February 16

The * will reveal today’s advice.

MIND

Phineas Quimby 1802

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http://www.ppquimby.com/

In the late 1850s Quimby had postulated his metaphysical ideas regarding healing the sick by changing the mind of the patient. Since then, more than a century and half have elapsed. Currently, several modern scientific disciplines have emerged that are confirming the fundamental thesis of the New England healer. Neuroscience, New Biology (Epigenetics), Quantum Physics, Depth Psychology, and Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI); all of them, in some degree, validate Quimby’s theory regarding the power of the mind to cure the physical body.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140710010509-119077956-phineas-p-quimby-discoverer-of-mind-healing

MY THEORY: the trouble is in the mind, for the body is only the house for the mind to dwell in . . . If your mind has been deceived by some invisible enemy into a belief, you have put it into the form of a disease, with or without your knowledge. By my theory or truth I come in contact with your enemy and restore you to health and happiness.

http://phineasquimby.wwwhubs.com/

*Mind over matter. Think a certain way and make it happen today.

BODY

Jerome Bettis 1972

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http://thebus36.com/

How has your approach to fitness changed, post-retirement?

I don’t work out as much as I did as a player, but I try to work out at least three days a week, preferably four. My workouts have changed too — now it’s all about cardiovascular training and not so much about weight lifting. I lift a little bit to maintain muscle consistency, but I don’t do heavy weights anymore — I do lighter weights and more repetitions. That was a major shift from my playing days. For my cardio workouts, I try to mix it up. I ride the bike, I do the elliptical machine and I walk the treadmill on the highest incline.

http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=223341&sc=3047

*Focus on cardio today. Jog 36 minutes in honor of Bettis #36. And then lift some light weights with high reps. then take the bus home.

SOUL

LeVar Burton 1957

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https://www.levarburtonkids.com/

LeVar Burton, host of the children’s educational program Reading Rainbow, started a Kickstarter campaign yesterday with colleagues to create an interactive online version of the reading program for kids everywhere and to help schools in need.

http://www.ssn.tv/news/levar-burton-helps-raise-2m-for-reading-rainbow-reboot/

Bring Reading Rainbow’s library of interactive books & video field trips to more platforms & provide free access to classrooms in need!

Contribute Now!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/readingrainbow/bring-reading-rainbow-back-for-every-child-everywh

*As a public school teacher, I know what shape schools are in today – not good. Think of donating to the above cause to help out the future. Or start your own Kickstarter campaign to help the education of those young people who are in need in your community.

MONEY

John McEnroe 1959

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https://www.tennisfame.com/hall-of-famers/inductees/john-mcenroe

Martina Navratilova may moan she’s paid 10 times less than John McEnroe by the BBC at Wimbledon… but he’s a far superior analyst.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-5516003/Navratilova-moan-shes-paid-McEnroe-better.html

http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-john-mcenroe-play-serena-williams-2017-6

Just because your father’s a tennis legend and your mother is an Oscar winner doesn’t mean you can’t use a little extra cash.

http://pagesix.com/2016/03/20/why-is-john-mcenroes-son-broke/

*Tennis is like most businesses – they have to close the gender pay gap. That being said, Johnny Mac is just better at what he does as a tennis analyst and for that reason deserves to be paid more. Get better not bitter.

ENTERTAINMENT

The Weeknd 1990

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http://www.theweeknd.com/

RETRO SOUNDS ARE IN: While he doesn’t pick a particular decade, a couple songs are fused with the spirit of Throwback Thursday. The funky “Secrets” borrows from the chorus of the Romantics’ 1984 rock hit “Talking in Your Sleep” and fuses it with a sample of “Pale Shelter” a 1982 track from Tears for Fears. The bootyshaker “Rockin”‘ carries a bouncy beat that would fit perfectly in an early 1990s house mix.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/lessons-learned-from-the-weeknds-starboy-album/article33047670/

*Fortunately this day falls on a weekend as you listen to the Weeknd – who was born on a Friday.

FOOD

Elizabeth Olsen 1989 – baguette and cheese with rose

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https://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/sep/14/elizabeth-olsen-film-acting-family

In spite of her healthyish habits, there are some things she still won’t give up. “I had this come-to-Jesus moment with my trainer for Avengers. I told him that working out makes me happy and gives me endorphins, but eating a baguette and cheese with rosé gives me an equal amount of joy and happiness. I just don’t think I can do one exclusively.”

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/elizabeth-olsen-wellness

Bonus: Ice T 1958 – drink iced tea

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/perfect-iced-tea-recipe.html

*Try to find a French bakery and get a fresh baguette. Get some creamy cheese and enjoy it as a meal with some rose and iced tea.

