Chasing the Sun: Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss Through Sustainable Fitness, Health and Wellness

Chasing the Sun: Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss Through Sustainable Fitness, Health and Wellness

By Mark Mohammadpour
Hi, I'm Mark Mohammadpour (MarkMoh on Twitter/Instagram)! In 2007 I weighed 350 pounds, seriously overweight and afraid for my life. Through small changes, I've lost and kept off 150 pounds. As a PR professional, I know what it's like to endure long days in the office or on the road with little chance for consistent diet and exercise. That said, I've learn a lot along the way that I want to share!

I recently became a certified personal trainer and health coach, and determined to help others lose weight, chase their sun, and live a lifestyle that will benefit themselves and those around them.
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Episode 43: Part Four of My Five-Part Series on the Dog Days of Summer!
Sorry to say this, but fall is approaching fast! I share three tips on how to prepare for the fall season. Enjoy! 
05:32
August 22, 2019
Episode 42: Part Three of My Five-Part Series on the Dog Days of Summer!
I played tennis for the first time in years, with a $20 tennis racket my parents bought back in the 1980s. I had a great time, and it helped cure my exercise boredom. What is YOUR new activity to mix up your exercise routine? Let's discuss!
05:32
August 15, 2019
Episode 41: Part Two of My Five-Part Series on the Dog Days of Summer!
It's summer party/cookout season! I share three tips to prepare yourself to be in control of your health and wellness. Enjoy, and have a great time!
08:13
August 8, 2019
Episode 40: Part One of My Five-Part Series on the Dog Days of Summer!
How do we stay in shape during the dog days of summer (and what ARE the dog days of summer in the first place)? Listen to find out! 
08:16
August 1, 2019
Episode 39: Trailer for Five-Part Series on the Dog Days of Summer!
It's nearly August! We'll spend the month sharing short, actionable tips that will set you up for the fall. Here's a quick look at our calendar!  August 1: Three tips for beating the summer heat August 8: Three tips for the summer cookout August 15: How to beat the cure for boredom August 22: Three tips on how to mentally brace for the fall change August 29: Labor Day and preparing for the long weekend
01:24
July 31, 2019
Episode 38: Let's Talk About Intermittent Fasting!
Some people swear by intermittent fasting; others have tried it but haven't seen the results. I share my own thoughts during today's episode!
10:12
July 25, 2019
Episode 37: Can't Sleep? Try the FIVE Tips I Used Last Night to Fall Back Asleep!
I was having trouble falling back asleep the other night! I was tossing and turning around 2:00 a.m. Aargh!  All was not lost, however. I did five things within 30 minutes to get me back asleep. What are they? Tune in to listen!
06:47
July 18, 2019
Episode 36: The One Tip to Exercise YOUR Way
Today, I share one quick tip for those of you who are struggling with exercise and want to stay consistent. Tune in, and happy summer! 
07:39
July 11, 2019
Episode 35: Declare Your Independence!
A happy Independence Day in the U.S.! Before you start your day: take 3-5 minutes and write out what you will eat and drink. This will give you a head start on enjoying your day and setting yourself up for a happy and healthy weekend. Enjoy, and be safe!
05:21
July 4, 2019
Episode 34: Last of my Four-Part Series on Summer Travel!
The last part of my four-part series on summer travel!
05:49
June 27, 2019
Episode 33: Third of my Four-Part Series on Summer Travel!
Hello! It’s part three of my summer travel series. Let’s chat about back up plans to ensure you’re staying on track while enjoying your well-deserved vacation. Enjoy!
06:48
June 20, 2019
Episode 32: Second of my Four-Part Series on Summer Travel!
A few minutes on getting tactical when traveling this summer!
05:22
June 13, 2019
Episode 31: Part One of my Series on Summer Travel!
Let's talk summer travel! In the first part of my series, I talk about the most important part: planning ahead!
05:09
June 6, 2019
Episode 30: Trailer for Four-Part Series on Summer Travel!
