Revolutionary You! #341-Dr. Spencer Nadolsky: Introducing LiftRx (1 of 4)

It shocks me to say it but Dr. Spencer Nadolsky hasn’t been on the show since Episode #13 in May of 2016! He returns this week to join me for my next 4-part series. In this episode, we talk about his brand new program, LiftRx, and what he’s looking to accomplish with this exercise and nutrition platform. Tune in to find out the details. 

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I Didn’t “Get It”, Until I “Got It”: Lightbulb Moments With Music And Health

In the mid-90s, I was at a listening station at a bookstore, tuning in to an artist I had heard good things about. His name was Nick Drake and the song I listened to that day was called “Way to Blue”. Before the chorus finished, I was crying in the middle of that store. Music has always had a grip on me that movies and books could never quite hold a candle to.

Many years later, I took the cue from a book called “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die” by Robert Dimery, and listened to every album in the list that I wasn’t already familiar with. Not surprisingly, Nick Drake’s album made the list.

While lists like these are subjective, I knew it would be an aggressive undertaking. When I removed all of the albums from the list I already was acclimated to (let’s say a mere 25%), I still had several hundred albums left to cover.

I loaded them up on my iPod, decade by decade, and started to dive in.

The original book starts in the 50s and works its way into the 2000s. While I didn’t listen to every album in the order it was listed, I did cover each decade at a time. So, I didn’t touch the 60s until the 50s was complete, etc.

It took me about a month of daily listening to cover the list in entirety.

As someone who is fiercely passionate and opinionated about music, I had always kept something of a distance from certain artists who are considered iconic in music history. Artists like Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Leonard Cohen, and even bands like Joy Division stayed further than arms length from me. I knew their importance as artists but I had no perspective to approach them from. As a result, much of my life I steered clear, for the most part, and let my tastes guide me other places.

There is an opinion, I don’t know who to credit it to, that “nothing new” in music was created beyond the 70s. After delving through the list, I am inclined to agree.

While certain styles of music may have evolved into the following decades and improved with advances in studio engineering, there is actually little (if anything) that became a pioneering achievement beyond the 70s.

One of the things that I found fascinating by approaching the list in the way I did, was that those same artists I kept my distance from now “sounded” different when you heard them amongst the landscape of other artists at that time. Some bands/musicians were a true product of what was happening socially, geographically and politically at the time. If those same artists would have been placed anywhere else in history, they may not have had the same impact.

So, when I got to Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and the other aforementioned artists, the lightbulb kicked on: Now, I understand. Now, I “get it”.

And that understanding led to me completely embracing those artists, all of whom, save for maybe Cohen, I am still listening to routinely today. I respect Cohen but I really have to be in the mood to listen to him.

As much as I love music, and I love music down to my bones, I couldn’t really appreciate the icons and the legends of rock history without understanding the framework from where they came.

Once I did, it was a revelation.

It got me thinking about how the average person approaches nutrition and exercise.

What many people know about food and training is what the population at large has shown them. They are victim to the trends of the moment. Much like music, if you don’t take the time to delve past what the radio (the public) plays you, you’re going to miss some very important areas. You might only be exposed to fad diets, misinformation and you never really understand why so many of the available options don’t quite work for you.

As a result, you might hear about things like intermittent fasting and all of the supposed (and actual) benefits of it but it doesn’t mean that it applies or would work for you. It only has those benefits for certain people. Keto is interchangeable in this conversation, as is veganism or any other diet that is defined by a name.

We (collectively) hear what people tell us about health but we don’t look beyond the surface of it. With music, if all you know is Bob Dylan, maybe you get no further than Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Donovan or Woody Guthrie. That’s not a bad thing but your palette sure is limited.

When people hear about the value of temporarily tracking their food, assuming there is not a psychological barrier to doing so, maybe they dabble in it but they don’t practice the skill enough to see how effective it is. They kind of “get it” but not really. That’s not saying you need to track but if you’re going to do so, commit to it for awhile. Educate yourself.

