and setting goals. And I would probably change the title of the book. So if you have a title to suggest, I would love to hear it. But again, I am so busy these days I am not sure I will have the time to do this. But it’s kinda on my list because I think I have so much to teach and to show people. I think that if I updated this a bit and retitled it, I think it could breathe new life into the book world and the health and lifestyle sections.

So I am on my trip from Phoenix to Little Rock and it’s going to be great. I will be doing a lot of cool stuff from the road. According to Google, it’s about 18 to 19 hours of driving so I think if I split it up and do 5 or 6 hours a day, I should still have plenty of time to screw around and may even get to my destination early.

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