Herbalife Thailand = On Fire! Products Galore!

I was absolute ecstatic when I walked into the Herbalife Headquarters here in Bangkok Thailand this afternoon.

What I saw was a range of products I didn’t even know made way to Thailand.

For the first maybe 20 years, or whenever Herbalife first arrived in Thailand, the products were limited.  You had your typical Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry Herbalife Formula 1 Shake mixes….and that was it.  You had some tea and a few other products.  It was dry.

Until two years.  Herbalife Thailand got an introduction to the snack department with protein bars (3 flavors) bursting into the market.  There was still jut three shake flavors, but I was content to that point because the perfect timing.  Later, Chocolate Mint flavor Herbalife made it’s way, saving me a few bucks from having it get mailed from America.

Recently, just a month ago, I asked about what other flavors they had and she said, “Cookies N Creme,” another flavor I would order from America.  I screamed and jumped! This is one of my favorites…ABSOLUTE FAVORITES in terms of Herbalife Shake Mixes (still love the Pralines N Creme + Cookie Dough combo).

Something told me to head down there today to see if there were anymore products.  So, I did.  When I arrived, there’s a display of products across the window in the front before walking in.

Roseguard.

Yes, immune support tablets which I would have mailed from America. I had the BIGGEST SMILE ON MY FACE.

I walked in, looked at the product list, and chose a several things before I went to the counter.

I looked over my should about one-minute later — and there it was — Herbalife24!

It was a moment of sheer jubilance.  For those of you who are unaware of the 24 line, it’s basically for the 24-hour endurance athlete.  For example, I would take one scoop of Chocolate Peanut Butter after a workout, and with the amount of carbs in it, I would light up and get all my energy back.  So, let’s just say I have that in vanilla form now.

With Herbalife releasing an array of excellent products and boosting up their range, I can honestly see them surpassing Australia’s product range and getting to Chile’s level.

Hmmmmm……

New recipe coming soon! Stay tuned!

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Interviewee #5 – Rich Cohen: CEO & Founder of The Lab BKK

Back in the early stages of last year, I was already looking at making my way to Bangkok.  I wanted to be around a community of great, entrepreneurial-minded people.  I contacted this gym called The Lab BKK online and spoke with a man name Rich – who just so happens to be on my podcast today.  I was very apprehensive with the entire ordeal, but I just decided to join the class shortly after the Spartan Competition back in September.  After 30 minutes of this particular cardio class, I was completely dead.  I bought a package, and 5 months later, I’ve never looked so sexy before in my life (HA!).

Moving onto the man of the hour – Rich Cohen – a fitness entrepreneur in Thailand and originally from England.  The first time I met him, he beamed with this aura of optimism.  I’m attracted (no pun intended – don’t get it twisted) to people who are just a bundle of great energy.  I spoke with him the entire class about different things, but it wasn’t until two days ago when I asked myself, “just ask him about joining the podcast.” He agree – instantaneously – and here is some show notes, questions, answers and an intro from him.

“I was 21-years old, wheelchair-bound, sitting in my parent’s backyard smoking a joint, slowly en-route to recovery following a near fatal neck and back injury.”

Richard went on to say that he had that “jesus” moment.  That moment that most of us (I hope) say “enough is enough.”  He came to Thailand in 2004 in a remarkable prime.  Since there were only 1-3 fitness guys around at the time, he built what’s turning into an empire.  Full one-hour podcast down below!

Also, his personal thoughts on the Ketogenic Diet

“I used it for my competition and it worked well for me personally as a fat loss strategy, although I got very sick towards the end and it has taken me a few months to reset the way my body functions since introducing more carbs and protein.

I think it works well for certain people, for instance a friend of mine is type 1 diabetic and an endurance athlete (triathlon) he says going on that diet has been life changing for him as a blood glucose management tool.

Long term I’m not sure what the health implications are consuming that many fats.

Some diets suit different people, I always encourage people to experiment with different types and take bits from each that works well for them.”

I made a blog about a year ago on the ketogenic diet.  I received some backlash and whatnot, but it was all based on opinion.  I’m not someone who sticks to a strict diet.  I love my pizza and my hamburgers, although not excessively.