Or maybe people hear about the importance of a macronutrient like protein. With the inclusion of resistance training, they might not take the time to develop the skill in adding that nutrient, (animal or plant-based), consistently into the diet to see how transformative it can be.

We could argue over the merits of intuitive eating, flexible dieting, very low calorie diets, etc. and there will never be a shortage of dietary methods to experiment with and learn from (just like there will never be a shortage of bands to fall in love with or detest).

What I’d like you to do is to dig deeper and learn more about food and how you nourish yourself. Just a friendly reminder that food documentaries and fad diet books are not a good place to actually learn about food.

With training, maybe you’ve heard about the advantages of sprint intervals, high intensity training or “metabolic workouts”. They sound good on paper, maybe even with magical results, but you don’t take the time to understand the efficacy is in the dose (more is not always better) and even if certain types of training might be contraindicated for your body.

And, if you’re inclined to agree with the notion that nothing new has been accomplished with music in the last few decades, I would argue that the very same could be said about food and exercise, too. Most of what we know about has been the relative truth for decades now.

My challenge to you is to learn more.

Learn what make your body feel good.

Learn what portions of food make you feel satisfied but not stuffed.

Learn the amount of food and the style of training your body performs its best at.

Learn what foods make you feel bloated or tired.

Learn what style of exercise leaves you empowered to “fight another day”.

Learn what foods can stay at close proximity in your home without being triggering.

Know that the foods that make me feel great may not be the same foods that make you feel great. We are allowed that individual response.

Much like taste in music is subjective, so is taste in food and training and how our body responds to both.

Truth be told, you don’t have to take my word from it. The “lightbulb moment” has happened for many of my clients at RevFit, too:

From Pam H: “Things clicked for me when I learned to hit the calories my body needed for fat loss and to dial in my protein. I lost 40 pounds this way. I know exactly what I need to do I just need to commit to doing it.”

From Mary W: “My lightbulb moment came when I realized that everything I wanted to accomplish for myself and my body was at least 75% mental.”

From David L: “I can’t run from the fork. Meaning, one can train vigorously for five days a week, but not maintaining a reasonable diet will sabotage that effort.”

From Rachel H: “I know that personal bests come slow for me. I made a vow to myself that I wouldn’t miss a training session for 12 weeks and I train 3x/week. During that time, I only missed two sessions, making it in for 34 of 36 sessions. By the end, I had hit a new personal record in my trapbar deadlift.”

You don’t learn these things by playing a cameo role in your health. You learn them when you commit to programs that resonate with you.

When you experiment and “listen” to the cues, you’ll learn things about yourself that may not have been apparent before.

So, take that journey. Look beyond food for sadness, food for solace and food for fear that you may not see the next meal (assuming you are of the privileged who are not without).

Look beyond training for fat loss or training as punishment for something you ate. Learn to appreciate what your body is capable of and the circumstances under which you’re at your best.

Pay attention to the framework you approach your health from and once you find that context, you’ll “get it”.

Just like our clients did.

(Pictured below, Nick Drake’s “Five Leaves Left” which originally featured “Way To Blue”)

Revolutionary You! #340-Kate Galliett: “Becoming Unbreakable” (4 of 4)

Kate Galliett and I conclude our 4-part series this week by putting the bow on our conversation and formally introducing her new book “Becoming Unbreakable”. In this episode, we get to chat more about her “6 Pillars” that she breaks down formally in the book as well as the origin story for how the book came to fruition. 

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The Talk

I’ve been listening to you for a while now and I know you have a lot of things standing in your way.

I know that on any given day or week, there’s a problem with work, there’s a sick kid, there’s an argument with your spouse, you had a shitty night’s sleep, etc. etc. etc.

I hear you.

I know that all of these challenges are valid.

And I know that you know exactly what you need to do to change.

Because you didn’t get this far in your job, in your marriage, in parenting, and in life being completely oblivious to your behavior (blinders from time to time, but you’re not blind…)

There’s sometimes a question of want, and desire, and motivation, and drive to just “do the thing”.