SNUB – Kim Jong-il

Review –

  • Mind over matter
  • 36 minute jog
  • Donate to Reading Rainbow
  • Get better – not bitter
  • Listen to The Weeknd
  • Eat a baguette with creamy cheese and drink some rose and iced tea.

February 15

Check out the * for today’s advice.

FLAG DAY

MIND

Galileo Galilei 1564

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https://www.space.com/15589-galileo-galilei.html

Those who seek and are open to truth will have enemies

This brings us to the church, or shall we say “religion” generally. The church hated Galileo and everything he said and stood for. He questioned what they thought they “knew”, which unsettled them, scared them, and threatened them. But they had power.

He was declared a heretic and sentenced to house arrest for his remaining life.

The Catholic Church, having condemned him, decided–359 years later, in 1992 that Galileo was in fact right. How? A committee had discovered this.

https://andreaskluth.org/tag/galileo/

Scientists have studied a visual illusion first discovered by Galileo Galilei, and found that it occurs because of the surprising way our eyes see lightness and darkness in the world. Their results advance our understanding of how our brains are wired for seeing white versus black objects.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/suon-brd020614.php

*Continue to seek and be open to the truth. If someone says something that you don’t agree with today, call them out on it. Hopefully it will lead to constructive conversation.

BODY

Jane Seymour 1951 – a round of golf and pilates

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http://www.janeseymour.com/

Seymour heads to the golf course often to improve her game and get some light exercise. When she’s not working on her swing, she’s often in the gym using a Gyrotonic machine as part of her pilates routine. And she’s seriously devoted to her workout — she’s reportedly been attending Pilates classes for 30 years!

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/news/a47982/jane-seymour-diet-exercise/

After four children, three grandchildren and four marriages, Jane says she’s in better shape than she was 40 years ago.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2534963/Willpower-workouts-binge-four-Maltesers-How-Jane-Seymour-sizzles-age-62.html

https://www.pilates.com/BBAPP/V/index.html

https://www.golf.com/

*Play a round of golf today and/or a get a Pilates workout in. What kind of shape will you be in 40 years?

SOUL

Susan B. Anthony 1820

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http://susanbanthonyhouse.org/index.php

Susan B. Anthony Project promotes safety, healing, and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and advocates for the autonomy of women and the end of interpersonal violence.

http://sbaproject.org/

*Susan B. Anthony wouldn’t live to see her dream of women’s suffrage but the project in her name can continue to help women. Think of donating to this cause on her birthday.

MONEY

Cyrus McCormick 1809

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https://www.britannica.com/biography/Cyrus-McCormick

McCormick’s lesson is to think of the market from the customer’s viewpoint and how every aspect of the total offer can be improved.

https://www.investors.com/news/management/leaders-and-success/cyrus-mccormick-mechanical-reaper-revolutionized-farming/

A Virginia farmer invented a mechanical reaper, then harvested profits in the Midwest’s exploding grain belt, innovating credit, service, and sales practices that became essential parts of American big business.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/mccormick_hi.html

*When you do have your own business, think like a customer of your business. What would be most important to you? I have been “Dolfing” and I love it!

ENTERTAINMENT

Chris Farley 1964 – watch Tommy Boy

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http://www.chrisfarleyofficial.com/

“Helen, we’re both in sales.  Let me tell you why I SUCK as a salesman.”

A watershed “Tommy Boy” moment occurs when Tommy speaks one-on-one and gets on the same level with a waitress, ultimately convincing her to bring him chicken wings after hours, which is normally not allowed. In an “A-HA” realization, David Spade’s Richard – who’s given to ridiculing Tommy relentlessly – commends Tommy for his ability to read people, for getting inside Helen’s head and telling her what she wanted to hear, when she needed to hear it. Ultimately, this led to Tommy successfully making and selling his case – getting his chicken wings.

https://www.saleshacker.com/20-years-later-what-tommy-boy-teaches-us-about-sales/

https://www.iamchrisfarley.com/

http://mentalfloss.com/article/62246/15-things-you-might-not-know-about-tommy-boy

https://www.amazon.com/Tommy-Boy-Chris-Farley/dp/6305609675

*Get in a little coat, get some chicken wings and watch Tommy Boy. RIP Chris Farley.

