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 Mirror, Mirror Speak To Me

I’m Moving

Posted by Rich on December 21st, 2007 filed in

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If you are as tired as I am of how long this blog takes to load, then you will appreciate the fact that I am moving this blog to a faster server. I have taken some of the better posts and added them to the new blog and will be a more frequent blogger from now on since I will be spending less time waiting for pages to load, as you have been doing.

Please visit the new blog site by clicking here. Thanks

It’s A Fat World After All

Posted by Rich on December 7th, 2007 filed in

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I am compelled to post this article, even though I am sure that Wired Magazine and the writer - Chuck Squatriglia - have issues about copyright infringement, but hopefully they will understand because of the importance of more people reading this article.

If there’s a sadder commentary on the state of American society, we can’t think of it — we’ve grown so fat we sink the boats of It’s A Small World.

Iasw11_5 According to Miceage, the boats routinely bottom out under the weight of super-sized riders, bringing the popular ride to a grinding — literally — halt. That’s increased the wear and tear on the fiberglass boats, which have been in use since the ride opened during the 1964 World’s Fair, when Americans, on average, weighed 25 pounds less than we do today.

It’s a big problem. Find out why after the jump…

Other rides, including the drop in the Pirates of the Caribbean, face the same problem, Miceage says, but nowhere is it more of headache than It’s a Small World.

The ride features several twists and bends where overloaded boats easily bog down, including the “S” bend through the Scandinavian room.

Employees — Disney calls them “cast members” — have been aware of the issue for  some time now and so discretely leave empty seats in boats carrying heavy riders. But backups persist, and in some cases no one realizes there’s a problem until boats stop emerging from the ride.

Disneyland is putting the ride in drydock for 10 months to make it ship-shape again. The boats will be replaced with more buoyant models, and the new flume will be one inch deeper. Work will begin in January.

Source: Miceage via Jalopnik.

This Is Not Your Father’s Home Based Biz Opp

Posted by Rich on December 7th, 2007 filed in

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When we began paying commissions on sales of Beachbody products to our customers, with an incentive for them to bring in additional reps to spread the word, the only customer complaints pertained to the seedy reputation of other multi-level marketers as a “pyramid scheme”.

That reputation is largely due to the millions of families who are still stuck with inventory of soap, pills, and water filters from business ventures of the past, and the pressure to effectively become the sales manager to your own friends and family members.

After just six months of operation, I can proudly say, we are none of any of that. We are promoters of health and fitness. And for the people who get in and get active with Million Dollar Body, the opportunity is anything but “traditional” network marketing, but with every bit of potential for financial reward.

Actually, I think I’ve probably offended more network marketers than we’ve signed up because of my convictions. (I sometimes speak my mind a little too freely. Ask me about the “Pyruvate Incident” sometime.) The reason we may not be immediately attractive to network marketing heavyweights is our commitment to making this home based business opportunity about getting people healthy and active - FOR REAL! That in itself is a multi-billion dollar opportunity if we stay focused on the real goal. The fact that I won’t pitch the money potential first and the health benefits second makes me look foolish to those who have made their big bucks hawking business opportunities. The fact that we don’t require people to invest thousands of dollars in inventory looks counter-intuitive to the folks who are used just to selling “the next hot breakthrough”. But imagine how many millions of people who need a friend to lend them a hand in getting more active would appreciate something that could also earn them an extra income! THAT’S OPPORTUNITY with REAL substance!

And that’s why this concept and the Beachbody faithful who are helping it grow are so special.

Exercise will NEVER go out of style. No drug can replace exercise. No electrical stimulation device can make it easier. If you want your body to work and feel good, you need to use it, or you will feel the consequences sooner than you expect. Eating right is simple. We show you how to achieve it. That has value to everyone around you. We are committed to helping people understand how to do it. That is the word we are spreading. Beachbody customer complaints generally stem from those who didn’t have the support or accountability to stay with the program they purchased. Million Dollar Body changes all that by connecting people together in a “network” of support. That’s the revolution that we’re committed to creating here!