Nonetheless, to see this many create a business which is booming in Bangkok and ultimately going from wheelchair to champion – is simply amazing.  He did an ultra-marathon in the Atacama Desert in Chile.  I’ve been contemplating about doing an ultra-beast, and now I think I’ve been inspired to achieve it because of this inspirational figure.

 

Darren Hardy: Daily Rhythms & Registering Them + Relationships

Preston Smiles fits “fun-time” into his clients’ schedules.

What’s fun-time?

It’s simply when an alarm goes off, that particular individual drops everything he or she is doing and they dance their tail off.  I know, odd as hell, but the incorporation of that, or any other behavior, forms a discipline.

Remember I talked to you about Romanic Relationships and how spontaneity would go a long way in any relationship? Look at it this way…

Darren Hardy, at 6pm, has something called “date night” with his wife.  So when the time arrives, the alarms go off on his spouse and his phone, they drop everything, and they commit to being with each other from sundown — all the way to sunup.  This is from Friday night to Sunday morning, too.  Not just one day.

He also used an idea from Jack Canfield’s ‘Success Principles’ book, which he asks his wife, “how would you rate the relationship for this past week?” Of course the wife would give him a number, and he would then ask, “how can I get better?”  The wife will then come up with a list of things that will help him become better.

No one is perfect.  Just remember that.  It would be so overwhelming hearing nagging (which it shouldn’t be – but totally can be) all the time.  For example, when I was recently dating a girl, she wouldn’t ask me something like this; nor would I ask her the question.  Instead, on a two-hour trip back from Kanchanaburi to Bangkok, she was complaining her head off because I didn’t ask her if she wanted anything from 7-11, and because I didn’t carry all four pieces of luggage.

This should be a feeling of validation for both parties.

“Every month, Georgia and I also schedule something unique and memorable. Jim Rohn taught me that life is simply a collection of experiences; our goal should be to increase the frequency and the intensity of the good experiences. Once a month we try to do something that creates an experience that has some memorable intensity. It could be driving up to the mountains, going on an adventurous hike, driving up to Los Angeles to try a new fancy restaurant, going sailing in the bay—whatever. Something out of the ordinary that has a heightened experience and creates an indelible memory.”

“Once a quarter we plan a two- to three-day getaway. I like to do a quarterly review of all my goals and life patterns, and this is a great time to do a deeper check-in on how things are going in our relationship. Then we have our special travel vacation, plus our holiday traditions and our New Year’s hike and goal-setting ritual. You can see that once all this is scheduled, you no longer have to think about what you need to be doing. Everything happens naturally. We’ve created a rhythm that gives us momentum.” – Darren Hardy

Weekly Rhythm Registration In Podcast + PDF

Registering Rhythms Example

Health Goals For 2018

This is going to be a little bit of a difficult year for me because of the sporadic races on terrible dates (in regards to Spartan).

For example, the Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur sprint will fall on the day I will be in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  This will make it a little bit difficult for me to get a sprint in.  Now there’s a Super here in Thailand – making that journey extremely easy.  However, Thailand will have only one race in May.

And then there’s the Beast — a 20km monster.  This is going to have to be completed in Australia in November.  So, that means I might be taking two trips to Australia this year for a Hurricane Heat and a Beast….but the Hurricane Heat is in February and might be too soon to travel to Australia…so I might bump it.

Nonetheless, I have a Beast in Australia, Super in Thailand, and Sprint in ______________.

This will allow me to achieve the trifecta, which means completing the three races and getting an amazing medal for it.

This is the “why” power behind my working out.  The reason why I’ve gotten much bigger and I’ve taken running so much more seriously is because if I don’t, these competitions could end in a disaster.

Now, another goal of mine is of course to become more lean.  Since joining this wonderful gym back in September of last year, I feel like I’ve gone from looking lean to looking bigger.  Was that a goal? To a certain extent, but I don’t want to look “big.”  This is why I include loads of cardio in my workouts because my intent is not to become a muscle head (oops – lol).