FOOD

Matt Groening 1954 – Krusty burger

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https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/matt-groening-reveals-the-location-of-the-real-springfield-60583379/

OK, why do the Simpsons live in a town called Springfield? Isn’t that a little generic?
Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show “Father Knows Best” took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, “This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield.” And they do.
http://www.bongocomics.com/blog

http://www.simpsonsworld.com/

http://www.toointoit.com/latest/the-simpsons-krustyburgers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ9HHhLo3_s

https://www.eater.com/2015/4/16/8415693/krusty-burger-simpsons-universal-studios-clown-hamburger

*Make this Krusty burger and enjoy it while watching Tommy Boy and a few episodes of The Simpsons. It’s probably on FXX right now. Hey Hey!

I’m grateful that I live in Orlando and can go to Universal Studios to eat a real deal Krusty Burger on this day.

SNUB – Jaromir Jagr

Review –

  • Seek and be open to the truth
  • Golf and/or Pilates
  • Donate to the Susan B. Anthony Project
  • Think like one of your customers
  • Watch Tommy Boy
  • Make a Krusty Burger

February 14

Look to the * for today’s romantic advice.

VALENTINE’S DAY

MIND

Jimmy Hoffa 1913

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https://teamster.org/

If a writer was trying to come up with a name for a character synonymous with mysterious disappearances and wild goose chases, “James Riddle Hoffa” might be deemed too on-the-nose, but that’s his full name: the Teamsters guy, Jimmy Hoffa, who most people likely know more from the decades of jokes about his disappearance than they do about his role as a labor union leader.

https://allthatsinteresting.com/jimmy-hoffa

Hoffa was stabbed in the head with a hunting knife, placed in a steel drum, set on fire, buried, then dug up and compacted inside a car and shipped to Japan as recycled scrap metal for use in new cars. As investigative reporter Jerry Stanecki wrote noted in The New York Times, it was “the ultimate insult — a nonunion market.”

https://www.amazon.com/Hoffa-Jack-Nicholson/dp/B00013RC2U

*Another DYK to strike up some conversation at work or at a romantic dinner for two. If you’re not part of a union think of joining yours today.

BODY

Jim Kelly 1960

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http://www.jimkelly.com/

While Kelly has inspired so many people as a cancer patient, he stands to do so much more as a cancer survivor. State of mind is so incredibly important when dealing with a disease that saps your strength and constantly threatens your mortality.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/08/jim-kelly-cancer-battle-winning-buffalo-bills

https://jimkelly.com/

Kelly uttered a familiar phrase as he graciously accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance: “Make a difference today, for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow.” The message is one that Kelly, who has endured a five-year battle with cancer, has not only preached, but faithfully practiced.

https://www.buffalobills.com/news/jim-kelly-urges-others-to-make-a-difference-at-2018-espy-awards

*Earlier this month you should have had a cancer screening. Right? You may be cancer free, but you probably know someone who is not. Reach out to that person. Take a long walk with them today and let them know that you are here for them. If nothing else, play catch with a football out in the yard with someone that you care about – cancer or not.

SOUL

Frederick Douglass 1818

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https://www.nps.gov/frdo/learn/historyculture/frederickdouglass.htm

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

http://www.frederick-douglass-heritage.org/

We need a few more Frederick Douglasses among us. Actually, we have some, but their voices are sometimes drowned out. They need to be heard, and we need to hear them, but do we have the courage to try to dial down the noise and ramp up the things that beg to be heard. Heaven knows, we could use a few Douglasses to stand up at rallies where the crowd may be hostile and speak the truth that needs to be spoken.

http://www.episcopalcafe.com/speaking-to-the-soul-frederick-douglass/

*If prayer isn’t working, try praying with your legs today. Put yourself and what you want into action.

MONEY

Michael Bloomberg 1942

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https://twitter.com/MikeBloomberg?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Don’t take a job based on salary, he says, but on how much you think you can grow at a company.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/22/michael-bloomberg-when-choosing-a-job-prioritize-this-over-salary.html

https://www.mikebloomberg.com/

Though his 12-year run as mayor ended in 2013, the billionaire remains as busy as ever, and is spending plenty of money as he goes. After all, he hopes to give away his entire fortune before he dies.

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-billionaire-michael-bloomberg-made-and-spends-his-fortune-2015-7

*I took a job with low salary and no room to grow at the company. 23 years into my teaching career I realize this and it’s why I want to make a change. It’s never too late and hopefully one day I’ll struggle to give away my entire fortune before I die.

ENTERTAINMENT

Rob Thomas 1972

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https://www.robthomasmusic.com/

As a performer, his approach has always been the same. He writes the songs, records the songs, goes on tour behind the songs, says a few words to the press, and other than that, you don’t hear much from him. “I’m mar­ried, I’m not fucking anybody else, I’m not hitting anybody, I’m not out there,” Thomas says. “My songs are more famous than I am, and I’m OK with that.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/rob-thomas-confessions-of-an-unapologetic-pop-star-74143/

*Listen to both Matchbox Twenty and his solo songs that are more famous than he is.

