Cut the Tape, 125 left

“Down on your knees, and thank heaven, fasting, for a good man’s love” – Euripides

So I calculated it out. 125 more of these drinks and I will have done what I thought was impossible a little while back. I have been up since 5:30 am getting ready to go and making this drink full of apples, strawberries, spinach, and carrots. The first thing that came to my mind was ‘I am going to need a lot more vegetables.’ Well, I printed out a list of the most nutrient dense vegetables and am going to cross them off one by one as I juice them. There is something incredibly cathartic about this process. I have no doubt that sweating a bit will also speed up the process of detoxification. I mean think about it…when you go through this you are literally cleansing your entire body of decisions you have made throughout your lifetime. Apparently some of the toxins have been in my body since birth. The reason the human body never really has a chance to get rid of these toxins is because it is focusing too much on digestion rather than spring cleaning. It is day one of day 21…and boy this is going to be one hell of a ride.

I still want to talk about other things that are on my mind. I am curious to see if anyone else has these, but I call them sleep insights. I go to sleep with a situation on my mind and then wake up in the morning with the answer. I guess this is the great power of the subconscious at work. The thing I went to sleep with last night was about how to respond to a certain situation. I woke up with a completely new frame of reference on what I was going to do. So what was it? I am going to do nothing but continue on with my day-to-day life. There was one great lesson that my high school really instilled in me and that was respect. Having respect for people and their life is one of the most important things that there is out there. There is no reason to be disrespectful to those around you. I believe that if someone calls me, says hi to me, texts me, emails me…and so for that I should respond out of common respect. Maybe I am holding myself to a high standard, but I hope not because if that’s true things are really taking a turn for the worse.

I think something else that I learned in high school was the concept that there is always someone else out there who is better than you naturally at something. But the big part of the game comes when you put your heart and soul into what you are trying to accomplish. This is when hard work beats talent. You can have all the talent in the world, but without working hard, you will never be able to achieve great things (or if you do they will not last). Greg Plitt always talks about sweat equity…putting in the sweat so you know exactly what it takes to achieve success. I do not want to be successful because I was lucky. In fact, I think that is one of the worst things that can happen to you. Because when the luck goes away, how are you going to replicate your success. You CAN’T. So don’t pray that luck will come along and help you out. The hand of luck will hold one arm and cut off the other.

Today has been an incredibly interesting day because it was day 1 of my juice fast. I have consumed more vegetables than I probably have in 2 weeks. Now my no means am I unhealthy guy, but, I thought that this would be a great challenge for the mind and the body. I got a great workout in, I powered through all of my classes, and I am having a really funny sensation where I just feel cleaner. I understand that it is just the first day, but seriously, I feel clean. I can’t wait to see what the results are at 1, 2, and 3 weeks in. Something that has been on my mind lately is the workout club I started. I am getting in action on trying to figure out a way to innovate and make it better, but it used to be taxing on my mind. When I had to stop playing baseball, I started this club with the dream of getting more and more kids into the gym. There are about 300 people in the club, but one of the biggest issues I am facing is the fact that the rate at which people actually come in to work out is awful across the board. So, the meeting I am about to have is dedicated to trying new things and getting people back into the gym.

I worked all holiday quarter to save up to buy an iMac computer. This puppy is fully loaded and comes on Wednesday which I am thrilled about. The computer I am using has been performing incredibly slow and doesn’t have the capacity to take my Photoshop / final cut pro demands. So I upgraded and made a promise to myself that I was going to finally finish up one of the biggest projects I have ever been working on. While it does take a lot of time in front of the computer, I am thrilled about the opportunity I have to make this happen. Inspiration is at my heart, now you will get to see what that looks life for me. Give me till the end of March to really have this all fired up…it is going to take some serious work.

What is the difference between those who succeed and those who don’t? In my point of view, it is the never-ending belief in yourself no matter what you go through. Keep that mulling in the back of your head tomorrow.

Simply Believe,

Evan Sanders

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  • Danlrene ©2011
    January 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    always enjoy. keep up the good work.

  • ashlee2012
    January 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    “What is the difference between those who succeed and those who don’t? In my point of view, it is the never-ending belief in yourself no matter what you go through. Keep that mulling in the back of your head tomorrow.”

    You are absolutely right. And looking back at my own many attempts and failures at anything, but especially weight loss, I see more and more the excuses that I made because I didn’t believe in myself. It’s amazing what the power of self-confidence and belief can do!

    Beautiful post, thank you so much for sharing.

  • THE CarlaStarla!
    January 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I believe “Success” is achieved by those who do the “undesired” things to get the results they want…ie. doing a fast, working more than usual, saving money etc.!

    I believe “Success” is an everyday way of life, because every “small choice” you make should take you one step closer to your desired “BIG Success”!

    I believe “Success” is equivalent to “Discipline”!


    Welcome to the Apple Family, Evan! You won’t regret it…it was the best investment I ever made! My MacBook Pro has paid for itself 10x over & it’s still paying! Go figure…& I hated Apple in the 80’s & 90’s! LOL!!!

    APPLE for LIFE! ;D
    ’06…iPod, ’07…1st Gen iPhone, ’09…MacBook Pro, ’11…iPhone 4, next…late model iPad!


  • Vic Rana
    January 24, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I like the way you ended this post..:-)


  • S.Z. Williams
    January 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Good on you for working hard to be a better person! That definitely deserves applause.

  • incidentallearner
    January 24, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Simply believe….I will!!! Incredible work!

  • hermitsdoor
    January 25, 2012 at 3:41 am

    We switched to a MacBook a few years back and are now among the devotees of Apple. Enjoy your new technology. Also, congratulations on working over the holidays to pay for this. What a novel idea! But, seriously, I once heard the concept that you should never borrow money to purchase something that looses value. When you pay those interest fees for computers to cars you usually pay double the price in the end. Save up front and you have twice as much to invest in other products, and the bank (or credit card) does not own you.

  • myatheistlife
    April 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    In my experience ‘sleep insights’ happen because you have let the noise of emotion (fear, anger, surprise) fade away and what is left are the facts so that you can reason as you would have done without those emotions. This can happen through meditation, having a smoke break, going to the toilet, or playing Nintendo for 30 minutes. The idea is to let your brain do the work and not your emotions. I use a similar technique at work when I need to think but too much is going on inside my head… stop, take a break, focus on something simple like watching a squirrel at play for a few minutes – totally forget the problem that needs solved and then when the break is over I’m back to bare facts and no panic/noise in my head.

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