Weekend Inspiration – Success is no accident… (Beauty in Strength – Crossfit Women)

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CrossFit can change how a woman both defines beauty and feels about her body, as Rita Benavidez, Jackie Perez, Erin Cianciolo and Andrea Ager discuss in this video.
Once thinking beauty was a picture of a waify woman on a magazine, Benavidez feels differently now. “My perception of beauty has changed over the past few years,” Benavidez says. “True beauty … is strength and fitness, and confidence in yourself.”

Perez was originally motivated by trying to be skinny. “That wasn’t getting me anywhere,” she says. “With CrossFit, I set goals. I want to deadlift 225, I’m going to hit that faster than I’m going to look in the mirror and like what I see.” Ager says putting in the work is key to getting what you want. “I think that hard work and the way that your body looks go so hand-in-hand,” she says. “Once you do get a body that you want, you’re very proud of it … you’re proud of what your body can do.”

Through CrossFit, these women are confident, stronger and fitter. They are mothers, tomboys, coaches. They are CrossFit athletes.

Living One Second at Time – Man Hikes from Mexico to Canada (Inspiration of the Week)

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Andy Davidhazy did the Pacific Crest Trail which travels 2660 miles through the mountains of California, Oregon and Washington, starting at the Mexico border fence near the small town of Campo, CA, and finishing just across the Canadian border in Manning Park, British Columbia. It took about 5 months to complete and I lost 50 pounds in process. Total elevation change was about 450,000 feet, with the high point being 13,200 feet at Forester Pass in the High Sierras. I documented the physical transformation of the environment and myself by taking a selfie on trail every single mile of the hike.

WHY DID I DO IT?

Simply put, I did the hike for the challenge, and this was the hardest simple thing I could think of. In life I get rewarded for finding short cuts to things, being creative in the face of a challenge, problem solving, etc. But there’s a lot of things I want to achieve in life, and as I’ve grown older I have begun to worry that they may not happen. So I wanted to test my limitations, fears and commitment by doing something that had no short cuts. You either hike every foot of the trail (from Mexico to Canada) or you don’t.

Taking a photo of myself every mile wasn’t about vanity, but rather a way for me to fully commit to the whole hike. If I were to quit or skip ahead at any point, myself and everyone else would know it. Apart from that, I simply wanted to document my transformation in a memorable way. Unlike a meandering walk in the woods, the PCT is a fairly well defined path that is in part quantified by it’s length, which is why I chose every mile as the framework for my pictures and video.

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Check out Andy’s three minute video of his hike, using one second of film from each day. This is what he saw:

Can we Auto Correct Humanity? – Take Control or Be Controlled

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Motivation Monday – Chasing your Dreams (Greatness)

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“Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, God-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It’s something that truly exists in all of us.”

My 2015 Comic Con Experince in a Nutshell as told by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

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The Breaking Bad star, 59, was speaking at a Conversations for a Cause panel at Nerd HQ when a fan from Albuquerque, N.M., asked about the actor’s experience filming his AMC show in the city. 

Bryan Cranston delivered the mother of all “your mother” jokes at San Diego Comic-Con.

Then he literally dropped the mic. 

Photo Credit: Waarheid Deviant Art

The Weekend Inspiration – A husband pays tribute to his late wife by walking 650 miles as a Stormtrooper to Comic Con

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According to Yahoo News, on June 6, Kevin Doyle set out to walk all the way from Petaluma, California to San Diego in full Stormtrooper armor, in tribute to his late wife Eileen. Today, that journey has hopefully reached its successful end.

“He can still hear the inflection of his late wife’s voice when she would say to him, ‘You’re such a dork,'” begins the article on Doyle’s trek in The Coast News. His wife, Eileen, was a “self-proclaimed geek” herself, and the two were big fans of Star Wars. Doyle told The Coast News that, when she died of pancreatic cancer late in 2012, “doing the walk down the West Coast in armor was really the only choice I had.”

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On the way, Doyle says he’s met a fair share of people who are curious as to why a guy dressed as a stormtrooper would be walking 645 miles across California. But he’s also been greeted by cancer survivors and their families, and those who have also lost loved ones to the disease.

“They just want to talk to me and thank me for raising awareness,” he told Cost News. “For me, it’s just me walking to honor my wife, but then people are gathering and making it really special. And they’re making it personal for them, which I hadn’t accounted for that — that people would receive me in that way.” In addition to his walk, Doyle is also fundraising in Eileen’s name, and has so far collected $4,065 to donate blankets, toys, and other items to children with cancer.

The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Motivation Monday – Man runs 7 marathons on 7 Continents for his wife who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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With minimal training, an unlikely athlete takes on the World Marathon Challenge — seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.  A devoted husband has completed seven of the world’s toughest marathons in seven days for his childhood sweetheart.

Ted Jackson, 42, from Surrey, has ran 182 miles through the icy blizzards and desert terrain for his wife, Sophie, 40, who suffers from multiple sclerosis – an incurable neurological disease.

The father-of-four, has raised more than £160,000 from running the marathons in seven continents, which took more than 45 hours to complete.

Survival of the Fittest – Blue Eyes might lead to Alcoholism

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According to Yahoo News, people with blue eyes really run a higher risk of being alcoholics? A new study out of the University of Vermont suggests that the link not only exists, but it appears to be a genetic one. 

Reporting in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, the researchers find that among European-Americans, those with light-colored eyes — described as ones that are green, gray, and brown in the center — have higher rates of alcohol dependency than Euro-Americans with dark brown eyes; that link is strongest in blue-eyed people. 

“We still don’t know the reason,” researcher Dawei Li says in a University of Vermont press release, but they do know that the very genes that determine eye color are situated along the same chromosome as genes that are known to be linked to alcohol dependency. 

It’s not the first time the eye color-alcohol link has been found: A 2000 study arrived at a similar conclusion, noting that among one sample set of women, dark-eyed females averaged 4.91 drinks in the last month to light-eyed females’ 5.78. 

Blue eyes also correlate with other attributes, including lower pain tolerance and higher competitiveness, reports Medical Daily. “This suggests an intriguing possibility — that eye color can be useful in the clinic for alcohol dependence diagnosis,” says lead researcher Arvis Sulovari. The researchers say these findings could help us better understand the roots of not only alcoholism but other psychiatric illnesses as well.

Check out our article on How to keep your Eyes Health

Weekend Inspiration – All you need is Love (Beatles)

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Motivation Monday – Do what you love because Life is a Trap (Joe Rogan)

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QUESTION: ARE YOU ACTUALLY CONTRIBUTING TO SOCIETY OR ARE YOU JUST PAYING THE BILLS?

Here, comedian Joe Rogan talks about work and meaning in his own unique style, asking some important (and sometimes uncomfortable) questions about what our purpose is as a society, and as an individual. Aren’t we supposed to be contributing? He asks. Is contributing the same as working? Rogan concludes that these two things are entirely separate, at least in most cases, and has some thought-provoking advice for anyone who is stuck in a job they hate…follow your dreams instead.