FOOD

Florence Henderson 1934 – flourless chocolate cakes

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From Who’s Cooking With Florence Henderson

http://www.bradybunchshrine.com/

“However, in the case of The Brady Bunch, I know exactly what inspired that show. It was just a four-line filler piece in the Los Angeles Times. Just a statistic. It said that year, 1965, 31 percent of all marriages involved people who had a child or children from a previous marriage. It was just a statistic, but to me it indicated a remarkable sociological change in our country. Thirty-one percent is approximately one-third of all marriages. That’s a huge statistic.”

https://www.quora.com/What-happened-to-Carols-first-husband-and-Mikes-first-wife-in-the-Brady-Bunch

http://www.rl.tv/shows/whos-cooking-with-florence-henderson/recipes/govinde28099s-individual-flourless-chocolate-cakes/

*It is Valentine’s Day. Make these cakes for someone special. Eat them together while watching some Brady Brunch

SNUB – Jadeveon Clowney

Review –

  • Jimmy Hoffa DYK
  • Play catch (football)
  • Pray with your legs
  • How much can you grow at your job?
  • Listen to Rob Thomas
  • Make flourless chocolate cakes

February 13

Look for the * for today’s advice.

VALENTINE’S EVE

MIND

Mike Krzyzewski 1947

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http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=152844

The all-time winningest coach in NCAA history has many life lessons to offer, but this one tops them all.

“Never underestimate the immense power of your imagination.”

https://www.inc.com/john-eades/dukes-coach-k-just-shared-a-brilliant-lesson-you-will-use-all-your-life.html

http://coachk.com/

His motivation is entirely personal and relatively unchanged from his days as a kid in the Chicago playgrounds — if you’re going to play a game, you choose up sides, and if you choose up sides, you’re going to try to win.

http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/12161880/duke-blue-devils-coach-mike-krzyzewski-think-is

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smleweIwseQ

*If you don’t think your goals are a little crazy, you aren’t thinking big enough. Without allowing your mind to imagine something great is possible, the chances of it happening are slim to none. Instead of going to work every day to check off a task list, start thinking about what more is possible in your current role. What else could you do or come up with that could change the course of your career or company?

BODY

Henry Rollins 1961

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https://www.henryrollins.com/

http://www.ecnis.org/

Balanced workout

I believe that the definition of definition is reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself.

http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/strength-articles/iron-henry-rollins

*Be better than your parents. Be better than your friends. Be yourself today and crush Rollins’s balanced workout

SOUL

Father William S. Bowdern 1897

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http://goodjesuitbadjesuit.blogspot.com/2007/10/soul-of-child-may-be-at-stake-possessed.html

After 28 days, an exhausted Father Bowdern tried once again to exorcise Richard and drive out the Devil. But this time was to be different. As Richard struggled to say the Lord’s Prayer, a new force seized his body and helped him utter the words needed to expel Satan. Richard was free at last.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/exorcist-director-worked-because-i-692092

THE EXORCIST IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY.

William Peter Blatty’s novel is based on the real-life 1949 exorcism of a young boy, known by the pseudonym Roland Doe. The story became national news, and caught the interest of Blatty, who was a student at Georgetown University at the time (hence the change in location).

http://www.biblicalcatholic.com/apologetics/TrueStoryExorcist.htm

*In spite of the tragedy that ensues in the movie, the power of God is superior to the power of the devil. It is not a battle of equals. No matter how horrific, the victor is God. Remember this. Hopefully you’re not possessed but we all have demons to conquer. God will win…if you let him. Let God win today.

MONEY

Randy Moss 1977 – “Straight cash homey”

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https://randymossacademy.com/

https://www.profootballhof.com/players/randy-moss/

The league fined him ten thousand dollars. Asked later by a reporter if he’d written a check to the league, Moss replied that rich people don’t write checks. How would he pay then? “Straight cash, homey,” he said.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/randy-moss-straight-cash

*Only use cash today. If need be, go to the ATM and get out X amount of money for the day and only use it. I know that I am too loose with my debit card, but more disciplined with cash.

