So I have now completed my first monthly challenge (it was roughly 3 weeks, to be exact). It started off as juicing but I relaxed it to drinking healthy smoothies. Here’s the before shot (March 5, 2012):
Here’s the latest on how things are going with my First Monthly Challenge. As a reminder, this one is to juice for three weeks. I have transitioned to blending the ingredients as you shall find out in this clip of me with quite disheveled shower hair. Date: March 7, 2012 Starting Weight: 195 lbs Current … Continue reading First Monthly Challenge – Check-in #2 – I’ve lost over two pounds
OK, I am delving more into the world of shoddy video shot on my iPhone and I thought a good thing to start doing would be to keep a video diary of sorts. The loose theme of the videos will be a series of monthly challenges to which I will subject myself (and anyone else who want to join in.)
Thanks to the help of the truly horrifying iPhone AgingBooth app (and an effect from Instagram), I’ve taken a sneak peak at my future (opposite). It’s wrinkled.
I was downright chubby for most of my childhood. And although I’ve more or less managed my weight since, I am stocky and can be pushed over the edge to pudge in no time at all. So losing weight and keeping it off is super tough. I have always been jealous of friends that don’t seem to gain weight no matter how many buffets they hit. Such was not my luck in life.
Are you putting off the experience of living and working abroad because you have kids? Children are often the reason people for not traveling and living internationally. People seem to be very fond of telling Jammie and I that as soon as we kids we may as well pack our bags and head back to the US. We’ve never quite agreed with that assessment but since we don’t have kids we’ve had precious little to say in return. Until now. To find out more about raising a family overseas I have started interviewing people that are doing just that. For this post, I reached out to some good friends of ours, Daniel and Marlise Bernhardt to give me their perspective as parents who have chosen to raise a family far from home. Here are my questions about their very international lives and Marlise’s answers:
I used to be a big believer in paying my dues. I did really well in school. I was valedictorian in high school. I was an honor student in college. I graduated magna cum laude. I scored a well-paid job, moved on to an even better paid job within the same company and networked like crazy to the point where I had a reliable set of supporters and allies in the right places. I worked long hours. I was consumed with work. Even my time off was spent thinking about work. Work took over my life. By the time I was five years in to my career, I was miserable, stressed, suffering from sleep disorders, gaining weight and wondering where I had gone wrong.
Some will say that the reason Jammie and I were as unconcerned with the financial ramifications of our life decision was that (compared to the wealthy), we didn’t have much money in the first place. Maybe they are right.
Let me start this post off by saying this: Traveling for a year with my wife Jammie has without question been the most exciting, enjoyable and fulfilling thing I have done in my life so far. Despite anything I might say below in terms of cautionary advice, my core message is this: Travel is one of the best things you can do with people you love. It brings growth like no other experience. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Bad public speaking is physical torture to listeners. I’ve done my fair share of it and received a lot of feedback over the years! In the process I’ve gone from being pretty horrible at speaking in public, to feeling really comfortable and winning Speaker of the Year Awards at my local Toastmasters (public speaking) club. I’ve still got a long way to go but here are a few things I have learned to avoid that are sure-fire ways to bore your crowd: