Weight-loss for Entrepreneurs

Weight Loss for Entrepreneurs 2 of 3 – Daniel Thomas

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– Why the “Hustler” mentality is at odds with health.

– The problems so many entrepreneurs face when trying to lose weight.


Are you trying to lose weight?

Daniel Thomas is the founder and CEO of EvolutionEat.

EvolutionEat is a weight loss program dedicated to helping individuals solve any weight, diet, and eating problems they have.

In the last decade, Daniel has successfully coached hundreds of clients lose weight and adopt healthy lifestyles.

Clients at EvolutionEat are able to build permanent healthy eating and exercising habits that allow them to keep the weight they have lost off.

EvolutionEat doesn’t just give you a meal plan and exercises to try. They address and analyze the reasons you may be practicing unhealthy habits and solve those problems at their core.

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Welcome to The Thoughtful Entrepreneur Show. I'm Josh Elledge, founder and CEO of UpMyInfluence.com. We turn entrepreneurs into media celebrities, grow their authority, and help them build partnerships with top influencers. We believe that every person has a unique message that can positively impact the world. stick around to the end of the show, where I'll reveal how you can be our next guest on one of the fastest growing daily inspiration podcasts on the planet in 15 to 20 minutes. Let's go. All right, and this is episode two in a three part series I'm really, really excited about. And that is talking about weight loss and health for high achieving entrepreneurs, and kind of our unique personality traits that can sometimes be our own worst enemy, believe it or not, because the rules to success in business are great. I mean, they're pretty golden, but sometimes those don't work. really well in, in, in health and diet and weight loss and that sort of thing. So if you've put on a few pounds, like I have, and I used to be really, really happy, you've learned and you, you know, you want to do what works, you'll know that you know dieting and trying to lose 30 pounds in 30 days. While it sounds impressive, just like you know, if you were to bring on, you know, $40,000 in new business this month, well, that's a noble goal. And I think a lot of people would be like, Wow, good job. But I've got my good friend Daniel Thomas, who is my coach who I've worked with for the past two months and I've lost more than 10 pounds in and I've lost more than two inches like Dude, I am in great health. My energy is fantastic. And as a result that has absolutely positively impacted my business. in a big way, and that in that conversation, we're going to talk about some of those rules of health and how energy impact that energy and that health impacts all those other areas in our life. So Daniel, thank you again so much for joining us.

Yeah, Josh, thank you for having me. And, you know, the end of of our first conversation, I, I, I said this line, which I which I wrote down afterwards, and it's what I said, which I want to dive into, because I think it sets the context for why this work is so important, is that making your health the number one priority in your life is the most powerful yet most often avoided secret to creating epic, epic results in your business. And if it's cool with you, I just like to talk about how this all how this all connects. And I would like to frame it with Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Do you know I'm a fan? I'm a huge fan. Yeah. So for anybody who's been- doesn't who doesn't know that Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory that in order to self actualization self actualize, and perform at our very best, we need to fulfill certain innate human needs in Priority from bottom up. And so if you look at the pyramid at the bottom is your physiological needs, right? Your health vinick it's your safety and then love and belonging, and then esteem, and then self actualization at the very top. So, again, I'll reiterate if you look at the bottom, you'll see that your health and not money is the bedrock of a meaningful and productive life. Right. It's not to say that money isn't important. It's just not the bedrock which means no matter how successful you are in other areas of your life and your business, there's no such thing as success without your health intact. Right, just like there's no such thing as a house without a foundation, eventually, it will crumble. And this is what I call the entrepreneurs dilemma, which stems from this hustle mentality that was ingrained in us at the very beginning, right? Every almost every highly successful entrepreneur and self starter I know, goes to unbelievable lengths to bend reality in their favor, right, in order to create success in order to accomplish their their goals, serve their clients, deliver their product, etc. Often sacrificing baseline human needs, like their health and wellness in order to get ahead in business. I've been there. And Josh, it sounds like you've been there as well. Right? And this is the sort of hustle that, you know, folks like Gary Vee has popularized in which we as a culture have glorified Right. And the confusing thing is that it works, right? It got you here, right? You have a successful business, you're an absolute rock star, nobody's telling you otherwise, especially me, I just hold you and anybody who I work with or talk to you to the standard that you hold yourself, right? I know that you know that life can be better, and that you want more from life, and that you want to have an even greater impact in the world. I mean, that's effectively what an entrepreneur is, right? That's what we all want, we want to have a greater impact in the world. Our mission is to create and grow something that the world either hasn't seen before, or to use it to make the this this this place better for all of us, right? And that's delivered through your services through your programs through your products through your ideas. So if that's all true, then why are you playing at a fraction of the level that you could Be by living through this excuse that you don't have time for your health, which is, again, the bedrock, the foundation of success, the foundation of access to yourself. Right. So why not start investing in your health and treating yourself? Like you are your business's most valuable assets? Because you are,