ENTERTAINMENT

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Mena Suvari 1979 – watch American Beauty

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/10/22/mena-suvari-reveals-she-secretly-wed-michael-hope-third-times-charm/1733771002/

http://mentalfloss.com/article/69306/12-spectacular-facts-about-american-beauty

https://www.amazon.com/American-Beauty-Annette-Bening/dp/B00003CWL6

Eventually, he comes to the point of having the teenage girl of his dreams half naked on the couch with no one around, and he suddenly snaps back into caring father mode when he sees how fragile this girl is. Instantly, he comes to his senses, matures, puts clothes back on her and begins to act like a loving dad. Seeing her physical beauty wasn’t the trick. Seeing her innocence was. He comes to his senses once he sees the beauty of her innocence.

https://jeffmikels.org/posts/american-beauty-a-lesson-in-grace/

*Remember that the beauty of innocence is much better than physical beauty as you watch American Beauty.

FOOD

Jerry Springer 1944 – mashed potato meatloaf

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http://www.jerryspringertv.com/

Don’t Give Up on Love

Based on what I’ve seen from watching the show, love can endure all sorts of relationship disasters.

https://justinqueso.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/life-lessons-from-jerry-springer/

http://www.free-recipes.co.uk/jerry-springer-s-mashed-potato-meatloaf.html

*While eating Jerry’s mashed potato meatloaf, watch an episode of his show. It will instantly make you feel better about yourself.

SNUB – Peter Gabriel

Review –

  • Don’t underestimate your imagination
  • “Be Better” workout
  • Let God win
  • Use straight cash
  • Watch American Beauty
  • Make Jerry’s Mashed Potato Meatloaf

February 12

Look for the * for today’s advice.

EVOLUTION AND EMANCIPATION DAY

MIND

Charles Darwin 1809

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https://www.cdu.edu.au/

Smell the roses

Darwin spent 20 years working on “The Origin of Species,” then dove into his next book, “The Descent of Man,” and followed that up with even more research. But he admitted, “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”

http://www.educationandcareernews.com/news/7-life-lessons-we-learned-from-charles-darwin

Charles Darwin would explain this unique adaption to the rose by saying that there are different kinds of roses, and the roses suitable to the condition of the specific environment will go onto to breed, and the roses that are not suitable to the environment will soon cease to exist.

https://allaboutroses2013.weebly.com/natural-selection.html

http://darwin-online.org.uk/

While Darwin’s admirers and followers got involved in bitter public debates with the representatives of the church, Darwin quietly did his scientific work and continued to light the candles of science and reason in the dark alleys of blind faith.

http://infidels.org/kiosk/article/charles-darwin-and-the-evolution-of-the-human-mind-783.html

*Take time today to smell the evolved roses. Read some poetry and listen to some Michael McDonald.

If you are caught up on your reading, dive into “The Origin of Species”

https://www.amazon.com/Origin-Species-150th-Anniversary/dp/0451529065

BODY

Josh Brolin 1968

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https://www.mensjournal.com/features/josh-brolin-might-be-the-realest-guy-in-hollywood/

https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/untitled-deadpool-sequel

Off Day Workout

  • Warm up 10 mins on treadmill 15 incline at 3mph
  • 45 mins boxing
  • 25 mins lifting (warm up essential then heavy for 8 to 12 then two drop sets much lighter and slow) – 4 sets of those
  • 30 mins cardio (either elliptical back and forth from 15 to 21 in minute and 2 minute intervals)
  • Abs: 3×10 hanging leg raises all the way to the top and squeeze; 5 x 1 minute planks mixed with 3 x 20 (10 each side) slow bicycles with a one second squeeze at the top of each one)
  • Stretch

https://www.dmarge.com/2017/08/josh-brolin-workout.html

*Watch Deadpool 2 for inspiration and then knock out Brolin’s “off day workout”. It’ll make you wonder what his regular workouts are like.

Earlier this year it was suggested to have a fitness role model. I finally found mine. As he turns 51 (just 5 years older than me), Josh Brolin looks great and is doing it the clean way. So, I’m going to use this BROlin workout on any day where there is not one suggested. I’m also going to use his meal plan and gardenoflife.com products as he does.

SOUL

Bill Russell 1934

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http://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/bill-russell/

Bill Russell is a winner on and off the court. In honor of his passion, dedication and persistence to succeed against all odds, each year the Summit Bank Foundation will award a four-year Bill Russell Scholarship to a student who has overcome adversity in their journey for success in education.

http://summitbankfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/bill-russell-scholarship-fund/

https://www.si.com/nba/2014/08/15/bill-russell-boston-celtics-ring-leader-si-60-frank-deford

Oftentimes where Russell would lead his team — besides to 11 championships, of course — was towards facing social injustices that were all too common in the 50s and 60s.

http://uproxx.com/dimemag/bill-russell-activist-boston-celtics/

*Think how easy it would have been for Bill Russell to rest on his laurels. Instead he continues to make a difference well into his 80s. Make a difference yourself today. Donate to the above charity or find one that is going to help the cause of fighting social injustice in your community.

