The Defining Moment of Your Life

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I’ve been MIA from my blog for a little while, for a few reasons:

  • I’ve been launching a website for ‘How to Come Alive‘ (see last post)
  • I’ve been hitting it hard in terms of exercise, eating right, cleaning, and novel writing (more on that soon)
  • I wasn’t sure what to write

WHaaa-aat?  Yes, I felt clearly this spring that I and my posts were changing.  It was time for the dawn of a new era.  I first thought I should just power through, and do what had worked before, what I had enjoyed immensely since launching this site three years ago.

But instead, I took a step back.  Till I was ready, renewed, excited — till now.

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Because part of the slow-up was that I too — in my life — had hit a wall and now had to change.

My ‘perfect year’, which started on ‘Black Friday’ 2014, now has moved into Phase Two — starting May 1st, I have gone paleo for six months, am exercising a bunch, have plans to clean the whole house and give away a ton of stuff, and am moving forward with my writing.

And I have been following the idea of ‘What if THIS is the defining moment of my life?’  Up or down, yes or no — the life I’ve dreamed of or a sad mirrored distortion of my hopes and plans.

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I’ve also been on a success streak this year —

  • My sister Sarah and I got our first tattoos
  • We finished the state park ‘climbers club’
  • We started cleaning the whole house
  • I trained Sarah so she could join me on the Twilight Gambler Fun Ride (a 34 mile cycle ride) for the first time and she finished with no problem.

So these small successes propelled me forward.  I asked myself — what’s next that I want to accomplish?  The answer was: I want to reach my ideal shape/weight/strength.  Oh, I’ve been improving, but like a lot of us, I’d have ‘big plans’ that didn’t quite happen in the eating right department.  So I decided that I’d use the successes of this year to build a ‘perfect shape’ plan.

And it’s working.

It.

Is.

Fucking.

Working.

It’s also one of the hardest things I’ve ever done — but that doesn’t bother me one bit because I look great, feel great, and can’t wait to see where the next day finds me.

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Now, you may want the details — but you may already know them.  You may have heard them your whole life.

That’s right: exercise and eating right.

I know I’ve heard them my whole life.

So what’s different?  Focus.  Like I said, absolutely-defining-moment-of-my-life.  I’m not trying to make this work in addition to everything else, this is the whole fucking show.  My main goal right now is Perfect Shape.  Everything else is a hobby, an interest.  Every day I want to be better at the end of the day than the day before.  And this goal is super-important because, aside from health and happiness, it will prove my ready-aim-fire planning success at one of the biggest goals I’ve ever taken on, a goal a lot of people never reach.  And when I reach that goal . . .

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I’ll be ready for THE defining goal of my life, my reason for being.  Starting after my birthday in November, my #1, most important, all-consuming goal will be PROFESSIONAL WRITER.

I wouldn’t bet against me.  And a big part of what makes writing this blog fun is making YOU impossible to bet against also.

So go visit the website version of my book, How to Come Alive.

Get ready for an exciting NEW level of awesome in your life.

And in my next post I’ll dig into the hows and whats-its of my new perfect shape success.

Just know this — my focus has made my current life more exciting than ever before, and I’ll do everything in my power to help you make this the defining moment of your life too.

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Paleo Diet — I feel like I’ve fallen face-first into the Fountain of Youth

Now, I had never really heard of the Paleo Diet (and I don’t ever do ‘diets’ in the way most Americans think of them, BTW) until about a week ago.

My sister Sarah said she’d been reading great things about it online and we should try it.  And it’s changed my life in ONE WEEK.

At its heart Paleo is about taking us back to eating the things we have for almost all of our human history, the things our bodies was made to consume.  The idea is that, even as needs and population growth required us to become agriculturalists, our bodies have not changed.  Our systems simply aren’t made to perfectly digest grains, legumes, refined sugars, and dairy.  Man is the only creature on Earth that drinks milk after infancy.   It is about eating real, simple food, mostly from home, so don’t think you can eat ‘MacDonald’s ‘chicken nuggets’ all the time and get great results.  Read the websites and start walking or cycling too.

So I challenge you to just try it for the next seven days.  I was a total skeptic, but here’s what I’ve learned —

Ten Things Paleo Has Taught Me in One Week

  1. I’m never going back.  It’s a shock to say, but I feel like I’ve fallen face-first into the Fountain of Youth.  This is too good not to make it a permanent part of my life.
  2. I didn’t know I could have this much energy. I’m jumping, bopping, and skipping around like a five-year-old.
  3. When I don’t feel exhausted all the time, my mood is a lot better.  Tasks I usually hated (like cleaning the bathrooms where I work) can’t touch me now.
  4. It truly is a ‘natural’ high.  I feel buzzed all the time in the best way.
  5. I don’t really get hungry.  Because I’m eating eggs, meats, veggies, great smoothies, etc — I’m never starving myself or denying myself seconds.
  6. Eggs and meat can be good for you.  I was still thinking of old warnings but the new research shows that lean meat, cooked in a light way, is great for you.  Ditto eggs.  Research it for yourself.
  7. I feel like I’m going to make it to the life of my dreams.  Feeling this good makes everything seem possible.
  8. 12 mile cycle rides feel like nothing.  I really feel like I have as much energy at the end as at the beginning.
  9. I don’t love ‘junk food’.  I really use to think I did, but now, getting the nutrients I need, I start to look at that stuff less and less as food, and more as some sort of industrial waste — which, if you think about it, is kind of what corn syrup is.
  10. I need to keep being open-minded.  I really thought this was a bad, and possibly dangerous, idea.  I mean, we must eat grains for a reason right?  And I never thought of myself with any ‘allergies’ to wheat or dairy.  But this has truly been a transformative experience — and I’m only one week in!

If the Paleo diet sounds like a lot of change at once, do what I did (unintentionally): start with just removing 95%-100% of refined sugar from your diet.  That’s what I did two months ago and I’m sure it made the Paleo Diet easier.

You CAN have all the energy you dream of, and you can enjoy your bacon and eggs while you do it!  Now I’m off for a 15 mile cycle ride!