you know, and just to eliminate the excuse of I don't have time. I mean, I can tell you specifically, that in terms of sheer time, it takes me an extra few moments to consider what I'm going to eat and what I have found, Daniel, is that success. And again, we're going to talk about this a lot more in conversation number three, I have found that success with weight loss is is just all about those seemingly unimportant micro decisions and it's a stacks up over and over and over again. You know, do I get the you know, for example, you know, do I get the glass of wine at the movie theater? Or do I get, you know, a cup of ice wider? All right? It's it's not that glass of wine is a bad thing at all. And and in, you know, where it's, you know, we're we're conscious about listen if this is my goal, so how did the numbers work out? And I know that, you know, if I consume too much sugar and or alcohol, there's just like, I wish, you know, we could have as much of that as we want. But the reality is, it's going to have a physical impact. So we have to be conscious about what are our rules for living? And are we going to make those little micro commitments and stick to those micro commitments on a consistent basis. And that, that's it? Like I think most of us know the general rules of healthy living today is you know, obviously, you don't want to weigh your Consuming calories, then you're burning, because that's going to be a problem. And another thing, I think, more importantly, is what those calories are. And that is Listen, I mean, if if you are consuming, I think we're all in agreement at this point in 2020, sugar, and starchy carbs are just, they just can be really hard to offset. If you're consuming that on a regular basis, or even an irregular basis, your body has to work really, really hard to overcome that. And so we all kind of know what the rules are. We also know that it's, at least many of us, you know, kind of understand the power of, you know, eating more within a window or as opposed to just, you know, mindless snacking into the late night and that sort of thing. You know, these are the things that I think we've all heard. And it would be great if if we were fairly consistent on that. But again, it's adopting that mindset that if you're an achiever and professionally Can you be an achiever with This and honestly, like, again, aside from a little bit of more mindfulness, you know, obviously, you know, we'll talk about this in conversation number three, we'll talk about exercise a little bit. But other than that, it's like maybe, you know, from time to time, there's extra preparation that goes into food because I'm after healthier Whole Foods, because that's going to support my body and give my body what it needs. So Daniel, sorry, that was I kind of monologue. I'll let you let me hand you the baton here.