The miraculous stories of people who rediscover exercise and how their lives change because of it is the heart of what we do. The financial opportunity and how it has already helped people pay off their mortgages, pay for their kids school, or buy the car they always wanted are also incredible and meaningful. The two go hand in hand with what is so substantial about this opportunity.
The other day in a meeting I made a point about how I would pitch this if I could be a coach. I wouldn’t whip out photos of the new car my commissions bought me, or the flat screen TV being installed at the house thanks to my rank advancements, I would show my before and after photos, and tell my friend that they can do it too if they make a simple “20 in 30″ promise…

“I hear you complaining about your energy, about how your clothes fit, and how you don’t like the way your body looks… If you want to change all that, I promise you, you can. And it can generate an income for you too. If you want to get results, I will help you; All you need to do is promise me two things: (1) Get started on something: Sign up, pick a program, and do at least 20 workouts in 30 days. And (2) Pass it on: Ask two people whose health you care about to do the same thing. That’s it. If you don’t see results in those 30 days, you can quit and get the money back for the product. But I know you will see results, and your life will change. And people will ask you if you’re on a diet. And you’ll tell them about this. And you will be in business. That’s how easy things happen when you make that simple decision: Commit to at least 20 workouts in 30 days. All you need to do right now is stop thinking about it, and make those two promises to me: Get started, and pass it on.”

Will some of our coaches make a lot of money by signing up, getting two more to sign up, and qualifying to help support our customers to get success? Absolutely. And some won’t make a thing or care about it. They’ll do it so they can feel the same thing I get to feel every day I get a success story email.

We’re entering a period of very dramatic growth. The lead pool is going to accelerate in the next few months. The coaches who get in now and share our vision of helping people get healthy are the ones who deserve the financial rewards. The kind of coaches I want to help us build this will be a positive force of health and peer support, and they will reap the rewards. I don’t care if you wear a tie (I don’t), I don’t care if you spend your money on toys or education, I don’t care if you walk, jog, or crush P90X. All I care about is that you get healthy, and that you contact your coaches and customers from time to time to help them stay accountable to their plan as well.

You are the elite, and together we’re changing the state of health in this country!

Carl Daikeler - CEO of Product Partners and Million Dollar Body

The Roots of Thanksgiving

Posted by Rich on November 21st, 2007 filed in

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Four hundred years ago, people rejoiced when they were able to survive the arduous winters and gather enough food to eat. Today we go to the grocery store and mull over all of the choices. Whole Foods Market is a bastion of good food and good health and this blog is excerpted from one of their newsletters. Perhaps when we consider how difficult life was and could be again, we will be even more thankful on this Thanksgiving holiday.

For three days in the autumn of 1621, members of Plymouth Colony celebrated their first harvest in the New World. Ninety Wampanoag Indians joined them in this rare moment of felicity. In the words of Edward Winslow, a participant, the feast was held “…so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.”

There are only two contemporary accounts of the event — Winslow’s letter to a friend and a later, more oblique reference in a history written by the colony’s governor, William Bradford. Each of them consists of a single brief paragraph and neither mentions the word Thanksgiving. These men could not have known that their meager accounts would be parsed and probed by historians and others eager to embrace anything that could add luster to a fledgling country’s history, thereby inflating this simple harvest feast into an American holiday of mythic proportions.

Here are the known facts about that original celebration:

  • It lasted three days and took place sometime between September 21 and November 11, 1621.
  • It was attended by 50 to 52 colonists, mostly women and children, who had survived the previous winter of near starvation and disease — about half their original number.
  • 90 Wampanoag Indians and their chief, Massasoit, also attended and supplied 5 deer.
  • Tisquantum, or Squanto, a Wampanoag Indian, served as interpreter. He had been kidnapped in 1605 and brought to England as a curiosity, where he learned English and returned to New England in 1619.
  • The food was limited to wild game (fish, fowl and animals) and the few crops they’d managed to grow in a hostile environment.

Food was central to the Pilgrim’s festival in 1621 and it still commands center stage at today’s holiday. Food is also part and parcel of the myths and misperceptions surrounding that original feast. Many believe that the Pilgrims and Indians gorged on huge turkeys, sweet potatoes, corn-on-the-cob and pumpkin pie. The reality was quite different. Here’s a list of foods that were likely available to them:

  • Venison – In his letter, Winslow states that the Indians supplied 5 deer.
  • Fowl – goose, duck, partridge, wild turkey, crane and swan. Wild turkeys were much smaller and tougher than today’s large-breasted specimens.
  • Fish and Seafood – eels, cod, herring, shad, bass, oysters, clams, lobsters.
  • Grain – Indian corn, cornmeal, barley, wheat.
  • Vegetables – small amounts of peas, squash, beans, onions and leeks.
  • Fruits – berries, grapes, plums and cherries; harvested in the wild and dried for preservation.
  • Nuts – acorns, chestnuts, hickory nuts, walnuts.

