( This post is kind of an outgrowth of our discussion about doing one thing which scares or challenges you every.single.day. Sure, Tony could have said no—but I wouldn’t have known unless I asked.)
To know me is to also know that, outside of the realm of fitness, I lack any kind of patience.
In summation, up in herre, shopping: thy name is Zappos.
(I’ll spare you the love rant. If you’re sitting there thinking: What’s Zappos? please to know Im gasping in shock and hit me up in the comments.)
One morning I turned on my TiVo’d Oprah & watched her interview Tony Hsieh the CEO of (the eight hundred million dollar company) Zappos.
Tony chatted with The Great & Mighty about how Zappos strives to be team & family focused.
He shared with Oprah that, even as CEO, he goes to work & sits in a cubicle so that he will be seen available (which he is) & part of the team (which, as fellow cube-dweller, he certainly is).
The impression I as viewer left with was what an amazing company Zappos is, how real Tony is, & how freakin busy he must be and that he is younger than I am. Great googly moogle what am I doing with my life?!
Being the MizFit I am, this all made me curious about what Tony’s lifelife is like.
Does he work out? Does he make time for the gym? What are his eating habits like? And where on earth does he find the time?
The rest, as they say, is Fitness Q&A with Tony Hsieh History.
Do you currently have a fitness routine? When I saw you on Oprah and you looked fit & trim (lean & mean? take yer pick.). Have you always been that way? Have you ever struggled with your weight?
I don’t have a fitness routine unless I’m training for something such as a marathon or big hike. I’ve always been that way — it’s hard for me to be motivated fitness-wise unless there’s a goal I’m working towards. My weight has ranged from about 140 to 180 (I’m 5’9″)
I know how old you are but wont spread the word. Let’s just say you’re younger than I am now and older than I was when I graduated from my masters program. Do you find it more difficult to stay fit as you age? Are you one of the lucky ones who has a fast metabolism?
I’m 35 now, and I’ve definitely noticed my metabolism slowing down over the past 5 years. I used to be able to eat whatever junk food I wanted and not gain weight. I’m much more careful watching what I eat now.
The Bumbling Band is painfully aware I worship at the altar of Zappos.com. I cant imagine how you run the company, attend to all your other commitments & appearances and still make time to be healthy. Is it a challenge or just part of your routine?
It’s pretty difficult to get into a regular routine. Instead, I try to walk whenever possible. For example, go up the stairs instead of taking the escalator, or park my car further away than it needs to be wherever I’m going.
In my opinion 80% of fitness is made in the kitchen. It’s pretty simple to undo even the best laid fitness routines with a few bad food choices made repeatedly. Do you find that it takes effort to eat healthy? If you do — what keeps you motivated?
I generally try to eat healthy, but it doesn’t take a huge amount of effort or extra time. I’m just more careful about what I order at restaurants.
I have to ask: do you really go to the office most days and work? If you do, what are your go to snacks during the day? Be honest. Ill start us off: some days I join my Toddler Tornado in her potty training I! GET! A! GUMMY BEAR! treat. Now you.
Unless I’m traveling, I’m in the office most days. For snacks, I eat peanuts and soup. I’ve never really been a big dessert or sweets person, so that hasn’t been an issue for me.
Lastly, I always ask my interviews the same closing question: When your life is made into a movie what actor will we see playing Tony Hsieh?
I’ve been told by some people that I look like an Asian version of Cuba Gooding Jr. So maybe him. 🙂
There you go, People.
Not only does he run an 800 million dollar company but he, like the Bumbling Band works to find exercise in unexpected places.
(please to insert joke here about US Magazine’s Stars, They’re Just Like US! feature)
And (you knew this was coming) if he can do it—-we can surely do it.
Make time to workout.
Get our collective asses glutes on to Oprah.
Whatever IT you choose to address today.
Thanks Tony for giving the Bumbling Band a glimpse into a part of your life people don’t normally see.
(wanna thank Tony yourself? On twitter? let him know. he’s @zappos)