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The Power of 21 Feb 28

Yesterday while driving down the highway I was listening to Eric Thomas talk about The Power of 21.  It really got me thinking that you can make major changes in your life if you’ll simply commit to doing something for 21 straight days

I’m my own worst enemy most of the time.  I’ve struggled most of my adult life to be consistent with my actions.  I’ll go headstrong into a project or goal for a week or so and then I fall completely off the horse and struggle to get back on.

WHY do I fail after starting to succeed?  It hasn’t become habit yet.  I haven’t done it long enough with enough consistency for it to become a TRUE habit

There’s POWER in Consistency.

I’m going to apply The Power of 21 to a few areas of my life starting today…

  • Exercise:  I’ve been “trying” to get back into P90x for a few weeks now.  Some days I do it, some days I don’t.  I find myself coming up with reasons I can’t do it one day and tell myself I’ll just do it the next.

TODAY I will workout for a minimum of 30 minutes every day for the next 21 days

  • Business:  I’ve seen some great success in my new business since starting it in October.  The problem is I could have done better!  Much like exercising I find reasons not to work my business every day.  I tell myself I’ll work on it the next day even harder or I’ll do some bullshit activities that are “working” when they’re mostly just time wasters.

TODAY I will work on my business 7 days a week for the next 21 days regardless of where I am, what I’m doing, how I’m feeling.  I AM creating massive success in my life and the lives of those around me.

  • Nutrition:  I’ve made HUGE strides over the past 2 years with my diet.  We raise our own free range chickens & ducks for daily fresh eggs.  We grow our own organic vegetables (and buy organic when we shop at the store).  We don’t eat processed foods or carbs very often.  We take a daily liquid vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant supplement that’s helped me avoid getting sick this flu season.  Yesterday I realized that we aren’t applying the same healthy principle to a MAJOR component of our diet.  MEAT.  I’ve told myself we can’t afford to eat Organic meats.  We eat meat at almost every meal.  WHY?  We don’t NEED meat at every meal.  Lots of people get by without eating it at all.

TODAY I will not eat ANY meat for the next 21 days.  After that I will only eat organic meats on a smaller scale.  We will eat more wild caught fish and treat ourselves to a nice piece of organic meat a couple of meals a week.  I know this is going to be a struggle because I refuse to add soy to my diet as a meat replacement.  Nuts & beans will help me get through it.  I WILL succeed and feel MUCH healthier in the end.

  • Alcohol:  I LOOOOOOVE good beer.  The past 2 years I’ve discovered a whole new world of flavors & smells that I never dreamed existed in the world of beer.  The downside is that I enjoy beer even more now.  My enjoyment has become all too frequent as well.  Beer is a HUGE reason I struggle with my weight.

TODAY I will not drink ANY alcohol until I leave for the Vemma Annual Convention in Las Vegas on April 3rd.  What?  Not 21 days?  Nope!  This is a personal challenge that I WILL take even further.  After Vegas I will learn how to enjoy the good beers less often and on a smaller scale.

There’s a few people in my life that I’ve got to thank for giving me the courage and inspiration to move forward with The Power of 21.

Natalie:  You’re my rock!  You’re my WHY.  YOU are the reason I work on being even better every day.  I love you  <3

Brian Cook:  You’re a Rockstar!  You’re an amazing friend and the best business partner anyone could ask for.  You continue to be a daily inspiration for me.  Thank you for showing me the light.

Jon Olson:  You’re the man!  Your personal journey with weight loss, nutrition, and exercise has been an inspiration.  I never thought you’d successfully go vegetarian and still be there a year later.  You’re awesome bro!  I’m proud of you and the work you’ve done to get healthy.

Well, there it is…  I’m being fully transparent for the world to see.  I’m tired of the old me and the next 21 days are the first step in my journey to developing the habits I need to be the person I know is inside me.


Good Riddance. Won’t be seeing you again

Say goodbye to the old Jon Atwood.  I’m burying this person today.  You no longer control my life.

