Interview with an Entrepreneur: Chad Myers

Running a business and still making time for yourself is not easy. There are always more ideas to test, work to be done, and people to meet with.

 

Is it possible to be a successful entrepreneur and still eat well and exercise? How do you balance healthy living with productivity and business success? I went out to find entrepreneurs and members of the start-up community who are working hard and living well so that we can learn from their successes and struggles in building a healthy business and life.

 

First up is my good friend Chad Myers.

Chad is the founder of Lexercise in Raleigh, NC, and knows the importance of good health. Take it away…

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Turn your one day dream into today’s reality

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Do you have a case of the one-days?
 
One day I’ll be happier. One day I’ll start working out. One day I’ll get more organized. One day….
 
What is your “one day”? Why is it not “today”? Most of us would say that we’ll do something one day not because we fear the effort or lack motivation, but because we simply don’t have time.
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Road Snacks: Kale & Quinoa Travel Bites Recipe

healthy snacks for travel photoHello Friends!

This week I’m off to Brazil for the Global Healthy Workplace Awards and Summit. I’m very excited for the conference and opportunity to visit Brazil again – I traveled to São Paulo last summer and fell in love with the culture and the country.

What I am not looking forward to is 15+ hours of travel to get there. Luckily, I have some podcasts to catch up on, books to read, and the perfect snack ready to go. These delicious treats are filled with eggs, quinoa, and chickpeas for tons of protein, and the kale sneaks in a good dose of greens.
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Transform negative emotions to find clarity

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What do you do when a negative emotion arises? Unfortunately, most of the strategies we use are not very good at helping us move past those emotions. Some of us ignore the sadness and put on a happy face, perhaps you talk to yourself about why your anger is justified, or get stressed about your stress. I am a classic ruminator, telling myself a story over and over in my head about what I am feeling and why I shouldn’t let it go. But I’ve been using a new strategy that has completely changed how I deal with my negative emotions to lessen their impact on my life.
 
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Are all sugars created equal? Look beyond the label

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When you look at a nutrition facts panel, there is one devilish line that seems simple, but causes stress and anxiety for millions of Americans: Sugar.

 

Talking about sugar and health requires a nuanced message. We can’t demonize all carbohydrates – we couldn’t survive without them. But we do know that too much sugar is a bad thing: The World Health Organization recently recommended that adults get less than 10% of their daily calories from added sugars. Meanwhile, there are many different types of sugars – natural, refined, and added are just some of the descriptors we regularly hear – and yet, it’s not clear from nutrition panels or the popular press if it actually matters where our sugar comes from, or if all sugar is unequally unhealthy.

 

So today, let’s dive in to the world of sugar, and I’ll share what can you do today to make healthier sugar choices.

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Make things happen

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Life is pretty simple: you can let things happen to you, or you can make things happen.

Want to meditate? Make time for it. Need to stay focused at work?  Close your email. Want better connections with your loved ones? Look away from the phone and have a conversation.

These sound simplistic or contrived, but so often we spend time and energy blaming the world around us for the situations we find ourselves in, rather than acknowledging and accepting our present moment, and then doing something about it.

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You can master networking *and* take care of business

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There’s a funny paradox in running a business: on the one hand, your business is built on the fact that you can out-think and out-sweat your competitors to bring a compelling product to the market.
 

However, your great idea is worth nothing if no one hears about it. And so we take time away from the creating and strategizing to network. We get coffee, a beer, a walk. We know that these meetings can garner key insights to our business, our process, or our customers that we wouldn’t have been able to formulate on our own. But we also realize that this time spent in networking is time spent away from our core work.

 

If you’re struggling to manage your meetings efficiently,

if you’re taking too much time to schedule and plan,

if you feel like you’re not getting the most out of your meetings, 

here are 3 keys to networking like a boss, while still getting your job done:

 

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Why imperfection trumps perfection

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I’m going to tell you about a moment I am not proud of.
 
I was driving to work Tuesday morning, and I drove up behind a guy in a new Prius. I was perusing his “eat local” and “eco friendly” bumper stickers when I saw him stick his hand out the window. And in his hand was a cigarette.

 

I had an immediate reaction. I started saying to myself “what is this guy doing? He’s driving around, proclaiming his love of personal and environmental health, and he’s smoking? The cause of not just cancer and disease, but also a major contribution to litter and environmental damage?”

 

I know. Not attractive. Luckily, about 10 seconds into my diatribe, I realized what I was saying to myself and stopped the mind chatter. Maybe I can blame it on early morning fog, but some judgmental part of me took over and decided that if he was going to support one area of health, he should be equally applying that metric to all areas of his life. Ohhh that pesky “should” word. Always a red flag.

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Two truths and a lie: vegetarian and plant-based diets

facts and myths about vegetarianism photoTo start, I have to let you know that I am not a vegetarian. I appreciate a good chicken wing (I am from Buffalo, after all), and I would be remiss to give up prosciutto forever.

 

That being said, I have dabbled in vegetarianism and veganism many times over the years, inspired by books like Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and definitely have vegetarian tendencies.
But, I wanted to write about this topic today because, as a slim, 20-something yoga teacher, I am often asked whether I am vegetarian and if I would recommend that others go on a vegetarian diet.
So today, let’s play Two Truths and a Lie: Vegetarian edition.

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You are Stronger than you Think

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I always take some time on Sunday evenings to gather my thoughts and plan out my week ahead. Usually, this planning gives me calm, as I reconnect with my priorities, and figure out my action plan for the week.

 

Last Sunday though, my weekly planning was accompanied by some self-doubt. A few of the activities on my agenda, some positive and some not-so-positive, tested my comfort zone. Looking at them on my calendar gave me a little squirmy feeling, and I found myself asking “can you really handle this?”

 

This squirmy feeling reminded me a lot of my first stand up paddleboard yoga class, which I took last fall. A stand up paddleboard is essentially a big, heavy surfboard, and just like it sounds, you do a yoga class on one of these. In the water. Talk about testing your balance, especially with chilly lake water down below. Needless to say, these classes can add an extra layer of mental barriers and challenges to an already demanding yoga class. So, perhaps unsurprisingly, you walk into class with some feelings of squirmy anticipation.

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