No Complaints Challenge

Can you go a week without complaining?

Under the umbrella of relaxation and stress reduction, I want to issue a new challenge that has dramatically improved my mental well-being, especially at work. I challenge you to go one full week without complaining. That’s right. Seven days. No complaints. This is something I have been experimenting with myself for several months and the effect on my thought process and general mood has been astounding. I got the idea from this post by Tim Ferriss. The basic idea is that when you catch yourself complaining, the count starts over. His challenge is for 21 days. I have been trying this since May and the longest I have gone is about 11 days. Let’s go for a realistic goal of 7 days. If you want to try the challenge, read his post and leave a comment here when you begin. Please also update us about your experience as you go!

It took me about a week of trying before I made it through an entire day. Actually, some of the best days were days that I found myself complaining, but then noticed it and asked myself how I could have said it differently. This meta-cognition (thinking about thinking) is what really began to change my thought patterns. I promise it will be interesting. Also, many of you have already been experimenting with this. Please feel free to comment retroactively about your experience or maybe even give it another shot.

Chocolate Coconut Bites

I have gotten a lot of requests for this recipe. You can keep it simple with the basic recipe, but I highly recommended adding the toasted coconut and cacao nibs.

Chocolate Coconut Bites

Chocolate Coconut Bites
Chocolate Coconut Bites


*Optional upgrades: 1 tbsp. grass-fed butter, 1 tbsp. collagen powder, 1 tbsp. MCT oil, blueberries, toasted coconut flakes, cacao nibs, etc.

Instructions: Put all ingredients in saucepan, heat on medium low until liquefied and mixed evenly. Remove from heat. Allow to cool 10 minutes. Pour into clean ice tray, filling halfway. Add optional blueberry or two to each one. Put in fridge until solidified. Enjoy. Store in fridge.

California May 2016

Beaches, mountains, avocados, elephant seals, camping, hiking, tri-tip, surfing, kalbi, and even a wedding. I love Cali!

These are a few pictures from my trip to California in May of 2016. This was a very inspiring trip for me. I went out to Big Sur for a good friend’s bachelor party. We camped for a few days and then drove down the coast to L.A. for his wedding. It was an amazing time. California has always been a place of inspiration for me. Even more so this trip because of the beautiful union of two special people that I was honored to witness.

No Sugar Challenge

Can you go a week without sugar?

Chocolate Coconut Bites
Chocolate Coconut Bites

This challenge comes from Rob’s Newsletter #2 October 2016.

The goal: Go 1 full week with no sugar. This means avoiding anything with added sugar to it. That includes added corn syrup, honey, agave, cane juice, fruit juice, etc. These are all forms of sugar (fructose, glucose,or a combination of both). Certain foods, such as fruits, corn, and beets have naturally occurring sugars and are fine for the purposes of this challenge. Sugar alcohols (xylitol, erythritol, etc.) and stevia are fine as well. Technically, artificial sweeteners are not sugar, don’t elevate blood glucose, don’t produce an insulin response, and therefore, are okay for this challenge. However, I do not recommend anyone use artificial sweeteners if they do not already do so. Continue reading “No Sugar Challenge”

Rob’s Newsletter #2 October 2016

This is my second newsletter. I’ve changed the format to consist of one essential piece of advice in each of the following areas: Nutrition, Hydration, Exercise, Sleep, and Relaxation.

Happy October everyone!

This month, I’m taking inspiration from Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (for a great summary check out his interview from the Art of Charm podcast). So let’s keep it simple. I’ll start with an anecdote, and then give you 5 essentials. Continue reading “Rob’s Newsletter #2 October 2016”

Rob’s Newsletter #1 September 2016

This is an archive of my first ever newsletter, originally sent out to only a small group of friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors. It was in response to frequent questions I was getting about some of my personal health and lifestyle experiments.

Hello friends, family, colleagues, and miscellaneous loved ones!

If you’ve known me long enough, then you know I’m passionate about continual self-improvement and lifelong learning. You will also know that it genuinely makes me happy to share what I learn with others. I spend a lot of my free time researching and aggregating resources for nutrition, exercise, health, and general personal fulfillment. I have benefitted enormously from these efforts and I’ve decided to send out this monthly newsletter with the hope that you will benefit as well. I’ll be highlighting some of the interesting experiments I’m trying out, mainly in the areas of biohacking and lifestyle design. Continue reading “Rob’s Newsletter #1 September 2016”