Not expected to live past the age of 2, Special Olympics world champion powerlifter Chevi Peters has found his true strength.
According to ESPN, here once was this 90-pound weakling with scars on top of his scars. Liver transplant, kidney transplant, strokes, brain surgery — you name it, he’d been in the O.R. for it. He always told people he was a jock underneath it all, but at 5-foot-2 with no discernible muscle, nobody ever took him seriously. In his dreams, he was a firefighter, a ladies’ man, a halfback, an Adonis. But those dreams couldn’t possibly come true, not when he was stiff-legged, the butt of jokes. Odds were that he’d never see the world, that he’d end up right where he started: as a wisp of a man in a mile-long southeast Kansas town.
Chevi Peters tried all his life not to succumb to the hopelessness. Along with bagging ice at the local convenience store, that was his job — to laugh everything off, to hang in, hang in, hang in. In other words, he had to flip the switch. Even if he felt weak because of his 38 operations or inadequate because of his crooked teeth or melancholy because of his parents’ divorce, he decided he could never show it. Flipping the switch meant smiling when he felt lonely or people-pleasing when he felt ostracized. He pulled this off for 20-something years — a minor miracle — until, one August night in 2008, he climbed into his car and decided to drive it into oncoming traffic.
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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.
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:
“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.”
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.
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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.”
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)