I AM a winner

I AM a voice of difference

I AM a messenger of hope

I AM a leader of possibility

I AM a solution to freedom

I AM a crusader for that which is good in the world

TODAY I choose to take control, refuse defeat and have the resolve to do more, be better, rise above, and accept winning as a way of life

TODAY I take responsibility

TODAY I have confidence

TODAY I choose happiness

TODAY I challenge YOU to The Power of 21

Destination Thailand Jan 12

At 4am this morning I started my journey around the world, destination Thailand.  :)

Natalie has already been in Thailand for 2 1/2 weeks.  I’m excited to finally join her for a 10 day vacation.  This will be my first trip to Thailand

I’ve already been “traveling” for 7 1/2 hours now and I’ve only made it from Spokane to Seattle  LOL  The next leg of my trip takes me to Seoul, Korea (a 12 hour flight).  Thankfully I was able to talk my way into an exit row seat for that flight!

I’m really excited to experience Thai culture, especially the food.  I stumbled across this list of the top 100 foods to try in Bangkok and sadly I want to try them all!  Doesn’t this look amazing??

Khanom Jeen Nam Ya Kati (Coconut Milk Curry w/ Rice Noodles) ขนมจีนน้ำยากะทิ

Khanom Jeen Nam Ya Kati (Coconut Milk Curry w/ Rice Noodles) ขนมจีนน้ำยากะทิ

I didn’t sleep last night in hopes that the lack of sleep will allow me to sleep on the 12 hour flight.  Cross your fingers for me…  if I can’t sleep I’ll be a zombie by the time I get to Bangkok.

Vemma & Verve 2oz shots

Vemma & Verve 2oz shots

With the flu hitting everyone hard in the US right now I wanted to make sure I had my vitamins to take a couple of times on the flight.  Thankfully Vemma has these wonderful 2oz bottles that the TSA doesn’t mind a stash of in my carry on bags  ;)

Why Vemma instead of a multivitamin pill?

Vemma provides a powerful liquid formula that makes it easy to get the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you need to form a solid nutritional foundation.* It is more bioavailable than caplets or tablets, easy to take and tastes great.

It takes about…

  • 2 oranges to equal the amount of Vitamin C
  • 9 avocados to equal the amount of Vitamin E
  • 3 stalks of broccoli to equal the amount of Iron
  • 55 eggs to equal the amount of Vitamin D
  • 1 cup of spinach to equal the amount of Vitamin A
  • 3 cups of peas to equal the amount of Thiamin
  • 19 medium bananas to equal the amount of Riboflavin
  • 62 oz of cheddar cheese to equal the amount of Vitamin B-12
  • 5 large potatoes to equal the amount of Niacin
  • 61 cups of tomatoes to equal the amount of Folate
  • 2 large watermelons to equal the amount of Vitamin B-6
  • 17 oz of cherries to equal the ORAC Value
  • 37 medium mushrooms to equal the amount of Pantothenic Acid

…in just one daily 2-oz serving of the Vemma formula!

I’ll probably take one every 8-10 hours on this trip to make sure my body doesn’t decide to catch the bug floating around the airplane.

I also brought a shaker bottle and a few Chris Powell Shake packs so I’d have a quick & healthy snack any time I wanted on the flights.

Unfortunately Natalie took the iPad for HER trip to Thailand 2 1/2 weeks ago   :’(   I’ve got my iPhone 5 but Angry Birds Star Wars just isn’t the same on the smaller screen  LOL

Wish me luck on my travels…

New Years sure is going to be lonely Dec 27

Today I dropped off my beauty at the Spokane International Airport.  She’s headed to Thailand for 3 weeks as a group leader in the Power of One.

I’m proud of her and am excited she’s getting to participate in this adventure!

On the other hand, the next 3 weeks are going to be a little lonely around here.  The house will be eerily quiet at night without her around.  Meals just won’t taste the same without her there by my side preparing them.