Additionally, they probably had access to maple syrup, honey and small quantities of butter and eggs. All the meats and seafood were either roasted on spits over an open fire or baked in coals since they had no ovens. Boiling was another possible method.

The Pilgrims did not have sweet potatoes, which had not yet been introduced to that part of the world; corn-on-the-cob or popcorn because Indian corn was only good for making cornmeal; or sauces or pies because they had no sugar or means to make piecrust.

To our eyes, the Pilgrim’s feast would appear a mean and paltry affair, but to them it must have been sumptuous, perhaps even prodigal, a victory of man over nature, a brief respite from hardship and conflict with their Indian neighbors — reason enough to rejoice.

To read more of the story of The Roots of Thanksgiving, click here

Veterans Day Remembrance

Posted by Rich on November 12th, 2007 filed in

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On November 11, 1918 at 11:00 am, the world celebrated the cease fire that signaled the end of of the Great War or World War. It was a time of rejoicing and a time of hope for peace. President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation of Armistice Day, now known as Veteran’s Day, read in part, “Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.” This Veteran’s Day weekend, I hope that we have all taken a moment to remember and honor those men and women who gave of themselves and to hope and pray for the safe return home of those who continue to serve.

Thanks to all of those who serve in defense of our freedoms, I was able to work out this morning with my trainer. At 4:30 this morning, there were already 101 people working out with women from Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Maryland, Utah, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio and guys from Pennsylvania, Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, Colorado, New Hampshire, Virginia and Rhode Island, to name just a few. Although it sounds like the “gym” must have been crowded, I actually never left home and could just see all of the people that I was working out with on my computer screen. If you don’t have a clue what I am talking about, then please sign up to be my guest in WOWY (you are automatically entered into the Million Dollar Body Game) and you will find out how much fun and how easy getting fit can be.

Visit my MDB Coach site and you can follow my progress. If you decide to be a guest, or better yet become a Million Dollar Body Club member, you can join me in a workout at 4:30 am MT Monday through Friday or workout with your own group of fellow exercisers at any time of day when you log into WOWY!

Times of change are times of opportunity

Posted by Rich on October 29th, 2007 filed in

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Have you ever written an email and wished that more people could read it than just the recipient?  Such is the case with an email that I just wrote to someone in response to them saying that a certain workout program was a little overwhelming now because of changes that they were going through in their lives.   Here is what I wrote in response:

    P90X is actually a complete program with workouts planned for you on certain days and a very specific nutrition plan that will both provide enough calories for your workouts as well as, in your case, help you to lose weight.

    I’ve been a runner for over 40 years and have run fast times, but I, too, am now slow.  In fact, I sell Polar heart rate monitors and use the RS800sd.  Hoping that the Stride Sensor was inaccurate, I signed up for Wireless Run Tracker, which is awesome, and alas, the GPS in my cell phone confirmed that I am slow -  http://www.focused-on-fitness.com/how-to-be-fit/?p=121 (and the Stride Sensor is extremely accurate).  You on the other hand can get your body fat down, can build muscle, will improve your running and will run faster.  To athletes, P90X is worth a lot more than what we paid for it so we all got great deals since we will use it to its fullest.

    The Million Dollar Body Club is also a great deal - nutrition and fitness support, meal plans and much more for $2.99 a week.  That is, again, too good to be true but for about $13.00 a month or about $40..00 for three months, how can you go wrong.  Probably one of the best things is that you can read, research and explore while you are at work, right on your computer.

    When you join, the first thing you want to do is to sign in to WOWY when you work out - paddle, run, lift or whatever workout you do.  WOWY keeps track of your workouts, and no matter what time of day or night you work out, I bet that you will also see another person or many people (their picture and what workout they are doing) working out at the same time and probably with the same goal as you.  It is really fun (spoken as a 56 year old who even finds it fun) and a great way to meet friends - there is even a chat room after your workout, just like being in a virtual locker room and talking with someone else who just worked out.