Short trailer for my four-part series in June on how to survive summer travel! Check out episode one of this series on June 6!
00:52
June 5, 2019
Episode 29: 300 times in the Peloton
Recently, I celebrated a personal milestone: my 300th Peloton ride! In today’s episode I speak for a few minutes about why I’m such an advocate for Peloton, but just as important what my experience the last several years has helped to firmly establish my approach to health and wellness. Enjoy! 
35:42
May 30, 2019
Episode 28: Part 4 - it's up to YOU to survive event and conference season!
No matter who's joining you at your conference or event -- clients, prospects, bosses, colleagues, strangers, new friends - you and ONLY you get to set your journey. I share why that's important in part four of my four-part episode! 
11:50
May 23, 2019
Episode 27: Part 3 - stop treating conferences and events like you're on vacation!
It's part three of my four-part series on surviving conferences and events. My message today: if you're making a permanent change to weight loss and maintenance, stop treating these events like you're on vacation! There are NO cheat days or cheat meals, you can't "take the conference off" and eat and drink whatever you want. I get (slightly) fired up about this today's episode. Enjoy! 
11:25
May 16, 2019
Episode 26: Part 2 - setting the right health and fitness tactics to win conferences and events!
It’s the second episode of my four-part series on surviving conferences and events. Today I talk about setting the right health and wellness tactics to prepare for a full day of networking, panels and other sessions. Enjoy! 
10:36
May 9, 2019
Episode 25: Part 1 -- tips for surviving conferences and events!
It's conference and event season! How do you prepare for a heavy season of attending conferences, events and trade shows while making a permanent change to weight loss? It's all about preparing in advance! I share more in today's episode. Enjoy! 
15:12
May 2, 2019
Episode 24: How to survive conference and event season!
This May, we will focus on how to survive conference and event season. It's a busy spring, but don't let that get in the way of staying healthy. I share a few brief thoughts on what to expect in my episodes this month. Hope you enjoy! 
01:24
May 2, 2019
Episode 23: A Very Decisive April!
We make a lot of decisions! Sources tell us we make nearly 35,000 decisions per day! I'm sure I made 10,000 decisions alone just producing this episode. That must be taxing on our brains.  I've been thinking about this throughout April, as I've been a part of several panels and presentations on the topic of health and wellness in the workplace. Conversations focused on time: the amount of time we allocate to exercise, cooking and incorporating wellness into our full lives. Wed talked about how much time we perceive we have, and just as important, how much time we perceive we do not have. I share a few thoughts on this and three tips on on how you can manage your time effectively! Thank you for listening; please share, rate, subscribe and give me feedback on Instagram or Twitter @markmoh!
17:45
April 25, 2019
Episode 22: On H20! Three reasons why you should drink your water!
I can’t believe this but I’m going to spend seven minutes on water today. I’m not going to recommend how you drink it, or what branded water bottle or if it’s carbonated or if you should add artificial flavoring to you drink.  But I will share three reasons why it’s important to drink water in the first place. First, we ARE water. 60 percent of our body is water. This helps us digest food, keep our body circulated, sends our nutrients around and keeps our body temperature regulated.  Second, you get fuller by drinking water. My advice, if you feel hungry, drink water first. You would be surprised how that can positively impact you.  Third, all that walking and exercising and lifting weights makes you feel good, right? Well, water helps fight fatigue. Your muscles need water to keep going and without water you’re going to get frustrated because they won’t respond as you like. When you sweat, you lose water. You lose water you get dehydrated. You get dehydrated, you heart has to work more and you don’t want that.  Here’s when you should drink it. All the time!  First thing in the morning. Have a glass next to you. When you are busy. Set a reminder on your phone every hour to drink if you need to. Are you drinking alcohol. Drink water before, during and after. When you are hungry. Thanks for tuning in! 
07:40
April 18, 2019
Episode 21: Live your best life TODAY!