There IS an upside to this whole adventure though!  I get to fly over and meet Natalie and her wonderful grandmother (Nonnie) the 2nd week of January.  We’ll get to vacation in Southern Thailand (Ban Krut area).  I’ve never been to that part of the world so I’m extremely excited.  Natalie’s family LOVES it over there.  I can’t wait to try local foods, participate in local customs, SHOP…  ;)

UPDATE:  Natalie was able to send a picture from the Elephant Nature Park

Have you ever been to Thailand before?

Natalie volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park

The secret is out! My new business partner is Chris Powell? Dec 20

VemmaChrisPowellShakeOk, I can’t keep this quiet any longer…  I’ve partnered with Chris Powell from Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition!  :D

Chris has teamed up with our company to bring the best meal replacement shake to market.  The Chris Powell Perfect Protein Shake will NOT contain SOY.  You heard that right… NO SOY!!

The shake was designed from the ground up to meet Chris & Heidi’s nutrition specifications.  This shake is what they were already using every day.  We’re just making it available to everyone.

Chris’ Shake is convenient for breakfast and lunch, and supports healthy weight management goals by providing:

  • 16g of Muscle-Building Protein*
  • 24g of Body-Boosting Carbohydrates*
  • 7g of Hunger-Satisfying Fiber*
  • 690mg of Brain-Supporting Omega-3*
  • 20mL of Clinically Studied Vemma Formula

Available in delicious Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream flavors, and is preservative free and hormone free, with no artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, trans fat or high fructose corn syrup.


  • Vemma Formula
    One-third ounce of the clinically studied blend of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant phytonutrients enhances immunity and overall health*
  • Mangosteen Superfruit
    An abundant supply of wildcrafted, whole-fruit mangosteen and beneficial pericarp (rind) extract that provides some of the highest quantities of phytonutrients (xanthones) found in nature
  • 16g of Protein 
    A proprietary blend of whey protein concentrate (Grass-Fed and Hormone Free), organic pea protein and organic whole grain brown rice protein works to suppress your appetite and helps protect against muscle loss*
  • 7g of Soluble Fiber
    A dietary fiber source to help you feel fuller and satisfied longer, while maintaining insulin levels already in the normal range*
  • 24g of Carbohydrates
    A targeted amount of carbohydrates to enhance the body’s natural burning processes upon waking and throughout the day*
  • 690mg of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid
    As Alpha-Linolenic Acid, which is naturally derived from flaxseed, to support the brain and overall wellness*

I’m really excited to be able to add this to my daily routine as well!

Do you already use a meal replacement shake?  Tell me what kind you like in the comments below  :)

Are energy drinks dangerous? Oct 27
Can these things really kill you?

Can these things really kill you?

A few months ago I realized I had developed a slight “addiction” to energy drinks.  Some days I was buying 3 or 4 of them.  I knew deep down they weren’t very good for me but that didn’t stop me from continuing to drink them.

The media definitely didn’t help me feel any better about my addiction & cravings…

The Dangers of Energy Drinks

The Health Risks of Energy Drinks

5 Hour Energy cited in 13 deaths

There HAS to be a better alternative right???

YES!!  I found it!!!  :D

A company based in Arizona called Vemma manufactures a HEALTHY energy drink.  I know, I know…  how can it be?  It is though

Check this out

  • 80 mg of natural caffeine
  • Refreshing, lightly carbonated tropical flavor
  • Low natural sugar content
  • Unique blend of energy-enhancing ingredients
  • 12 full-spectrum vitamins
  • Over 65 major, trace and ultra-trace plant-sourced minerals
  • Powerful superjuice with mangosteen and aloe phytonutrients
  • No gluten
  • No artificial flavors or colors

I’m going to order a case and see what it tastes like….
Ververock-starUPDATE:  Wow, this stuff is awesome!  It ends up costing about the same as a Red Bull but holy smokes it’s so much better tasting (and it’s good for you).  I’m going to look into their business opportunity I like this stuff so much  LOL