Doing More, Better

It’s been almost 2 years since I’ve updated this blog! I remember the moment that inspired the last post: I was rehearsing with my old improv team in a back room of a strange charter school in Ravenswood.  The exercise was to get to know each other better. We stood in a circle with one person in the middle and the other group members were able to ask anything they wanted.

A question to me was, “you seem to do a lot; what all do you do or try to do?” My answer was that ensuing blog post.

So 2 years later, it feels like a good time to take a look back and see what I’ve accomplished, what I started, where I’ve made progress, what I’ve given up, and what I’ve yet to do…

  • Work/Career growth
    • Started an amazing new job at Healthbox in March 2016 with an amazing team and have made great strides there
  • Study for the GMAT
    • Done and taken!
  • Apply to business school/get my MBA
    • Applications complete—see a forthcoming blog post on that : )
  • Start a podcast
  • Go on more dates
    • Yeah, some.
  • Work on self-exploration with a therapist (just started!)
    • Doing this regularly. Also have a great accountability group that have been so helpful in this process
  • Go to chiropractor regularly and do rehab/prehab exercises
    • I did this… one time…
  • Learn to dance hip hop
    • Went to a class! And hired a coach for one lesson. Not pursuing this right now, but would love to pick it up someday when I have time
  • Workout
    • Non-negotiable
  • Do triathlons
    • Did a few more this past year! Made a commitment to not “bail” on any races and upheld that! The accountability group was incredible in this
  • Do obstacle/adventure races
    • Had a blast! Won the Savage Race outright and Qualified for OCR World Championships


  • Travel
    • Went to China in January to see my sister who is teaching there. Incredible trip!
  • Practice for Improv group 2
    • Doing
  • Shows for Improv group 2
    • Every other week
  • Networking
    • The new job has afforded me amazing opportunities to travel to conference and get more involved in the tech, entrepreneurship, healthcare, and venture capital worlds
      • Pro tip: Always add value to the relationship 
  • Go to more business/professional development events outside of work
    • See above
  • Keep great friendships
    • This should always be ongoing
  • Maintain my social life (where it doesn't overlap with other items on this list--like simply going out or concerts, etc.)
    • Could be better about this
  • See more live music
    • Pusha T, Eve 6, Run the Jewels, Ja Rule, Chance the Rapper
  • Sleep MORE
    • Not even close
  • Write more for myself
    • Nope
  • Writing articles for other websites
  • Practice mindfulness/meditation; possibly in a class setting
    • Much much better as of late! Having accountability partners is crucial
  • Go to gymnastics
    • Not yet!!
  • Go to Crossfit
    • Rarely, but would love to go more
  • Play more basketball
    • Have played some random, unplanned pickup games and it’s been a blast
  • Start playing hockey
    • Putting off till later
  • Play in my rec sports leagues
    • Rarely
  • Host some mastermind group dinners/friends dinners
    • Did a couple! Or at least arranged some get-togethers of like-minded people
  • Go play ultimate Frisbee
    • Once!
  • Read more books
    • I read my first physical book for the first time in year recently: The Inner Game of Tennis. Really great lessons that I’ll write more on at some point.
    • Currently reading Radical Candor by Kim Scott as team at Healthbox. This book is great!

Podcast interview with Pro Triathlete James Cotter

Welcome back to Episode 3 of Fearless Nutrition Radio!  This week, Max and I answer questions about diet and recovery after big races before moving into an awesome interview with Pro Triathlete James Cotter.  Here is the link the show: Fearless Nutrition Episode 3: Interview with pro Triathlete James Cotter:

Remember, if you have any training or nutrition questions you'd like us to address on the show, or guests you would like to see, let us know in the comments or by email at Fearlessnutrition@gmail.com!

Rants and Raves

I know I haven’t done a written post in a while, but that’s because I’ve been putting together some podcasts that I hope you all can listen to! First I want to talk about a few things that have been awesome lately... and then a couple rants I have- one being really important.

So- things I’m loving:

  • As I’ve said before, that my computer can read articles to me--but this time, the WAY it reads some words. My favorite is “Paleo”, which it reads “Pahh-lee-oh”.  Also, if anyones types “xoxo” it reads it as “Sockza”  Haha, explain that to me.  And just to let you know, I imagine you all in real life sounding like a computer robot since I have the computer speak your blog posts lol.
  • Brussell Sprouts.  Really! I love vegetables and they are a new way to incorporate more variety.
  • Full fat coconut milk: Check it out- here I mixed it with spaghetti squash and cinnamon... so bomb:

  • The fact that I still got some high-intensity workouts while I was traveling to Nashville last week. Also met up with my man JC there, who owns www.JCDfitness.com.