And yes, you do have to want that goal really damn bad.

And yes, you do need to have a burning desire to change.

And yes, motivation helps especially when you’re feeling down, or low in energy, or when you’ve worked more hours than you wanted to work in a week.

And yes, there needs to be a drive to push the pedal forward.

But you know this.

And nothing I’m telling you should surprise you.

But I’ll remind you of this, as your friend, as your coach…I can’t do this work for you.

I can shine a light.

I can give you tools.

I can give you a hug.

I can tell you that you have one more rep in the tank.

I can tell you that you’re getting in your way.

And let’s face it, you are completely in your way.

Because all of these valid problems are the problems that all of us face in varying degrees every day, every week for the rest of our time on this earth.

I’ll discredit nothing that you’re feeling. I know what that discomfort feels like.

But, I’ll tell you…you still have work to do.

I can’t wipe away your depression.

I can’t help you not be anxious.

I can’t remove this virus from our lives.

I can’t eat the food you need to eat (or remove from the plate).

I can’t lift the weight you need to lift to change your body.

I can’t fix your marriage.

I can’t raise your children.

I can’t work your job, unless you want me to get your paycheck.

Which means, you are the driver behind the wheel.

And you get to decide which road you want to take.

I’m here. I’ll be here as long as you need me.

But that work you need to do, that’s on you.

And I’ll be ready, when you’re ready.

That’s a promise.

(Pictured below, my client and friend, Mike B. who’s been putting in the work for nearly 12 years with me).

Revolutionary You! #339-Kate Galliett: The Explorer’s Mindset (3 of 4)

Kate Galliett is back for the third episode in our 4-part series as we continue to build the framework in her upcoming book “Becoming Unbreakable”. In this episode, we talk about the importance of trusting our bodies to give us the information we need to recover from workouts and from injuries and developing this “explorer’s mindset” to see what our capabilities are whether we do the work on our own or enlist the help of other health practitioners along the way. 

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“It Isn’t Fair”: Frustrations In Food, Body Image And Exercise

A few months ago, psychologist Dr. Lisa Lewis and I were speaking on my podcast. She was referencing Tara Brach’s popular book “Radical Acceptance” when it comes to how we view the food we eat as it relates to our goals.

While simplified, Dr. Lisa remarked that radical acceptance is the ability to say “It isn’t fair” as well as “It is what it is”.

I have thought a lot about those words since that conversation and I wanted to draw out a list of some of the most common things I hear with regard to the unfairness of the foods we eat and the circumstances under which they affect us.

It’s my hope for you that you’ll take a cue from this lesson of radical acceptance to change how you view food and exercise.

-It isn’t fair that I only have 1300 calories to eat just to be able to lose weight.

-It isn’t fair that my husband can cut out beer for a week and can lose 6 pounds when I have to cut out wine for a month to see the same results.

-It isn’t fair that the diet that worked for me in my 20s no longer works for me in my 50s.

-It isn’t fair that I have to work out 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week to see changes in my body.

-It isn’t fair that my diabetes forces me to eat differently.

-It isn’t fair that my injuries take longer to recover from.

-It isn’t fair that my hormones affect my cravings.

-It isn’t fair that menopause affects my sleep, my mood and my ability to stick with a diet.

-It isn’t fair that my neighbor lost 30 pounds on the keto diet and I only lost 8.

-It isn’t fair that I have to take medication for my cholesterol/high blood pressure.

-It isn’t fair that my thyroid isn’t normal.

-It isn’t fair that I have so much loose skin under my arm.

-It isn’t fair that I have love handles.

-It isn’t fair that my spouse brings home cookies and chips and I can’t have them because I’m trying to watch my weight.

-It isn’t fair that my genetics make it harder for me to lose weight.

-It isn’t fair that I have PCOS/IBS/Hashimoto’s/Crohn’s Disease

-It isn’t fair that foods which used to agree with my body now make me sick.