    Change is good (maybe you don’t realize it at the time) but what a great new addition to your life - P90X and Tony Horton to get you pumped up for every workout.  You will transform your body, you will lose weight and you will be stronger and fitter than you have ever been.  It is the perfect addition to your triathlon training program and will definitely give you an edge.

    Please contact me any time with more questions.  I obviously am very passionate about what I do!  


Richard Dafter
866 797-7336
Million Dollar Body Coach Howtobefit
Polar Heart Rate Monitor Authorized Dealer

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Healthy Buddies

Posted by Rich on October 6th, 2007 filed in

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    “Healthy Buddies!” What a great idea. Developed by Dr. Jean-Pierre Chanoine, of British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada and tested at two public elementary schools, over one school year, participants in the “Healthy Buddies” program, boosted their physical activity levels, gained less weight, and showed smaller increases in blood pressure, compared with age-matched counterparts not enrolled in the program. To me, given the trend in childhood obesity, that is extraordinary.
In one school, teachers taught healthy-living lessons — the value of being physically active, eating healthy foods, and having a positive body image — to students in grades 4 to 7. These older students then paired with students in kindergarten to grade 3 to teach them similar healthy-living lessons. The other elementary school served as a control and underwent no intervention, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. After one school year, assessments of students’ knowledge of healthy living showed an increased overall understanding of healthy diet and behaviors in the intervention school compared with the control school.
So what does this mean to us? “Younger kids learn very efficiently from their older peers,” Chanoine noted in comments about the study, but how can we, as adults, apply the findings of this study? Use what we have learned from our own successes with healthy eating and exercise and spread the word to family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and anyone who will listen. Be outspoken advocates. Instead of being silent, be vocal sharers with others of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and make a difference. If the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are true, then “We are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside…True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar.” We are healthy and because of it, wealthy and wise. Share that wealth of knowledge with those around you and be Healthy Buddies!  Read more in the Reuters Health article here

This dude is a winner!

Posted by Rich on September 23rd, 2007 filed in

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The last time that I won something, if I remember correctly, was at the Belle Mead Fair the night before I left for Boy Scout Camp and it was on a borrowed nickel. I am 56 now. Actually I had the incentive to win, because I had tried and tried to win my Mom a stuffed animal. When I borrowed a nickel from my best friend, Jimmy Allen, I won a huge stuffed dog. Jimmy’s nickel must have been lucky.

Scott had incentive and he was lucky in more ways than one. Scott was in love and overweight and he followed the same path to fitness that I did with a Million Dollar Body program. Daily stress and a tough college load led Scott to turn to comfort food. He became motivated to get in shape in anticipation of the happiest day of his life: his wedding - and he lost 71 pounds in the process!

Can you do the same? Is it luck or just determination and motivation combined to give you the reason to get fit and healthy. If you want something badly enough, you can achieve it and Million Dollar Body is truly one of the best ways there is to achieve your goals. See Scott’s story and see if he can motivate you, too…

10 Tips on Home Workout Gear

Posted by Rich on September 20th, 2007 filed in

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Working out at home is a lot easier than venturing into the wild and working out outdoors. With no wind, snow, rain, or mud, you have very little use for terms like Smartwool, Gor-Tex, or Synchilla. It’s also less intimidating than going to the gym. With no one to impress, you don’t need to seek out the latest fashions from Prana or Nike either. So, you’re probably thinking, what is the big deal with home workout gear?

At home, you have the same physical parameters affecting your workout that you do outdoors. How to get warm, stay cool, fuel up, and not allow your body to change temperature too fast—all these issues still matter, even when you’re in your living room. Sure, they are easier to control than when you’re out in the tundra, but you still need to plan for them. Working out at home is more efficient than training elsewhere. Having a kitchen, shower, and closet nearby add a technical advantage that you may not have realized. Let’s take a look at some of the most important considerations for getting the most out of your home workout.  Continued…

Fitness Hygiene - 6 Ways to Keep Clean While You Get Lean

Posted by Rich on September 20th, 2007 filed in

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Working out makes you feel and look great, but it doesn’t make you smell great. One of the biggest advantages to working out at home instead of the gym is that you don’t have to lug around a suitcase full of products to restore your body to its inoffensive pre-workout condition. There’s no shortage of products that you can have easy access to at home. The industry of smelling good and looking good is massive. But which products really work? And which ones are really necessary? Let’s take a look at some of the most commonly used toiletries and what they doand separate fact from fiction.  Continued…