Well, you know, this is this. This is exactly I mean, it's all good. Because this is a dialogue this conversation is is where the magic is. So you know, what I'm hearing about what you're saying is developing the daily practice of, of prioritizing this part of your life, right? And that's where I started, which is like making this a priority. And as opposed to making everything else a priority, right? It's if you're an entrepreneur and you're listening It's clear that your business is your priority, right? I'm not saying it should not be. But if health is nowhere, even close, then let's look at that. And just for the sake of clarity, my access point to health is diet, right? Not going on a diet, but the diet, like your diet, how you choose to eat, and I really view diet as an expression of your personality. Right? The, the diet that I eat, is, it's a representation of who I am, it doesn't just show up physically and that you know, I have low body fat and low and inflammation and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. But it's literally an expression of my personality in the same way that if you ask me my taste in music, or or arts or movie or whatever would be an expression of my personality. And I think that a lot of people who are just focused on the weight loss loss aspect, we lose touch with that. We lose touch with the fact that this is a core expression of my identity. And this, this identity piece is critical to you being successful and healthy in the long run. So I said in video one and I'll repeat it here that your health is a lifelong skill that you must develop. It is not a goal that you accomplish. And then forget about, right when we go on a diet with the intention to lose weight, you know, 30 pounds within 30 days. Look, it's we have a goal, lose weight, by when 30 days. There's nothing wrong with having that goal. But I'm concerned, I'm looking at what happens after that. What happens in three months from now six months from now, six years from now, right? If we keep treating our health as a goal that we just accomplish, and then once we accomplish it, we forget about it. We're never going to maintain what we're actually after. And so This identity piece of being a healthy person who does healthy things for him or herself on a daily basis, on a meal to meal basis, which is how I coach you, right, Josh? That's why I have you take photos of what you're eating and send them forth. It's to be mindful. It's then make the commitment. It's to do it to, to, you know, Mr. Miyagi, wax on wax off, right? practicing the good habit, it's building a foundation, just like if you were learning how to ride a bike or play a piano, right? This is about developing the skill of choosing the healthy option. Time and time again, you're right in an isolated circumstance, having that glass of wine at the movie theater, and though and the popcorn is fine, it's like completely healthy,

right? If we're just looking

at it in an isolated moment in time, right, maybe for you depending on where you're at. You're not ready for that. Yet, right like, like, you're just you're just starting out, or wine is very triggering for you, right or whatever. So we have to know where you are along the process of skill development. And when you develop a skill, in order to get better at that skill, you've got to practice every day, if you're only practicing once a week, right? It's not going to work, right? If you were learning how to play the piano, right? Serious, then you would have to show up to practice with your instructor. And every day, you're going to move your fingers up and down, the keys are going to take instruction, you're going to learn how to read the music and you're going to develop a new language internally in order to relate to the piano, then you're going to go home, you're going to practice you're going to put in the work, you're come back tomorrow, you're going to make mistakes, you're going to make a lot of mistakes, and you're going to invest in correcting those mistakes instead of hiding from them, or pretending like they don't exist, and that's exactly how we approach our health and our diet. Our process here at EvolutionEat. It's like learning how to play the piano or riding the bike or whatever. Unfortunately, we've been marketed to believe that our health is a time sensitive race that if we don't complete, then in time, then all is lost. And that marketing's done very well, but it's also very disingenuous. And so my stand for the my stand for you and my, the big banner that you know, the flag that I'm putting in the air is let's approach our health, our health, like, like, like a skill that you develop, and that you practice. And you know, in time that piano player will be performing solos, but only after she's mastered the basic principles and feels comfortable making mistakes and looking at those mistakes for feedback to practice and improve. And over time. When you apply this to your diet. Your relationship with yourself will transform because Really the way that you eat, again, this identity piece, the way that you eat is a window into yourself. And if you're eating like shit all the time, then there's something to look out there about the way that you're treating yourself and what you believe, to be true about yourself. And so if you're, if you're willing to confront yourself, then working on this part of your life is

can be the most, just the most, the most transformative of

this the most transformative process that you've ever gone through. I mean, I've worked with with clients who, through transforming their health, they ended up you know, leaving that job traveling the world, opening that business, leaving that relationship, finding true love all you name it across the border up and down as those hierarchy and it's because they finally allowed themselves To give to themselves and could feel what the consistency and the momentum of doing that in a daily basis was and then who they were as a result talking about identity, they're healthy person who does healthy things to themselves and all of a sudden, unhealthy things and I'm not just talking about the croissant unhealthy things in all other areas of their life start becoming you start becoming way more sensitive to them and you realize I don't have any time or patience for this sort of thing. I it's not an integrity with who I am. So anyways, there's me getting on and off my my my pedestal but um, yeah, thanks for Thanks for letting me riff on that one.

