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Toronto Fitness

Soylent is an amazing new product that touts the complete meal in 800 calories. It contains the Carbohydrate/Fat/Protein ratio of 50/30/20. Soylent isn’t meant to replace food in its entirety, just one meal or more. For instance, I only consume 1,600 calories a day, so one serving of Soylent gives me half a day’s food. I’ll take it for breakfast or dinner. It contains 100% of all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that I need for the whole day along with carbs, fats and proteins (plant-based from rice).

If you’re like me and you’re out often and find it hard to eat in this city, then Soylent is a great option. It’s not a protein shake - it’s a complete meal. And it’s healthy. 

Here’s all the info you need:
Soylent blog
Wiki entry
Nutritional facts

Why motivation is bullshit

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I recommend you head over to read the story in it's entirety. Why motivation isn't what you think it is.

You may be “raring to go” right now but in a couple weeks or months, you are going to be lacking this mythical mind juice.

Here is why that will be okay:

  • A woman doesn’t need it to deliver a baby
  • A man doesn’t need it to work 14 hour shifts while sick when he has 5 kids to feed
  • You and I don't need it to have a bowel movement (speaking from experience)
  • And we certainly don’t need it for something infinitely easier (i.e a 30 minute workout).

Quit everything

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You guys must get bored that all I write about is fitness-related. You've probably noticed that my stance has changed from going from a hardcore bodybuilder to just maintaining a lean body with the goal of abs and toneness. I'm not worried about size anymore. I'm not worried about striated cuts. I want a tiny waist and to be very lean. My goal is being healthy and looking good. It's not just for me, but for the person I love. It's more of a spiritual question than anything else. 

There's no wrong answer. It's what you want. I don't like being pigeonholed in one camp or the other. I don't subscribe to the idea that you should always workout on a regimented, soldier-like schedule. It's more important that you eat real food. That you eat slowly and prepare your meals slowly. Slow down in general. There really is no rush - we create the rush out of a depressed, hurried and anxious milieu. It's not just a "Western philosophy" to hurry everything. The world has gotten "flat" now because of globalization and the Internet bridging our lives together in ways that've never happened before.

So, I'm going to share with you this great little story on changing your life by Michelle Welsch over at Medium. What a great read. I've put in bold the parts that really got to me. 

Think with an open mind.

"Time is like a river, you can never touch the same water twice because the flow that has gone by will never go by again. Enjoy your life today, because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come."

As we prepare for a New Year, many of us will try to ramp things up. New Year's resolutions are bulls**t. Don't place everything at the helm of one day a year. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will changing your life.

You know, Machiavelli said something to the effect that to change one's life you must first achieve ruin. You must first break everything around you, and more importantly the way you think. You think any big company can change its corporate philisophy without first achieving some kind of ruin? I think not. Very often big business is stagnant and adverse to any change. That's why they acquire startups. Well, each of lives is the same. Either we change through extreme forces or we stay the same. The bell curve has never lied. Most of us will never change while some of us will on either side of the spectrum. 

I'm just trying to open your eyes. That's all I can do. I'm not advocating any cult-like status or asking anything from you guys. Just my thoughts and strategies for changing your lives. Because really, you're all not just here to get fitness advice - it's all about making huge changing in the way you think. It's not all weights and calories - it goes much, much further down the rabbit hole than that. 

Below are the main points of Welsch's article that really got to me. You can read her story in it's entirety here: Quitting everything to go to Nepal is the best thing I've ever done.

I could have made good money in America.

I was living in a comfortable apartment near Central Park. Had a “good enough” man, my own business, well-known clients and decent projects. But something wasn’t right.

Instead, I said fuck it. Quit everything. And went to Nepal.

1. When you love what you do, the hours don’t matter.
The pay doesn’t matter, either. I willingly would set my alarm at 4:45AM to help the monks make momos, teach four classes, head to the market for vegetables, and return home around 7:30PM to study Nepali. I didn’t get paid a dime, yet my work was satisfying and thrilling. I cried when I left.

