Saturday, April 19, 2014

Have You Listened Yet?

My podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher

Have you listened to it yet? If not, please go out to one of those sites (iTunes if you use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod) and Stitcher (if you use an Android phone), subscribe and listen.

I want to grow my audience, but the only way that will happen is if more people can easily find it. And that only happens if I can make--and maintain--an appearance in iTunes New & Noteworthy. New & Noteworthy is only possible for the first eight weeks of a podcast's life. Just 56 days. And Make Your Someday Today is already 10 days old.

Podcasts are measured by the number of subscriptions, ratings and reviews. Can you be my superhero and save the day for me? 

After you help me by subscribing, rating and reviewing, drop me a line on Twitter and tell me, okay? @TrevorLaRene

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Podcast is Up and Running!

I rarely directly ask for help here, but I AM asking now! I need everyone's help!

I want to let everyone know that my podcast has launched successfully, with three episodes published, and the fourth to be released on Monday, Apr 14. I have 8 more interviews recorded, edited and scheduled for weekly releases, every Monday. I am recording more people every week to stay ahead of schedule. This podcast will run smoothly, with at least one new episode every week.

Make Your Someday Today is available on iTunes right now. 

I am waiting for acceptance to Stitcher, Windows, and Blackberry. You can also listen to it, or download it directly from my website. To be totally honest, the website is rough, but it works. Now that I have a grip (slippery, but it is a grip) on the podcast, I am going to focus on the web page.

When you listen to the show, please go to the website and leave comments on the show notes. If you download from iTunes (or any of the other sources mentioned) please go back after listening, subscribe to get future episodes automatically and leave me a 5 star review!

A few details:

The podcast is focused on helping you succeed, in any goal. I believe that reaching success requires the same steps whether you are trying to lose 50 pounds, write a book, run a marathon, or get A's in school. It is an interview-based show (most of the episodes, at least) so you won't be listening to me for the entire show, but rather others who faced challenges and yet persevered to reach success, and now are returning that success to others. You may know of some of my guests, especially if you already listen to podcasts, but the majority of my guests are going to be people like you and me, who set a goal, worked hard, and achieved success. We will learn their strategies.

Most of the interview shows run about 40 minutes. The non-interview shows run 15-30 minutes. The first episode was rough (in terms of sound quality) but I quickly got better.
  • The first episode is my story, and why I feel that I can help you succeed in your goals.
  • The second episode is about how the podcast will work, and the four key steps in succeeding at anything.
  • The third episode is a podcaster/entrepreneur who had plenty of challenges, and stepped outside his comfort zone to help create success for others around the world.
  • The fourth episode (available Monday, Apr 14) is a major blogger (250K hits a month) and cookbook author, who teaches a common sense way to enjoy life and still lose weight.
  • The fifth (available Monday, Apr 21) is the first LoseIt member. Many LoseIt friends will make an appearance on the podcast over the next 2-3 months.
  • The sixth episode will be a podcaster from Wisconsin who experienced a ton of challenges, and yet rose to become a successful business woman and entrepreneur.
  • The seventh will be a LoseIt member from Canada.
  • The eighth is a science podcaster, with 180K downloads a week.

If you want to know more, you need to subscribe and listen! And if you like what you hear (and so far, everyone is giving me good reviews) PLEASE tell others about the podcast in your preferred social media platform. (And a second reminder to leave a 5 star review on iTunes. That is critical to helping others find me easily in the iTunes directory, because placement is based on reviews.)

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Podcast is Coming!

Get ready, world!

In only a few days, you will not only have my blog, but now my podcast! It will be an interview-based show (so that way you do not need to listen to me talk for the entire show.) Each week, my guest will have a success story. We will talk to weight loss victors, entrepreneurs, artists, and athletes. This is an international show. I have already interviewed guests from Israel, Canada and Greece as well as from across the USA. I have people in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and Philippines lined up, waiting in the wings for their turn to share their success stories.

If you already an avid podcast listener, there is a chance that you may have heard of some of my awesome friends (because I interviewed some pretty big podcasters) but most of my guests are people like you. People who at one time said “Someday, I will…” and then they did it.

With me, you will learn how they accomplished their goals and overcame their challenges, what goals are yet to be conquered and other details of their journey.

I am an an “Optimistic Realist.” I believe that if you can dream it, you can achieve it, but only with the right effort and with the committment to never surrender. That is the focus of my show.

You will be able to download episodes to your iDevice from iTunes, or an Android from Stitcher, or directly from my website. Keep watching here. I will announce when the podcast is live. 