You know, so Daniel, when what the way that we were able to work together since the beginning of November was just a dream in terms of how easy it was for me because I didn't even have to worry about logging things in some kind of an app. I just took a picture And I just texted that picture into you. And I got to tell you that I have never experienced a program that psychologically has worked better for me than doing that, you know, I even looked at like some like AI solutions. And I just, you know, I thought about it, and I'm like, I know me, right. And so one thing that I'm not going to want to do is if I have a coaching relationship with somebody, like I want to commit to something with that coach, and then I don't want to disappoint that other person. I mean, that's kind of my personality. And so one thing that you've set up is a link and that's Evolution Eat, singular, singular. Evolution Eat dot com slash Josh. Now normally, when you go to EvolutionEat dot com and you kind of go through the inquiry process about what it would be like to work with you. You're going to go through a couple of gatekeepers. If somebody uses that link, they can go right to the head of the line, and they can actually book a free coaching call. with you to kind of plan out what 2020 is going to look like. Now, we should say that you do you don't do this for free. Yeah, maybe this is a business for you, and you have team and you've, you've created a lot of amazing results. I'm wondering if you could do two things. Number one, just real briefly, and we only have a few minutes left to talk about what it looks like generally working with you like, and then like, what are some of the results that you have? And for your, for your clients, your coaching clients, like has that success? gone beyond say, the coaching window because I could see how man I'm setting patterns now and a level of consciousness that it's it's really stick I can see where this is really sticking with me.

Well, I'm so happy to hear that just for you, Josh. I mean that that's awesome. And I'm really excited to dive into what what you see is possible for yourself next year but um yeah so so to clarify what you just said if you go to evolution e comm forward slash Josh, you will be able to set up a free coaching call with me as opposed to somebody from my team and you know, the expectation is that you show up and that I'm here to help. At a minimum, what we'll do is set up what healthy 2020 would look for you and and where to start. And I'll also of course, open up about our coaching programs we have, there are really two ways that you can work with us. It's either through a group program that we have, or individually one on one. And with you know, I'm happy to share all about that on the call, but it's very high touch. It's very intimate and very vulnerable. It's very confronting, which is vulnerable, I should say and You know, Josh, what I've, what i what i appreciate about you is just how much you've shared of yourself into throughout this process. And you know, you know, a few weeks ago, we got an A, we just we got an A call real quickly even though it wasn't even set up because you were feeling super stressed out about some business stuff. And that Guess what? That's going to show up in the way that you treat yourself, right. So just knowing that you have that access, you have that outlet, you bit you, you dialed it in you we got clear on what you needed to do, you ate well, accordingly, you got it off your chest, we work through it. And, you know, it's that vulnerability piece that when you feel like you can express yourself to somebody when you're not at your best than the chances of you doing it. When you're at your best. They're like, obvious but it's when you're not when you're not at your best is when you need the most help. And when it comes to food and eating. Those moments that we're not feeling our best are always are also the moments that are most triggering, and that we usually use for cope, right? So if we want to avoid having to deal with something or feel super stressed out, well, let me just go order a bunch of crap from McDonald's or from you know, pick up some pastries or whatever from the local place and then eat it and then feel even worse about myself afterwards, right? So it's during those moments where you really need help. That having a coach is so just transformational, it just, it's a different experience that you can course correct in real time. You can be yourself, you don't have to be perfect. There's no expectation of you being perfect from this side. Again, because this is a practice and practice implies imperfection. So you my my expectation is that you're going to show up every day to do the work and be committed to connection and communication. But will but not that you're going to be perfect in your choices. That would be impossible, though. And and it and it would it would prohibit you from learning right because there's so much that you can learn from getting it wrong every so often and making mistakes Right. And a lot of what we're talking about is strategizing. And working it out about, you know, given to the challenges of your week. Maybe you're traveling this week, maybe you have a dinner event, maybe you have, you have a mastermind that you're conducting. It's like, well, let's get prepared for that. I always talk about the four P's planning, preparing, prioritizing and packing. Right. And if we take care of those as it comes to our diet and eating, we're more often than not going to be in good shape. So you know, some of the accomplishments that our clients have achieved is just wild. I mean, Terry, who is a CEO of, of a of a big real estate investment firm down, down in, in Memphis, he's lost 40 pounds over 35 pounds over our years working together has doubled his business. Already a seven figure business. He has also Created way more boundaries in his life. So he works less he has more time for his family. He stopped bingeing as a result he started meditating. He started exercising, you know, things that he had never done before a woman named Liz lost 90 pounds in 15 months is kickboxing now found the man of her dreams got married, you know, another a woman named Danielle optimized her habits really dialed in her eating and her daily or her lifestyle habits and we worked really hard to finesse