I could make the list longer, but chances are, you’ve said some of these things to yourself and to others before.

When you take Brach’s perspective (as translated through Dr. Lisa), you can look at any of these concerns and add…but it is what it is…

There are many avenues with which to take your training and your diet that can benefit your life and often, the biggest obstacle is simply accepting your realities and understanding what you can change versus what you can’t.

Accept the areas that are less than ideal for you as it relates to your goals. Take any of these statements in this list to reframe with the words “it is what it is” and see how your behavior changes as a result.

Your life is not static, it is dynamic and your individual circumstances change on a daily, and weekly, and monthly, and yearly basis.

Focus carefully and attentively to what you can change and start shifting your energy there.

This path is yours alone.

And that might be not fair…but it is what it is.

Revolutionary You! #338-Kate Galliett: Understanding Your Pain (2 of 4)

Kate Galliett is back with me for Part 2 in our 4-Part series together. In this episode, we talk about how to be more aware and respectful of the pain that we’re feeling. Kate walks through a process (also detailed in her upcoming book, “Becoming Unbreakable”, where you can take a step-by-step approach to understanding what pain you’re experiencing, how to work around it and the variety of treatment options depending on the severity of the pain.

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A Kinder You In 2022

Make a commitment to be kinder to yourself and others in 2022.

If you get sideways on your diet, forgive yourself and move on. There’s another meal coming shortly thereafter where you can right the course again. The words you use to berate yourself for a less than ideal choice of food or portion of food can send you down a path that could take days to recover from. This is a simple kindness to make.

If you don’t make it to the gym all three days that you told yourself you would, remind yourself that it’s fine. Two days is better than zero and you can try again next week or you can try different days than what you previously had planned. Do the best you can with what you have time for and practice that kindness frequently.

Don’t argue with strangers on the internet. You’ll never get that time back. If that person you’re going back and forth with doesn’t pay your bills or help you raise your family, you’re letting them take up too much space in your mind. Chances are that stranger needs a dose of kindness, too.

Be punctual. If you don’t respect your time, you’re probably not respecting the time of others either. That kindness goes both ways.

The Coronavirus isn’t the only thing to be concerned over. I just lost two people I’ve known for most of my life just before Christmas. One to a drug overdose and one to suicide. If that doesn’t scare you, it should. Be kind to others. The unkind word you say to someone (on the internet or otherwise) could be the last words they hear.

Remember that perfection only sounds good on paper. In real life, progress (even miniscule progress) is everything. Progress is a kindness.

You are allowed, (let me write that again), you are allowed to make mistakes. Be kind to yourself.

Find joy in simple pleasures. Find joy in others. Create kindness where you don’t see it.

Social media is not your therapist. Your therapist is your therapist. Erase that post you were about to blow out into the world and save it for your therapist (which is why you hired them). That’s kindness to yourself and others.

Make commitments to yourself that you have a greater likelihood of keeping. Look at your current life commitments: obligations to work and family as well as your current goals. Look at where you have gaps to create successful moves. When are you less busy? Are those days/times fixed each week or do they change from week to week? Find the gaps, plug in your steps towards goals there (the days or times you’ll prep a meal, the days or times when you’ll train, how you’ll streamline your sleep schedule). Be kind to yourself when it doesn’t go as planned. Pivot and modify on the fly.

Get better at saying “No”. Your first commitment is to yourself, a healthier version of yourself. If you can’t take care of you, you can’t take care of others. This is a kindness.

Keep your sleep schedule as consistent as possible. If you want to improve dietary adherence, reduce cravings, and recover better from your workouts, your sleep is one of the biggest factors to get in control of. If need be, get ear plugs and black out curtains. I can’t possibly overstate the importance of your sleep. A well-rested you is a kinder you. You deserve that…

Watch.The.Way.You.Talk.About.Your.Body. How you feel about yourself informs how you eat and how you train. Pick your verbiage wisely. This is a kindness.

If you want 2022 to be different from any year prior to it, you need to be different.

Choose your kindness, then act on it, enforce it and set boundaries around it.

