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Can one person provide a living example of ALL the core themes of Intentionally Vicarious? That would have to include a Wellness Journey along with a few other things. That person would need to:
- Actually be having a whole lot of fun
- Be successful according to his or her own definition
- Be surrounded by people he or she cares about and who in turn return that caring
- Be committed to wellness
- Have a few extra bucks to fund more fun
Cliff Ravesncraft, widely know as The Podcast Answer Man, pretty much fits the mold. Even I, the Intentionally Vicarious Fun-Meister, acknowledge that maybe just maybe he might be able to get close to my (grossly-under-reported-since-I’m-so-far-ahead) IV Score.
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If you’ve listened to any of Cliff’s podcasts (including this interview), you know he qualifies for #1 & #3. If you’ve met Cliff, you know he qualifies for #2 & #4. If you’ve seen or heard about “The House That Podcasting Built,” you believe it’s a good bet he qualifies for #4.
The guy has his act together!
I won’t dwell on Ravenscraft’s podcasting success. No BS, he is THE Podcast Answer Man. What really grabs my attention and respect though, is his Wellness Journey. This episode is an inspiring recap of a sketchy lifestyle, a near-death experience and an enthusiasm-laced, my-life-is-awesome attitude.
Picture a 272 pound health-crisis-waiting-to-happen, then picture a guy 70 pounds lighter a year later. Actually, just take a look at the pictures to the right! Then go back up this page to see Cliff today. “Fat Cliff” is no more. He was around for a long time, but as you’ll hear him say, “I never even see Fat Cliff any more.” In his mind – and in reality – he’s now an endurance athlete. (Crap… I’ve ridden one 100-mile “Century” on my bike and think I’m a stud. He’s done it 19 times!)
It was a combo of relentlessly consistent exercise – six days a week, every week – and smart eating – a “Mediterranean” diet. You’ll love his story of going from 250 steps taken a day to the P-A-I-N-F-U-L 1,000 steps a day to 10 weeks later, 10,000 steps a day.
The exercise part wasn’t all that difficult, as per Cliff
The diet part… A bit more challenging. Challenging, but it did take him to the point where he can’t even eat a single french fry! (You frustrate me, Ravenscraft. I had an order of fries with my sandwich today at Noni’s. What can I say… They know me there, they lace the things with garlic, and they know I’m weak! I did walk 5 miles and pump some iron yesterday, and biked a brisk 15 miles today though…)
Some tips for your own Wellness Journey?
- Listen to this episode (…and every Intentionally Vicarious episode!)
- Read Fully Alive: Lighten Up and Live – A Journey that Will Change Your LIFE
- Read Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond
- Commit to re-hard-wiring your brain for wellness