I'm going to Space. But I have a lot of work to get there. I need to lose 100 pounds, learn Russian, buy a ticket, document my journey, & come home to help other achieve their goals of going to Space.
Self-Sabotage & My Plan to Overcoming It
Sometimes you are your biggest obstacleEndless justificationsGiving yourself permission to stay the sameMy self wants to stay the same because it's comfortableOur modern lives condition us, more than ever, to seek & expect comfortI've been the same weight for around 12 yearsExcluding my internship at Google where I gained 30+ pounds, lost it, & plateaued againI promise to tell that story in a future episodeWhen I zoom out & think about those 12 years, I'm comfortable weighing 280 poundsWhich sounds ridiculous to say out loud & publish on the webWhen I zoom in on the day to day I am uncomfortable being overweightWhen I was a kid I was worried I wouldn't be tall enough to ride a rollercoasterAs an adult I'm worried that I'm too overweight to ride a rollercoasterSo I have to ask my self, "why are you so comfortable being uncomfortable?" & "why are you protecting that short-term comfort from the long-term comfort?"It's nonsensical & this week my self-sabotage came to life in the form of not training jiu jitsuSo I sat down to meditate, looking deeply into why I made these decisions & to see what I could learn about my self to overcome this form of sabotage in the futureI have plenty of justifications for why I didn't go to class, like I told you I wouldWe shipped a product update early Tuesday morningI felt weak after being sick the week before, losing some momentumWe had a lot of meetings that required me to switch up my schedule & go to class at different timesSo I listened to my inner saboteur, didn't uphold the commitment I made in last week's episode, & I didn't goI also temporarily forgot why I'm doing all of thisIt's not to loose 💯 pounds, that's a small part of my bigger reasonIt's because I've committed to accomplishing the goal of going to SpaceIf Elon Musk had texted me & said, "we have a ticket for you next week" I would not be able to goI'm getting ready now so I can go in the near future & I forgot thatspan style="background-color:...
SpaceX Starship & Super Heavy
Health & FitnessI’ve been sick this week & haven’t trained any Jiu JitsuHygiene is critically important in BJJTo protect my training partners I sat this week outI’m planning a future episode just on Hygiene
Space NewsWe had a big weekI saw Ad Astra with my lady & it was pretty good! Maybe that’s its own episode I’ll waitSpaceX & Elon Musk’s held the 4th annual update on their mission to colonize the planet Mars at an event at the company's facility in Bolsa Chica, TexasMostly the launch vehicle, spacecraft, & all of the technology needed to get us thereWhat was originally called the Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT)Then called the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR)& what is now called Starship & Super HeavyThe MCT & BFR were conceptual designs that never left paper & pixels but were critical steps in SpaceX’s iterative design process, that is uncommon in aerospaceWhereas Starship & Superheavy development is in contrast well underwayWe’re going to start from the bottom of this vehicle & work our way upwardStarting with a completely new rocket engine that SpaceX calls it’s Raptor EngineThe Raptor is an absolute beast & has already raised the bar in a...
Kennedy Space Center & My First Stripe
SpaceMet communications team at NASA Ames Research Center at NAB in Las VegasThe team is led by Michele Johnson, director of communicationsShe introduced me to Kayvon Sharghi because he was organizing a tour of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in conjunction with Podcast MovementFast fwd to PM & we got to tour KSC!!!Saturn V hangerVehicle Assembly BuildingLaunch Pad 39 B, tour by the director of the padThe Rocket Garden, early Saturn launch vehiclesSpace Shuttle AtlantisThe growing food in space / botany programGrowing food on the Moon & MarsGot to meet the creators of all the NASA podcasts including Gravity Assist, NASA Explorers Apollo, NASA JPL On a Mission, & Rocket RanchHarry Duran held a panel discussion with the creatives & engineers behind these Podcasts at Podcast Movement the following dayI also read Dr. Space a biography on Wernher Von Braun by Bob Ward during this trip, which I highly recommendThank You Kayvon & the team at NASA for organizing an amazing tourit was a near religious experience for me, thank youphotos from the tour
BJJI've been training for nearly 7 months nowI got my first stripe on my white belt during a white belt seminar at guardianThank You Caleb Khan, my instructor, & all of my training partners at Guardian Gym in OaklandGuardian is a non-profit & please consider donatingMoving to a new location in Oakland near Emeryville that is way biggerI did my first water fast for 3 days with very positive resultsI've been consistently intermittent fasting since starting BJJDrinking lots of water& Focusing on consistently going 3 times per week
Thank You Again to Michele & Kayvon, NASA KCS, Harry Duran, Caleb & Guardian
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