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Happy Birthday, AJ Jacobs, Esquire editor at large and author of 'The Year of Living Biblically'!! http://www.mrmedia.com/2012/04/walking-petri-dish-a-j-jacobs-defies-death-in-fit-new-book-video-interview/#.UUncyRkW9MoHappy Birthday, AJ Jacobs, Esquire editor at large and author of 'The Year of... more
ALL NEW!!! Sportswriter turned ultimate fitness athlete Pete Williams returns for his fourth appearance on the show to promote his latest book, 'Obstacle Fit: Your Complete Training Program to Run Fast, Conquer Challenges, and Discover Your Inner Spartan, Mudder, or Warrior.' I'll never try this stuff myself, but I know a lot of my friends are totally into it, so I had this conversation with Pete just for you. Please "Like' this interview on Facebook and share it with your friends! Thanks for watching and listening! http://www.mrmedia.com/2013/02/wanna-get-obstacle-fit-get-author-pete-williams-2013-video-interview/#.USPFeRndb-gALL NEW!!! Sportswriter turned ultimate fitness athlete Pete Williams returns for his... more
Forbes | February 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM
By Maseena Ziegler, Forbes
Dani Johnson made a meager living as a cocktail waitress in Hawaii, and was living out of her car with just two dollars and three cents to her name and $37,000 in debt. Haunted by a childhood filled with brutal and systematic physical and sexual abuse, she attempted suicide following a cocaine binge – but in that moment, ironically, her life changed forever.
Today Dani Johnson is a multi-millionaire many times over, runs five companies and spends her time jetting around the world, giving back through her various charities.
How she went on to make her first million despite a tortured past and despite being homeless, is the stuff of entrepreneurial legend.
Her story suggests, as Dr. Phil would put it, “It doesn’t matter what your mama did; it doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do. Nobody but you is responsible for your life. You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself.”
This is Dani Johnson’s story.
It was Christmas Eve, 1990.
“I was stoned out of my mind for two months – sleeping with eight different guys. I got to eat only by dating all these people. I realized that I had become worse than the family I grew up in and that was devastating. My mom and dad were drug addicts and I had never seen my parents sober. My childhood was filled with threats and getting beaten daily; week in, week out. My whole life was filled with horror and terror and lies and I vowed that I would never be like my family. And there I was doing cocaine…”
She hated cocaine ‘with a passion’ and recalls that when coke was introduced into the home by her parents when she was a teenager, the violence had intensified and the emotional instability was ‘horrifying’. “They would say one thing and then another thing after 15 minutes.”
That Christmas Eve, she joined other waitresses at the beach on a drink and drug binge.
“I was sweating as I was constantly dancing. I see the coke and I leaned down and I did a line. I remember waking up at 10 the next morning on my beach mat and I am asking everyone for coke. I was walking around saying, ‘Where do I get more of that stuff?’
That day, I would have given my body – I would have become a prostitute for coke and that’s how low I became. I hated everything about myself. I knew my future would never be good. I was suicidal from the age of six. My life was not worth living. There was no chance to turn it into anything better. I was disgusting. I hated how my parents raised us. My life was filled with broken promises and lies and people stealing and people beating me and people hating me and me hating myself even more…”
Fueled by the after-effects of the drug, in an almost catatonic state that morning, Dani decided she was going to end it all. “I started walking towards the ocean and dived underneath the wave.”
A few more moments under, and her life would have ended there – not an unsurprising demise given her circumstances, the coroner and police chief would have quietly concluded.
But as it happened, in that instant, her life changed forever.
‘Almost a Miracle’
“I heard a voice say, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’’
It felt almost like a miracle to her.
“The feeling of coke left instantly – I wasn’t wanting it anymore. I rolled up my beach mat, turned around and hiked a mile that I needed to in order to get back to my car. I drove 45 minutes to the beach where I was living. And the whole time I was driving, it was as if the left side of my mind was saying, ‘This is not what is intended for your life, you shouldn’t be drinking. There is more to life,’ and the right side was saying, ‘You’re a failure, you’re a loser, you’re filthy; worse than your parents. Drive this car into the ocean.’ This was like a war inside my mind with these voices and I was literally in a trance.