a lifestyle that worked really well for her. She ended up making $3 million in her business that year, which was a 30 x increase from the year before. I know, you know that. And some people just were better people right? Like they got you don't have to have created million dollar results in order to have gotten the million dollar experience for you inside right. So the results are different just based on who you are and What is begging to come out but the promise if you will, is that if you commit to this, your personality will be unleashed your personality will be like you will be stepping into and living into possibility on a daily basis that it's truly what you want to do with that that is incredible. But yeah, we've I've worked with a lot of coaches who are or want to be coaches who then through working on their health ended up opening their businesses land or opening up storefronts. I mean, the list goes on. It's just I feel like I've got the best job in the world.

So if you go to evolution eat.com slash Josh, you'll actually get a a version of your front page that instead of just signing up for a free coaching call, it says free coaching call with Daniel. Yeah, and so again, that's EvolutionEat dot com slash Josh. And Daniel, thank you so much for offering that, again to talk about, you know, what are your goals for 2020? How can you achieve that? What can you do? And then obviously, you know, take a look at, you know what it makes sense for you and Daniel to work together, I could just tell you, Daniel that, again, it this so far, this has been the absolute best weight loss experience I've ever had in my entire life. Like I've white knuckled it on my own. You know, I've just muscled through it. And it's been a lot of pain and you know, where I'm trying to just, you know, eat hundred 1200 calories or whatever my deal is. And then of course, it all were always rebound because I was doing it on my own. I didn't really learn a whole lot through the experience, whereas now Wouldn't it be awesome to just live with that level of consciousness and again, let's talk about that in conversation and interview number three, number three, thank you so much, Daniel for doing this. And again, we're going to come back we got this is second of three parts. Again, this is weight loss for high achieving professionals and entrepreneurs. And Daniel Thomas again from evolution. Thank you so much for joining us. Thank you, Josh. Appreciate you. Thanks for listening to The Thoughtful Entrepreneur Show. If you are a thoughtful business owner or professional who would like to be on this daily program, please visit up my influence.com slash guest that we've got something out of this interview. Would you share this episode on social media? Just do a quick screenshot with your phone and texted to a friend or posted on the socials. A few do that tag us with the hashtag up my influence. Each month we scour Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram. We pick one winner from each platform and you get crowned king or queen of that social media now what do you win, we're going to promote you and Your business to over 120,000 social media fans totally free. Now, can you also hook us up now in your podcast player right now? Please give us a thumbs up or a rating and review. We promise to read it all and take action. We believe that every person has a message that can positively impact the world. Your feedback helps us fulfill that mission. While you're at it, hit that subscribe button. You know why tomorrow? That's right, seven days a week, you are going to be inspired and motivated to succeed 15 minutes a day. My name is Josh Elledge. Let's connect on the socials. You'll find all the stuff we're doing at up my influence.com Thanks for listening and thank you for being a part of the thoughtful entrepreneur movement.

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