Last week I tried on a pair of pants that still had the tags on. It was the first time I was able to wear these pants since I bought them in…2011 (!). No one should have pants for eight years before they can fit into them.  My advice: live in the now, wear what you can now, sit and enjoy your life where you can and feel comfortable NOW. Live in the NOW! I share a few thoughts on today’s episode! 
08:34
April 10, 2019
Episode 20: Keep on Walking (With Purpose)!
It's National Walking Day today! I LOVE walking. I believe it's the simplest, most versatile and impactful form of exercise. I never took walking seriously until I started losing weight and figured out that, coupled with a more balanced eating regime, it helps achieve a lot of goals. It positively impacts my mental health, my physical health and is the simplest form of accomplishment. Over the years, I have looked at walking with a sense of purpose and intent. How do I look at my life and my schedule and make choices that can involve walking on a more consistent basis? I share my thoughts on today's episode! Happy #NationalWalkingDay!
11:08
April 4, 2019
Episode 19: Three Tips on Commuting!
Throughout college, my college internships and when I started my professional career, I spent a lot of time in my car. Crossing states, multiple traffic jams, parking, walking to school/the office, it takes its toll! Looking back, I spent around 5 hours per week commuting, which is about the American average.  These are the states with the longest and shortest commutes — how does yours stack up? Whether you’re driving, a passenger in a car, or riding mass transit, there are a couple realities. First is simply the amount of perceived lost time you have spending that time commuting. Second, there's research that shows your commute can impact decision making at work  USATODAY.com - Commuters drive stress into the workplace What are three things you can do? I'll share my thoughts in this week's episode!
12:18
March 28, 2019
Episode 18: Slam Dunking Your Way Through the Madness of March
It’s March and college basketball tourney season. Time for brackets, Cinderella stories and hours and hours and hours of time in front of a television, our tablet and phone to check out how our alma mater is doing. Sitting on chairs and couches for hours all day is NOT good for our bodies. But watching hoops is SO FUN. What do we do? Plan ahead. Know the schedule. These tournaments have HUGE television contracts with a lot of timeouts. One television timeout every four minutes of play, not to mention regular time outs. Then there’s halftime, breaks inbetween games, it doesn’t stop! I’ll share thoughts on how to incorporate exercise while still enjoying the tournaments this month. Right it down. Plan ahead. Drink your water, ENJOY the tournaments, but most of all, keep moving! 
07:28
March 21, 2019
Episode 17: Changing our relationship with our food
Let's talk about the relationship we have with our food. We have parties around food, we have national food days, we watch television shows about food, we read websites, we pin recipes, we post hundreds of millions of photos about food. When we are making permanent changes to weight loss, this can be a significant distraction. How can we enjoy food without letting it overwhelm us? Let's discuss!
10:58
March 14, 2019
Episode 16: On Transformation
Happy March! If you're like me, it's time for winter to wrap up soon! That said, and even though it's still freezing, the second the clock struck March 1 it was like everything was new. It's been a long but fun winter. Still managed to lose a few pounds and stick to my exercise routine. My wife and I walked nearly 50 times in the early mornings between November and February, and the rest of the time went bike riding and/or to exercise class. Our transformation over the last few minutes have been just as much FEELING different and FEELING happier when we know we had a great workout or made the right eating choices. I share a few thoughts on what that means to me in this latest episode!
11:50
March 10, 2019
Episode 15: Under pressure
I recently read a new study about the positive impact on blood pressure when you go walking in the morning.  https://gizmodo.com/a-morning-walk-may-be-as-good-as-medication-for-lowerin-1832761252 Just last month, a study found that even 30 minutes of light regular exercise could lower the risk of an early death by 17 percent for the average middle-aged American.  Now, I remember as a kid going to the pharmacy and getting to sit in those chairs with my arm stuck through a blood pressure machine. I thought it was cool because for a few seconds I felt my arm getting squeezed slightly, then some random numbers punched out. Fast forward to adulthood and I'll tell you, there was a time more than 10 years ago when I was 350 pounds that I NEVER EVER EVER wanted to know those numbers. I never wanted to know my weight, my cholesterol and certainly not my blood pressure.  But you need to know those numbers. Why? The American Heart Association says that the increase of blood pressure related deaths is increased by 38 percent between 2005 and 2015, and 103 million American adults have high blood pressure. So, how do we fix this issue? I share a few thoughts on today's episode. 