And I have no idea why I chose to listen to that first voice.”
So Dani began to ask herself: What can I do? What do I need to do to get myself out this situation?
“As a cocktail waitress, I was not making enough, so I had to figure out my options.”
She needed $4,500 to be able to afford an apartment but with a small income derived mostly from tips coupled with the island’s high rents, it would take her four months to save enough money.
“I didn’t want to be homeless for another four months. Rent in Hawaii was outrageously expensive and I couldn’t afford plane tickets back to California. I knew no one. I was terrified I would be raped or beaten or kidnapped because there wasn’t any shelter. I was a kid who, between the ages of three to 16, was abused and molested. The emotions were still there. You try to push this back but when you’re homeless, it is at the forefront of your mind all the time and it was terrifying to me.”
That night she fell asleep in her car without any answers but the following day, the proverbial light bulb went off.
“I get this idea. Everything I ever owned was in the backseat of my car. And there was this weight loss program I had purchased long before I was homeless, lying in the back seat. I had used it for a week. I never paid attention to it before. And it just caught the corner of my eye in the sun. It was warped from the humidity. But it was as if this device was talking to me. I picked it up and it was as if this thing was saying, ‘I’m your answer.’ And my first thought was, ‘No, I’m not going to peddle a weight loss program! No way I’m going to do this!’
As if it was beneath me. As if it was sinking to a new depth. And you know, sometimes you have that feeling that you need to do something you don’t want to do?
I turned the box around, saw the manufacturer’s details and called them from the payphone.
I started asking them the question: What is it going to take to carry the product in Hawaii? As it turned out, it would require me to have licensing – and money, that I didn’t have.”
And this is when Dani – given her very scant means – decided to get resourceful.
“I handwrote a flyer [for the weight loss program] but I needed a phone number to advertise so people could contact me – and I didn’t have one. So I picked up the Yellow Pages in the phone booth. You know cocktail waitresses always have coins! So I looked through the Yellow Pages and called a small telecommunications company. And I chatted with this guy for some time, trying to build a relationship. I asked him what the cost of their voice mail service was.
He said to me, ‘Don’t drive all the way to pay for this. Send me a check for $15. Here’s your new number…!’
Dani, of course, was elated – down to her last quarter for that week, she got the break she needed.
“I put up the flyer at the Post Office where everyone in this town went to, and three hours later, not thinking I would get any messages – it was filled with 25 messages. I didn’t know what to do with them!
Long story short, I ended up with 40 checks, totaling $4,000 dollars from people I didn’t even know – that first month!
I called up the manufacturer with an order but they wanted a physical address to send the product and I didn’t have one. So I talked the local liquor store into letting me use their address.”
Dani made a quarter of a million dollars that first year just by selling the weight loss program, was a millionaire by the second year and went on to open up 18 weight loss centers around the country. She sold the business in 1996 – a multi-millionaire.
