Today on “Lift Up,” I am lifting up Raun Shephard.
In November of 2015, Raun tipped the scales at 330 LBS and decided at that moment to make a change. He challenged himself to lose 100 LBS within a one year period. By June of 2016, he weighed in at 229 LBS. He did it in 7 1/2 months, and helped 116 people in the process to lose 40 LBS each.
His story is a masterpiece in Self-Discipline and perseverance. I caught up with Raun and asked him a few questions.
Ricardo: What factors contributed to your weight gain and what factors tried to persist as you started your process of changing your lifestyle?
Raun: Your last three words were the key. The difference was lifestyle. One lifestyle led to brain fog, fatigue, back pain, and knee problems. The other lifestyle has led to mental clarity, abundant energy, and physical strength. There were poor decisions I made, because I said, “Just this time.” Just this time slipped to occasionally, then often, and then lifestyle. I found that some things are best not touched.
Ricardo: What motivated you to lose 100 LBS? What adjustments did you make to your mind-set to get it done? Was it a smooth ride or did you at times revert to old unhelpful habits?
Raun: Being healthy to play with and protect my kids was the motivation. Mind-set wise, I believe it is easier to act your way into a feeling, than feel your way into an action. So, I did research, and then act. It was challenging. Lots of false starts, but I advanced.
Ricardo: I noticed that you gave a lot of motivational talks, while you were engaged in it. Did that help?
Raun: Indeed. The talks were a form of accountability for me.
Ricardo: Besides your regiment of exercises, did any other products or diets contribute to your weight loss?
Raun: I’ll give you the principles. Detox Tea. Intermittent Fasting. No sugars. No wheat. Under 50 grams of carbs daily. Those principles work even if you don’t have products.
Ricardo: Your life took a dramatic change in that you married your beautiful wife, and had three wonderful princesses within a 5-year period. What does family mean to you? And how do you balance your life to accommodate family?
Raun: Family is important to me. As far as balance, I treat it like walking that is, always moving forward rarely in balance, but never too long on one side. When you arrive at your destination of choice, others may assume you had balance. You’ll know you were constantly of balance, but never too long. I also average about 2 months off during the year. When considering balance, a person’s tune perspective matters. Some look at days, some months, and some years. That impacts what should be done in those time frames to feel balanced.
Ricardo: You are an excellent communicator whether it is, training someone, or giving a random speech. Do you still do toastmaster? What level did you achieve in toastmaster? Do you still coach speakers?
Raun: I just visited a toastmaster in Cheyenne, WY. I became a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Less than 1% ever reach that level. I still coach weight loss and leadership.
Ricardo: What advise will you give to someone who is going through a down period in life?
Raun: Reflect on three events: 1. When you overcame past down-periods. 2. List 5 things you’re grateful for now. 3. Imagine how you’ll feel on the other side of this down period, and spend 5 minutes basking in that feeling.
Raun is currently pursuing his Masters in Leadership. He Spends his spare time learning life enhancing principles, and practices that allow him to live to the fullest, while contributing to others at the highest level.
Ricardo Williams is the author of “Unchained Mind, Powerful Life Changing Thoughts On Peace, Love, And Success. Also author of “Dear God, An Impatient Conversation With A Patient God.”
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