MONEY

Abraham Lincoln 1809

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https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/presidents/abraham-lincoln/

https://abrahamlincoln.org/

Don’t beat yourself up over the credit problems you have – even our greatest leaders have found themselves in drowning in debt and owing money.

http://talkingcents.consumercredit.com/2014/02/05/presidential-debt-abraham-lincoln-and-his-personal-debt/

DRASTIC MEASURES TO ELIMINATE DEBT MAY BE NECESSARY

When Lincoln’s debt obligations became real and his creditors came after him, he made significant cuts to his lifestyle. This achievement was much harder than it may seem. Lincoln had risen from a backcountry upbringing to economic level of at least some repute, and he wanted to keep it that way. His wife came from a far wealthier upbringing than Lincoln. She certainly didn’t expect to live in a tavern for the first couple years of her marriage.

Lincoln made cuts that he felt were absolutely necessary to get his debts paid. Interestingly, he was also willing to slash his largest expense (and often our largest expense as well): his home expenses. Are you willing to live in the “four-dollar-a-day tavern” to eliminate debt more quickly?

http://www.halefinancialsolutions.com/blog/2017/10/11/what-abraham-lincoln-did-about-his-huge-debt-problem

*Don’t beat yourself up about your debt, but make a drastic measure today. Actually living in a tavern sounds pretty cool though. Pick something to slash from your life and start putting that money towards paying off your debt today. Not convinced? Read this quote from J. Rueben Clark –

“Interest never sleeps nor sickens nor dies; it never goes to the hospital; it works on Sundays and holidays; it never takes a vacation. … Once in debt, interest is your companion every minute of the day and night; you cannot shun it or slip away from it; you cannot dismiss it; it yields neither to entreaties, demands, or orders; and whenever you get in its way or cross its course or fail to meet its demands, it crushes you.”

ENTERTAINMENT

Michael McDonald 1952

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https://www.michaelmcdonald.com/

In The 40 Year Old Virgin, Paul Rudd’s character is driven nuts by his electronics store’s endless loop of McDonald’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Last week at his Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino concert in Florida, McDonald dedicated the song to Paul Rudd!

https://www.uphe.com/movies/the-40-year-old-virgin

*There ain’t no mountain high enough, so listen to some Michael McDonald.

FOOD

Aaron Sanchez 1976 – chipotle pulled pork tacos (Taco Tuesday)

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http://chefaaronsanchez.com/

One of my favorite tacos! The spicy chipotle is the perfect in this dish, and you get really wonderful flavors with all of the spices

http://chefaaronsanchez.com/recipes/chipotle-pulled-pork-tacos-with-queso-fresco/

Mr. Lincoln was a hearty eater. He never lost his taste for the things a growing farmer’s boy would like. He was particularly fond of bacon.”

It’s worth noting that in the mid-1800s, “bacon” had a slightly different meaning. Today, this breakfast food’s defined as “cured meat taken from the side or belly of a pig.” But any slice of pork that had been salted and cured qualified as proper bacon.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/61607/5-abraham-lincolns-favorite-foods

*No one knows tacos better than Aaron Sanchez. Enjoy these chipotle pork ones – the modern day version of Abraham Lincoln’s love of salted pork.

 What a day! Darwin and Lincoln born on the exact same day just a few hours apart.

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The deepest common stuff the two men share, though, is in what they said and wrote—their mastery of a new kind of liberal language. They matter most because they wrote so well. Lincoln got to be president essentially because he made a couple of terrific speeches, and we remember him most of all because he gave a few more as president. Darwin was a writer who published his big ideas in popular books. A commercial publishing house published The Origin of Species in the same year that it published novels and memoirs, and Darwin’s work remains probably the only book that changed science that an amateur can still sit down now and read right through. It’s so well written that we don’t think of it as well written, just as Lincoln’s speeches are so well made that they seem to us as obvious and natural as smooth stones on the beach. (We don’t think, “Well said!” we just think, “That’s right!”)

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-lincoln-and-darwin-shaped-the-modern-world-45447280/

SNUB – Christina Ricci

Review –

  • Literally, smell the roses
  • Josh BROlin workout
  • Donate to the Bill Russell Scholarship Fund
  • Make a drastic measure to get out of debt
  • Listen to Michael McDonald
  • Make pulled pork tacos – it is Tuesday!

 

February 11

Look to the * for today’s advice.

