Who You are…

Today’s post is a quick, but phenomenal,  and inspirational video from Jon Jorgenson and The Anima Series. This video came out a few years ago, but the message is timeless and powerful. I won’t ruin it with a lot of superfluous words. I’m hoping that by keeping it short, you’ll take the time to watch this important video.

On their Facebook Page, you’ll find a video telling how their story got started from a video…THIS video…gone viral! 

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Okay ladies. This one is for you. This is the Anima Series video for Women, and the original Anima Video. You owe it to yourself to give yourself the next 3:36. It’s worth it..YOU are worth it!

Until next time,

Namaste my friends !

Laughter Therapy: Dad at the Comedy Barn

This article was originally posted last summer. The video is SO FUNNY! Enjoy!


Original Article

About a year ago, I posted an article about the benefits of laughing. Yes, other than being just plain fun, laughing has actual health benefits:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Protects the heart
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Improves sleep quality and reduce insomnia
  6. Improves your social life
  7. Helps you lose weight
  8. Keeps you young
  9. Improves the creative process
  10. Improves memory

Laughing for 15 minutes every day can:

  • Increase your pain tolerance by 10%
  • Equivalent to a 2 hour nap
  • Burn between 10 and 40 calories
  • Improves memory by up to 40%
  • Same as 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week

If you’d like to see a video on the 10 benefits of laughter, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

So to help you out, toward your 15 minute goal for today, I have wonderfully funny, downright HILARIOUS video called DAD AT THE COMEDY BARN. (9 MINUTES)

Have a look, and I DARE YOU NOT TO LAUGH!

(Bet you laugh, A LOT!)

Look for this new series, Laughter Therapy, on occasion. Anytime I find something amusing, I’ll try to share it with you through this new series.

Until next time…Namaste my friends!

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Laughter Therapy: Strange Laughter with Tim Hawkins

Today’s video is with stand up comedian Tim Hawkins. Here is a quote from his youtube channel:

Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002, Tim Hawkins has been forging the magical blend between two comedic ideals:A genuinely funny comedy show that caters to the entire family. Is it realistic? Hawkins believes so. With over 100 million views on YouTube, 120+ sold out shows every year, and a motley crew of 630K+ Facebook fans, Tim has started a gut-busting grassroots revolution of multi-generational proportions.

In today’s video, he discusses the difference types of strange laughs. His imitations will have you rolling with laughter. ENJOY! (Scroll to the bottom for the video)

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Original Article

About a year ago, I posted an article about the benefits of laughing. Yes, other than being just plain fun, laughing has actual health benefits:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Protects the heart
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Improves sleep quality and reduce insomnia
  6. Improves your social life
  7. Helps you lose weight
  8. Keeps you young
  9. Improves the creative process
  10. Improves memory

Laughing for 15 minutes every day can:

  • Increase your pain tolerance by 10%
  • Equivalent to a 2 hour nap
  • Burn between 10 and 40 calories
  • Improves memory by up to 40%
  • Same as 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week

If you’d like to see a video on the 10 benefits of laughter, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Strange Laughter with Tim Hawkins

Until next time…Namaste my friends!

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Laughter Therapy: David Dean Talks about Men and Women

Today’s video is with stand up comedian David Dean. Here are a few quotes  from his website bio:

  • “David Dean has been doing stand-up comedy for over 25 years.
  • David has entertained troops at military bases all over the United States, Germany and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Over the last 10 years, David has led week long mission trips to the Dominican Republic.”

In today’s video, he discusses the differences in the sense of humor between men and women ENJOY! (Scroll to the bottom for the video)

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Original Article

About a year ago, I posted an article about the benefits of laughing. Yes, other than being just plain fun, laughing has actual health benefits:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Protects the heart
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Improves sleep quality and reduce insomnia
  6. Improves your social life
  7. Helps you lose weight
  8. Keeps you young
  9. Improves the creative process
  10. Improves memory

Laughing for 15 minutes every day can:

  • Increase your pain tolerance by 10%
  • Equivalent to a 2 hour nap
  • Burn between 10 and 40 calories
  • Improves memory by up to 40%
  • Same as 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week

If you’d like to see a video on the 10 benefits of laughter, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

David Dean Talks about Men and Women

Until next time…Namaste my friends!