http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/finance/2013/02/14/how-one-woman-went-from-homeless-to-millionaire-in-less-than-two-years/?cid=hero_mediaForbes | February 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM By Maseena Ziegler, Forbes Dani Johnson... more
Governor Chris Christie today responded to criticism of his obesity by announcing plans to continue expanding his waistline until he is “bigger and heavier than that fat fuck William Taft.” [more]
http://theskunk.org/2011/12/chris-christie-vows-to-keep-eating-until-hes-bigger-than-taft/Governor Chris Christie today responded to criticism of his obesity by announcing... more
We, like the rest of the world, are deeply concerned by all the so-called sure fire diets out there. Well, our investigative team researched all the big fad diets and we not only put together a new episode of DATELIME, but we lost ZERO weight. We talked to the friends of one man and followed his plight from a size 42 waist down to 12. This is appetite suppressing TV at its best.We, like the rest of the world, are deeply concerned by all the so-called sure fire... more
2012 video interview with Esquire magazine editor at large A.J. Jacobs, author of Drop Dead Healthy, The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All, conducted by Mr. Media, Bob Andelman. http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=45542012 video interview with Esquire magazine editor at large A.J. Jacobs, author of Drop... more
DJ Mona-Lisa relates to women who may have weight issues. The sensational broadcaster motivates and encourages ladies worldwide. "Fabulous Girls vs Slim Bitches" is the most motivational podcast made available to the public; it truly relates to people who are hurt-people who struggle to meet difficult social standards that are uncalled for: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/djmonalisa/2011/07/20/dj-mona-lisa-live-broadcastDJ Mona-Lisa relates to women who may have weight issues. The sensational broadcaster... more
This new series advises visitors and residents in the UK on how to behave appropriately in Britain and covers a broad range of useful topics. This first episode tackles the issue of healthy eating, which is becoming increasingly vital for the ignorant mass of fat UK citizens who have no idea what is good for them. With increasing obesity and NHS costs, this government-backed report provides all the necessary information to inform you about how to be truly British and have a healthy life.This new series advises visitors and residents in the UK on how to behave... more
An apple a day may do more than keep the doctor away — it can lower levels of bad cholesterol and improve levels of good cholesterol without causing weight gain in women, according to a new study.
link: http://www.livescience.com/13688-apple-day-lowers-cholesterol.htmlAn apple a day may do more than keep the doctor away — it can lower levels of... more
A double diet drug that can help a woman drop two dress sizes in a year has been developed.
link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1375575/Two-diet-drug-help-women-drop-dress-sizes.htmlA double diet drug that can help a woman drop two dress sizes in a year has been... more
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Due to demand Boston Ambulance service showed its new vehicle designed for patients who are over weight. According to the article, the ambulance will help the patients and the drivers who can suffer from strains when lifting patients.
"The ambulance is equipped with a special stretcher that can hold 850 pounds and a hydraulic lift with a 1,000 pound capacity, said Captain Jose Archila of Boston’s Emergency Medical Services fleet.
The ambulance is likely to be needed two to four times a week, he said."-NeatoDue to demand Boston Ambulance service showed its new vehicle designed for patients... more
When it comes to losing weight, British women just don’t measure up. Although one in three have been on a diet in the last 12 months, a rather hefty proportion – 86 per cent – failed to lose any long-term weight, researchers found.
These less than impressive results mean British women are worse dieters than those in France, Brazil, China, Germany and even the United States – home to some of the world’s chubbiest people.
The findings come from a survey of 1,534 women around the world carried out by a market research firm.
Although they fail to shake off much weight, British women certainly do brilliantly at putting it on. Thirty-four per cent said they had gained pounds since last year, compared to 19 per cent of German women.
Half of British women questioned also said they exercised for less than three hours per week – managing just 25 minutes per day.
The minimum advised by Government health chiefs is 30 minutes per day. French and American women exercised the least, with almost a quarter saying they do less than half an hour per week.
British women also had the second highest rate of reliance on convenience food in the survey, with 13 per cent saying they were dependent on ready meals and sauces.
In the U.S., this figure was 20 per cent, but every other country surveyed was in single figures – with France and Germany at a mere 6 per cent.
link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1340629/UK-women-worlds-worst-dieters-86-cent-failing-regime-through.htmlWhen it comes to losing weight, British women just don’t measure up. Although... more
Editor’s Note: Happy Thanksgiving from the Media Consortium! This week, we aren’t stopping The Audit, The Pulse, The Diaspora, or The Mulch, but we are taking a bit of a break. Expect shorter blog posts, and The Diaspora and The Mulch will be posted on Wednesday afternoon, instead of their usual Thursday and Friday postings. We’ll return to our normal schedule next week.
by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger
Wednesday is the heaviest travel day of the year in the United States, as millions of Americans head home to celebrate Thanksgiving. Some of you are probably reading this dispatch on PDAs as you wait in an interminable line at airport security. Here’s some food for thought.
