The Dangerous Nature of Not Being Fit in Fargo

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A few weeks ago, our CEO and I traveled to the Big Apple, where my palate fell in love, but my hips didn’t lie afterwards.

I thought I would hate traveling to New York City, and was hesitant to even go, but I’m grateful I did. (I‘ve purposely avoided the Big Apple because I had no desire to be in the presence of 8 million people)

The trip overall was a business success, but an epic-fail because of the sheer amount of garbage I ate.

The culinary mea culpe

We stayed in Hoboken, at the W Hotel. The W was amazing, but the most amazing part was Pier 13 which is across the street from the W Hotel.

Pier 13 is a large, long pier that extends over the Hudson River. The Hudson river separates New Jersey and New York, in case your geography is as bad as mine.

The coolest part of the Pier is that it’s lined with food trucks. Food trucks are basically trucks that resemble Fed-Ex delivery vehicles which create culinary masterpieces, like home-made-waffle-meals, custom chicken sandwiches, and toasted panini, among others.

Pier 13 in Hoboken is a must-visit when in New York/New Jersey.

Misery sets in

When I returned from my foodie-foray in New York, I was miserable. I was the heaviest I’ve weighed in 37 years and physically felt awful.

Being I traveled to New York with my friend, we shared our miseries with one another, and after getting home, chose to come up with a plan to shed our unfit nature.

We decided to do a 4-day cleanse. The cleanse consisted of one part water, one part pure maple syrup, and one part squeezed lemon juice, all for four days. There was to be no food, just the delicious drink and half an ounce of water per body weight each day.

The cleansing-concoction sounds nasty, and it was anything but. It tasted amazing, and this coupled with the water I drank every day, for four days, allowed me to accomplish a few feats.

  1. First, the cleanse allowed me to lose a few pounds of excess water weight, while “cleaning” my pipes. No need to explain in detail…
  2. Second, the lack of food during my cleanse forced my stomach size to go back to a smaller size.
  3. Third, the drink I consumed for four days was an appetite suppressant that helped kill my addiction to coffee, sugar and Dairy Queen blizzards. (yes it’s possible to be addicted to DQ)

After the misery of eating like a fool in New York, the result of the cleanse was just what the doctor ordered.

Then what

Now that I successfully completed my cleanse, I wanted be active outside, taking advantage of the great outdoors, and summer evenings in Fargo.

There’s really nothing better than a summer evening in Fargo-Moorhead, or anywhere in the Midwest for that matter. (Twin Cities and Minnesota included)

So, I bought a great new pair of Mizuno running shoes and began running on the hundreds of miles of trails that surround West-Fargo.

Click here for the best places to bike, jog, or walk in Fargo.

I also highly recommend Mizuno’s Wave Riders. I’ve been running in them for over five years and love them. I bought mine here. 

Beyond that, our CEO and I have been holding each other accountable by working out every morning at 6am. (6:15am to be precise)

I feel the accountability, and camaraderie, is key to sticking to a workout routine. You have to share your life-goals with others in order to make them a reality, and by working out with Brady, I accomplish this each day, as does he.

Write it down

And let’s not forget setting goals.

I know, I know…goal setting and establishing commitments is boring. Such a buzz-kill, right?

But it’s not.

Goal setting is one of the most powerful exercises a person can do to find success.

Besides, if you’re going to go through all the trouble I did in a four-day cleanse, buy new jogging shoes, as well as invest your time, you’d better not quit. One of the best ways to not quit is by writing down your goals.

Often times, people quit really good endeavors because they had no defined purpose or goal. – Dave Scott

By writing down your goals you’ll subconsciously be on your way to being fit in Fargo…or wherever you live.

Watch this video to see how I create goals, using the S.M.A.R.T methodology.

And by writing your fitness goals down, your subconscious mind is triggered and becomes a powerful ally in your fight of fat.

Take action

If you’re unhealthy, or want to make a change, it starts with taking action. Don’t dwell on your troubles, rather take action. Start somewhere, and get active.

Then establish good eating habits. You ARE what you eat. If you eat lots of sugars, breads, and the like, you’ll gain weight and be unhealthy.

From here, break the status quo by creating goals. Most people who are unhappy, won’t make or keep goals. Change status quo and be different. By not taking action, and thus being different, you’ll never become healthy.

The results

In the last month I’ve lost 10 lbs, leaned up a bit, and overall feel mentally and physically great. If you take the above approach, you will become fit in Fargo, too.

Are you unhealthy? If so, what action do you need to take in order to improve your lifestyle? What are you willing to do in order to find physiological success?

The Best Advice Ever Received From Mike Rowe

I recently watched a video, a TEDtalk to be exact. The TED was of Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel reality show called Dirty Jobs.

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In this TED, Mike Rowe describes, in detail, the aspects of working in hard environments.

About 2/3 through the talk, Mike begins equating his Dirty Jobs, into two Greek terms.

The one term is called Anagnorisis and the other is Peripeteia. Each have significant meaning to Mike and his TED.