Eating habits will gradually incline, but it will be a bit costly.  Bangkok has this “healthbox” company that delivers lean, vege, vegan, and other types of meals all across Bangkok.  This could save me a little bit of money, and it could save a lot of time trying to look for food (which is always packed with sodium here).

Typing this right now is utterly exciting though.  Not that many people around the world have this type of lifestyle.  I’m able to travel at will, go to different places around the world, inspire people globally, and shake hands locally.  It’s just such a remarkable way to start off the New Year.

However, there is just one problem……

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Happy New Years + Goal-Setting Time + YouTube Video/Podcast

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

Being on top of my balcony and seeing the amount of fireworks I did last night was just resounding.  I felt the love in the air and now I’m onto the biggest year of my life (as I said last year and it exceeded my expectations).

On the other hand, the majority of people this  morning have resolutions, but they don’t have the proper techniques, skills, and things in place to make their “goals” manifest.

For one, resolutions base-word is “resolve,” meaning you’re looking to resolve something in your life.  You can handle that just by dumping the girlfriend/boyfriends, quitting the s***ty job, and learning how to say ‘no’ more often.

So, let me let you in on some techniques + some of the goals I set for myself in the past and what’s happening this 2018.

Habits

What’s a habit? Something that has turned into a daily party of our routine.  We wake up, brush out teeth, take a shower, get ready — that’s all habitual.  It’s on auto-pilot.  However, we’re oblivious to the bad habits that are happening: eating junk food, engaging in heated online debates, watching television, being around the wrong who bitch all the time.  These are also habits.  So what did I do?

2017 Was The Change

I needed to compile a morning routine that would ultimately help me win the day.  You have what Jim Quik said in terms of brushing your teeth with the opposite hand, making your bed, etc.  These are all wonderfully great things, but I’m still not able to win it.  I’ll give you a nice glimpse at my morning.

Normally at 5:30am I wake up (I sleep the night before at about 9:30), and I go straight into a meditation.  If I have a busy morning, which I normally do, I do the meditation “overcoming procrastination,” which is a guided meditation with one of the apps I use (let me know if you want the name in the comment section).  After that, I would take my vitamins and possibly even a pre-workout, depending on if I workout in the morning.  After that, I post on an inspirational message on my instagram, and sometimes even my podcast (which could’ve been pre-recorded).  I then record or pre-record a live podcast.  Now, depending on if I’m working out in the morning or not, for the bulk of this year, I would workout around 8am.

  • Meditation
  • Posts on Instagram
  • Inspirational message on twitter
  • Podcast
  • Blog
  • Workout
  • Work
  • Grateful List

This was the bulk of my year, but things have changed.  So, if I workout (and now I do) at 6:45am, my podcast has to be pre-recorded and blog done the day before.  During the commute, I would post everything on social media and then hit it hard.  After I workout and before I go to work, I would have my protein shake, rice & pork, and respond to emails, messages and other things for 30 minutes before my students arrive.

This is how I ultimately had such an effective morning for a good portion of the year.

Sure, it’s not always going to work, but a behavior compounded over time becomes a habit.  That’s what you will need to succeed.

Night Routine

Same as the morning routine. Now, night routines are extremely difficult at times because once I get home, I want to get on the news.  This is why I’ve been media fasting on and off.  Reading something that doesn’t pertain to me, my goals, and just revolves around the ‘circle of concern’ is disastrous.  However, on the nights everything did work, this is how it went.

During my commute home I turn off all notifications.  I say what I need to say, respond to emails, then that’s it.  When I get home I make sure I set everything up for the next day.  Clothes are packed, bottles for working out, belts, socks — YOU NAME IT!  This is how it happened.  If I can read before I sleep, it would be a success.  Normally, I always do my meditation.  Now, depending on how the day went, there’s a lot of head trash that gets thrown at me throughout the day at work.  Opinions and ignorance of colleagues, management, and just being in a very “slummy” area where people look down on me.  Those tides have changed though.  But when these things happened, I would do the “detox my mind” podcast so I can wake up fresh.

Goal-Setting

Here’s a list of things to add into your morning routine.

