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Miss A Workout? Get Back in the Game

If you’re like me, when you begin a program such as Tapout XT or XT 2 you do so intending to follow it. To complete each day’s workout as it appears on the calendar.

But then…kids, work, illness, injury. What now?

Too many times we view things as all -or-nothing. Take diets for instance. We start a strict diet, but as soon as we break it we fall off completely – telling ourself that we’ll start again soon but sometimes never doing so.

Inertia builds behind both action and stagnation. If you miss a day, two days or a week of your workout don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t stop.

Get back in the game. Pick up where you left off.

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By |July 24th, 2013|Blog, Tapout XT/ Xtreme Exercise|2 Comments

XT 2 – Week One Review

Aggressive. Heart-Pounding. Serious. Sweat-Inducing. Brutal. Fantastic. Addictive. Fun. Rewarding. Life-Changing.

What more need be said.

By |July 16th, 2013|Blog, Tapout XT/ Xtreme Exercise|2 Comments

Reinvention at the Community Level – Chicago and Sao Paolo

Whether related to personal, professional, global or community challenges – the answer to them is always the same. Constant reinvention.

Excerpt from the article (link below) – “If there’s a “secret sauce” to the world’s most successful cities and region, it is that they are constantly reinventing themselves, adapting not only to new economic realities but also to people’s changing lifestyle and career preferences. Good, inclusive planning – or the “art of what’s possible,” which is what MPC works on each day – is integral.”

http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/metroplanners/164326/reinvention-critical-successful-metropolitan-regions

By |July 16th, 2013|Blog, Starters® Stories|0 Comments

5 Must Stopover Locations in Quebec – Guest Post by Janet Becker

5 Must Stopover Locations in Quebec

Quebec is probably Canada`s most favourite and visited province. If you plan on getting the most out of your trip, you should know that Quebec is the biggest province that Canada has to offer. This means that you should plan your trip in advance so you can enjoy all the wonderful things that this region has to offer.

Before booking in advance any type of accommodation or renting a car, you should take care of your passport application. Canada has some rules for foreign visitors and you should go to the Canadian visa office first if you want to find out what additional forms or papers you need to fill out.

After your forms have been approved you can start planning your trip and if you don`t know which places you should visit, here are some locations that are a must if you want to grab the essence of Quebec.

Outaouais is a destination preferred by many people that want to escape the big city, the traffic jams, and the noise. If you are a culture lover, this location is the perfect place for you since you can visit many great museums that will expand your knowledge. Outdoor lovers think Outaouais to be one of Quebec`s major highlights since this location is overwhelmed by forests, mountains; the Ottawa River runs through here, too. If you plan on hiking, sightseeing or taking incredible photos of the Canadian landscapes, prepare for spending some quality time here.

If you want diversity, Montreal should be the next stop in your journey. Montreal is one of the top 5 favourite destinations in Quebec and you can easily understand why. This metropolis is filled with a splendid architecture, from the […]

By |July 16th, 2013|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel|0 Comments

Tina Brown – Master of Re-Invention

I couldn’t have said it any better. Thank you Tina Brown for the inspiration!

Successful reinvention is “all about continuing to ask yourself what you’re best at, and what you want, and then going for that,” she said in a phone interview Monday afternoon from her office at The Daily Beast. “It’s about not being distracted from it, or fearful of it. It has to go with some instinct you’ve not gratified at other times in your life, and it has to come from really deep inside.”

Read more:Tina Brown dives into deep conversation on reinvention, biz, tech – The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23666012/tina-brown-dives-into-deep-conversation-reinvention-biz#ixzz2ZAYB6Tk9
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http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23666012/tina-brown-dives-into-deep-conversation-reinvention-biz

By |July 15th, 2013|Blog, Mindsets, Starters® Stories|0 Comments

XT 2 Cross Core Combat 2 – Review

 

On Steroids. The Next Level. Upping The Ante. Serious. Are You Kidding? Drench.

These are the words that best describe Day 1 of Tapout XT 2. The addition of the weighted ball adds a completely new dynamic, one that seems to better isolate muscles.

I’ve completed XT 1 three times. It didn’t make Day 1 of XT2 any easier!

 

 

By |July 11th, 2013|Blog, Tapout XT/ Xtreme Exercise|0 Comments

Voices

It starts with a single drop of water. You follow its trail downward until it reaches a theater stage below where the conductor stands. It moves through him, and then at once is dispersed in a wave of energy across the floor. The movement of the now electrified water imitates the dance of aquatic creatures under a luminescent bay. When the visualized energy reaches the back of the stage, it begins its climb upward. It illuminates row upon row of video monitors.

In each, a face. And from each face, a voice. 

Eric Whitacre is a composer of classic music. One day a friend stumbled on a YouTube video that’d been posted by Britlin Losee for him. It was of her singing the soprano part to one of his compositions.

That’s simply how it began.

An idea formed, and he pursued it. He blogged regularly, each entry explained his vision. He hoped to gather together 50 participants to join his Virtual Choir. He created a dedicated YouTube channel and Google Hangouts where he posted singing lessons. He recorded himself conducting the movements and voices that would combine to create the visualization of his song. He asked those who wished to join his virtual choir to record themselves singing a voice to one of his selected compositions.

