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I occasionally write about lessons learned on the journey to live a healthier, happier and more intentional life. 


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  • James von der Lieth

2018 Wellness Experiment Results

Updated: Feb 18, 2020

Last year was full of wellness ups and downs. I struggled with awful leg pain, while at the same time hitting new weightlifting PRs in the gym.

Although I believe taking care of yourself (wellness) should be the #1 priority, I’d be lying if I said that was the case all the time. Sometimes life and work just get in the way. No one is perfect.

Throughout last year I worked in a variety of ideas to see what would stick.

I think its helpful to reflect once in a while on what you want to do more (and less) of in the future. Anything that wasn’t “very helpful” I stop doing for good so I can focus on the most effective items.

2018 Wellness Influences

  • Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus

  • TB12 Method by Tom Brady

  • Joe Rogan Podcast

Very Helpful

  • Electrolytes in my water. Tom Brady preaches electrolytes and I see why now. You don’t have to buy the TB12 brand. This brand on Amazon has the same exact ingredients.

  • Mixing the Healthforce supplement I call green crack into a green smoothie. This supplement has Spirulina, Chlorella, and a whole bunch of other superfoods.

  • Foam Roller. Get many of the same benefits of massage for free.

  • Biking to work when possible. “First move well…. then move often” — Gray Cook. Biking is very low impact, and hard to mess up the movement.

  • Pickup Basketball. Just plain fun exercise that reminds me of being a kid

  • Airpods. I would put this under wellness because it means less holding your phone to your ear for conversations and better posture

  • Fish Oil, Magnesium, B12, Probiotic Supplements

  • Massages

  • Working on my laptop in the sun when possible.

  • 2 Polar plunges. One in 10 degree weather and another in the snow in Lake Michigan!

Somewhat Helpful

  • Food Sensitivity Allergy Test.

  • Fitted Running Shoes.

  • Cryotherapy

  • Epsom Salt Baths

  • Cold Showers

Not Helpful

  • NormaTec Compression Boots — Pain came back shortly after session was done

  • Mat to Stand on at work

  • Assisted Stretching

  • NyQuil when sick

Things I’ve Done In the Past That I Want To Work In My Routine Again

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Pullup Bar

  • Juice Cleanses

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