At Grist, food writer Michael Pollan officially declares himself a Rules Guy. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean he won’t accept a Friday dinner invitation offered after noon on Wednesday. Pollan thinks that our healthy eating skills are passed down to us as part of food culture. In this era of drive-through windows and meal replacement bars, a lot of the old wisdom is falling by the wayside and Americans are finding themselves adrift in a sea of calories. On the eve of Thanksgiving, Pollan provides some helpful guidelines for avoiding the food coma:
[M]any ethnic traditions have their own memorable expressions for what amounts to the same recommendation. Many cultures, for examples, have grappled with the problem of food abundance and come up with different ways of proposing we stop eating before we’re completely full: the Japanese say “hara hachi bu” (“Eat until you are 4/5 full”); Germans advise eaters to “tie off the sack before it’s full.” And the prophet Mohammed recommended that a full belly should contain one-third food, one-third drink, and one-third air. My own Russian-Jewish grandfather used to say at the end of every meal, “I always like to leave the table a little bit hungry.”
But wait, there’s more!
* Unions representing airline pilots and flight attendants are advising their members to avoid the the TSA’s new backscatter x-ray scans because of concerns about the long-term health effects of x-ray radiation. Crew members who refused scans have been subjected to new “enhanced” pat-down searches. This week, the TSA granted an exception to pilots, but not to flight attendants. As I reported for Working In These Times, all crew members go through the same FBI background check and fingerprinting process. “Don’t touch my junk!” has become a rallying cry for passengers, particularly white men, who are not accustomed to being asked to give up any part of their body’s autonomy for the greater good. Is it a coincidence that 95% of pilots are men and three-quarters of flight attendants are women? [Update: The TSA has relented. The agency announced Tuesday that flight attendants will now get the same exemption as pilots.]
* Adam Serwer argues in The American Prospect that it’s easy to demand tough security measures when the presumed targets are faceless Muslims in a distant country. When air travelers are asked to compromise their own privacy in the name of security, the tradeoff suddenly seems very different.
* Employee health insurance deductibles are skyrocketing at Whole Foods and CEO John Mackey is trying to blame the increase on health care reform. “This is very important for everyone to understand: 100% of the increases in deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums in 2011 compared to 2010 are due to new federal mandates and regulations,” Mackey wrote in a corporate memo. In fact, as Josh Harkinson reports in Mother Jones, Mackey’s memo is pure, organic BS. The provisions in the Affordable Care Act that might increase costs won’t go into effect until 2014, so it’s hard to figure out how federal policies could be responsible. Health insurance costs were rising by about 5% per year, year after year, before the Affordable Care Act passed. The truth is that health insurance is getting more expensive because health care is getting more expensive. As Harkinson points out, one of the reasons that health care is getting more expensive is because corporations like Whole Foods are pushing more of their employees into part-time work to avoid covering them. Of course, when those workers get sick, someone has to pick up the cost of their care. So those who have insurance, including some of Whole Foods’ own employees, have to pay more to make up the difference.
This post features links to the best independent, progressive reporting about health care by members of The Media Consortium. It is free to reprint. Visit the Pulse for a complete list of articles on health care reform, or follow us on Twitter. And for the best progressive reporting on critical economy, environment, health care and immigration issues, check out The Audit, The Mulch, and The Diaspora. This is a project of The Media Consortium, a network of leading independent media outlets.Editor’s Note: Happy Thanksgiving from the Media Consortium! This week, we... more
Before you worry too much about putting on those holiday pounds, consider this: We're not the only species with weight issues.
link: http://news.discovery.com/animals/fat-pets-obesity-weight.htmlBefore you worry too much about putting on those holiday pounds, consider this:... more