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Motivation, Mindset, Positivity, Endurance, Adventure, Perseverance, and Possibility

Month: September 2017

Like a Bigfoot Podcast #60: Josh LaJaunie — Losing Over 200 Pounds and Becoming a Vegan Ultrarunner

This week’s episode is for everyone who feel stuck in life.  Maybe you’re adrift without hope.  Or maybe you’re a dreamer who thinks your big goal is utterly impossible.

Josh LaJaunie is here to tell you that anything’s possible and by changing to a mindset of self love you can get yourself unstuck from any situation.

It’s a great episode!

A few years ago I listened to Josh on the absolutely fantastic Rich Roll Podcast.  If you haven’t heard Josh’s story, buckle up, it’s a good one!  Living in small town Louisiana, Josh found himself incrementally gaining weight as life went on, eventually rocking the scales at over 400 pounds.  He realized that he needed to make a change.  Over a few years of being conscious of his diet and nutrition, he eventually settled onto a vegan diet.  At the same time he started moving his body “like a human is supposed to” and began challenging himself to long distance running.

Flash forward to today and Josh has dropped 200 pounds (….You read that correctly….TWO HUNDRED!) and has transformed into one of the most inspiring plant-based ultra-endurance athletes on the planet.

In this episode, Josh shares his life philosophies and chats with me about what he’s learned through his journey.

I really expect the way he presents himself as a real person accomplishing nothing more than any of us could accomplish with the right kind of mindset and nutrition.

He’s an awesome dude and I promise that you will find some amazing takeaways from listening to Josh!

Huge shout out to Dr. Kasey Johnson from the Unlock Wellness Podcast for connecting me to Josh.  Definitely go check out their episode together to dig deeper into his story!

MORE FROM JOSH LAJAUNIE:

Website: https://joshlajaunie.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshlajaunie/?hl=en

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCXFsRc6p0Y8fa9L8UCb3zg/videos

Josh on the Unlock Wellness Podcast: http://drkasey.libsyn.com/uwp-episode-035-josh-lajaunie-400-lbs-to-a-plant-based-long-distance-runner

Josh on the Rich Roll Podcast: http://www.richroll.com/podcast/rrp-63-free-josh-lajaunie-lost-200-lbs-plantpower-diet/

http://www.richroll.com/podcast/josh-lajaunie-2/

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #59: Thad Burkamper — Training For and Racing His First Spartan Race

About a year ago, Thad Burkamper signed up for a Spartan Race.  Admittedly, he was out of shape and was starting from step one with this whole running thing.

Here’s the important part: he embraced the “It’s a long way to the top…if you wanna rock n roll” mindset (or the IALWTTTIYWRNR mindset…for “short”) and consistently improved little by little as the year went by.

As running became easier, he transformed his garage/back yard into a homemade Spartan Race obstacle.  Now there are soft balls hanging from ropes, giant tires, Atlas stones and humongous logs.  Basically, he went full Spartan Racer.

And it has paid off.

I’m excited to share this podcast today because Thad hits on quite a few topics: what inspired him to kickstart his physicality, how he overcame a major health related setback halfway through his training, how he used work and home-life as “added workouts” and, of course, his experience racing the Spartan Super in Michigan.

I’m proud to say that now he’s completely obsessed and is taking on the Spartan Trifecta next year (hopefully finishing out here with me in Colorado!!).

More importantly, Thad is spreading goodness by inspiring his wife to step up to the plate.  After watching Thad race, she is now spending her afternoons flipping big ole tires and rope climbing up trees.  What’s more “Like a Bigfoot” than that!!

Also for the first time ever, Thad recorded a song specifically for the show!  It’s hilarious and is extremely relatable by anyone who has been a beginner runner.  I put it right after the intro so be sure to check it out!

Thanks Thad! I’m excited for our race next summer!  Keeping in touch with you through your training has really inspired me to stay on track over the last year.  Keep spreading goodness!

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #58: Jennifer Mabus — “The Whimsical Woman” Preparing to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

This week we welcome Jennifer Mabus to the show!  Jennifer is a backpacker out of Washington and is preparing to take on the epic challenge of hiking the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail.  She also writes a fantastic blog at www.thewhimsicalwoman.com.

I was so excited to hear her story and preparation.  I’m a nerd about all things thru-hiking (although I’ve never thru-hiked myself).  The stories, adventures, and life-changing experiences people have after one of these huge quests always keep me on the edge of my seat.

In this episode we talk about Jennifer’s journey; how did she start backpacking, what is driving her to chase such a lofty goal, what obstacles is she expecting and how is she preparing herself physically, mentally, and emotionally for half a year in the woods?

I hope you guys enjoy the episode!  If you haven’t delved much into the world of long distance backpacking, I would highly suggest checking out some documentaries or books just to give you some perspective on what these adventures really consist of.  It will make you that much more excited for Jennifer and the adventures she’s about to embark on.

MORE FROM THE WHIMSICAL WOMAN:

The Whimsical Woman Blog: https://thewhimsicalwoman.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewhimsicalwoman/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewhimsicalwoman/?hl=en

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIUPDURNSrgUg96rxhlr5rA

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Like a Bigfoot Podcast #57: Miguel Medina — The Journey of an Elite Ultra Obstacle Course Athlete

This week’s guest represents everything the Like a Bigfoot Podcast strives to showcase.  Grit, determination, intelligent training, and pushing through devastating obstacles to ultimately achieve greatness.

I met Miguel Medina last January during a 50k “fatass” training run from Nederland to Boulder.  While running together I instantly realized a few things: Miguel is fast….I mean FAST and he is very intentional with his training, mobility, and recovery.  I felt so lucky to spend a few hours picking his brain about living life as a pure well-rounded athlete.

I should probably mention he’s an elite ultra obstacle course racer who has numerous podium finishers in a wide variety of obstacle course races and in 2014 his team won the World’s Toughest Mudder (with Mark Jones, Hunter Mcintyre, and Dennis Wayne Welch).  In other words, he’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever had the pleasure of running with.

In this episode Miguel shares his story from “Gamer” with chronic back pain to elite athlete.  It’s intense, raw and is one of the most inspiring stories we’ve shared on this podcast.  I’m so grateful to hear his story and to be able to share it with you!

We also chat about how awesome it is to live and train in Durango, Colorado, strategies to manage emotions during team events, positivity and gratitude during intense races, and his current experience racing the Toughest Mudder Midwest.

Miguel just placed 5th in the Toughest Mudder Midwest in which he completed 45 miles of obstacles in 7 hours and 50 minutes (which is INSANELY FAST).  He is currently running through the San Juans preparing for the Spartan Ultra Beast in October and the Worlds Toughest Mudder in November (with his teammate Mark Jones).

MORE FROM MIGUEL:

Miguel’s coaching: www.yancycamp.com

Natural Running Network Podcast Episode: http://www.naturalrunningnetwork.com/ocr-running-tips-with-ultra-beast-miguel-medina/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mmedinaeliteor?lang=en

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mgmocr/

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