As an emergency physician and serial entrepreneur, I’m going non-stop. I work in one of the busiest level-1 trauma centers in Phoenix. I also run a healthcare consulting firm and own a telemedicine company — among other pursuits. But I haven’t worked a day in my life. I love what I do — which provides the fuel I need to leap out of bed in the morning. But a few years ago, something shifted when I realized I was neglecting my personal health.
I thought I was in good shape.
Being a doctor doesn’t mean you live at the pinnacle of peak performance and it didn’t mean that for me. Sure, I’ve woken up at 4:30 a.m. most days to exercise for as long as I can remember. I’ve completed a half-Ironman triathlon, a marathon, lots of half-marathons and God knows I’ve run countless miles zipping around the emergency department (ED). My BMI was within normal limits and my labs were always good.
I thought I was mentally prepared.
Thanks to a life in Emergency Medicine and entrepreneurism, I’ve learned sometimes you just have to laugh. I’ve adopted stoicism and the “failure is a gift” mentality. I spent a year meeting with a neuropsychologist who taught me how to become more effective and efficient in my career and life. And I’ve authored 5 books on personal growth. I’ve studied success extensively and have coached others to earn and achieve more for years.
So, why change?
While things were great — I wasn’t operating at peak efficiency. I was chronically tired, carried an extra 15 pounds of body weight and was often exhausted after lunch. I was addicted to diet sodas and survived off carbohydrate-rich of energy bars and snacks. Without the right food fueling me, I can see in hindsight that something was missing during some of the most eventful years of my life.
When I took a good hard look at the facts I realized my diet was poor and my personal fitness regimen lacked structure and consistency. Moreover, I was chronically sleep deprived and I was ultimately diagnosed with sleep apnea. I had the facts in front of me. I just needed to act — so I did. I learned as much as I could about the physiologic need for sleep and the cumulative risk of not sleeping 7-8 hours per night. In addition, I radically changed my diet — overnight. Finally, I researched and started taking supplements and medications to help me prevent disease and run at peak performance.
I made the changes that I ultimately wrote about in The Real Man Plan. I had almost instant results. I had an abundance of energy throughout the day and I lost 30 pounds. I felt mentally sharper and the sugar crashes stopped.
With such a breakthrough in overcoming the blind spots in the way of my own health — and ultimately my success – I decided to detail what I learned for other men. I developed The Real Man Plan to help you overcome any surprising blind spots in your own life.
What if you worked toward optimal health just one day at a time? How much would your life improve?
Join me in the journey to improve men’s health, body, mind, and soul to accelerate your personal evolution.