All posts filed under: Health & Wellness

8 Ways to Nourish The Body In 2018

One of the questions I get often is about healthy eating, vitamins, and supplements. The first thing I recommend when trying to improve a goal or habit….talk to a professional, or a coach! When I was trying to take on a new habit below, a skill or knowledge, this is the approach that worked (after trying many different methods first!): Healthy Eating – I took on a Nutritionist and a Holistic Naturopath Focus on Energy Level – Holistic Naturopath Running Programs – Running Coach Strength Training – Trainer Rehab Programs – Athletic Therapist Flexibility and Balance – Yoga Class or 1:1 Yoga Session The point is, a coach or professional provides both education, inspiration, and accountability. We often lose sight of the last piece. It’s crucial. So here are the recommendations I have been using for the last five years from my Naturopath and Nutritionist for a healthy and active late 30’s to early 40’s individual that have made a significant difference in my health and well being. Caveat – These work for me, please …

Finding Joy and Meaning in Everything You Do

Image by Getty Images After watching Roger Federer win his 20th Grand Slam title in Australia at the age of 36 this past weekend you have to wonder what keeps him going!? Perhaps his ability to find joy and meaning in almost every aspect of his job. “I enjoy practice,” Federer said, when asked how he maintains his motivation at this stage of his career. “Not minding the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible. At the end it’s seeing that my parents are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it. They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.” At the end of the day, Federer is just a guy who loves his job, and happens to be better at it than just about anybody is at anything. When you can find the joy in every aspect of your job, you will never work a day in your life. Colin

A Picture That Defines You

In 2011, With less than 30 seconds to go in the AFC title football game and the Baltimore Ravens down by three, quarterback Joe Flacco threw a back-shoulder pass to the right corner of the end zone. The pass was incomplete, knocked out of his receiver’s hands by a Patriots cornerback. In the blur of real-time action, CBS’ Jim Nantz shouted that “it was Sterling Moore who took it away from Torrey Smith.” A moment later, Nantz corrected himself: The guy who lost the ball was Lee Evans.   Seven years after that play, last weekend, Marcus Williams of the New Orleans Saints, made a blunder, missing what should have been an easy, game-winning tackle, and instead turned into a touchdown for Minnesota and the end of the playoff road for Marcus and the Saints.   Lee Evans after his blunder decided to take ownership and stare his mistake directly in the face. He captured this photo and framed it in his house. To never forget the pain of that moment and have a micro focus …

5 Ways To Your Most Productive Day Ever

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”  – Abraham Lincoln    My wife was out of town this weekend, so I had the house to myself. I really wanted to get a lot done and have a super productive weekend.   So I thought through the best way to do that.  I started with a good question.   What does success look like this weekend?   I already had some things written down that I wanted to get done. I knew in that list were a few important items.  But how important and was the list complete?   So I created I list.   Then I prioritized it!   I resisted the urge to start working!   I spent an hour on the process. Writing down all the things I wanted to get done.  I prioritized and reprioritized until it was crystal clear and noted why each one was important. I also created an aspirational column at the end of it. This gets all the ideas out of your head. …

Seeing Our Addictions

“We must give up many things to which we are addicted, considered them to be good. Otherwise, courage will vanish, which should continually test itself. Greatness of soul will be lost, which can’t stand out unless it disdains as petty what the mob regards as most desirable. – Seneca, Moral Letters, 74.12b-13   A friend shared this passage from the book the “Daily Stoic” by Ryan Holliday this week and I thought it was appropriate for the time of the season.   A summary of their interpretation of Seneca’s quote.   What that addiction is can vary: Soda? Drugs? Complaining? Gossip? The Internet? Judgement? Sweets? Self Control? But you must reclaim the ability to abstain because within it is your clarity and self-control.   Harmless indulgences can turn into full-blown addictions It can start with coffee in the am and soon you can’t function without it We are hooked on checking email, iPhone, the buzz, and beeps, and can’t sleep It chips away at our freedom Are we in control? Let’s focus on reclaiming our freedom   January is a …

One Quick Way to Build Some Grit in 2018

I am often asked when I present to groups of people about my adventure races, what is something that can help me build grit? Fasting! I was heading into a lunch meeting, without the lunch yesterday. I was starting this meeting and was hungry. Not because I hadn’t set up lunch yet because I hadn’t eaten yet. In fact, I was fasting. “I have a friend, magician David Blaine, who fasted for 44 days over the city of London in a Plexiglas box. That’s when I decided I could take at least one day a week and just not eat.” – Marc Benioff I’ve used fasting in training over the years and to lose those final couple pounds to get into race shape. One day of fasting per week can help you lose an extra half pound with the right mix of nutrition and exercise. What else does it build? GRIT How do you feel during the day? Well, one hungry. Anxious Frustrated Annoyed Grateful Curious Accepting A lot of emotions that go into growth, …

101 Things to do before you die

I recently read an article that referenced this story about Ted Leonsis’ brush with death back in 1983 and how it transformed his life. http://espn.go.com/page2/wash/s/020312leonsis.html “Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Washington Capitals and an Internet multimillionaire, may seem like a guy who has it all. But he hasn’t done it all. When he survived a plane crash landing in 1983, he made a list of 101 things he wanted to do in life. “ I was fortunate enough to be able to meet Mr. Leonsis back in 2000 when I was visiting a friend in Washington, DC. At the time one of my friends had been traded from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Washington Capitals and was a third line winger, and one of the hardest working players on the team. That particular time I attended, the team was retiring Dale Hunters #22 Jersey and my friend got me invited upstairs to the party. The entire team, families, and friends of Dale Hunters were there. It was quite a night. At one point in …

How to place focus in 2018

What’s it all for? I was talking to a friend over the holidays as we recapped 2017 and looked ahead to 2018. My friend is a great entrepreneur and was running two businesses this year. Two very innovative organizations. One more developed with solid revenue and one up and coming with good long-term potential. As he headed towards the holidays, he was reminded of an old project that he tinkered with from time to time that brought him real joy. An old classic car had been passed down in the family his grandfather to his father to him. Some work had been done on it, but in the last few years, as he built his businesses, it was stored away in the garage with little progress. As he shopped his plans for his business portfolio with his peers and mentors, one thing became increasingly clear. He has been splitting his focus and energy on two good businesses and neither getting the full focus they need. In addition, will all the work he has been putting …

Two Ways To Overcome Overwhelmed in 2018

  “The goal is full sensory immersion, which does a few key things.  First, it clears my mental and emotional cache. But more important, it opens up what I can best describe as a channel of inner intelligence that I rarely, if ever, access through focused thinking. Without fail, I get some spontaneous download that leads to a clear plan of action to move ahead. For me, creativity lives in the body, not the mind.”   -Marie Forleo   I was reading this passage recently and it captured well how I think about getting into a state of flow.  It’s through moving the body. I have experimented this year with very short 20-minute workouts this year when I am absolutely crunched for time.  It could be in my own living room, hotel room while traveling, gym in my condo building, or getting outside.    Many times when I have NO time I have made the decision to do 20 minutes of SOMETHING instead of NOTHING. My days are considerably better when I do this!   That could be:   Walking on a treadmill …