Revolutionary You! #337-Kate Galliett: The Caretaker Of Your Body (1 of 4)

I’m very excited to welcome back Kate Galliett to the show for our next 4-part series. Kate was previously on Episodes #123 and #272. This time, we’re reconnecting initially in promotion of her new book “Becoming Unbreakable” which we’ll be chatting about throughout the series but our first episode actually takes a few steps back. Kate and I talk a little bit about our origin stories into this industry and how the way we treated our bodies and evolved with them has shaped the way we coach. 

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Cheers: Hat’s Off To 2021

Here we are nearing another end of year and 2021 showed only certain differences from 2020. I won’t go too far down any COVID rabbit holes except to say that we are still “dealing with it”. I, myself, had a breakthrough case this year which was anything but pleasant and I’m glad to be on the other side of it.

As for RevFit, we continued our trajectory over last year and I can say, happily, that 2021 was our best year ever. To every single person, client and coach, who made that happen, thank you. I certainly could not have done this on my own.

So, as I’ve been known to do at year-end, here’s my annual list: My Top 5 most downloaded episodes of Revolutionary You, the podcasts I was featured as a guest on, my Top 5 most read articles, and all of the books I consumed in 2021.

The Top 5 Most Downloaded Episodes Of Revolutionary You in 2021

I took my podcast in a different direction this year after my milestone 300th episode. I wanted to challenge myself as a host and I wanted to highlight more of my guests. As a result, I pivoted the show to 4-part miniseries. With the exception of a 4-part client spotlight, each segment featured coaches and health professionals for 4 episodes in a row to give you the topics they were most passionate speaking on. I’m not sure how far I’ll take the direction, but I’ve enjoyed the change of pace and I can see myself doing this up until at least episode 400 and then I’ll decide where to go after that. Here are the Top 5 most downloaded of this year:

1: #317: Dr. Allan Bacon-Breaking Through Plateaus (1 of 4)

2: #314: Ruby Cherie-On Health Privilege, Fitness Identities And Learning How To Pivot (2 of 4)

3: #300: Leigh Peele-Restriction Is Not Reasonable Or Rational

4: #289: Melody Schoenfeld-“Diet Lies And Weight Loss Truths”

5: #316: Ruby Cherie-What About Motivation? (4 of 4)

My Podcast Features Of 2021

From Betrayal To Breakthrough (Debi Silber-host)-#191: Tales From Rock Bottom with Jason Leenaarts

The Heavy Metal Strength Coach (Chris Kershaw-host)-#20

M.I. Take (Brad Dieter-host)-A New Revolution with Jason Leenaarts

The Lifestyle Chase (Chris Liddle-host)-#198: Jason Leenaarts on Paying it Forward, Deeper Conversations and Evolving With Age

My Top 5 Most Read Articles Of 2021

1:…About That Mile I Ran

2: That Porn Problem

3: I Want To Lose Weight (But I Don’t Want To Do The Things It Takes To Lose Weight)

4: Unwilling

5: Five Signs You’re Not Ready For A Fat Loss Coach (And Three Tips For The Coach)

And here’s every book I consumed (physical and audio) in 2021:

1- 33 1/3: Kid A by Marvin Lin

2- 33 1/3: Tusk by Rob Trucks

3- 33 1/3: Chocolate and Cheese by Hank Shteamer

4-Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix by Philip Norman

5-Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

6-Diet Lies And Weight Loss Truths by Melody Schoenfeld & Susan Kleiner

7-Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

8-The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

9-My Body My Words by Various Authors

10-Resonant Leadership by Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee

11-Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg

12-Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica by Mick Wall

13-Let Love Rule by Lenny Kravitz and David Ruiz

14-The Overstory by Richard Powers

15-If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin

16-Bourbon Curious by Fred Minnick

17-Calling Bullshit by Carl T. Bergstrom & Jevin D. West

18-Acid For The Children by Flea

19-Some Might Say: The Definitive Story Of Oasis by Richard Bowles

20-Fit At Any Age: It’s Never Too Late by Susan Niebergall

21-Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith by Joe Perry and David Ritz

