Lists And Thoughts: 2023 In Review

I’m not sure what it is but it seems that every year since 2020 has its own elements of being completely surreal. 2023 was no exception just in its own unique ways.

This year, family health took priority over a lot of other things. Both my mother and my wife had circumstances come up which took a great deal of time, attention, travel, prayers and well-wishes, and a total of four surgeries between them.

This required me to be away from work more than I’m used to but it’s great credit to my staff, Coaches David and Nick, for holding the studio down in my absence. It also is credit to a very patient and understanding community who knew that family comes first when it comes to what life throws our way.

Also, in some bittersweet news, Big Rocks Nutrition folded officially this year. Those who followed the work I was doing with that business under the caring eye of Dr. Spencer Nadolsky may know that his Sequence platform was acquired by Weight Watchers earlier this year and that required that we shut down the doors to BRN. It was an absolutely awesome experience and I can’t thank Dr. Spencer enough for the opportunity. He was a great guy to work for and the team of coaches that I got to work side by side with are the cream of the crop. A big loving shout out to Coaches Rachel, Michelle, Alja, Jenny and Sarah and of course, our man behind the scenes, Dan. Much love to you all. I know that Spencer will do great things with WW.

As I pull together my annual list of things you may have missed, here are the Top 5 articles of the year on this blog:

  1. A Letter To Terry
  2. Sean’s Song
  3. Nine Years Later…In Sickness And In Health
  4. Sympathy For Britney
  5. Longevity (According To Gram)

I was a featured guest on the Good Vibes Wellness Podcast with host extraordinaire, JD Roberto. You can check that episode out HERE.

This was also a year where I tried to focus more on my continuing education. I picked up two more certifications, both of which through Girls Gone Strong and now hold those certificates as a Menopause Coaching Specialist and Women’s Coaching Specialist. I can’t speak highly enough of this organization.

In addition, I picked up continuing ed in Dr. Jake Linardon’s Binge Eating Essentials For Health Professionals and I worked with Brianna Johnston through her Grow & Scale course for Instagram content and services.

As a result of the latter, I began pushing my online services more this year than in previous years. It allows me to work with people who aren’t geographically close to RevFit and it helps me broaden my own experience as an online coach. That work then led to the release of “Fat Loss Simplified”, an 8-week online group coaching program. I’ll be speaking more about that in next week’s post.

Since there was so much happening with family, continuing education and work, I made a conscious effort to slow down my own book buying because I couldn’t catch up on all the books in my office I still had left to read. I finally conquered that mountain this year. I officially have no more room for books in my office and the picture you see below is nearly all of the 1200+ books I’ve acquired and read/listened to over the last 15 years.

I love the process of reading, to actually hold a book in my hands and go cover to cover, even though I rarely take notes or highlight key passages. I’m just along for the ride and I’ve been that way since I was a kid. Now that all of the books have been read, I can start to buy new ones again and filter out/donate the ones I won’t read a second time.

As I’ve done in previous years, here’s every book I consumed in 2023.

