Amelia Earhart Decide whether goal is worth risk

Most everyone enjoys reading and listening to motivational quotes, the inspirational words of (mostly) great people who have worked hard to accomplish great things during their lifetime. Many have been said and recorded from real people, and others have been given or echoed to us through fictional (and nonfictional) movie characters. I am very BIG into these motivational quotes, and have eleven different posters (with quotes) hanging up around my apartment in the living room, kitchen, bedroom, and even bathroom. I keep my entire home/office positive which helps me stay positive and uplifting over 94% of my waking hours. I love getting messages from people who say they enjoy my positive vibes, even when things go wrong during my challenges and it would be understandable if I turned negative. Even when faced with over 6lbs of raw beef in Spain, (lol) I was more focused on celebrating that we were all going to be featured on the #1 news station in Madrid!! With all that said though, there will be lots of negativity coming towards me and our channels the next six months, and I wanted to address this positively.

At the time of this posting, we have over 54 food challenge videos filmed and waiting to be edited and posted on our channels, four per week on both YouTube and Facebook (over 13 weeks of videos). I start filming more in early October and will be on tour for the remainder of 2019, making sure we have enough videos for me to take most of January through March of 2020 off from challenges. For the next 6 months, there will be thousands of comments and I will receive hundreds of well-intentioned messages regarding my weight. People will say I need to exercise more, take a break, and many other things, with most being well-meaning and some hateful. I will agree with all of them and say thanks for the concern, but then the videos and challenges will just keep coming and coming. It will seem to many people that I’m just not listening to anyone or concerned about my health.

I understand the fact that it’s much quicker and easier to assume things than take time to ask questions, especially since in all my over 9.5 years of doing food challenges, I’ve had only a handful of people ask on a deeper level why I do them. There are lots of people who think I am just going to quit social media when I am finished with food challenges, and that is truly unbelievable to me. To help answer the questions I just provoked, and explain my actions to all of you, my biggest supporters who are taking time to read this, I wanted to share the 4 motivational quotes that I live by, and why I feel so strongly about them. Hopefully this will shed light on what I am doing, why I’m putting my body through everything I am doing, and what drives me to keep going.

“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.” – Steve Jobs

There is no industry in the world with more untapped-potential and room for improvement than the Nutrition & Dietetics industry. Registered Dietitians are and should be seen as the #1 people to consult with and seek information from regarding nutrition, and that is not the case whatsoever. Dietitians have very minimal presence on video platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, and are getting absolutely crushed in all areas of social media (including Instagram) where they (I say they because I am not one yet) can potentially connect with and help the millions of great people who need assistance and have questions about nutrition. Seeing and hearing someone (usually well-intentioned) spread horrendous nutrition-related information that should really be illegal makes my stomach feel sicker than 6lbs of raw meat ever could. By attempting all these food challenges, I am building up my following and “army” of amazing people so that when the time comes, I’ll be able to effectively educate and help masses of people through each of my major social media channels. I’ve been constructing the “weapon” I will primarily use since 2012 and still have a few years left to go before it becomes totally public. My path of choice may seem wild, crazy, and somewhat wreckless, but know that most everything I do is calculated to achieve a certain goal that contributes to the greater goal of simplifying nutrition for all those needing help. Only 13% of Americans have a basic fundamental understanding of nutrition, and my team will increase that.

“Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.” – Amelia Earhart

Just like finances, nutrition isn’t really a subject that is covered in school. Because of that, most children receive minimal nutrition education growing up, which ironically is a time period when proper nutrition is most critical. There are so many teenage-athletes seeking nutrition help that get directed to a supplement store, rather than taught the fundamentals of nutrition. It is not a problem that is improving, and it’s only getting worse, especially since supplement companies are spending so much in marketing to put their products in the faces of people who will do anything to improve and get better at their chosen sport. I don’t currently feel that much is being done to help child-athletes (and even adult-athletes too), and I have chosen the path I am blazing because there aren’t any other paths I want to follow. I often joke with people that, “I did not choose this life. It chose me.” That is a lie though because I have always done everything I’ve done, knowing the risks. I am as careful as I can be without hindering the speed of the mission, complemented by amazing family genetics that I researched back before I started doing food challenges. Because all the goals and future possibilities by far outweigh the risks, I keep going without any major concerns or worries. If I don’t do all this, then who will?

“You get paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of the problems you solve.” – Elon Musk

My favorite question to ask people is, “If every single person in the world made $30 per hour for doing whatever they wanted, no more and no less, so long as it is a money-producing task, what would you choose to do?” People usually think for a few minutes and then respond, followed by asking me what I would do. From 2014 to early 2018, I responded with, “I’d do exactly what I’m doing now, and make $30 more per hour (lol).” When we do brand collabs, there are some people who threaten to quit watching, and those people always intrigue me the most because the funny thing is that even if our YouTube and Facebook channels got demonetized tomorrow, I’d still keep on the path I’ve been on since 2012. This quote is not really about finances or money, and it’s more about thinking BIG. My living expenses are under $750 per month, including insurances, and if Hertz and American Airlines took “thoughts and prayers” as payment, I wouldn’t ever check my accounts. I want to make the biggest difference I can during the time I have here, and the world’s biggest problem I can have an impact on is society’s nutrition knowledge deficit. I don’t really worry about other issues because I trust that other people are working on solving those. Yes if things go to plan, there will be high reward to go along with my high risk, but I care much more about the impact I can make on all of you (and people in general) than I do anything monetary.

“With great power comes great responsibility.” – Uncle Ben Parker

I learned of this quote from the movie Spider-Man (the one starring Tobey Maguire) which is credited to the French philosopher Voltaire. It’s a short quote that is oh so meaningful. Because of the path I’m taking while simultaneously getting accredited as a Registered Dietitian (still over 2 years to go), on the day I finally become an RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist), I will be the #1 followed RDN in the world and unfortunately (this is not a good thing) I will likely have more followers on video platforms than all others combined. With that will come a lot of power and responsibility, and even more attention, which I’m very very excited for. It’s something I take very seriously and will do my best to be ready for when the day comes. I don’t start now because I cannot dilute the strength of my efforts (and other reasons). I will go from traveling for food challenges to traveling for public speeches, and I have a long way to go before I will be ready for all that. I will then be able to help the fellow dietitians on my team grow their social media following as well, increasing my impact exponentially.

This was a different kind of post that I have been thinking out in my head for the past month since posting the last article, but I wanted to share it because lots of people are going to comment in frustration about something they have no control over, and don’t really know anything about. I don’t just do food challenges for free meals and sweet t-shirts. Now you all know what I am doing and why, so hopefully there is no real need to be concerned or worry (especially with the 54 videos already filmed). While it doesn’t always seem like it, I do keep some level of control. Because I know why I am doing all this and what I am working towards, I don’t really give any extra thought to negativity, so please don’t feel bad or get mad if you see rude comments from people that neither of us know. There is lots of awesomeness in store for the future that I am very very excited for, and I appreciate you all following my journey. I don’t claim to know everything and I’m not actually invincible like I tell my mother, but know that everything is under control and the negativity will lighten up in early 2020 after my 3-month sexification. If anything, the negativity will be used to help me connect with kids and adults in the future who have been bullied about their weight. Everything is positive somehow if you maintain the right perspective 😉

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