MYST 6: Cathy Aster–The Intersection of Amelia Earhart and Boxing?

MYST 6: Cathy Aster

Cathy Aster is a 57 year old woman, who lives the big city life. She works full time, stays active and is a weight loss success story. She used a healthy and common sense approach to losing weight by making changes that she will maintain because she did not do anything out of the ordinary.

Cathy Aster

She celebrates life, and enjoys good food, but has learned moderation. She also is another Lose It! member who is a strong supporter for other members. Additionally, she wear a Fitbit device, to track her day-long activity level to help her continue strongly as she enters her maintenance phase.

CathyBeforeDuringAfter
Cathy at various stages of her weight loss journey.

 

Ribs, Smokey
Part of Cathy’s last meal.

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Have You Listened Yet?

My podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher

Have you listened to it yet? If not, please go out to one of those sites (iTunes if you use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod) and Stitcher (if you use an Android phone), subscribe and listen.

I want to grow my audience, but the only way that will happen is if more people can easily find it. And that only happens if I can make–and maintain–an appearance in iTunes New & Noteworthy. New & Noteworthy is only possible for the first eight weeks of a podcast’s life. Just 56 days. And Make Your Someday Today is already 10 days old.

Podcasts are measured by the number of subscriptions, ratings and reviews. Can you be my superhero and save the day for me? 

After you help me by subscribing, rating and reviewing, drop me a line on Twitter and tell me, okay? @TrevorLaRene

MYST 5: Booster, April 17, 2014. Time to blast off!

Boosters are used in medicine to help prevent disease. They maintain a level of physical health. As a registered nurse, I am familiar with that type of booster.

But what about your motivational health?

In this case, the booster I am thinking of is like one of those huge Saturn V rockets that blasted out Apollo astronauts into orbit and then to the moon. I want to use these short shows as boosters for your motivitation and enthusiasm. I want to keep the fires burning inside you, so that you can reach your goals.

These boosters will be added every week. Most will pick up on a concept or theme that a previous guest talked about. The shows will be shorter than the interview shows, 12-15 minutes.

But tell me: which day of the week would a booster benefit you the most? Thursday? Friday? Leave me your idea in the comments below.

And as always, please leave me a rating and review in iTunes, and now available in Stitcher. I truly appreciate that!

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The show notes for every episode will include links to products, people and services that were mentioned in the episode. A notice of total disclosure, as some point I may have affliations with some of the products and services that are linked here. That means that when you click on a link and purchase that product, I will receive a small commission on that sale. It will not increase your cost at all, but it will help financially support me as I continue to bring assistance to anyone who wants to achieve their goals.

Jeff Goins–writer, blogger, podcaster

Bill Nowicki: Submarine Sea Stories podcast

Lisa Cain, Snack Girl, author, blogger    

Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw. Courtesy of Audionautix.com

MYST 4: Lisa Cain, Snack Girl to the rescue!

MYST 4 Lisa Cain, Snack Girl to the Rescue!

Lisa Cain, Ph.D. is an evolutionary biologist by day, but at night she dons her cape of good health and the mask of nutrition to become “Snack Girl!”

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No, not really. She started the website as a full time endeavor in 2009 and is publishing her first cookbook on April 15, 2014. She is married to an Australian software engineer and home chef and has two children, so I am not sure how she finds the time to focus full time on her blog (www.snack-girl.com) or the cookbook, but her following of 250,000 attests to her devotion to her passion.

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In 2011, Lisa was #44 on Greatist’s Most Influential People in Health and Fitness.

If you feel good health and good nutrition are not only important, but interconnected AND you also love good food, you need to check out her blog and suscribe. You can also follow her on Twitter @Snack_Girl_

An example of Lisa’s answer:

Cedar Planked Grilled Wild Pacific Salmon
Cedar Planked Grilled Wild Pacific Salmon

Detailed recipe: Cedar Planked Salmon

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The show notes for every episode will include links to products, people and services that were mentioned in the episode.  A notice of total disclosure, as some point I may have affliations with some of those products and services that are linked here. That means that when you click on a link and purchase that product, I will receive a small commission on that sale. It will not increase your cost at all, but it will help financially support me as I continue to bring assistance to anyone who wants to achieve their goals.