2. Wealth has nothing to do with money.
I saw smiles that could light up universes on workers’ faces. These people would travel days by bus to earn what most Americans spend on one latte. They’d work HARD, for very little, all while maintaining that tremendous smile.

I watched neighbors care for each other, help each other run errands, share stories on the street, mourn the loss of each others’ children. I witnessed an incredible sense of love, devotion, commitment, and acceptance among the communities I met, whether they were living under a tin roof or had a toilet that flushed.
Being rich has nothing to do with how much money is in your account.

3. Health has nothing to do with going to the gym.
Everything I knew about health and fitness was thrown out the window in Nepal. I wasn’t spending hours at a gym. I wasn’t visiting an organic grocery store or buying packaged products with fancy labels.

Each day, I’d walk to the market and buy vegetables carried from fields. Meals were eaten slowly, at a table (or on a floor) with people I cared about. Food was prepared by hand or steamed in pressure cookers.

I had tea with sugar — real sugar — several times a day. I ate rice daily, if not twice; carbs, lots of carbs, and food fried in butter and oil. I didn’t obsess about food or weight or calories, and I’ve probably never looked better.
When you’re happy — truly happy — you shine from the inside out.

4. Stop looking and start living (and stop FREAKING OUT).
We spend so much time analyzing and searching that we miss out on some pretty good shit.

I’m embarrassed to see some of the pro/con lists I made before I left. Decisions regarding relationships, where to live, where to work — I would analyze the hell out of choices.

5. Every family is fucked up.
Living under one roof with a Nepali host family taught me no family is perfect. But everyone tries and does their best.

I watched families pack themselves into tiny rooms and sleep side-by-side on concrete floors. But their laugh — you could hear laughing throughout the night, from miles away.
Families migrate from their parents’ parents’ village to a city in hopes of providing a better life for their children; rent a two-bedroom home, sleep all nine family members in one room and use the other as a “hotel” to earn supplemental income.

Fathers leave their homes for months at a time to find work in the opposite part of the country. Sons apply for VISAs for shitty jobs overseas because the shitty job will pay more. Mothers send their children to monasteries because they view it as the best opportunity for their child. Sisters give their paychecks to help Mom and Dad pay rent.

After seeing the dedication and devotion of these families, I was inspired to go a little easy on my own.

6. Wherever you are, be there.
Stand over the hole and do your thing. The bucket on the floor is filled with water and used to flush.

It took me awhile to get used to stand up toilets. One morning I woke up covered in bed bug bites. Another week I mysteriously developed acne worse than a high school sophomore.

And everywhere I went, there were EYES. Always eyes. Constant staring, asking the same questions: Where are you from? What are you doing in Nepal? How long have you been here? How old are you? Are you married? Why not?

Sometimes I just wanted to “blend in” and not be reminded of my whiteness and the privileges that come with being an American…

So no, not every day was perfect. But even the imperfect days added to the experience.
One of the monks asked me, “If there is no night, how can there be day?”
If you’re feeling like hell, show up. If you’re scared and anxious and nervous, embrace it. It’s part of your story.

7. Love — real love — has NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU.
Before leaving, I was heartbroken. I tried to talk myself into marrying and having kids because I saw everyone else doing it and thought it was the right thing. Looking back, I realize how little I knew.

When you meet the right person, you know. There’s no convincing necessary. You’ll say “yes” in a heartbeat. You want only the best for this person, and you’ll do anything in your power to see them shine their brightest in this world — even if it means forfeiting your own wants and desires, or even the possibility of being together.

In all the world there is someone for you. Someone who loves you on your very worst days, when you’re tired and angry and irritable; someone who quietly encourages you to take on projects, change the world, because they believe—and know—you can.

Note: It seems these Someones typically show up when you’re doing your thing, living as you, authentically YOU.

The next time something inside you whispers “RUN,” listen.