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36: Andy and Michael — On What to Expect in Week 7

By June 14, 2015Podcasts
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The Lifestyle Practice this week is something new and different for the Whole Life Challenge — spending ten minutes in solitude. I know spending time doing nothing is something I always resist, whether it’s meditation, sitting and thinking, or going for a walk. My tendency is to convince myself that I don’t have time to “do nothing,” in spite of the fact that alone time can be so incredibly valuable.

Think of these ten minutes each day as a gift to yourself.

After that, we discuss the fact that we’re in week seven. The end of the Challenge is in sight. Now is the time to start thinking about the end and what you’re going to do when there is no longer a game to support you. How are you going to maintain your new habits and create a support system that extends beyond the end of the Challenge?

The time between Challenges is actually really valuable because it puts the burden of responsibility squarely on your shoulders. But just like with the Challenge, don’t try to get a perfect score in the off-season if that’s not right for you. Pick a couple things to be accountable for, and see if you can stick with them.

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Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.

Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.