 

Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw. Courtesy of Audionautix.com

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The Podcast is Up and Running!

I rarely directly ask for help here, but I AM asking now! I need everyone’s help!

I want to let everyone know that my podcast has launched successfully, with three episodes published, and the fourth to be released on Monday, Apr 14. I have 8 more interviews recorded, edited and scheduled for weekly releases, every Monday. I am recording more people every week to stay ahead of schedule. This podcast will run smoothly, with at least one new episode every week.

Make Your Someday Today is available on iTunes right now. 
I am waiting for acceptance to Stitcher, Windows, and Blackberry. You can also listen to it, or download it directly from my website. To be totally honest, the website is rough, but it works. Now that I have a grip (slippery, but it is a grip) on the podcast, I am going to focus on the web page.
When you listen to the show, please go to the website and leave comments on the show notes. If you download from iTunes (or any of the other sources mentioned) please go back after listening, subscribe to get future episodes automatically and leave me a 5 star review!
A few details:
The podcast is focused on helping you succeed, in any goal. I believe that reaching success requires the same steps whether you are trying to lose 50 pounds, write a book, run a marathon, or get A’s in school. It is an interview-based show (most of the episodes, at least) so you won’t be listening to me for the entire show, but rather others who faced challenges and yet persevered to reach success, and now are returning that success to others. You may know of some of my guests, especially if you already listen to podcasts, but the majority of my guests are going to be people like you and me, who set a goal, worked hard, and achieved success. We will learn their strategies.
Most of the interview shows run about 40 minutes. The non-interview shows run 15-30 minutes. The first episode was rough (in terms of sound quality) but I quickly got better.
  • The first episode is my story, and why I feel that I can help you succeed in your goals.
  • The second episode is about how the podcast will work, and the four key steps in succeeding at anything.
  • The third episode is a podcaster/entrepreneur who had plenty of challenges, and stepped outside his comfort zone to help create success for others around the world.
  • The fourth episode (available Monday, Apr 14) is a major blogger (250K hits a month) and cookbook author, who teaches a common sense way to enjoy life and still lose weight.
  • The fifth (available Monday, Apr 21) is the first LoseIt member. Many LoseIt friends will make an appearance on the podcast over the next 2-3 months.
  • The sixth episode will be a podcaster from Wisconsin who experienced a ton of challenges, and yet rose to become a successful business woman and entrepreneur.
  • The seventh will be a LoseIt member from Canada.
  • The eighth is a science podcaster, with 180K downloads a week.
If you want to know more, you need to subscribe and listen! And if you like what you hear (and so far, everyone is giving me good reviews) PLEASE tell others about the podcast in your preferred social media platform. (And a second reminder to leave a 5 star review on iTunes. That is critical to helping others find me easily in the iTunes directory, because placement is based on reviews.)

MYST 3: Meron Bareket: Entrepreneur, Magazine Owner, Radio Broadcaster, International Educator–all before age 26?

Meron Bareket has lived a fascinating life in just 26 years. He decided high school was holding him back, so he decided to jump straight into college, bypassing getting his high school diploma. He survived a devastating car accident–not his fault!–and started a business while rehabbing at his parent’s home.

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He worked in the IT industry for major corporations in Israel, hosted radio shows, and becoming frustrated with corporate life, he founded a magazine. He got into podcasting about a year ago and now offers a podcasting bootcamp where budding podcasters can receive the specific and detailed instructions in how to develop and launch their own podcast. And (for now) this boot camp is free!

One of Meron’s answers:

Grilled Ribeye Steaks
Grilled Ribeye Steaks

The detailed recipe: Simple Steak Dinner

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The show notes for every episode will include links to products, people and services that were mentioned in the episode. A notice of total disclosure, as some point I may have affliations with some of those products and services that are linked here. That means that when you click on a link and purchase that product, I will receive a small commission on that sale. It will not increase your cost at all, but it will help financially support me as I continue to bring assistance to anyone who wants to achieve their goals.

