Early Rider bike for my boy

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Early Rider bikes are the coolest kid starter bikes out there. These mini kids bikes are designed and manufactured in the UK out of birch wood giving them a very natural look and feel. I see these kick bikes rolling around all over Squamish with kids grinning ear to ear.

Good thing my boy’s too young to read this blog. If he could, he’d know what he was getting for his 2nd birthday.

The ads that Early Rider has produced for their bikes are great. They’ll easily bring a tear to your eye if you have little kids. Check them out below.

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Here are just some of the great courses they offer for aspiring entrepreneurs.

There’s more than just business topics on here too. There’s cake decorating, Beer making, how to juggle, how to write novel and even how to hit a baseball.

This site is full of great lessons for everyone.

Check it out and discover more courses here.

New trail running shoes

I finally bought new running shoes and had a chance to take them on a good trail run this past weekend in Squamish. I’ve needed new ones for a while now as my current New Balance runners have to put it bluntly; died.

I bought the New Balance MT10 minums shoes and I couldn’t be happier with them. These shoes are minimalist barefoot shoes which are a little different from what most people would consider running shoes. If you’ve never heard of minimalist barefoot shoes, they’re a bit of a paradigm shift from the typical raised padded heel shoes.

I was introduced to barefoot running a few months ago by a colleague that started running in barefoot running shoes and he loved them. The whole concept intrigued me as I love being barefoot. In the summer, I try to be without shoes as much as I can because it just makes me feel more connected to the earth. I even remember a trip I was on in Central America where I hiked all kinds of jungle trails without shoes on as it just gave me a better sense of control and traction on slippery, wet, muddy trails. It just feels natural to me. I started to do my research and learn all about barefoot running.

For the past half century, we’ve been led by a common misconception that cushioned, padded sneakers are better for us. Science now tells us that this thinking is wrong and that we need to re learn the skill of running and use our feet the way they are designed to work. There is a lot of great information out there if you are a runner that is interested in learning more. Just Google barefoot running!

I almost bought the Vivobarefoot Breatho Trail shoes for $90. I had ordered them back in May but they never came. I finally got a call from them telling me that they were out of stock and that I would have to wait till July so I bailed on the Vivo’s and bought a pair of New Balance MT10 minums shoes from the store on Robson in Vancouver.

I read this reviewthis one and this one and then saw the video below of pro mountain trail runner Anton Krupicka. I figure if this guy does what he does in these shoes, they are more than enough for me. All the reviews were very positive with most people saying that the shoes feel like slippers and that they are a great shoe for transitioning from padded shoes to barefoot shoes.

New-Balance-Minimus-MT10As the literature states; The New Balance MT10’s are a trail running shoe built for the most aggressive trails but designed with lightweight breath-ability.

Its fitted, odor-resistant upper lets you go sock less on top while the rugged Vibram® outsole provides the protection needed for running on trails. The shoe is also very light at only 175 Grams (6.2 oz).New-Balance-Minimus-MT10-2

Here is a quick snapshot of the features.

  • 4mm drop
  • Anti-Microbial treatment
  • Barefoot friendly internal construction
  • Flexible overlays in optimal areas
  • Lightweight and extra-durable, the Cushion-Pushin’ EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) midsole rewards and supports your feet with the ultimate cushioning system, keeping feet cozy while offering unmatched resilience.
  • Lightweight mesh upper

I’ve gone for two trail runs since I got them and i’m loving these shoes.

Both runs are on my home trails in Squamish where I generally run on logging roads and dual use mountain biking trails.  You can check out my latest run on Strava.

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If you’ve not see Arthur’s story, stop and watch this

I love this story and have watched it so many times. It shows how powerful and strong the human spirit is and that one person can make a huge difference in the world.

Diamond Dallas Page, a former WWF wrestler saw Arthur and helped him find his way. Check this out and share with that special someone in your life that may need a lift out of a place they’re not sure they know how.