  • My swims the week before last--I swam over 15,000yds! Hoping to repeat that this week
  • I signed up for 2 races next month- The Gasparilla half marathon on March 4th and the Ocala HITS Half Ironman triathlon on March 25th!  I really need these to test my readiness for Boston so I’m really looking forward to it!  Not thrilled that I have to race against my coach though... but at least he’s not in my age group!
  • FEARLESS NUTRITION RADIO! The podcast I have started with a friend of mine.  We did our bios in the first episode and had an interview with expert Sean Croxton last week.  Pretty cool that we’ve been able to line up some VERY acclaimed and esteemed guests to interview!
  • I ate bacon.. no really!  For the first in my life and all on my own!  Here I made bacon wrapped chicken:

  • I went to Disney last weekend and rode the Rock n’ Roll coaster for the first time... fun picture:

  • New threads: Fly?
  • I downloaded Instagram

  • Joined Pintrest.. not a bad way to collect recipes and workouts I want to try

Now a couple rants!

  • First, I don’t know if any of you have listened to the podcasts!  We haven’t had many questions come on or any comments.  These take a lot to work and I really want to bring you guys a lot of benefit!  Please let me know if you have any questions that we can answer and guests you’d like to see.  I’ve got nutritionists, pro athletes, and health gurus lined up and I really want to keep this up!
  • Next- I was watching the show “Fat Chef” on Food Network.  I love Food Network and I appreciate what they are doing but it just highlights again to me how many (I didn’t say all!) “Registered Dietitians” really have no idea what they are doing.  The nutritionist wanted to put a 340 pound woman on an 1,800 calorie diet. Clearly she had no idea about the actual laws of thermogenisis where that woman’s metabolism is actually going to be HIGHER than an average-weight person. Not to mention she’s probably burns twice as many calories as the average person as rest due to the fact of supporting and moving all that weight around and the calories needed to maintain it. The right way to do this is to lower calories below maintenance, but this is still going to be a significant amount of calories which will slowly be tapered down as the woman’s weight decreases proportionately.  Sorry, but that just drives me crazy, same with the Biggest Loser, that these “Celebrity dietitians” don’t know things such as this.  Sorry.

Ok, if you read one, read this one.  My dad sent me an email last week asking if the changes I had made in my life lately were truly benefitting me.  And he was asking completely earnestly.  I took this back to my nutritionist as she has been helping me with a lot of things- prioritizing nutrition, sleep, and all that etc. Basically, she called me out real hard.  I had to be honest with myself and my dad and to her!  Have I done any of the plan that I’ve time, money, and focus on doing?  NO!  Not really.  Yeah, I’ve changed my diet for the better, but what good is that if I am not sleeping enough and not making the lifestyle changes that will allow this better, healthier paleo diet to actually work!

How can I expect to increase my testosterone, beat the iron deficiency that has caused me to become anemic, and to release my fears and comforts with foods if I don’t take the first steps to get me there? So basically, I need to harden the fuck up and step it up.  If I can focus so hard on the other things in my life like working out and eating, why can’t I put the remaining piece of the puzzle into place? I am committing to do (I’m sure you’re laughing and saying “gee Chuck, you’ve only said that a MILLION times!”) but now, the harsh reality that my nutritionist has brought to light has got me focused.

Thank you all for reading.  Now go listen to my podcast!


  1. What questions do you have for the podcast?  What guests would you like Max and I to have on the show?  We really can get some “famous” people on there!
  2. Do you have any tasty recipes or ideas using coconut milk?
  3. What are you ranting and raving about this week

Fearless Nutrition Radio: Episode 2- Interview with Sean Croxton!

Hey guys!  I know I haven't done an actual post in a while ( I NEED TO) but I've been busy working on the podcast and getting guests lined up! This week Max and I had the pleasure of interviewing Sean Croxton of www.Undergroundwelness.com and he had tons of amazing information to share!  Takeaway: How can an old school food cause a brand new disease? #JERF Just Eat Real Food

Listen in iTunes here!  Please leave us a ranking so that I know you are listening and please leave a comment on the blog if you listened and what you thought!


Remember, if you have any fitness, health, or nutrition questions you would like to see discussed on the show, leave them a comment here, or send us an email at fearlessnutrition@gmail.com

Have a great week everyone!

Fearless Nutrition Radio: Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode Fearless Nutrition Radio!  My cohost Max and I are starting a podcast to bring you information on health, fitness, nutrition, triathlon, cycling, running, and a lot more!  Please listen to this first episode where we provide your bios and who we are.  In coming weeks we are going to answer listener Q&A and have some (pretty famous) featured guests! http://www.itunes.com/podcast?id=497895841

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