November 4



Walter Cronkite 1916

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“We know that the real threat to democracy is in half the nation in poverty. We know that Thomas Jefferson was right when he said, ‘A democracy cannot be both ignorant and free.’ We know, we know, that no one should tell a woman she has to bear an unwanted child. We know that religious beliefs cannot define patriotism. We know that it is not how one’s lips are formed but what they say. And we know there is freedom to disagree with all or part of what I’ve just said.”

*We know what is right, but some chose ignorance because we are free to chose ignorance. If you don’t like what the “most trusted man in America” has to say, you have the right to disagree with it.


Matthew McConaughey 1969

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The key to McConaughey’s diet is eating foods with low GI levels.

“As I’ve gotten older, I realize that being fit and in shape is 90% diet. It doesn’t matter how much you run, it’s how little, or how much you eat.”

Low GI Foods (55 or less)

  • 100% stone-ground whole wheat or pumpernickel bread
  • Oatmeal (rolled or steel-cut), oat bran, muesli
  • Pasta, converted rice, barley, bulgar
  • Sweet potato, corn, yam, lima/butter beans, peas, legumes and lentils
  • Most fruits, non-starchy vegetables and carrots

*Stick to these low GI level foods today. McConoughey is right that it is about what you eat and don’t eat that keeps you in shape or not. I’ve also heard his advice of “sweat every day” – so sweat at some point today. Watch him win an Oscar in Dallas Buyers Club for motivation on weight-loss.


Ralph Macchio 1961 – watch The Karate Kid (1984)

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“You remember lesson about balance? Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have balance, everything better.”

*Take time today to find your balance. Find that place of peace inside, and approach life outside with greater clarity and understanding. Watch The Karate Kid for perspective.


Sean Combs 1969

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Sean “Puffy” Combs is the embodiment of determination and hustle. Beyond making music, Diddy is still making a healthy living thanks largely to a beverage empire that includes Ciroc vodka, DeLeon tequila and Aquahydrate alkaline water.

*Be the embodiment of determination and hustle. Go after what you want to create in life. Listen to Diddy’s music or make a Ciroc drink for motivation.


Art Carney 1918 – watch Harry and Tonto

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*Watch Art Carney win an Oscar in Harry and Tonto.


Curtis Stone 1975 – chickpea hummus

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*Lots of low GI foods go into this healthy snack, including dipping carrots and whole wheat pitas.

Pineapple-Lime Margaritas

*If you are having people over to watch The Karate Kid, Harry and Tonto, or maybe a Matthew McConaughey Movie Marathon, make these Curtis Stone margaritas. Make sure you use Diddy’s Deleon Tequila.

SNUB – Kathy Griffin 1960

Review –

  • You know what is right
  • Low GI foods and sweat for 10 minutes
  • Have balance
  • Be the embodiment of determination and hustle
  • Watch Harry and Tonto
  • Make chickpea hummus

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Travis Jones

I was born in Northwestern Pennsylvania and lived in a trailer park. I was raised by very conservative and religious (Wesleyan Methodist) parents. By some miracle I graduated college and moved to Florida. I have been a public school teacher since 1995. I have 7 years until I can retire. I was married in 1999 and divorced in 2001. I remarried in 2017 to Kate - 21 years my junior. Some of my life experiences as a 46-year-old, white American male, will come through in my writing, but the majority of this daily journey will be dedicated to improving myself, and hopefully you as well.

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