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Laughter Therapy: Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store ~ with Jeanne Robertson

Today’s video is with Jeanne Robertson, a former Miss North Carolina and Physical Education teacher, who is now a humorist and motivational speaker. If you’ve never heard her speak before, you’re in for a treat. In today’s video, she talks about when her husband, who she calls “Left Brain”, went to the grocery store for her. It is seriously funny, and one of my favorite clips. ENJOY! (Scroll to the bottom for the video)

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Original Article

About a year ago, I posted an article about the benefits of laughing. Yes, other than being just plain fun, laughing has actual health benefits:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Protects the heart
  3. Boosts the immune system
  4. Relieves pain
  5. Improves sleep quality and reduce insomnia
  6. Improves your social life
  7. Helps you lose weight
  8. Keeps you young
  9. Improves the creative process
  10. Improves memory

Laughing for 15 minutes every day can:

  • Increase your pain tolerance by 10%
  • Equivalent to a 2 hour nap
  • Burn between 10 and 40 calories
  • Improves memory by up to 40%
  • Same as 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week

If you’d like to see a video on the 10 benefits of laughter, FOLLOW THIS LINK.

Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store

~ with Jeanne Robertson

Until next time…Namaste my friends!

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My wish…15 Amazing songs to inspire you right now.

I decided to take one more week of a school/blogging break. I’m a bit down and dealing with a few issues here at home. I decided I needed a bit more time off to recoup, to gather my self and my thoughts. I will be returning one week from today, on October 8, 2018, with my usual schedule. My next Fit by 50 post will be on October 11, 2018.

I went in search of an article to repost today. This one is very fitting. The following list was gathered together as part of a photo dvd for my eldest son’s high school graduation. It is fitting today, because that same son has moved out of my house over the weekend, into an apartment of his own. As proud as I am that he is moving out and venturing into the world, in search of his own life, it is a sad, and somewhat bittersweet time for me. As I reflect on our lives together, I pray for the next step in our family’s journey, as our relationship moves to another level. These are MY WISH for my son, and for all of you.

SO…HERE IS THE ORIGINAL POST FROM JANUARY, 2018! ENJOY!


Hello everyone! Happy Monday! However, as I write this, it is late Sunday night, and I’m a bit down. You see, my Minnesota Vikings lost tonight to the Philadelphia Eagles (who played a TREMENDOUS game, by the way…congrats to the Eagles!) I mean the Vikes didn’t just lose, they got there butts kicked…38-7!

Anyway, Sunday’s are “blogging” night for me. It’s when I sit down and try to get as much done as I can, prior to the upcoming week, so I can study and get things done around the house during the week. I came into tonight, not knowing what to write about for Motivation Monday. Well, when I’m down, I enjoy listening to inspiring music, which is what I was doing tonight as I was figuring out a topic for my blog. Then it hit me…why not share a list of my favorite inspiring songs, as a post for motivation Monday.

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My music preferences have changed VASTLY over the years. I’m a child of the 1980’s and grew up listening to hard rock and hair bands. You know the type…Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Kiss, ETC…(Throw in some Elton John and Billie Joel!) While I still enjoy that type of music, my tastes have evolved.

I often call myself a hippie misplaced in time…I LOVE the Beatles, as well as many other groups  from that era, such as Creedance Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, John Denver, and Simon & Garfunkel to name a few.

I’m not a huge music lover, opting for talk radio most of the time. But the music I do enjoy is a wide variety of inspiring songs. Many of the songs are country,  however, I don’t necessarily adhere to one genre of music. It’s more about the lyrics for me, than the tune. I LOVE to listen to the lyrics, which, for me, must be uplifting and inspiring in some form or fashion.

