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1/ I’ve lost a lot of weight over the past couple of years and been asked a lot about the story. Here goes, tl;dr - starting a company was bad for my health and took me a while to get it back.
2/ During the first two years of starting @triple_byte. I neglected my health. Gained 32lbs and went from a BMI of 27 (overweight) to 32 (obese). It took me another 2 years to find a way to get it back. This is a graph of my weight over the first 2 years.
3/ It was easy to identify the behaviors. I wasn’t exercising, eating more (100% takeout/delivery) and drinking more. Changing the behaviors wasn’t easy. I tried shouting at myself (eat less! exercise more!) and various diets (eat anything, just no carbs). Nothing worked.
4/ What finally clicked is realizing the behaviors were the output of stress. I had to better handle stress if I wanted to change them. No exercise -> stressed I didn’t have time, more food -> relieve stress during day, more wine -> relieve stress in the evening.
5/ The first breakthrough was meditation. I replaced wine in the evening with 10 mins on @calm@Headspace@simplehabitapp. Then a warm bath. Suddenly I didn’t crave takeout and cooked dinner at home.
6/ Second major breakthrough was intermittent fasting. I started by skipping breakfast once a week. After a few weeks, skipping bfast + lunch once a week. Then 2x, stopped at 3x. Controlling hunger gave me a sense of accomplishment + helped me better control stress.
7/ Third breakthrough was @aaptiv. I loved having a pre-recorded workout I could do in my building gym. Exercising became fun and something I looked forward to. Here's a graph of my weight over the next two years.
8/ It’s easy to convince yourself your health isn’t important when running a startup. Founders, take care of yourself. I now feel better, have more energy and @triple_byte is doing better than ever. Everyone benefits, my friends, family and team.
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