15:06
February 28, 2019
Episode 14: The Tortoise and the Hare
There's a REASON why the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare is so popular: it's TRUE! When it comes to losing and keep off a significant amount of weight, you must go slowly and surely. I share a few quick thoughts to keep in mind as you're progressing through your permanent change. 
10:00
February 21, 2019
Episode 13: How to LOVE Exercise!
Happy Valentine's Day! It's the LOVE episode. GAH, right?? Love and exercise? Why on Earth are we talking about this today? Whether it's taking a specific class, playing a sport you love, embracing a fitness video game, or learning to run a 5K, my message today is that YOU define exercise however you want as long as you're moving. I share three quick tips to help fall in love with exercise, or at least like it a little more. :) Enjoy!
15:54
February 14, 2019
Episode 12: Chasing the Snow and the Sun! Mental tips for staying fit and healthy in the snow.
Emergency podcast! It's snowing here in the Pacific Northwest. But does that get in the way of you losing and keeping weight off permanently? No! In today's spur-of-the-moment podcast, I share three quick tips to mentally prepare you for weather-related challenges, stay on track and Chase YOUR Sun! Stay safe out there, friends! 
09:50
February 9, 2019
Episode 11: It's About Time
We talk a lot about time, how we never seem to have enough of it to go around. Is that really true? American adults spend more than 11 hours a day listening to, watching, reading or generally interacting with media, according to a recent Nielsen study.  https://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2018/time-flies-us-adults-now-spend-nearly-half-a-day-interacting-with-media.print.html In today's episode, I share three tips to rethink the way you do about time so you can find those minutes per day to incorporate fitness and healthier eating habits.
10:47
February 8, 2019
Episode 10: Challenging the Time-based Challenge!
It's the end of January and time to assess how our resolutions are going! Are you working on a 7-day, 14-day, 21-day or month-long challenge, diet or cleanse? Is your challenge preparing you for a life-long change? In this episode, I share tips to prepare yourself before, during and after you start a time-based challenge to set you up for long-term success.
10:29
January 31, 2019
Episode 9: Embrace your inner hero!
I remember when I weighed 350 pounds. Being severely overweight can be demoralizing. You’re down, unsure what to do and overwhelmed by fad diets, complicated exercise routines and counsel from those who haven’t been in your shoes. The biggest challenge to overcome is mental unreadiness. We think signing up for a gym, buying a fitness tracker or a diet cookbook will immediately make us thinner. That’s not going to happen without the proper mental and planning work first. It comes when asking yourself: who impacts you, and who do you impact? Even at your lowest, there’s someone who looks up to you. Whether you’re great at video games, gardening, leading a company, baking, whatever, there’s something that YOU can do that no one else can. And, hopefully, that’s something you love. That might sound a little self-centered, but it’s our biggest blind spot. As a society, we are often too humble to realize how much we impact others. We all contribute, and we all add value. Me? I love telling stories. I love helping people and companies talk about themselves. I’ve done it for a long time. My heroes are my wife, friends, family and colleagues. I want to live for them, and 10 years ago I knew that I wasn’t going to be there for them if I stayed obese. I was on the path towards Type II diabetes and heart disease that would be difficult to overcome. I guarantee you that someone in this world looks up to you. Let’s find out who is OUR hero! Thank your for listening!
11:31
January 25, 2019
Episode 8: The Tips You Need to Game the System, Lose Weight and Keep it Off FOREVER
I'm a HUGE Olympics fan, and this week I have been trying to embrace the spirit of modern Olympics founder, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. He said, "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part." This is true in all walks of life, in particular as you're working on losing weight permanently. No matter HOW you keep track of your progress, the key is to KEEP GOING! This episode focus on the tips you need to game the system, lose weight and TAKE PART! 