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Many of the songs below were gathered for a very special purpose…a memory DVD for my eldest son’s high school graduation in 2013. As a parent, it’s bitter sweet seeing your child graduate from high school. As proud as you are to see them achieve this milestone, it’s a sad time, because your baby is leaving home. You’re happy and sad, at the same time. For the DVD, I mixed songs I found inspiring with songs I knew he liked onto a DVD of photos of him from birth to graduation. I wanted something special to mark that important occasion.

So, I share these with you now, in hopes that they will inspire you, as they do me. Don’t just listen to the music, hear the words and figure out what they mean for you. Whether you listen to just one or two of the songs, or all of them, may they encourage you,  inspire you, guide you, and motivate you to follow your dreams.

SO…Here are

15 of my favorite

inspirational songs…

ENJOY, GOD BLESS AND NAMASTE!

 Mark Harris…FIND YOUR WINGS

Avril Lavigne…KEEP HOLDING ON

Lee Ann Womack…I HOPE YOU DANCE

Rascal Flatts…STAND

Josh Groban…YOU RAISE ME UP

Russell Watson…WHERE MY HEART WILL TAKE ME

Martina McBride…ANYWAY

Miley Cyrus…THE CLIMB

Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey…WHEN YOU BELIEVE

The Beatles…LET IT BE

Elton John…I’M STILL STANDING

Chesney Hawkes…The One and Only

Joe Esposito…YOU’RE THE BEST AROUND

ABBA, John Denver, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb Maurice Gibb Barry Gibb, Olivia Newton-John, Andy Gibb, Rod Steward Rita Colidge Earth Wind & Fire and many others perform as the final performance “PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART” at the Unicef 1979 charity concert show “Unicef – A Gift Of Songs”.

I end with one of my favorite songs. It epitomizes my hope for my family, for my friends, for all who read my blog, for everyone I meet and all people around the world…If you are reading this right now…THIS is MY WISH for you…(Rascal Flatts)

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This will take your breath away… Mandy Harvey’s Golden Buzzer Moment

I literally just watched this on Facebook, and knew I had to share it. This is so inspiring and motivational. Below is Mandy Harvey on America’s Got Talent. Mandy lost her hearing when she was 18 years old. She tells the story of the day she realized she couldn’t hear at all any more, and how she decided not to give up on her musical dream.

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“I want to do more with my life than just give up.” ~ Mandy Harvey

Watch this video below, for an amazing story of determination and a refusal to fail. Sometimes God just leads us to the perfect thing we need. I was just feeling bad about my weight loss this week for my Fit by 50 challenge, wondering if this is all worth it. I had a rough weekend and gained a few pounds. You see, in order for me to lose 1 pound from last Thursday, I actually have to lose 4 pounds!!  I was berating myself for starting this whole thing in the hole! Did I fail before I even really got things going? THEN, I saw this video. It literally took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. It inspired me to just keep on plugging away. After all, I still have 49 weeks to make this up! Like Mandy, I want to do more with my life than just give up.

If you needed some inspiration or motivation today,

THIS IS IT!

So, here’s Mandy

with her story

and

her original song …

“Try”.

LOVE THIS!

30 Second Videos: Your life is…

How do you view your self?

How do you view your life?

How about viewing you and your life

as it should be…

A masterpiece!

Until next time…namaste my friends.

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A lesson in failure…

Hello everyone!

I’m back from my sabbatical,

and

it went NOTHING like I planned.

As the old saying goes,

“Man plans, God laughs”.

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I started out doing well. I was on a good schedule, exercising, meditating, and doing some spiritual study everyday, when a minor tragedy occurred…

My oldest son’s college course was canceled on one day in April, and giving him the time to take our dog for his daily walk. I decided to take advantage of the little bit of freedom from my beloved canine, and drive to a local lake (above) and walk the paths….an hour walk, is what I decided to do…30 minutes one way, then turn around. (The path all the way around the lake is LONG, 5.3 miles to be exact, so I knew I couldn’t do the whole thing) Well, I had just hit the 30 minute mark and was about to turn around, when I stepped incorrectly on a bump in the asphalt path, sending me tumbling to the ground, pain shooting through my right ankle.

