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A raw vegan experience


A few weeks ago, Team UNITED (so, just me) took up a raw vegan challenge – basically five days of eating in line with a raw vegan lifestyle. According to the internet, “raw veganism” is also sometimes referred to as “absolutely awful”, which we found to be more accurate.

The back-story is that when it comes to food and nutrition, about the only things I am confident in are broccoli and water. Everything else seems to be the most amazing thing ever, and dangerous, at the same time depending on who is telling the story. With this in mind, for …

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The difference between communication and message exchange

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I must confess to being one of those emailer’s that starts most emails with a greeting of some description and some manner of corresponding well-wishes, e.g. “Hi wife, I hope you have enjoyed our time together as a married couple”, before getting into the crux of the message (which usually ends with “…it was like that when I found it”). In a professional environment though, I have been part of many discussions about how to best communicate with colleagues, and on numerous occasions been advised that not only are pleasantries unnecessary, but are inefficient as the “hello, hope you are …

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Understanding your “why”

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From time to time, training can become tiresome, a chore, or generally unfun. Some days (or weeks) the questions start running through your mind as to why you are training in the first place, and it can all become a bit of a pain in the firm-and-well-developed ass. Understanding your “why” can not only help you to rid your mind of these demons, but in some cases it may bring a sense of clarity that perhaps it is time for you to move on to something new.

Everything happens for a reason

Forget the philosophical proverb. When we say “everything” …

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Community and contribution

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Project UNITED was born out of a desire to strengthen communities through good health and wellness, and use collective resources to contribute towards the growth and development of these communities. As a prophecy, that sounds delightful. But what does it actually mean?


Occasionally (potentially powered by The Walking Dead series), the Project UNITED team find it to be a useful exercise to imagine what our lives would be like if there were no councils, governments or laws, or law enforcement bodies to direct and protect us. Where would we be up to if we were left to our own …

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Wait… what?

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[Written be Will Lind, co-founder of United]

What does a guy like me think when a random email drops in my inbox asking if I wanted to be part of a team developing not just a new shoe, but a new way of doing business that builds and develops fitness communities at a grass-roots level? A guy like me says, “Aw, hells yeah!”

When Andrew hit me with the Project UNITED idea, he originally pushed it from the community building aspect (he referred to it as Kevin). That’s where the vision originated and that’s the part I fell in …

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“But what’s the point?”

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Putting a project together like Project UNITED takes a lot of time, money, and essentially requires the right people. The right skill-set is important, but what is more critical is for them to have genuine excitement for the project itself. Without this enthusiasm, the project is doomed before it even gets off the ground.

One of the things that makes Will a great person to work with is that he is not only big-picture capable, but he constantly asks why things are being done the way they are: are they being done for a purpose, or are they being done …

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Dude, where’s my motivation?

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Motivation waivers. That’s just how it is. It can waiver for a few days, weeks, or months depending on your strategy to address the source of your lack of motivation. Sometimes it can last for so long that your desire to reconnect with whatever you lost motivation from can disappear into the past altogether. That makes us sad at UNITED, and we don’t enjoy sad. We enjoy kickass.

Why motivation waivers

There are a handful of core circumstances as to why motivation waivers. It could be any one of these, or a combination of. Sometimes determining which is …

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So… now what?

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After we had calmed down from the hysteria of the idea (and by “hysteria” I mean confusion), we started to logically outline the basic high-level steps to achieving our goal – the goal being to create a desirable athletic shoe that would supplement our plan to invest in active communities. At this point we were not concerned with what could or couldn’t go wrong, or pricing, finances, logistics, shoe styles, or time frames. We basically “how-would-ya’d” the concept over the course of an hour or two; “how would ya create the product?” “How would ya promote the product?” …

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A “genius” idea

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We had just completed a morning routine and were sitting around having a breather. Sweat was pouring out of us like crazy and that giddy recovery had started to replace the exhaustion. The conversation commenced by bouncing “reviews” of the routine we had just completed off each other. Basically we just swore a lot.

Once we got that out of our systems,  we moved onto general conversation – the weekend previous, the weekend coming, humorous things we encountered up to that point in the week, and new fitness purchases. One of the crew had purchased a new pair of shoes …

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