The Inspiring Innovation Podcasting Bootcamp Learn how to build an engaged audience from zero to thousands, without blogging, SEO or a big budget!

Alex Barker Interviews Meron Bareket on the Inspiring Innovation Podcast, episode 45.

Meron’s Inspiring Innovation Podcast.

F.O.C.U.S., used by John Lee Dumas on his show, Entrepreneur On Fire.

Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw. Courtesy of Audionautix.com

MYST 2: So, how is all this going to work?

This will be a weekly podcast (or more often, we will see.) We will have weekly guests, who will share their personal experiences and success stories, as well as how they overcame challenges.

This episode explains the format of the show, as well as laying out all my “secrets” to success. I give the four basic steps you need to succeed at anything. I’d tell you here, but that would give it away!

Podcast Tattoo Listen to the show to understand the meaning of this tattoo.

 Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw. Courtesy of Audionautix.com

MYST 1: Who is Trevor LaRene and why is he talking to YOU?

For the first time, Trevor’s story. I have told bits and pieces in various blog posts, but this episode helps to connect all the dots and explain why I am starting this podcast.

You may not need to hear this episode, but I hope you will listen to it. I try to explain what I accomplished and the struggles I encountered.

It is a rough episode, but it is honest. It is me. My voice, my stories. I am not a polished podcaster, but I will be. I jesitated publishing these podcasts, because I wanted them to be as perfect as possible before releasing them. But perfections isn’t a realistic goal, and often, “Pursing perfections prevents progress!” So I published it, flaws and all.

And I am proud that I took that step! That first show was the hardest. The first step toward any goal will always be difficult. But you CAN do it!

The show notes for every episode will include links to products, people and services that were mentioned in the episode. For example, the iPhone/iPod/Android app that I used to lose weight and then keep it off is https://www.loseit.com/.  A notice of total disclosure, as some point I may have affliations with some of those products and services that are linked here. That means that when you click on a link and purchase that product, I will receive a small commission on that sale. It will not increase your cost at all, but it will help financially support me as I continue to bring assistance to anyone who wants to achieve their goals.

Me
Me

Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw. Courtesy of Audionautix.com

The Podcast is Coming!

Get ready, world!


In only a few days, you will not only have my blog, but now my podcast! It will be an interview-based show (so that way you do not need to listen to me talk for the entire show.) Each week, my guest will have a success story. We will talk to weight loss victors, entrepreneurs, artists, and athletes. This is an international show. I have already interviewed guests from Israel, Canada and Greece as well as from across the USA. I have people in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and Philippines lined up, waiting in the wings for their turn to share their success stories.

If you already an avid podcast listener, there is a chance that you may have heard of some of my awesome friends (because I interviewed some pretty big podcasters) but most of my guests are people like you. People who at one time said “Someday, I will…” and then they did it.


With me, you will learn how they accomplished their goals and overcame their challenges, what goals are yet to be conquered and other details of their journey.

I am an an “Optimistic Realist.” I believe that if you can dream it, you can achieve it, but only with the right effort and with the committment to never surrender. That is the focus of my show.


You will be able to download episodes to your iDevice from iTunes, or an Android from Stitcher, or directly from my website. Keep watching here. I will announce when the podcast is live. 

This is scary. And exciting!

Change is an Ongoing Process

If you want to change something, there is a defined process or set of steps. Everyone takes all the steps. Sometimes the time lag between steps is brief, and sometimes the duration of one step can be very long. Some people repeat a few steps, but every step is always part of the process. Since I–and many others–are in the “weight change” process, my examples will all refer to that decision.

Step 1: Pre-contemplation
At this point, you don’t even think about a change. Life is happening and you are riding along. You rarely consider your weight, because it is not interfering with anything. Changes only occur when someone decides that an improvement can be made. At this point, you are content.

Step 2: Contemplation
Something has happened. You had an “a-ha!” moment, and it might have been an unpleasant finding. Maybe you were invited to a nice event and when you went to try on your favorite slacks, you found that you needed to coat your legs with bacon grease (why do you have so much bacon grease on hand?) and stand on the dresser while your significant other holds them open so you can jump in. In my case, my blood pressure was up to the point where the Red Cross started deferring me from donating blood. And since I worked in an ER, and knew what happens to overweight guys with very high blood pressure, I suddenly saw the problem and realized the gravity of it. In this phase, you do nothing, but you understand that something needs to happen.