I sat for a few seconds, holding my ankle, taking deep breaths, tears in my eyes. I tried standing up, only to have my head start spinning, things getting blurry and dark. So, I quickly sat down. The last thing I needed was to pass out on the hard asphalt and crack my head open! My heart was racing, my ankle aching and I was more than a mile from my car (about 1.3 miles).

I think I sat for about 5 minutes, until the pain in my ankle subsided a bit. I think adrenaline kept me going during the walk back, because my ankle didn’t hurt that bad. When I got back to the car, it was beginning to hurt a bit more.

I had a few errands to run. My ankle didn’t hurt too much. (I’ve had sprains before, and this one was mild in comparison to some) So, I decided I could finish my errands, then go home and ice it for a while. Well, by the time I got to the store, my ankle hurt so bad, I couldn’t press on the brake! Pressing the gas was okay, but pressing the break hurt like a …. well, it hurt a lot. So, I used my left foot to break. Driving very carefully and slowly, I finally made it home.

My ankle never did turn black and blue or swell, but it sure did hurt. (It actually still bothers me somewhat) This really put a wrench into my sabbatical plans. I had just lost 4 pounds in 2 days when this happened. How was I supposed to exercise and do yoga with a bum ankle? Not to be deterred, I found online exercise videos for people with injured ankles. (See my journal here and here.)

Well, with my special exercise videos, I felt like I was back on track, only to have another issue. My oldest son sprained his back, diverting my attention away from myself, and toward my son, who couldn’t move much in the early days. When that issue subsided a bit, my better half came down with a severe case of the flu, leading him to be bed ridden for more than a week, requiring my focus on caring for him, instead of myself. During this time, I did my best to exercise when I had time, but my daily meditation and spiritual study were essentially thrown out the window.

In May, I implemented my own weight loss plan, which I had developed in school. It wasn’t working, and was causing me to lose weight a few days during the week, then gain it back on other days during the week. So, my weight loss was at a stand still. I realized I’d need to sit down and reevaluate the plan. My plan involved calorie/carb recycling. Some days were low carb/low calorie and other days were high carb/high calorie. I would lose weight on the low carb days and gain it back on the high carb days.

I adjusted the amount of carbs on the high carb days and was starting to lose weight. At this point, mid-May, I had lost about 8 pounds from the beginning of my sabbatical. This was well behind my goal, but at least I was losing weight. Through out April, I was also doing really well with my online journal, logging progress.

That’s when the next tragedy occurred, which threw everything out the window: my weight loss, my spiritual study, my meditation and my online journal. On Mother’s day, my beloved Grandmother died. She was 102, so it wasn’t completely unexpected. We just thought we had more time with her. So, my better half and I went back to South Dakota for a week for the funeral. (If you’re interested in a few of my Grandmother’s personal recipes, FOLLOW THIS LINK.)

I’m a stress eater, and I’m also a sugar addict, so going home, to all the good cooking, was bad news for my plan. Sad, depressed and stressed, I fell completely off my food wagon. I turned to my one weakness, soda. There was also so much good, home cooked food, which I dearly miss living so far from home. Needless to say, I gained back what little weight I had lost. I was back to square one.

By the time we got back from South Dakota I felt defeated and essentially gave up. I was in a deep depression, not caring about anyone or anything.  I felt like such a failure. I had such big plans for this sabbatical, such high hopes, only to fail. I think the worst part of the whole thing is having to write this post, telling you of my failure. But, if I let this failure get to me, and stop me, that would be the worst tragedy of all.

During the final week of my sabbatical, my son attended the Congress for Future Science and Technology Leaders, in Lowell, Massachusetts. My better half attended with him, and I watched the motivational speeches, live online. The speakers ranged from inspiring teenage inventors, to MIT professors and Nobel prize winning scientists. The major lesson at the event:

FAIL YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS!

 In speech after speech, the delegates were told stories of failure, after failure, after failure. None of these people tried once and succeeded. Most tried dozens, even hundreds of times, before they ultimately succeeded. The lesson is not to give up. The only way to fail is to quit.

