Josh Schachnow shares his wisdom on how he managed to improve his calorie intake, graduate law school and start up 2 companies in under 2 years.
e started talking about it in December and it officially started operation early January. So still very, very new.
Yeah, it's been pretty cool. In just over two months, we've had over a hundred candidates apply and be vetted. We've had 11 of them now make it through the vetting process successfully. We have a big handful of Canadian companies that are on board using our services and we have successfully vetted candidates who now in their second or third rounds of interviewing with Canadian companies. e think we're about two weeks away, fingers crossed, from our first hire being made which would be really great for us. And then, I would also be handling the legal work as well.
Just turned 27 in January.
That's a great question. I don't have a wife and I don't have kids. I figured that when you don't have a wife or kids, it's the best time to give things a try. To do something that's a little more out in left field. I articled for 10 months with a law firm and I learned a lot but working in a law firm office just wasn't for me. We're growing up in such an interesting time where basically the sky's the limit. There are so many great people doing great things and you just have to figure out what you could or may be interested in and put yourself out there Talk to people, network and try to create some luck for yourself. A stream of lucky things happened that got me to co-found this company and having the current success that we’ve had. But if you don't put yourself in those situations to give you those chances to get lucky, they're never going to happen. When you're young, when you don't have a mortgage, when you don't have kids to take care of, that's when you should be taking the chances and not leaving them until you're older and regret not having done it sooner.
Hey, if you find an awesome life partner, then by all means. I'm definitely looking for one.
I'm about 6'3 and a half.
I never ate poorly and I was always in fairly good shape, but I’ve never been at an ideal weight. About five years ago, that changed. I started exercising even more than I was. I'm eating better, having shakes, trying to up my veggie intake, fruit intake, cut down on red meat, stuff like that. I ended up cutting out dairy as well, in that process of trying to eat healthier. Because of all this, became a little bit harder to eat enough calories because I'm an above average sized guy and I exercise in what is probably an above average type frequency and intensity. So, I need to eat an above average amount of calories. I love eating, but when you’re busy with lifemeal planning and eating in a healthy way is very difficult, I wasn't eating enough. I went to see a nutritionist twice over the course of the diet, and she told me, "Yeah, you're not eating enough. You need to eat more calories, you need more protein. You've got to eat more." I tried for a little bit and then you get busy this and that and I wasn't eating enough again. That’s when met October and had that chat about my nutrition. I was feeling good about what I was eating, but I wasn't feeling good in the sense that I had enough gas in the tank all times. Then we had a couple of really good talks and that was the tipping point of deciding, OK, I'm not giving myself enough. Not just physically but mentally and in business too, because if you're not operating at your best physically then you're not going to operate the best in other areas as well.
Yes, it was saying in the low 3000's.
Yeah, I think I was at a one thousand-calorie deficit each day.
I ordered the big bag, the 10-meal supply bag and I started drinking those and I just started upping my calorie intake. Thankfully because the shakes are about 400 or 500 calories a pop, I only had to eat for the 500 calories more a day. I was just making each meal a little largerI immediately started putting on a couple of pounds, which I think I needed, and I felt a lot better. I definitely had more energy. Typically, I would wake up in the morning and even after I got my eight hours of sleep and I would feel like I could sleep for another three to four, no problem. Whereas when I upped my calorie count, I was up and I was ready to go. I wasn't getting the kind of lulls in the middle of the day like I used to get.
I found the shakes really good. In the past, I found that meal replacement shakes never filled me up. I can eat all morning and not feel full, but especially if it's a liquid, then I almost wouldn't even count the calories because it had no effect on my hunger whatsoever. The difference with the Athlete Shake from a lot of the other powdered and meal replacement ones that I had is that it actually did feel more like a meal in my stomach. So, it wasn't just the energy, it was actually feeling full, which to me is big. Whatever you're putting in there, it's working in that regard.
I had 12 of the bottles and I’ve used about eight of them so far. Typically, what I do is throw one in my bag and keep it with me in case I need it in the afternoon. Things tend to get hectic for me after lunch and if I forget to snack or I’m working late it was a great solution because I knew all I needed to do was to find a sink and I had a 400-calorie meal in a minute. That’s where I was using it a lot before my trip and then I brought two or three of them with me to San Francisco and I was using it much the same way. Especially, because I can save on spending American dollars.