MIND

Thomas Edison 1847

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http://www.thomasedison.com/

CONSTANTLY IMPROVE YOUR IDEAS AND PRODUCTS AND THE IDEAS AND PRODUCTS OF OTHERS

http://thinkjarcollective.com/tools/thomas-edisons-creative-thinking-habits/

https://www.tesu.edu/

http://www.menloparkmuseum.org/

https://www.nps.gov/edis/learn/historyculture/edison-biography.htm

“Ninety-nine parts of all things that proceed from the intellect are plagiarisms”- Mark Twain

Edison didn’t invent the light bulb, he improved upon the ideas of 22 other men who pioneered the light bulb before him. Edison simply figured out how to sell the light bulb.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/05/18/nikola-tesla-wasnt-god-and-thomas-edison-wasnt-the-devil/#77c248a91a21

*There are plenty of daily planners and “meal a day” journals, but 365DOLF is going to be the best one available. It’s up to me to not only create it, but to sell it.

How can you improve on what has already been started by someone else?

BODY

Taylor Lautner 1992

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http://taylorlautnermania.com/

Push Your Limits. …

https://www.exercise.com/workout-plans/taylor-lautner-workout-plan

*Push your limits today with this Taylor Lautner workout. Almost a month and a half in, lets start looking for some ab muscles soon.

SOUL

Sheryl Crow 1962

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http://www.sherylcrow.com/

“After I found out I had breast cancer, it made me redefine and refine my life. I want to encourage everybody to quiet your brain, even if it is just for five minutes a day, so that you are able to tap into the divine and what is for you,”

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/10/04/sheryl-crows-breast-cancer-battle-inspired-her-to-redefine-and-refine-my-life.html

*Redefine and refine your life, starting today. After you quiet your brain for five minutes, listen to some Sheryl Crow for inspiration.

MONEY

Burt Reynolds 1936

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http://www.burtreynoldsinstitute.org/

“I’ve lost more money than is possible because I just haven’t watched it,” he says. “I’ve still done well in terms of owning property and things like that. But I haven’t been somebody who’s been smart about his money. There are a couple of actors who are quite brilliant with the way they’ve handled their money.” He smiles. “But they’re not very good actors.”

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/11/burt-reynolds-on-career-bankruptcy-regrets

Burt Reynolds hated ‘Boogie Nights’ so much that he fired his agent afterward

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2018/09/06/burt-reynolds-hated-boogie-nights-so-much-that-he-fired-his-agent-afterward/?utm_term=.4a536cff7ba8

https://www.amazon.com/Boogie-Nights-New-Line-Platinum/dp/B00004TQF7

*Whether you’re a good actor or not, take today to “watch your money”. Where is it going every month? Week? Day? Watch Burt Reynolds almost win an Oscar in Boogie Nights for motivation.

Budget Planner

Your detailed spending breakdown

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https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/tools/budget-planner

*Use the above website to “watch your money” like Burt Reynolds should have done. Then reward yourself by watching Burt Reynolds in two of my favorites – Smokey and the Bandit or Cannonball Run.

https://www.amazon.com/Smokey-Bandit-Special-Burt-Reynolds/dp/B000EQHXOG

https://www.amazon.com/Cannonball-Run-Burt-Reynolds/dp/B002N57KG2/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1532640182&sr=1-2&keywords=cannonball+run

ENTERTAINMENT

Jennifer Aniston 1969 – watch Cake

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http://jennifer-aniston.org/

“I’m not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way,” Jennifer Aniston said in an op-ed for the Huffington Post in July 2016. She added that the public interest in her status as a parent (or not) “points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful or unhappy if they’re not married with children.” She echoed the sentiment during an interview with the December 2016 issue of Marie Claire: “I have worked too hard in this life and this career to be whittled down to a sad, childless human,”

https://www.wonderwall.com/celebrity/photos/jennifer-anistons-top-lessons-about-life-love-health-beauty-secrets-36466.gallery?photoId=194048

http://cakemovie.net/

https://www.amazon.com/Office-Christmas-Party-Jason-Bateman/dp/B01LTHZX6S

*If the movie Cake is too deep for you and you need some comic relief, watch Aniston in Office Christmas Party. Movies like this are a lot easier to watch without kids.

FOOD

Paul Bocuse 1926 – chicken in vinegar sauce

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https://www.bocuse.fr/en/

Bocuse had something that no other chef has ever had in the same abundance: an undeniably infectious culinary charisma. Bocuse was what people want a grand French chef to be.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-gastronomy/the-first-time-i-met-paul-bocuse

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chicken-in-vinegar-sauce

*Invite your FRIENDS over and enjoy this chicken in vinegar sauce recipe and maybe some cake for dessert.

