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I mock Medium quite a bit because, as a friend of mine once pointed out, it's the place where twenty-somethings who moved to San Francisco after college give us the benefit of their deep thoughts on life. But every rule has its exception, and the humble detail in this essay -- ostensibly about fitness -- lifts it far above the pack.

I believe this is previously shared. I also read it from Mark Suster's blog...and it is great. Thank you for sharing!

Not applicable for everyone:


And not just broken; shattered. Into itsy bitsy tiny little pieces, by a girl who never loved you and never will. Join the gym at your work. Start going to the gym regularly, and even though you don’t know that much about exercise and you’re way too weak to do pretty much anything but lift 5 lb weights and use the elliptical machines with the old people, do it until your sweat makes a puddle on the floor. Then go home and go to bed early and the next day do it again. And then again. And then again.

I missed the reference to this article in that article. Good catch!

He forgot 5) Catch the flu.

Catching the flu helps with weight loss? Or is a consequence of weight loss?

Live in Cuba. After living there for a year, I had lost 20lbs.

Because all the cigars you smoked suppressed your appetite?

I guess I should have been more clear. Thanks to the "joys" of communism food quality and selection in Cuba is poor. Spices in particular are difficult to find, and not something most Cubans can afford. As a result, what is available is normally quite bland and poorly prepared. For example, in the interests of killing food borne disease, meat is overcooked. Eating out is also something of a dodgy prospect, because of poor healthy and safety practices (there are a lot of rules, but enforcement is lax, refrigeration is spotty, among other problems).

So basically I didn't enjoy eating when I was living there. I also got food poisoning about 4 times in less than a year. Now I should caveat all this by saying, my wife is Cuban born and raised. We stay with her family when we visit, and they do an awesome job of feeding us when we stay with them. But while I was living there I couldn't rely on her family to get fed (my wife and I weren't married at the time).

I don't recommend food poisoning as a weight loss technique, but it's hard to argue with your success. 


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