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I don’t know how else to frame this: but today, I’m officially the lowest weight I’ve been in my adult life (after college). I’ve hit 167 before. Most recently while living in Charlotte. In 2010.

It’s an amazing feeling on the health side. I dropped 27.5 lbs in a year.

#iamgrateful and #iamthankful for what the past few months have made possible for my physical health. I think some of these habits will stay with me forever (some may just be more modest or tempered).

Daily exercise.
Intermittent Fasting.

The best part? There are still a bunch of habits I can break (sugar); and I’ve got some things holding me back which should be resolved over the next 5 weeks.

It’s kind of funny that I lost 27.5 lbs and I look at myself and still see so much stuff to work on. Tells you how far off of healthy I was to start.

Happy. Proud. Not yet satisfied.

I’m going to use the next few days to reflect a bit. And then set some goals for the next quarter. New goals, requiring new habits, that stack upon the positive habits that got me here.

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If you or someone you know has any advice or input on the below, I’d love to make an introduction to a friend. DM me or comment below.

I connected with a friend-of-a-friend earlier today who runs an admirable social enterprise that supports students in 150+ schools life a healthy lifestyle.

1) He is looking to talk with people who have significantly scaled operations for a labor-intensive production, to get thoughts on how best to think about culture and organization. People who have scaled from the 50-100 person size to 500 people or so, in any large manufacturing operation, from food, CPG, fashion or other industries.

2) He is looking for people who have knowledge around industrial-size kitchen design.

3) He is trying to find a large space in Manhattan to scale his operation.

#iamgrateful and #iamthankful for anyone who’s got a lead or may be willing to help (with advice, with introductions, with time, with whatever). DM me or message me below if anything comes to mind.

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Entitlement is optional. It’s not forced on us, it’s something we choose.

And we rarely benefit from that choice.

That emergency surgery, the one that saved your life, when the ruptured appendix was removed—the doctor left a scar.

We can choose to be grateful for our next breath.

Or we can find a way to be enraged, to point out that given how much it costs and how much training the doctor had, that scar really ought to be a lot smaller. And on top of that, he wasn’t very nice. We’re entitled to a nice doctor!

Or we can choose to be grateful.

Marketers have spent trillions of dollars persuading us that we can have it all, that we deserve it, and that right around the corner is something even better.

Politicians have told us that they’ll handle everything, that our pain is real and that an even better world is imminent.

And we believe it. We buy into our privilege as well as the expectation that our privilege entitles us to even more. It’s not based on status or reality. It’s a cultural choice.

And you’re entitled to your entitlement if you want it.

But why would you?

Entitlement gets us nothing but heartache. It blinds us to what’s possible. It insulates us from the magic of gratitude. And most of all, it lets us off the hook, pushing us away from taking responsibility (and action) and toward apportioning blame and anger instead.

Gratitude, on the other hand, is just as valid a choice. Except that gratitude makes us open to possibility. It brings us closer to others. And it makes us happier.

There’s a simple hack at work here: We’re not grateful because we’re happy. We’re happy because we’re grateful.

Everything could be better.

Not because we deserve it (we don’t, not really). But because if we work at it, invest in it and connect with others around it, we can make it better. It’s on us.

It’s difficult work, counter-instinctual work that never ends.

But we keep trying. Because it’s worth it.

#Iamgrateful and #Iamthankful that you thought enough to send this to me Mike Kotler. I appreciate the hell out of it. Wish I’d written it. Hope to catch up soon, man.

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