22- Profit First For Microgyms by John Briggs

23-Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad

24-Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

25-Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield

26-Who Not How by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy

27-Functional Training Anatomy by Kevin Carr and Mary Kate Feit

28-Strong Women Lift Each Other Up by Molly Galbraith

29-The Odyssey by Homer

30-How To Do The Work by Dr. Nicole LePera

31-Let It Blurt: The Life & Times Of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic by Jim DeRogatis

32-Sophisticated Giant: The Life & Legacy of Dexter Gordon by Maxine Gordon

33-World In My Eyes: The Autobiography by Richard Blade

34-It Takes A Tribe by Will Dean

35-The Game by Neil Strauss

36-Thrive State by Kien Vuu

37-The Search For John Lennon by Leslie Ann-Jones

38-A Second Chance by Catherine Hoke

39-The Mental Toughness Handbook by Damon Zahariades

40-Modern Music Masters: Suede by Tom Boniface-Webb

41-Beckoning: When Happiness Calls by Rebecca B. Cooper

42-Creativity by John Cleese

43-How To by Randall Munroe

44-Raised In Captivity by Chuck Klosterman

45-Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

46-Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd by Mark Blake

47-Original Gangstas by Ben Westhoff

48-American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

49-Health At Every Size by Linda Bacon

50-The Almanack Of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgensen

51-Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me by Steven Hyden

52-The Psychology Of Money by Morgan Housel

53-Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman

54-Hello, Habits by Fumio Sasaki

55-In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran by John Taylor

56-The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce

57-You, Darling, Are Worth The Fight by Julie Tussey

58-Unfaithful Music And Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello

59-White Dialogues by Bennett Sims

60-Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz

61-Mariette In Ecstasy by Ron Hansen

62-Jailhouse Strong Interval Training by Josh Bryant & Adam Benshea

63-Jailhouse Strong: The Successful Mindset Manual by Josh Bryant & Adam Benshea

64-World Travel by Anthony Bourdain

65-A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

66-Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thompson

67-Lightning Field by Dana Spiotta

68-White Girls by Hilton Als

69-Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath by Tony Iommi

70-Power Vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants Of Human Behavior by Dr. David R. Hawkins

71-Risk Savvy: How To Make Good Decisions by Gerd Gigerenzer

72-Body by Harry Crews

73-Superfandom: How Our Obsessions Are Changing What We Buy And Who We Are by Zoe Fraade-Blanar & Aaron M. Glazer