  • Make your bed
  • Grateful list
  • Meditation (20 minutes)
  • Exercise (20 minutes)
  • Read (20 minutes)
  • Inspirational podcast or YouTube video (I listen to Gary Vee)
  • News Feed on all social media MUST have inspirational messages on there.  Follow the people that make you feel better.

Now, onto Goal-Setting.

Now, first thing is first…get rid of these phrases: I wish, if only, I don’t, I can’t, but I don’t have….

These are all doomers.  They’re either in the future or completely denying your ability and mindset of obtaining a goal.

When you figure out your vision, life-purpose, desire, objectives and everything for this year, then you can unleash the power.  Thinking about goals gives you a 43% chance of obtaining them.  Writing them down gives you a 56% chance.  Sharing them with a friend bumps it up to a 64% chance.  And then there’s the weekly progress report to a friend – 76%.  This gives you an idea of how it works.

To make sure the goal is imbedded into your subconscious mind, you must meet two criteria: how much (measurable quantity), and by when (specific time).

Example: I want to travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.  – Wrong

The conditional “I want” is a killer.

I will travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan this year. 

  • Better, but there isn’t a specific time frame.

I will travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on April 13th by Astana Airlines and come back April 20th. 

  • Now this is sexy.  I have the time, month, and even specific airline.

The universe loves action!

Go online and start looking for the airlines, hotels and everything that relates to your travel.  This is something that my mother was never able to overcome because she always said, “I don’t have any money. I wish I can go, but my finances aren’t straightened out.”  They never will be! There’s never a right time for anything! When you get that intuitive nudge, act!

This is the power of goal-setting.  Visualize yourself being on the snowboarding fields in Hokkaido, Japan by listening to a blizzard and fire crackling.  Look up how much the tickets are, where to stay, and everything that relates to the trip.  That’s where the magic happens.

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December Is Here – Rate Your Year!

Let’s see if there has been any progression in your life.  On a scale-1-10, 1 being the worst and ten being the best, I want you to evaluate the areas of your life — just like the Wheel of Life but over the entire year.

The areas: fun and hobbies, personal development, wealth, health, physical environment, romantic relationships, friends and family, career.

For each segment listed above, write down in vivid detail why you gave that particular category the score it has.  Here are mine!

Career – 9.0

BOOM! I’ll have to admit that I had two big separate projects back in 2016, but this year has been far more successful than last because I’ve done it ALL BY MY SELF! Literally.  I’m so proud of myself.  Regardless of what has taken place in the month of “change” (November), this year has been astonishing and next year I’m sure I’ll be maxing out at 10.0.  That’s an absolute given — given the circumstances.

Personal Development – 9.0

This was definitely the year I’ve read the most books in my entire life — and I’m not talking about “school” books, either.  The more I read, the more I applied, and then came the ability to apply everything in situations that tested my self-control.  Books such as Dale Carnegie’s ‘How To Stop Worry & Start Living,’ along with a few others, have changed my life.  Not only my life, but the life of others around the world.

Physical Environment – 5.0

Yes, there were times even at home that I was kept up until 1am because of hooligans and slum-dogs playing rambunctious music to attract prostitutes – literally. That’s no joke.  In a year that was filled with ups-and-downs in the workplace with some teachers getting a hell of a lot more than I; and then filled with threats towards my job because of racism — then was the turning point.  And that turning point is going to be the best one of my life!

Health – 9.0

Spartan Races in Kuala Lumpur and Chon Buri and a Tough Mudder (half) in Mesa, Arizona, USA……this was the best year of my life for races.  This was the best year in terms of body transformation because I look gorgeous when I’m naked (no pun intended), and aside from the few occasional sore throats, I was never really hampered by a severe cold.  BOOM!

Wealth – 9.5

This was the wealthiest year of my life.  Now, if might not sound like it because of what I said in the physical environment section, but let me list the countries I went to.

America

Malaysia

Maldives

Layovers: Singapore, South Korea, Japan.