SNUB – Kelly Slater

Review –

  • Improve on what someone else has started
  • Push your limits – get some abs
  • Quiet your brain for 5 minutes
  • Get a budget planner
  • Watch Cake
  • Make chicken in vinegar sauce

February 10

Find the * for today’s solid advice.

DON’T SWALLOW THE POOL WATER DAY

MIND

John Franklin Enders 1897

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https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1954/enders-bio.html

John Franklin Enders (1897-1985) was born in Connecticut and graduated from Yale University in 1920. After beginning a career as a real estate agent, Enders decided that business was not for him. He enrolled at Harvard University, completing a master’s degree in English literature, but Enders abandoned his liberal arts studies in favor of medical research.

http://www.discoveriesinmedicine.com/General-Information-and-Biographies/Enders-John-Franklin.html

http://www.discoveriesinmedicine.com/General-Information-and-Biographies/Enders-John-Franklin.html#ixzz5MMSMyatu

Despite receiving the Nobel Prize for his polio work, Enders maintained that developing the measles vaccine was more personally satisfying to him and more socially significant

https://norkinvirology.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/john-enders-the-father-of-modern-vaccines/

*First of all, it would be nice to be as smart as Enders, but you can be this smart (kind of). Just like Enders, you can change the direction of your life. Selling real estate can be very lucrative but if it’s not your passion, it may be time to move on.

BODY

Mark Spitz 1950 – swim

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https://www.olympic.org/mark-spitz

Everyday Health: What suggestions do you have for fellow potential high-cholesterol sufferers?

Mark Spitz: You can control your destiny by controlling your health. Get your cholesterol checked. Everyone else gets sick, but I don’t, was how I used to think. But high cholesterol doesn’t have any symptoms, so there’s no way to see it. It’s the silent killer.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-disease/cholesterol/understanding/mylife/mark_spitz/landing.aspx

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/Cholesterol_UCM_001089_SubHomePage.jsp

*Get your cholesterol checked today or at least make an appointment to get it checked. Take a swim in an Olympic size pool, and eat some foods that lower cholesterol.

Foods that lower cholesterol

  • Barley and other whole grains. …
  • Eggplant and
  • Vegetable oils. …
  • Apples, grapes, strawberries, citrus fruits.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/11-foods-that-lower-cholesterol

SOUL

Roberta Flack 1937

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http://www.robertaflack.com/

Her gentle amalgamation of Soul, Gospel and folk, combined with a message of both empowerment and love, created an intelligent, thoughtful pathway for modern singers

http://www.soultracks.com/roberta_flack.htm

*Listen to some Robert Flack to soothe your soul.

MONEY

Walter A. Brown 1905

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http://www.celticstats.com/misc/walterbrown.php

Brown was able to accomplish all this despite lacking substantial financial means. He instead opted to rely on his own wits, creative talents and good character to keep the Celtics afloat even if this meant taking out a second mortgage on his house when the team looked like it was heading for bankruptcy in the late 1940s

http://cognoscenti.wbur.org/2014/05/23/integration-of-the-n-b-a-thomas-j-whalen

*Rely on your own wits, creative talents, and good character to keep your business (or dreams of your business) afloat. In fact write out one example for each of those characteristics.

Your wits

Your Creative talents

Your Good character

ENTERTAINMENT

Elizabeth Banks 1974 – watch Love and Mercy

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http://elizabethbanks.com/

Two things that are exceedingly difficult to achieve in film are to bring the audience into the minds of geniuses and people with mental illness, and Love & Mercy is able to do both

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-kim/rethink-review-love–merc_b_7570466.html

http://whohaha.com/spotlight/elizabethbanks/

http://www.loveandmercyfilm.com/

*She got her start in 40 Year Old Virgin, but watch her most critical work in Love and Mercy.

FOOD

Emma Roberts 1991 – chopped salad for lunch and salmon with teriyaki for dinner

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https://twitter.com/RobertsEmma?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

For meals, however, Roberts keeps things fairly healthy, opting for “a chopped salad with avocado, chicken, and tomatoes” for lunch, and a “turkey burger, or salmon with teriyaki or ponzu sauce, and brown rice with broccoli” for dinner.

http://www.instyle.com/news/emma-roberts-reveals-diet-fitness-regime

http://emma-roberts.org/

*Use the above list of heart healthy foods along with Roberts’s meal plan to have 3 healthy meals today. 

SNUB – Chloe Grace Moretz

Review –

  • Change the direction of your life
  • Swim and get your cholesterol checked
  • Listen to Roberta Flack
  • Rely on your wits, creative talents, and good character
  • Watch Love and Mercy
  • Eat heart healthy foods all day