That was then.

This is now, and Eric’s third Virtual Choir video is called “Water Night”. It contains 3,746 individual videos – all singing in one of six choral voices. Contributors represent 73 different countries.

For most of another man’s life he’d wanted to express himself vocally in a choir along with others. Being legally blind prevented him from joining, as he could never get close enough to see the conductor’s prompting

Now he sits directly in […]

By |June 1st, 2013|Blog, Mindsets|0 Comments

Get Some Rest!

 If you want to develop better instincts, improve your habits.

Relational memory defines our mind’s ability to process multiple, simultaneous sources of stimulus and find meaningful connections between them. Calling on stores of memories such as sights, sounds, smells, emotions, scents and scenes gives us the ability to ‘know’ something without actually understanding how we know it. (Think hunches and intuition.)

Michael Torrice, author of the article “Remembering Without Knowing It”, asks you to try the following trick at home. Have a friend remove an object from a room that you are very familiar with – and then see if you can uncover what object they took away. There is an extremely high likelihood, according to Torrice, that your eyes will naturally fixate on the spot where the missing item used to be. Even if your mind hasn’t identified the missing item, your brain knows what (and where) it was.

Little is still known about the process the mind uses to gather relational memory from its multiple sources, but this does not diminish the proof that it occurs.

Studies performed by cognitive neurologists Hannula and Ranganath, of the University of California, used magnetic resonance imaging to measure changes occurring in the brain when volunteers participated in their picture-pairing study. Volunteers were shown 216 pairs of pictures, each grouped a person’s face with a scene (such as the Grand Canyon).

Amazingly, even when the subject picked the incorrect face, their hippocampus was notably more active when their eyes were looking at the correct face. In these cases, the mind ‘knew’, but the correlation wasn’t made consciously.

Hannula and Ranganath also observed that when the volunteers actually made correct choices, their pre-fontal cortex lit up significantly. This helped them to surmise that relational […]

By |April 30th, 2013|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel, Mindsets|0 Comments

By Way of the Dodo

(An excerpt from Make Others Greater)
 William H. Russell knew he was on to something. He had the competitive advantage he needed to become the go-to communications solution of the day. He’d built a system that could cut the time it took to deliver mail by as much as 60%.
He quickly needed to staff up his company, so he ran the following ad, “Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over 18. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages: $25 per week.”

Applicants swarmed the company’s way stations that were placed approximately 15 miles apart and spanning the distance between Missouri and California.

Though it wasn’t cheap, the Pony Express was the expedient answer to getting important mail across country faster.

By stagecoach it took 24 days from door to door, Missouri to Sacramento. In 1860, The Pony Express did it in 7 ½ days.

Russell had cornered the market…but only for just over one year. In 1861 the transcontinental telegraph was completed and on October 26, 1861 the Pony Express closed its doors[i].

The year prior, another budding entrepreneur put his novel idea to the test. John Wise believed that ground travel severely constrained the delivery of mail. He would take to the air instead.

On August 17, 1859, the hot air balloon Jupiter took to the skies. It departed Lafayette, Indiana with 123 letters destined for New York City.

A stiff wind blew it south once it reached the necessary 14,000 feet in elevation. Five hours later, having travelled only 30 miles, it reached Crawfordsville, Indiana. There Mr. Wise gave all 123 letters to the nearest postal agent he could find – who put them on the next train bound for NYC.

Ninety-four years later the last letter was […]

By |April 25th, 2013|Blog, Fascinating Stuff|0 Comments

Make Others Greater Opening – Horseshoes

HORSESHOES (the intro and opening of the new book by Gary Guller and I)

 

Survival alone doesn’t define us. It’s what we learn from the experience that does.

We stumble. We fall. We risk. We fail.

We rise again.

We innovate. We persevere. We inspire. We conquer.

Such is the human condition. We choose between two paths in each interconnected moment. One path leads upward, forever upward. The other leads to ambivalence. Eventually to mediocrity. Then to irrelevance.

Most of us will never summit Mt. Everest. We’ll not endure the blurry fog of oxygen deprivation in a place holding the ultimate consequence as reward for a misstep.

We’ll not dig our crampons into the base of Hillary Step, with full knowledge that death awaits below us. We’ll not have the realization that those before us who successfully navigated The Step and summited had the benefit of using two hands to secure themselves with. That an already technically difficult climb becomes highly improbable when facing it with only one arm.

We’ll not make an unimaginable sacrifice of ourselves. We’ll not watch others in our journey pass away before us or next to us as a direct consequence of the quest.

But we all climb our own Everest.

The toughest problems we’ve faced and overcome define our capacity of strength. They represent the “edge” – a place we know we can take ourselves without fear of falling hopelessly over.

If our roles never required us to go beyond the “known edge,” this book may be just an interesting and entertaining adventure read.

It’s intended to be much more.

The story of Gary Guller is inspiring and empowering. It’s flawed and imperfect. It’s full of feats and of follies, of passions and of addictions. In its narrative we learn to lift up […]

By |April 20th, 2013|Blog, Starters® Stories|0 Comments