1-The Artist’s Way by Jane Cameron

2-Transforming #1 by Ron Smothermon

3-Corporate Rock Sucks by Jim Ruland

4-In My Own Words by Mother Theresa

5-The Laws Of Thermodynamics by Atkins

6-Stone Of Tears by Terry Goodkind

7-Blood Of The Fold by Terry Goodkind

8-Temple Of The Winds by Terry Goodkind

9-Mark Fisher’s Book Of Fitness Business Secrets by Mark Fisher

10-Soul Of The Fire by Terry Goodkind

11-Faith Of The Fallen by Terry Goodkind

12-A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

13-The Gloaming by Melanie Finn

14-The Shredded Chef by Michael Matthews

15-The Power Of Positive Fitness by John M. Rowley

16-Not On Our Watch by Don Cheadle and John Pendergrast

17-Resistance, Rebellion and Death by Albert Camus

18-Some New Kind Of Kick by Kid Congo Powers

19-Healthy For Life by Dr. Roy Strand

20-There Was A Light by Rich Tupica

21-The Listening Party Volume 2 by Tim Burgess

22-Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg

23-Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

24-In The Garden Of Beasts by Erik Larson

25-You Just Need To Lose Weight by Aubrey Gordon

26-Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

27-Adulthood Rites by Octavia E. Butler

28-Imago by Octavia E. Butler

29-The Producer by Dunstan Prial

30-Faust’s Gold by Steven Ungerleider

31-Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

32-Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? by Seth Godin

33-Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

34-Zen and the Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

35-The Book Of Stretching by Bob Doto

36-A Very Irregular Head by Rob Chapman

37-The Protein Book by Lyle McDonald

38-Punk Paradox by Greg Graffin

39-Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever

40-Slayer: 66 2/3 by DX Ferris

41-Death March by Edward Yourdon

42-The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien

43-The Vagina Bible by Jen Gunter, MD

44-Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson

45-Natural Solutions For Digestive Health by Jillian Teta and Jeannette Bessinger

46-The Strongest Shall Survive by Bill Starr

47-The Ruined Map by Kobo Abe

48-Life and Death On The New York Dance Floor by Tim Lawrence

49-The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

50-Rational Recovery by Jack Trimpey

51-Menopause Coaching Specialist Certfication Textbook by Girls Gone Strong

52-Kaboom by Matt Gallagher

53-Dead People Don’t Lose Weight by Michael Cruickshank

54-Portfolio Life by Daniel Corbett

55-Woe Is I by Patricia T. O’Conner

56-It Came From Memphis by Robert Gordon

57-The Body In Action by Sarah Key

58-The Afghan Campaign by Steven Pressfield

59-Consolations by David Whyte

60-Anatomy Of A Breakthrough by Adam Alter

61-Immune by Philipp Dettmer

62-How To Write, Speak And Think More Effectively by Rudolf Flesch

63-Why Calories Count by Marion Nestle

64-Drift by Meredith Paige Nejame

65-The Diabetic Muscle & Fitness Guide by Phil Graham

66-Rememberings by Sinead O’Connor

67-GGS-1 Plus by Girls Gone Strong

68-Sweet Soul Music by Peter Guralnick

69-GGS-1 Coaching by Girls Gone Strong

70-Rich As F*ck by Amanda Frances

71-The Menopause Manifesto by Dr. Jen Gunter

72-You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero

73-Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

74-Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty

75-Twenty Thousand Roads by David N. Meyer

76-No Excuses by Brian Tracy

77-The Gap And The Gain by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy

78-Deskbound by Kelly Starrett

79-Success Is A Choice by John C. Maxwell

80-Clear Thinking by Shane Parrish

81-The Woman In Me by Britney Spears

82-Everything Fat Loss by Ben Carpenter

83-A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves by Ari Weinzweig

84-Men In My Town by Keith Smith

85-Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf

86-Stay Fanatic, Vol. 3 by Henry Rollins

87-A Good Man Is Hard To Find & Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor

88-Awakening The Heroes Within by Carol S. Pearson

89-The Last Diet by Shahroo Izadi

90-The Teachings Of Buddha

91-Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski

92-Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman, Oliveier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein

93-The Power Of A Note by Sheena Leedham

94-Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

95-33 1/3: The Geto Boys by Rolf Potts

96-33 1/3: Uptown Saturday Night by Patrick Rivers and Will Fulton

97-33 1/3: Homogenic by Emily Mackay

98-33 1/3: In On The Kill Taker by Joe Gross

99-33 1/3: Transformer by Ezra Furman

100-Jeff Buckley: In His Own Voice by Mary Guibert & David Browne

101-Maldoror by Comte De Lautreamont

102-Mystery Train by Griel Marcus

103-Grit by Angela Duckworth

104-Start With Why by Simon Sinek

105-Making It Home by Teresa Strasser

106-Long Road by Steven Hyden

107-If Not Dieting, Then What? by Dr. Rick Kausman

108-(R)evolution by Gary Numan

109-Bunnyman by Will Sergeant

110-Constructive Living by David K. Reynolds

111-Getting Better Bite By Bite by Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure, & June Alexander

112-All I Ever Wanted by Kathy Valentine