[Podcast] Ep80: Small Steps, Giant Changes

Blake Calhoun isn’t a celebrity director, he’s not a health & wellness expert, and he’s not going to drop any giant knowledge-bombs on you in this episode. He’s just a hard-working filmmaker and editor doing his best to raise two kids and create cool stuff in the process.

Through virtually no effort whatsoever, Blake has lost over 30 pounds (and kept it off in the last year), eradicated himself from a daily soda & junk food habit, and has the energy left after a long day to spend time with his family. If that doesn’t make you a superhero in the film industry, I don’t know what does.

By simply following a few of the steps we talk about in this episode, you can completely change your life for the long term as Blake did, and you can do it one small step at a time.

Full disclaimer: Blake is the owner of Cinemoti, one of the sponsors of this episode. If you’re a filmmaker and you don’t know about Cinemoti, you need to check it out. He’s doing some really cool stuff.

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Topics of Conversation:

  • How Blake and I met
  • Blake’s new healthy habits
  • What is simple is not always easy…
  • Blake’s journey to better health and wellness
  • What Blake has noticed since he changed his diet
  • The difference between fad dieting and a lifestyle change
  • The reasons why Blake decided to make this lifestyle change — his children
  • “You really can change your health just by what you eat”
  • Why BMI isn’t a very good measure of health
  • Blake’s roadmap to better health
  • It’s the little things that help!
  • How Blake “treats” himself throughout the week
  • Does food taste differently now?
  • A little bit of soda bashing (use Coke to clean your toilet!)
  • Blake’s tips on how to succeed in changing your lifestyle
  • What CineMoti has in its library (read: not just background elements!)
  • Use coupon code FIP15 for 15% off CineMoti!

Useful links:

FiP Blog Post: Sitting is Killing You, But Standing Isn’t The Answer

FiP Podcast Ep36: The Primal Lifestyle

FiP Podcast Ep76: Why Calorie Counting Doesn’t Work

FiP Podcast Ep79: How To Stay Healthy at Conventions and Events

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Guest Bio:

Blake is founder of the 2nd Unit footage site CineMoti.com and a Texas-­based filmmaker who likes to play golf (although he never gets to). He’s also produced, directed & edited ten independent feature films and digital series including the award­winning shows Pink and Continuum, also Exposed for Warner Bros. TV and executive producer McG. And recently he teamed up with New York Times Best­Selling author Rachel Caine and Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry entertainment network to create the digital series Morganville. In his spare time he tries to sleep (at least six hours a night).

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Curtis Fritsch, the show notes were prepared by Natalie Boschan, and this show is executive produced by Kanen Flowers. We are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. Zack helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs overcome procrastination, depression, and creative burnout so they can get sh*t done and achieve the most meaningful goals in their lives...without sacrificing their sanity in the process. If you’re interested in learning how to better manage your time, your energy, and develop ninja-like focus, download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”