2016 Wrap Up: 7 Lesson's Learned to Create 10 Goals & Figure Out What's Next for 2017

2016 Wrap Up: 7 Lesson's Learned to Create 10 Goals & Figure Out What's Next for 2017

Let's all admit it: 2016 was rough. This happened. 

And don't forget about Harambe. And then there's that Brexit thing no one wants to talk about. 

A couple of weeks in... and I'm still looking over my shoulder. You never know: something from last year might come back for one last swift kick in the hiney.

#mustread: @muscleforlife's bigger, leaner, stronger catch up - how I dropped 39 pounds eating cookies and lived to tell the tale

I wrote a couple of months ago about how trying to balance work, life, and fitness was a challenge, but something that I needed to do for my own mental sanity.

Being an entrepreneur is tough: staying healthy is a great way to blow off steam and keep you focused. 

Since I began the program in July, I've lost 39lbs and about 8% body fat.

I started the program at 235 lbs, 26% body fat; today, I weigh in at 196 lbs with 19% body fat: the plan is to drop down to 185 and then to start the next (and my favorite phase): BULKING.

The key to the program is nutrition: if I'm being perfectly honest, my weightlifting regime hasn't been consistent. 

I've had to supplement with surfing, biking, and basketball. September I knocked out a 30-day yoga challenge as well: shout out to my boys Danny and Simon for clowning my terrible yoga technique and keeping me humble 😂😂.

My nutrition game has been relatively on point: my favorite part of the plan is the fact that you can eat whatever you want, just as long as you fall within our macros. 

My current plan has me eating 2000 Calories, 250G Protein, 119G Carbohydrates, and about 60g of fat, every day. 

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Hitting your macros every day can be a little tough, but for me, I look for ways to make the experience creative in order to keep things interesting: I'm still doing meal prep and lots of cooking.

Eating out is always an option too. Just remember: plan your meal before you get to the restaurant to make sure you fall within your macro goals. 



Also, I'm currently crushing these Birthday Cake Fudge Stripes cookies =  crack. 

I eat these cookies daily. 



Once I drop down to 185, I'm switching over to my favorite part of training: BULKING! It's going to be good putting some size back on / eating, a lot. 

if you were ever considering starting a gym regimen, I highly recommend you give Bigger, Leaner, Stronger a shot. 


#book #review - down the rabbit hole of an apocalyptic england with the wake author @paulkingsnorth

#book #review - down the rabbit hole of an apocalyptic england with the wake author @paulkingsnorth

I review the Wake, by Paul Kingsnorth.

Terence Latimer is a digital marketer and founder of Food Tribe, a restaurant review platform committed to ending hunger. based in Los Angeles. 

impostor syndrome: getting out of your own head in order to meet life's challenges

Two American psychologists, Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, describe a feeling of “phoniness in people who believe that they are not intelligent, capable or creative despite evidence of high achievement,” and coined it "Imposter Syndrome." 

They also claim that while these individuals “are highly motivated to achieve,” they also “live in fear of being ‘found out’ or exposed as frauds.” 

So you're telling me that moments of self-doubt and insecurity have a name?? 

I started working on Food Tribe last year because I was interested in combining my passions of food, entrepreneurship and social welfare; it was about starting a journey to figure out how I could turn the things I loved into a career, driven by a desire to leave the world a better place by ending hunger. No big deal, right?

In theory, starting a company is easy. You identify a market, find the opportunity, offer a value proposition, and go to market.

In practice: LOL. 

A recreation of me fumbling  Food Tribe  related projects. 

A recreation of me fumbling Food Tribe related projects. 

Starting a business is by far the hardest thing I've ever done. It never ends. There's always work to be done, skills to be learned, and stones left to turn. When you combine that with the stresses of daily life -  bills, family, work - and it can become overwhelming.

That's why Impostor Syndrome has been particularly annoying. I'm very rarely the best at anything, but I'm pretty competitive at most things. If something interests me, I learn about it, and I try it out. After a while, I get better.

Launching a startup isn't that easy though. It's not always easy to measure progress, which can get pretty discouraging. It helps to be able to visualize the journey because you know there's an end in sight.

Startups don't work that way though. You have to be flexible and willing to pivot. You can't be sensitive to criticism, or unwilling to change.

You also have to balance that with keeping your vision and being tuning out the noise and opinions of others. 

Basically listening to everything and nothing at the same time. Easy, right? 

The Imposter, waiting for his chance to be a Hater!

The Imposter, waiting for his chance to be a Hater!

During the most stressful times is when my internal "Impostor" starts dropping seeds of self-doubt, frustration, and fear: 

"If you were really serious about Food Tribe, you'd be pursuing it full-time."
"You don't have the background or expertise to make Food Tribe a profitable company, capable of generating recurring revenue."
"Ending hunger? Who do you think you are?"

What makes dealing with the "Impostor" so tough is separating him who I know that I am: confident, motivated, intelligent, and resourceful.

I've learned that by including friends and family on my journey, has been the best way of keeping the Impostor at bay. 

Celebrating little wins with others - filming a web show,  completing an accelerator, getting Food Tribe's first feature - helps remind me that while I may not have conquered the world today, there's always tomorrow.