Me, at about 290 pounds, in July 2006

This is a step that many people linger on. It is easy to say “I need to…” but making the decision to do something and acting on it, is much harder. And scary.

Step 3:  Preparation
At this point, you have decided what to do and have started. This can be the most exciting step! You finally are addressing the problem and very often, you quickly see initial results. Maybe you join Weight Watchers. Maybe you join a gym. Maybe you buy a bicycle. But whatever you choose, you decide a course of action and begin. In my case, I found a diet plan (The Sonoma Diet) which was very Mediterranean and looked like I could do it. I started eating the Sonoma/Mediterranean way. And I started to lose weight! In the first eight weeks, I took off 47 pounds. Then….

Step 4: Activation
This is where the action step you chose is in full swing. You are firing on all cylinders. You are making progress, and continuing to follow the plan. You may develop a support system around you, finding strength in numbers. At this point, success becomes a self-supporting machine. It gets easy. Until…you…begin…to falter.

Maybe the action plan becomes boring. The food–the same foods every day–becomes tasteless. The bike ride becomes a chore, and now the seat really starts to hurt. You start finding reasons to skip the gym. The losses slow down, and maybe you stall. These are all the mental obstacles that pop up because you have lost the excitement of the Preparation step and forgotten the “a-ha” event that sparked your Contemplation step. This is where the support system is critical. When you find yourself standing in front of the donut display, and you are thinking “will anyone notice if I lick the display case?” you can send a text message to your supporters and gain the resolve to walk past.

But without that team effort, progress can stop. Regression begins at this point, and again, without a cast of supporting characters in your life, the regression will gain speed.

April 2009, after losing 70 pounds.

For me, this did not happen until I was nine months and 70 pounds into the plan. I just sort of stopped. I thought, “Huh. I guess I’m done now.” I didn’t know about the next step, which is…

Step 5: Preservation
I thought that once I reached my goal, I was done! But in this step, you will continue to learn new habits to lay on top of your bad habits so that you can preserve your success. That takes time. And effort. And you need to keep your focus now, just as when you were beginning your action plan in the Preparation step.

Me? Over the next eight months, I put most of the weight back on. This is not uncommon, and was another “a-ha” moment, which made me re-enter the change process at the Contemplation step and restart from there. Again, this is a common detour that many people make. And like me, many people enter into a repeating loop at this point. I restarted three additional times over the next 13 months, until May 2011 when I found the LoseIt application on my iPod. Once I had my fourth “a-ha” I found a method that has served me well into the Preservation step.

May, 2011, back up to 265. How did THAT happen???

July 2012, about six months at my goal weight, about 185. 
I am still at or under my goal, 15 months after than picture was taken.

Step 6: Termination
This step applies to many changes, but not all. If you are building your home, eventually the builders give you the keys and you move it. Or you find that your retirement fund is large enough that you can stop working, so you turn in your retirement papers and move into the next phase of your life.

Weight loss is a different change, because we keep adapting our thought process. We don’t get a hair cut just once, in the style we like and never get it cut again (unless you are my oldest son), because other changes happen around you, and your hair doesn’t stop growing. We might continue to work, even into retirement, but the definition of “work” may change.

When we reach our goal weight, the Preservation step may need to become permanent. You may need to carefully consider what you eat for the rest of your life. Or, maybe you can stop being so vigilant. We are all different. Personally, I have been at or under goal weight for 19+ months, and I still measure my food and log everything I eat. It is not a burden, so I have no issues continuing. And my LoseIt app is my security blanket. I know that as long as I am able to log my foods, I can keep the weight off. I worked too hard to go backwards. Might that change? Probably. But I am in no hurry to move to the true Termination step.

Where are you? How many times have you looped back? We need to always remember that restarting is not a failure. Failure is when you never loop back and never restart the change process.

Question: What change you working on? Where are you in this process? Give us the answer below so we can all gain more confidence and success.

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