74-No Time Like The Future by Michael J. Fox

75-The End Of Food by Paul Roberts

76-Room by Emma Donoghue

77-The Experience Economy by B. Joseph Pine II & James H. Gilmore

78-A Drop Of Midnight by Jason Diakite

79-Death By Food Pyramid by Denise Minger

80-Balance by Scott McCredie

81-The Pursuit Of Perfect by Tal Ben-Shahar

82-Mutations: The Many Strange Faces Of Hardcore Punk by Sam McPheeters

83-What Are The Odds? by Mike Lindell

84-The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook by Joe Kenn

85-Bright Line Eating by Susan Peirce Thompson

86-33 1/3: American Recordings by Tony Tost

87-33 1/3: Some Girls by Cyrus R.K. Patell

88-33 1/3: You’re Living All Over Me by Nick Attfield

89-33 1/3: Marquee Moon by Bryan Waterman

90-33 1/3: Amazing Grace by Aaron Cohen

91-33 1/3: Dummy by R.J. Wheaton

92-33 1/3: Fear Of Music by Jonathan Lethem

93-33 1/3: Histoire de Melody Nelson by Darran Anderson

94-33 1/3: Flood by S. Alexander Reed & Philip Sandifer

95-33 1/3: I Get Wet by Phillip Crandall

96-The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim

97-Attention Pays by Neen James

98-Exhalation by Ted Chiang

99-Persuadable by Al Pittampalli

100-Whiplash by Joi Ito and Jeff Howe

101-The Art Of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

102-Chasing Ghosts by Paul Reichoff

103-I Want My MTV by Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks

104-The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

105-Billy Summers by Stephen King

106-An Adult Child’s Guide To ‘What’s Normal’ by John Friel and Linda Friel

107-The Book Of Beautiful Questions by Warren Berger

108-The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

109-The Power Of Myth by Joseph Campbell

110-Gladiator: A True Story Of ‘Roids, Rage And Redemption by Dan “Nitro” Clark

111-The Broken Circle by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller

112-The Art Of Persuasion by Bob Burg

113-Not One Of These Poems Is About You by Teva Harrison

114-Choke by Sian Beilock

115-England’s Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock And Beyond by Jon Savage

116-How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie

117-Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

118-Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

119-The Excellence Dividend by Tom Peters

120-Stumbling On Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

121-Mrs. March by Virginia Feito

122-Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters

123-My War: Killing In Iraq by Colby Buzzell

124-Love For Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim

125-This Music Leaves Stains: The Complete Story Of The Misfits by James Greene Jr.

126-What To Say When You Talk To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter

127-Spark by John Ratey, MD and Eric Hagerman

128-Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

129-The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

130-Ever Fallen In Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Tapes by Pete Shelley with Louis Shelley

131-The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler

132-Plenty: A Memoir Of Family And Food by Hannah Howard

133-The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

134-The Tapping Solution by Nick Ornther

135-The Chaos Kind by Barry Eisler

136-Burn by Herman Pontzer

137-The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

138-Uncommon People: The Rise And Fall Of The Rock Stars by David Hepworth

139-The Language Of Coaching by Nick Winkleman

140-And Party Every Day by Larry Harris

141-I Killed Pink Floyd’s Pig by Beau Phillips

142-The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang

143-Weaponized Lies by Daniel J. Levitin

144-Women by Charles Bukowski

145-Substance: Inside New Order by Peter Hook

146-Get In The Van by Henry Rollins

147-Circe by Madeline Miller

148-Stay Fanatic Vol. 2 by Henry Rollins

149-The Bees by Laline Paull

150-All Gates Open: The Story Of Can by Rob Young & Irmin Schmidt

151-The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

152-How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis

153-Hard Core: Life Of My Own by Harley Flanagan

154-Severance by Ling Ma

155-Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney

156-Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

157-The Sellout by Paul Beatty

158-Trejo: My Life Of Crime, Redemption And Hollywood by Danny Trejo

159-Chickenhawk by Robert Mason

160-The Conversion Code by Chris Smith

161-The Tell by Matthew Hertenstein

162-Wholly Unraveled by Keele Burgin

163-Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

164-The Underneath by Melanie Finn

165-Laurel Canyon by Michael Walker

166-The Stubborn Fat Loss Solution by Lyle McDonald

167-Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album by Matthew Robertson

168-Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West

169-The Brave Athlete by Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson

170-Up Tight: The Velvet Underground Story by Victor Bockris and Gerard Malanga

171-Simple Rules by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt

172-Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer by Patrick Suskind

173-Feel Like Going Home by Peter Guralnick

174-On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins

175-More Than A Body by Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite

176-A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach To Being A Better Leader by Ari Weinzweig

177-The 4 Disciplines Of Execution by Chris McChesney, Jim Huling and Sean Covey

178-Master Your Emotions by Thibaut Meurisse

179-Japanese Women Don’t Get Old Or Fat by Naomi Moriyama

180-The Power Of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

181-This Isn’t Happening by Steven Hyden

182-Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

183-A General Theory Of Love by Dr. Richard Lemmon, Dr. Thomas Lewis, and Dr. Kari Amini

184-Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell

185-Becoming Unbreakable by Kate Galliett

(Here’s a picture of my wife, Marissa, and I enjoying a small pour of Van Winkle 12 Year in Kentucky during our 7-year anniversary getaway. Cheers!)