How I Gained and Lost 60 Pounds as an Entrepreneur — and So Can You!

Welcome to the less-talked-about underbelly of “killing it” and “crushing it”. And your ticket out.

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A before and after that was 30 months in the making. Left: speaking at Refresh D.C., November 2011 (34.1% body fat). Right: Gussied up in ‘Rent the Runway’ attire for a girls’ weekend in Vegas, April 2014 (21.8% body fat). If you are what you measure, then consider me more concerned about my body mass index and ratio of muscle-to-fat than what the scale tells me. My 2015 goal is to get to 18% body fat, which is considered a “fit female athlete”. As for losing weight? Nah. I’m losing inches and gaining strength.
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Skiing Diamond Peak with my mom and dad, circa 1985 (Lake Tahoe, NV).

Seven steps to guarantee that you will gain weight while building your company (or your career). Additionally, these are great for eliminating healthfulness, happiness, and joy from your life.

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Presenting at the Economist’s “The World in 2011" summit, December 2010. Although stoked about the forum and topic (global economic opportunity for women), I was running on only three hours of sleep from the night before. Photo credit: Taylor Davidson for The Economist.

Seven steps to guarantee that you will lose excess weight or maintain a healthy weight while building your company (or your career). Additionally, seven sure-fire ways to be happy and live a joyful life.

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Lifting heavy on leg day, November 2014. Surrounded by professional models (no, seriously) at my Manhattan gym, I went ahead and leg pressed 270 lbs x 8 reps; 360 lbs x 8 reps; 450 lbs x 6 reps. When asked by a passer by after I finished my final set: “What are you training for?” I replied: “Life”.
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Of course you want the best conditions and gear, but you won’t always have it. Don’t let that be an excuse. Ever. In 2013, I forgot my tennis shoes while on a business trip, but I didn’t let it stop me. I threw on what I had (knee-high boots) and still pumped iron. I travel with the TRX band, weight gloves, and tennis shoes (when I remember) so I can be ready to do body weight, gym, or outdoor training.

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Happy, healthy, loving my new team at my new job, engaged in my new home (New York City), and dressed to take on any situation. Backpacks and tennis shoes are essentials! I call this my “urban turtle” mode, November 2014.


Timeline of Companies Built, Activities Done, Weight Gained / Lost


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Leslie Bradshaw (she / her)

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Vigilante poetess. Lifts spirits, weights, potential, 1st generation wealth. Rides for @Bionic10x @bradshawpinot @hyperisland @uchicago @thenimblyway

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Leslie Bradshaw (she / her)

Written by

Vigilante poetess. Lifts spirits, weights, potential, 1st generation wealth. Rides for @Bionic10x @bradshawpinot @hyperisland @uchicago @thenimblyway

Turtle Academy & (ad)Ventures

Resources, but not requirements. Join us as we build 1st generation-and-intergenerational wealth transfer; thriving health; rewarding careers; and dismantle oppressive systems.

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