Diamond Dallas Page has help so many people transform their lives through his Yoga practice like one of his old colleagues, Jake the Snake Roberts.

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6 Vegan Dudes

Going vegan is not just for the ladies. Check out these vegan dudes. The vegan lifestyle is more common than you think.

Mac Danzig

UFC fighter Mac Danzing pairs his intense workout routines with a vegan diet. He’s living proof that a plant based diet can cut body fat while providing you with enough protein to build substantial muscle.

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Ben Stiller

Staying slim and camera ready gets tougher as you get older. Recently the 47-year-old actor switched to a vegan diet and kicked coffee to get healthier.

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Bob Harper

The “Biggest Loser” fitness guru doesn’t focus on cutting calories. Instead, he switched to a vegan diet which gives him plenty of energy to workout while keeping his body fat down.

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Mike Tyson

Yes, you read that right. The famous boxer switched to veganism when his wife adopted it to lose weight. Says Tyson, “(I feel) incredible. I wish I was born this way. When you find out about the processed stuff you have been eating. I wonder why I was crazy all those years.”

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Bill Clinton

Remember Bill Clinton’s dramatic weight loss after his heart attack? It’s all thanks to his new vegan diet. He’s lost around 30 pounds and he’s much healthier.

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Woody Harrelson

Woody told Esquire that he became vegan while living in New York when he was first trying to become an actor: “I was on a bus and some girl sees me blowing my nose. I had acne all over my face, which I’d had for years and years.

And she’s like: ‘Hey, you’re lactose intolerant. If you quit dairy, all these symptoms you got will be gone in three days.’ I was like twenty-four. And I was like, No way. But three days later: gone.”

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Going Vegan

My wife was a vegetarian for over 13 years. She started eating meat again when she was pregnant with our first child based on our Dr saying she should. That was about 2 years ago. Nearing the end of the second pregnancy, we decide we were going to stop eating meat and begin living as vegetarians and working towards being vegan.

I’ve been a meat eater almost all of my life. Red meat, pork, chicken, fish; I’ve tried all kinds of other animal based foods and for the most part, I liked the taste of most of them and never really thought twice about what I was eating.

Everyone eats meat right? So what’s the big deal?

Having kids makes you think differently. It’s almost instantaneous once they are born. You ask yourself all kinds of questions about yourself and your life with this new parental lens on the subject. The question is usually along the lines of “Is this good for my kids?”

In regards to eating animal based products, we simply couldn’t answer that question with a “Yes”.

Over the past 6 months or so, my wife and I have watched several documentaries like Food Inc., Food Matters, Hungry for Change and read several articles about the food we eat. Where it comes from, what it’s made of, what’s in it and is it even good for us.  What we’ve learned has changed us and our complete perspective on food and life.

veganThere are three main reasons why we are going vegan.

1) It’s a healthy choice – A properly balanced vegan diet is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fiber and can decrease the chances of suffering from diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. It’s also easier to maintain a healthy weight on a vegan diet.

As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat” can be quite a scary thought when you really learn about the food you put into your body.

2) Animals are beautiful creatures  – Killing animals is still killing. Honestly, if we can thrive on plant based diets, why do we need to raise animals to kill them. The way some farmed animals are treated is disgusting, sad and simply just unnecessary.

3) Environmental – Global warming is real. The population is growing and our need for sustainable food practices is imperative. Switching to a plant-based diet is an effective way for an individual to reduce their eco-footprint. Vegan diets produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than meat-based diets.

“A University of Chicago study found that the ‘typical’ US diet generates the equivalent of nearly 1.5 tonnes more carbon dioxide per person per year than a vegan diet. The livestock industry is responsible for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the entire transport sector (which produces 13.5%), including aviation.”

Plant-based diets require less than one third of the land and water needed to produce a typical animal based Western diet. Farmed animals consume much more protein, water and calories than they produce, so far greater quantities of crops and water are needed to produce animal ‘products’ to feed humans than are needed to feed people direct on a plant-based diet. With water and land becoming scarcer globally, world hunger increasing and the planet’s population rising, it is much more sustainable for us humans to just eat the plant based foods directly than use up precious resources feeding farmed animals.