I was suppose to go to Singapore and stay there for the big Spartan competition next month (which would have catapulted me into the trifecta), but I decided not to.  These were some pretty unbelievable and memorable trips (especially the Maldivian trip – ) and definitely trump the previous year (although Bali was extraordinary and I still miss it to this day).  How was I able to do all of this? Because the money I saved up.

Romantic Relationships – 2

Now, there was promise.  A particular someone came and went.  LOL.

The second one….well, we will see how that turns out.  Ain’t nothing else to report in this section.

Fun & Hobbies – 9

Boat ride, night fishing, turquoise waters, Tough Mudder, Spartan, Hiking, Sedona, meeting wonderful people, 5-star hotels, travel.  Oh, yes, yes, and HELL yes.

Friends & Family – 6

Now, this came and went, too.  It’s hard to put everything into one paragraph about friends and family.  Well, not much of a family to be honest (as per usual), but the amount of people who have come and gone, including a great friend (who I think is still just angry about the entire situation that took place), was nuts.  I’ll speak more about that in the podcast down below!

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Wheel of Life – Month of November – The Change Is NOW!

That’s it, people.  After contemplating for so long and figuring out what I should do with the next step of my teaching career, I’m now on the board.  Come and get me, world! That’s right. My physical environment has dropped plummeted to a whopping three out of ten, bringing a big concern and action.

November was a tough, and a very head-scratching month.  Comments, which lead to lies, which lead to ridicule, then threats made me realize how great of a human being I am.  See, when you look at things face-value, you will fail.  You always have to ask yourself “what’s trying to emerge.”  After a dozen offers from Chinese schools, a school in Honduras and a couple others, I’ve been weighing my options.  However, Thailand has came on strong AGAIN with 4-7 massive projects, but it’s all about getting the proper documentation to work legally in the country — that means a visa and work permit.  After taking full-on action, it’s all about patients.

If this is your first time tuning in, I highly suggest you rate the eight categories 1-10 and see if you have balance in your life.  If you don’t have balance, make necessary adjustments to improve the category that you’re neglecting.

  • Personal Development – 8.5
  • Physical Environment – 3
  • Health – 8.5
  • Career – 8.0
  • Wealth – 8.5
  • Fun & Hobbies – 7.0
  • Romantic Relationships – 4.0
  • Family & Friends – 5.0

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How Reading Books Changed My Life

It was a potential trip to Singapore – resulting in a completely botched trip because of a friend pulling a hiatus and me saying to myself, “well, Arsenio….you spent about 300-400$ USD on this trip to stay in a hotel with a “friend” and her apparent boyfriend.  Are you sure you don’t want to go?”

“NO!”

“Ok, well I’m going to put something in your life and it’s up to you to find it.”

It was like the universe speaking to me; only then I realized that the keyword was “library.”

I recall getting in a minivan stuffed up with 13 other people and headed into the heart of the city to go to a bookstore.  Asia Books, which is one of the most famous bookstores here in Thailand, was a goliath sitting in it’s lonesome at the end of the shopping plaza.  I walked in and went straight to the self-development section.

There it was.  Napoleon Hill’s Law of Success staring at me.  First thing I noticed was that it was MASSIVE.  We’re talking more than 500 pages; and the pages were BIG!  Just a couple months earlier I heard Will Smith mention Paulo Coelho’s book “The Alchemist,” which was standing unscathed right next to Napoleon’s book.  I snagged both off the bookshelf, had some wondrous Mexican food, and booked it home to start the reading.

That was the beginning.  Just a few months later, Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles made it’s way into my lap on top of a few others such as Lisa Nichols’ Abundance Now, Tony Robbins Money: Master The Game, and Dale Carnegie’s The Art of Public Speaking.

Since then, my life has completely changed, and it all came from a small shift in my awareness.

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Choice

Everyone has a choice.  In the beginning, we all come into this world naked, scare, and ignorant to everything.  We have no color, no nationality, no nothing – just a name.

When it comes to our choices, they can be our best friend or worst enemy.  Sit back and think about it.  Everything in our life exists and is the way it is because of our choices. The choices we make are the roots of all our results.

My mother, unfortunately, has made a choice to live in the same neighborhood where gunshots are heard on a nightly basis.  Could she leave? Yes.  Why doesn’t she? Because she’s comfortable living uncomfortably.