I won’t define them here.

Mike then goes on to talk about how his personal circumstance and discovery (Anagnorisis) drives him to the conclusion that life is about hard work, not chasing your passion.

The advice he received about chasing your dreams and passions, albeit from supposed wise mentors, is the worst advice he’s ever received.

I tend to agree with him.

Mike Rowe is brilliant and he is also right.

Life on this earth can have incredible meaning. But that meaning and purpose is defined by sacrificing self and NOT following whatever I want, rather giving up dreams to serve others.

Joseph in the Old Testament went through this, as his brothers sold him into slavery. Joseph then became a prison inmate. Most importantly, Joseph vowed to be the best prison inmate he could possibly be. He didn’t chase his passion while in prison.

Job was one of the wealthiest men in the bible. God took it all, instantly. Job never once cursed God. Rather he praised God in his trial.

He didn’t do what he wanted to do, or chase his passion. He was obedient. (for Job’s obedience, God gave Job twice as much wealth in the end)

I am grateful I didn’t listen to my high school guidance counselor.

My high school guidance counselor told me to go into 2 fields: teaching or physical therapy.

I’m glad I didn’t listen to him. He also told me life is a big ocean. Again, I’m glad I didn’t listen to this ridiculous advice.

It’s okay to be a dreamer, just understand that sometimes in life it’s not about chasing your passion, and more about hard work, in the circumstance you’re in.

Work hard and give to others and serve them.

Mike Rowe’s advice is the opposite of what we hear everyday, but I guarantee by working hard and persevering, it’s the best advice you’ll ever receive.

Now get back to work.

4 Critical Things My Daughters Taught Me in 2013

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My daughters are nothing short of amazing. They have their own little personality traits, quirks and habits.

They make me laugh, they make me cry and even challenge me.

In 2013, I was challenged the most by my daughters.

It was a stressful time in our home as we moved, I had some professional stress and just a lot of personal growth in our family. And of course, with growth comes growing pains.

So how was I challenged and what did I learn?

1.Tea Cup.

Dads, you can’t raise girls like boys. They are like delicate tea cups. My daughters are constantly telling me to be delicate with their emotions and embrace compassion and empathy. Compassion, empathy and being delicate are all part of handling daughters like tea cups.

2. Just be present.

Daughters don’t need Mr. Perfect or Super-Dad. They do need you to put down your iPhone and just sit and interact with them. Tough to do for dads, yes, but it can be done.

3. They need to see me love their mother well.

Daughters are extremely aware of how their dads treat and love their mom. Daughters also formulate opinions and relational worldviews by what they see in that relationship. Daughters will form impressions of their future relationship with their husband and also learn behavioral norms from the actions of their moms and dad’s marriage. Daughters are EXTREMELY influenced by this relationship.

4. Take care of your wife and daughters or some other man will.

Word of caution for all dads: if you don’t take care of your wife and daughters, you open up the door for them to find value through someone else or something else. Most importantly, teach your daughters to trust in Jesus and embrace Him and run to Him, finding satisfaction in Him. And strive to be a part of their lives.

Be encouraged guys. Being the dad of daughters is hard, but these is a lot for dads of daughters to be grateful.

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Five not-wrong-but-annoying-things you can do on Twitter

I’m addicted to Twitter.

It’s short, sweet, to the point and relevant! It’s such a great way to communicate.

But man is it frustrating when I login to my Twitter account only to see some of my followers completely hijack my Twitter feed because they choose to post random things 50 times in a row.

Here’s an example: you check Twitter and see 50 posts…from the same person.

Annoying. So what does this do?

It ends up flooding my Twitter feed from anything relevant and good.

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I’ve got a solution. I’ve created a guide that you can follow, with five technically not wrong — but annoying — things you can do on Twitter that cause the world to shift out of alignment. These five things are practices you should avoid.

  1. When posting throughout the day, don’t Tweet 50 Tweets all at once. By randomly and strategically Tweeting throughout the day, you’ll gather more followers because you won’t annoy the masses. You’ll get more traction — in terms of relevance — and engage more people.
  2. Tweets with food pics. Okay, this is just gross. I’m guilty of it, just like many Twitter addicts. Enough said.
  3. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s a duck. If you follow a Twitter account that looks naughty and share their content, you could potentially look silly. If it looks subjective, then it probably is. Plus, no one likes to get a call or email from your social media manager asking, “did you know that you shared a inappropriate photo of Kim Kardashian…again?” Avoid those touchy conversations.
  4. Political Tweets. Be kind here. If you’re complaining about various political candidates via Twitter and it’s perceived as negative, then it’s negative. No one likes a “Negative Nelly” or a “Debbie Downer.” Be kind, be high level and be encouraging.
  5. Be creative and original. Don’t post the same stuff all the time. Tweet about a run or walk or a great coffee shop meeting. Engage people on Twitter with what you’re passionate about. Don’t Tweet the same stuff all the time.