16:25
January 17, 2019
Episode 7: The questions you must ask yourself before starting a permanent change to your diet.
There are two things to think about when making a permanent change to your diet and achieve weight loss and maintenance. 1) Can I do this forever? 2) Can I do this anywhere or anytime? I’ll share thoughts on why that’s important in this latest episode.
18:10
January 10, 2019
Episode 6: Unlock the Keys to Making it Through Your Next Event, Trip or Holiday Without Weight Gain
The holiday season was busy, stressful, and a lot of fun! Sound familiar? In the past, I would have gained 5-10 pounds in December. This year, I gained nothing. How? By applying the same techniques I use year round. Let's discuss in the latest episode of "Chasing the Sun"!
23:45
January 3, 2019
Episode 5: Trust the (exercise) process!
Hi! It’s been a while since I posted a new podcast, and we have a new name: Chasing the Sun! In this episode, let’s talk about exercise. We are all thinking about how to incorporate exercise into our lives heading into the new year. It’s time to think about our New Year’s resolutions. When I lost my weight years ago, I tried everything under the sun to stay fit. Gyms, stair climbers, running 5Ks, weight benches, sports, you name it, I’ve done it. I finally have identified three different things that I do on a consistent basis when it comes to exercise: regular walks around my neighborhood, my kettlebell, and my Peloton spin bike.  But it took me a long time to find out what works for me.  My advice as you start your journey: take your time, MAKE your time, keep it simple, keep it repetitive, keep it yours.  We’ll chat about the importance of making small changes early – whether it’s getting up a few minutes earlier, counting a walk around the block as a “win,” or blocking out 15 minutes a day, every day, to exercise – and understanding the positive impact those small changes can make long-term.  I’d love to hear from you! Reach me on Twitter or Instagram @markmoh to offer thoughts on topics you’d like to hear me cover in a future episode.
38:46
December 27, 2018
Episode 4: Thank You, Dad
In this episode, I share how I've honored my late father's life over the last year.
14:05
February 23, 2018
Episode 3: From the Stopwatch to the Smartwatch
Fitness trackers are amazing! I briefly chat about their potential and share a quick reminder that simply exercising in the first place is a HUGE step in making a change. Enjoy!
08:04
January 5, 2018
Episode 2: Don't Sweat It
A New Year means a new focus on health and fitness. But a lot of us feel pressure to succeed at the first method we try. My advice: be patient. Try a bunch of different things until you find what sticks. Today we talk through just a few examples that I've tried over the years.
08:44
December 29, 2017
Episode 1: The Scone is Dead
Back in 2007, I proposed to my incredible wife Christine. But I was severely overweight and knew I had to make a change. So what does that have to do with scones? Tune in to find out!
08:17
December 19, 2017
Trailer: Chasing the Sun, Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss Through Sustainable Fitness, Health and Wellness
Hi, I'm Mark Mohammadpour, host of Chasing the Sun!  I lost more than 100 pounds in 2008, have kept it off ever since and here to help you lose weight and keep it off forever. I used no fad diets, shakes, pills, hypnosis, surgeries or anything else but eating less and exercising more. I simply changed the way I mentally approach my health and I'm eager to share my thoughts with you! I'm a public relations executive, always on the go and have figured out how to lose weight and keep it off over the last 10+ years while in the business world. Recently, and in an effort to learn more about my own weight loss journey, I also became a certified personal trainer and health coach. I want to share my journey to those who are looking for permanent changes to weight loss.  Each week, I'll share tips on ways to change your mental approach to weight loss. Episodes are typically 10-15 minutes in length (note: some of my first episodes are a little longer) and always have practical tips you can apply on a daily basis.  Please reach me on Instagram or Twitter @markmoh. Rate, subscribe and provide feedback on topics you'd love to see covered in a future episode. Thanks for tuning in!
01:58
December 17, 2017
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