Dan John: Wandering Weights, Issue # 82

Wandering Weights
Our Epic Journey Through All Things Heavy, Issue # 82

Mid-way down the page of this link you’ll find a sample of Dan’s new audio & ebook of his lectures: A Lifelong Approach to Fitness!

I can’t really complain right now. CK Louis, the comedian, has a funny skit about a guy complaining about a poor internet connection on an airplane. I’m that guy today.

I had a great three days in Sweden. I was at an absolutely lovely place and the hosts couldn’t have been better. I never got over my jet lag in time to fly home, but it was a great trip. The more I give my “new material,” the stuff for my next book, Now What?,the better I feel about things.

I certainly enjoy traveling, but I need to figure out jet lag.

As I wandered through Sweden, this article provides a nice counterbalance to all the travel I have been doing. I always carry a copy of The Hobbit that my daughter gave to me years ago. From Sweden, for Father’s Day.

“Seek depth first, then width.

“And know that life’s greatest, most important adventures can be begun right where you’re sitting right now. Without even packing your bags, you can set off on a pilgrimage to greater self-discovery, epic excellence, and heroic virtue, so that, like Bilbo, you’ll soon be ‘doing and saying things altogether unexpected.'”

I thought this article summed a lot of stuff in a fairly tight package. Like we often tell people when giving them a gold mine: “HERE!”

  • No smoking. It’s that simple. (Bill Plympton’s “25 Ways To Quit Smoking” video above offers some light-hearted ways to rid yourself of that bad habit.)
  • Drink in moderation. One drink or less per day for women; two or less for men. Not more.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight, a Body Mass Index between 18.5 and 27.5. Learn how to calculate your BMI here.
  • Exercise often. During a given week, exercise moderately for at least 150 minutes, or vigorously for at least 75 minutes

And, this is well worth your time to finally learn the essentials of philosophy. Truth or Bullshit?

I loved this. I do a bit of gymnastics and I read this and I kick myself for not doing more!

“’Gymnastics teaches me body awareness, gives me elasticity and it’s really fun,’ Kovacs tells Us Weekly. ‘We jump into the pits and do flips and go down to the trampoline, but the best thing for me is going on the high bar, so I’ll go on the high bar — 300 pounds whipping around the high bar!’

“’The bar bends a ton, but they tell me it’s not going to break!’ the 26-year-old says with a laugh. ‘It hasn’t broken yet!’

“High bar has become a favorite training mechanism for Kovacs, the top shot putter in the world. ‘It actually helps me, throwingwise, just because it stretches me out and kind of teaches me to be relaxed the whole time too,’ he says.”

I haven’t mentioned James in a while, and then BOOM, this one!, is a gem.

“When it comes to living a healthy and productive life, I do my best to focus on three things…

1.     Eliminate half–work and focus deeply.
2.     Do the most important thing first.
3.     Stick to your schedule and build the habit, no matter how small the accomplishment.”

I tell people fitness and finance are the same thing. Warren Buffett makes it easy to understand both here.

“Secret # 7 Making money isn’t the backbone of our guiding purpose; making money is the by-product of our guiding purpose.

“’If you’re doing something you love, you’re more likely to put your all into it, and that generally equates to making money.’ – Warren Buffett

“How do you rationalize the richest man on the earth still living in a small 3-bedroom house that he purchased fifty years ago? Warren Buffett never travels in a private jet despite the fact that he owns the largest private jet company. His character and way of life speak volume about his greatness. This is the man who spent his personal time investigating a $4 line item on his tax return to hunt down the specifics of it while giving away billions of dollars to Bill Gates foundation. It is rare to find the richest man on the earth living without luxuries that we want to possess even by mortgaging our future. He has demonstrated that while valuing the worth of money is vital for our ingenuity and success, money shall never become the object and end all of our motivation.

“I’m an avid admirer of simplicity, but I’m an even bigger fan of the man who has mastered the greatness by living and breathing simplicity amid an ocean of wealth. Do you agree?”

I will be home for a few days, then off to my new assignment near London. Until then, let’s all keep lifting and learning!


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Publisher’s note: Dan’s new audio & ebook, A Lifelong Approach to Fitness!