This is scary. And exciting!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Grown Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grown Up Grilled Cheese
Serves 1

2 slices of your preferred bread
2 slices of your preferred cheese
2-3 slices of tomato
1 jalapeno cut into strips
1/4 avocado, sliced
1 teaspoon Vegemite (optional)
1 tablespoon mayonnaise

  1. Prepare your ingredients. Preheat non-stick griddle or skillet.
  2. Spread the Vegemite on one slice of cheese (optional).
  3. Spread the mayonnaise on one side of each slice of bread.
  4. Lay the bread mayo-side DOWN on griddle.
  5. Lay the Vegemite spread cheese on the bread, Vegemite down.
  6. Arrange the remaining ingredients on the cheese.
  7. Top with second piece of cheese and bread, mayo-side UP.
  8. Grilled until the edge gets brown (2-4 minutes, depending on the heat.)
  9. With a spatula, carefully flip and grill the second side.
Nutritional data:
Calories:       274
Fat:             16.8g
Sat fat:          5.7g
Chol:           25mg
Sodium:     354mg
Carbs:            25g
Fiber:            6.9g
Protein:          14g

Please be aware that those nutritional numbers are specific to my sandwich. Adding to deleting ingredients, using different cheese, or not using Vegemite will change all the numbers.

Served with Wisco Disco, a great American Amber Ale

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Chocolate Crepes, Filled with Sweet Ricotta

Chocolate Crepes, Filled with Sweet Ricotta
Serves 8

1/2 cup flour
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon Splenda (or you can use any other non-calorie sweetener, or table sugar)
8 ounces (250g) low fat ricotta cheese (approximately 1 cup)
2 tablespoons Splenda  (or you can use any other non-calorie sweetener, or table sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1 tsp melted butter

  1. Combine flour, cacao and sugar in a small bowl.
  2. Mix together ricotta, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine milk, water, egg and melted butter in a blend. Pulse to mix. 
  4. Add flour mixture, and process until smooth. The batter will be like thin pancake batter.
  5. Preheat a non-stick 6" skillet over medium high heat.
  6. When hot, spray lightly with cooking spray, and pour a scant 1/4 cup of batter in the middle of the skillet. Immediately pick the skillet up and tilt/turn it until the batter coats the surface. 
  7. Return to heat. When the edges start to curl (approximately 1 minute) carefully flip. 
  8. Cook another 30 seconds. Remove and lay on wax paper that you previously lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Do not skip that step. They WILL stick to wax paper as they cool.
  9. Repeat with remaining batter.
  10. When all are cooked, spread about 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture over the surface and roll. Set aside and repeat until finished.
  11. Cut into 1 inch long pieces and serve. 
Nutritional data:
Calories:       96
Fat:             3.6g
Sat fat:        1.8g
Chol:         43mg
Sodium:     45mg
Carbs:         9.6g
Fiber:             1g
Protein:       5.1g

Okay. A question for you! Would you consider this a dessert or a breakfast? Why? Please leave a comment below!

Friday, March 28, 2014

I Was a Guest Blogger This Week!

I occasionally guest blog for other people. It's not too often, but it is fun to reach a new audience. This week I was asked to provide a post for LoseIt! Rather than simply copy it, I will encourage you to go there and read my words. (Then, if you feel that maybe your weight is an issue, you can take the app out for a test drive. It is free!)

Here is a link directly to my blog post.

Also, the podcast is a bit delayed. I won't make my April 1 goal, but it is getting close! Keep watching here. I have seven great interviews recorded and this podcast is going to be awesome! I guarantee it, or your money back!

Oh, wait. It's free!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Transition Time is Challenging!


I am 4 weeks from launching my first podcast. My podcast will be focused on goal achievement--revolving around my weight loss success, but expanding to any goal and success story. And that work--combined with my full time teaching job, and being a husband/father/son--is keeping me from blogging a lot. But my inactivity here is not a sign of total absence.

I've had this blog for over two years, and listened to podcasts for even longer. Starting the bog was simple. But why start a podcast? That seems so challenging. The reason "why" is the exact reason I listen to podcasts instead of reading blogs: time! I can listen to a podcast while doing something else. And when I realized that, I knew that I needed to transition to a podcast. But how?

I was absolutely stumped, until I found the right teacher. Meron Bareket of the Inspiring Innovation podcast invited me to be one of his beta-testers for his podcast-developing bootcamp. He created a course with detailed and simple (I needed simple!) instructions, video tutorials and comprehensive check lists. With his help, I am excited to be so close to launching my own.

Have you ever thought about creating your own podcast? Here is a link to the bootcamp that I tested (and successfully tested, I might add!)

Oh, did I mention: his entire bootcamp is free?

If you are even just curious about what it would take (and it doesn't take much!) go to the bootcamp page and take a look. The "take a look" costs nothing--but the entire bootcamp also costs nothing, so what do you have to lose?

Please note: this blog is NOT going away. Never. But it will evolve to become a part of a larger platform. I will blog and podcast and both will help each other be even more relevant and helpful.

Do me a favor: After you go to the bootcamp site and take a look (or even sign up?) post a note here in the comments. I'm curious: what are your thoughts about his bootcamp? Are you going to give it a try? Let me know here.