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This was fortuitous timing for me and something I really needed to hear, after the incredible failure during my sabbatical. So, I’m back “on the wagon” and back trying to lose weight. The only way I can fail losing weight, is to quit. Since failure isn’t an option, quitting isn’t an option either.

In closing, I wanted to share a few videos with you. Here are some inspiring words

about the importance of failure.

Enjoy!

Until next time…namaste my friends! 🙏

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A lesson on failure from Will Smith:

A lesson about failure from a child:

Famous Failures:

I end with an inspiring song about success

by Bruno Mars called

Today My Life Begins

The Motivation Movement: Are you comfortable in your own skin?

I’ll be honest here, I’m not at all, and never really have been. I think all people have insecurities and concerns about themselves. Some people, like myself, struggle a bit more with positive self image than others. So, this article turned into inspiration for people to love and accept themselves for who they are, but, it didn’t start out that way.

This particular topic morphed somewhat from my original idea. Since I’m on a 21 day detox program to spark health and weight loss for myself, I set out to write a motivational post about weight loss. During my search for motivation to include in this post, I stumbled on a young man by the name of John David Glaude, who is inspiring people to, quite literally, feel comfortable in there skin.

You see, in 2012, John set out on a weight loss journey. Over the course of 2 years. John lost 160 pounds, from 360 pounds to 200 pounds. As you might imagine, this resulted in a lot of loose skin on his body. One of his biggest fears was for people to see all of his loose skin. So, in an effort to face his fears, he made a video for his youtube channel, Obese to Beast, where he takes off his shirt and shows his loose skin.

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In the video below, John tells Ellen DeGeneres about making the loose skin video and how it changed his views about himself. John and Ellen discuss what inspired him to lose weight,  how he lost the weight and why he made the  “loose skin” video. Take a look…

Here’s what John says about the “loose skin” video…

With the video, it was something I wanted to do, because it was something I was so uncomfortable with. I made the video, really, for myself …so I could feel better about it, and I’m just so glad that I did, at the end of the video I say like I’m comfortable with my loose skin. When I said that, it was the first time I really felt that.

Just in case you’re interested,

here’s John’s original “loose skin” video

I just love his video! It’s so inspiring. He was so strong and brave to make it and put himself “out there” as he did. If you didn’t watch the video, here are a few of his inspiring words…

I want to show people that yes, obviously this is not ideal, right. This is not what I would have wanted after losing 160 pounds. I would’ve wanted to have a perfect body, right? But, that’s not the case and that’s okay…I want people watching this video to understand that you should never let loose skin, or anything else stop you from going for your dreams. My dreams are to be very happy in my skin and I am. Loose skin and all, I’m happy with where I’ve come from and where I am at now. This isn’t the end…This is where I’m at right now. … and I’m okay with this…This isn’t going to stop me from reaching for my goals, and going for my full potential. This is who I am and I’m proud of it.~ John Glaude

In case you’re wondering, because of his loose skin video, John was offered free skin removal surgery by a few people and has turned them all down. He told Ellen “I don’t really want to get the surgery…” He says he meant what he said in the video. He’s comfortable in his skin; he loves his skin; the skin is a battle scar, a symbol of where he’s been and the choices he’s made in his life…his choice to become obese and his choice to lose the weight and get thin and healthy.

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I was inspired by John’s message. His message, goes far beyond obesity, weight loss and loose skin. It touches at the heart of everyone who has low self esteem and insecurities, and we ALL have insecurities. His message is loud and clear: love yourself for who you are; love everything about yourself, but especially those things that make you insecure. They are what make you wonderful, beautiful incredible…they are, what make you human.

After I was inspired by John, I set out to find anther message about being comfortable “in your own skin, strength in your own identity and your own self. I found Natalie Barzyk, high school senior. In the TedX Talk below, (4:38), Natalie talks about her journey to the love of dance. She has an inspiring message about how nothing and no one should ever stop you from being comfortable in your own skin. How you feel about yourself is all that matters. Take a look..

Until next time…

Namaste my friends.

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