African Americans in low-socio economic states in the likes of Gary, Indiana, to Flint, Michigan…..they make a choice everyday to go left, or do what’s right.  Everyone has it.

“For instance, have you ever been going about your business, enjoying your life, when all of sudden you made a stupid choice or series of small choices that ultimately sabotaged your hard work and momentum, all for no apparent reason? You didn’t intend to sabotage yourself, but by not thinking about your decisions—weighing the risks and potential outcomes—you found yourself facing unintended consequences. Nobody intends to become obese, go through bankruptcy, or get a divorce, but often (if not always) those consequences are the result of a series of small, poor choices.” – Darren Hardy

I recall having siblings and even friends coming home saying, “I ate a sandwich for lunch” – only to find them eat frozen food, packed with sodium and trans fat.  That small, mindless, thoughtless decision they made literally sabotage that “one good meal” they had previously.  A lot of people around the world don’t have intentions on becoming fat.  They don’t wake up one day and say to themselves, “fat is the new thing! I’m going to become obese so my organs can work double/triple and hammer my gut flora.”  Of course not.  However, unconsciously they make a series of poor A$$ decisions that lead them to the demise of…..them.

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My Herbalife Story

I did this story in a podcast a long time ago, but I’ll have to write this bad boy out and post the podcast at the bottom because this, at its height, was one of the biggest business ventures that made it’s way into my life.

However, I didn’t realize it and just went at it from a healthy standpoint rather than looking to expand and grow.  So it goes something like this….

In October of 2012, I was sitting at a table in a hot gym staring at a man who looked like Bruce Leroy out of the 1985 film ‘The Last Dragon.”  Over to my right was a booth with banners with writing super imposed in big lettering “Nutrition LV.”  Of course at the time I was looking for a better source of protein and post-workout snacks, but luckily I festered up the courage towards the end(which I lacked five years ago), went over and spoke to one of the nicest women in the world.  She saw that I was dragging and asked me, “um, would you like some water? I have some orange flavored water with B vitamins.”  I took it, and the rest was history.  After coming to my senses almost instantaneously, I asked the woman, “do you have protein bars?”  She invited me over to her office.

It took me about 6 months to visit, but when I finally got there and had a tea beverage and a ridiculously delicious protein shake in the other hand – BOOM! I signed up, which was a fee of 70$ shortly later – just so I can buy my Herbalife at anytime at a discounted price.  Within the first couple of months, I increased my overall discounted rate to 35% – just before heading to Thailand. Since being here, I’ve been focusing so much more on different things, so I haven’t been doing Herbalife full-time per se.  However, it’s still something I buy on a monthly basis and have it shipped from multiple countries – because I LOVE IT.

No Shoving

What a lot of you must remember is don’t always be rescue 911.  People, especially in American society, don’t want any help.  The moment you mention anything to them comes a defence mechanism and they say, “SCAM” in the matter of seconds without knowing anything.  On the other hand, I saw that my brother had had back surgery the year before, my sisters and mother were at the very minimal overweight….so I tried helping them, only to be completely shunned by them.  Take everyone you’re trying to help off your shoulder first; then go through the door, become what it is you want to become successful at before going back to say, “uhhhhh, yeah.  Here I am? Do you think I’m still lying?”  At that point, you don’t even have to do it.

Range of Products That Help

I’m very picky with what I consume after workouts.  These days, I workout at a gym in the heart of Bangkok called “The Lab” and the workouts are fierce and relentless.  Having a typical Thai dish won’t suffice.  Having a grounded up salad for carbs and protein (based on if its focused more on fat burning than weightlifting), would, but there’s not much in the neighborhood….so an already made Herbalife shake paves the way for me.  It’s not only the shakes, but the probiotics (those who suffer from constipation – this is your god); to the best defense that has echinacea formulated in it; to the ridiculous Herbalife 24 line……pure love!

I say with utter gratitude that I’m so unbelievably thankful that one afternoon shifted the way I see healthy eating for the rest of my life.

I will still eat my hamburgers, though.

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