So, when our daughter was born 3 months ago, my wife and I decided we would work towards being vegan. Since then it’s been a great change and I would say that we are 90% vegan and 100% vegetarian and have reduced our gluten intake as well.  We don’t eat any meat, fish, chicken, cheese and very little dairy and eggs. The only place we get dairy and eggs is when we are out and end up buying a snack like banana bread or something.

We are not perfect and we’re not trying to be. Every little change counts and makes a difference. The change is going well and frankly it hasn’t been that hard.

We’ve eliminated processed foods cause we simply don’t consider them foods anymore. In our mind, these processed foods are products, not food. Their primary goal was and is to make money, not provide the most nutrients to the body regardless of what their marketing message says.

The foods that provide the most nutrients to the body are called fruits, vegetables, legumes, spices, nuts and seeds and the human body can thrive on these and these alone. It’s all about going back to basics. Eat what people would have eaten before the industrial agriculture revolution and you will notice your health change in a matter of weeks. Garbage in, garbage out.

So What do we eat?

Here is a diagram of the primary plant based foods we eat. When you add the many spices out there, the flavor combinations are limitless.

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The results so far

I’ve lost 15 pounds in the 3 months and my wife over 50 including her pregnancy weight. We feel amazing, don’t have the cravings we used. We have also pretty much eliminated the sugar spikes and crashes that come from crappy foods which feels amazing. As for exercise, we try and get out and go for a 30 to 60 min walk 5 times a week in addition to chasing around our toddler.

One thing to note is that our food choice options have been dramatically reduced which in our opinion is a good thing. Less options makes choosing much easier, less stressful and like the saying goes, less is more.

Going Vegan is a journey of self discovery and one that both my wife and I are excited about.

Important Stoic Reminders

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I recently listened Tim Ferriss’ book, the 4 Hour Workweek. It’s a very informative book on breaking free from the typical 9 to 5 work life many of us have become accustomed to. I recommend reading this book if you want to break free from the cubical and create a more fulfilling entrepreneurial lifestyle.

I stumbled across the post “Stoicism 101: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs” on Tim’s blog. I’ve never been exposed to Stoicism until I read this post but the principles are a practical set of rules for better results with less effort. I suggest you read the article as it’s very good and there are over 300 comments adding to the discussion.
I thought I would re-post some of the stoic reminders here as they help re-calibrate my mind and remind myself to be happy with the things that matter.

Marcus Aurelius

“So other people hurt me? That’s their problem. Their character and actions are not mine. What is done to me is ordained by nature and what I do by my own.”

“Today I escaped from anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions—not outside.”

“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own–not of the same blood or birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me.”

“Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.”

Seneca

“‘What progress have I made? I am beginning to be my own friend.’ That is progress indeed. Such a people will never be alone and you may be sure he is a friend to all.”

“Show me a man who isn’t a slave; one who is a slave to sex, another to money, another to ambition; all are slaves to hope or fear. I could show you a man who has been a Consul who is a slave to his ‘little old woman’, a millionaire who is the slave of a little girl in domestic service. And there is no state of slavery more disgraceful than one which is self-imposed.”

“Count your years and you’ll be ashamed to be wanting and working for exactly the same things as you wanted when you were a boy. Of this make sure against your dying day – that your faults die before you do.”

“Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.”

“Cling tooth and nail to the following rule: not to give in to adversity, never to trust prosperity and always take full note of fortune’s habit of behaving just as she pleases, treating her as if she were actually going to do everything that is in her power.”

Epictetus

“So-and-so’s son is dead
What happened?
His son is dead
Nothing else?
Not a thing.

So-and-so’s ship sank
What happened?
His ship sank.

So-and-so was carted off to prison.
What happened?
He was carted off to prison.
-But if we now add to this “He has had bad luck,” then each of us is adding this observation on his own account”