If I got angry every time I saw something I didn’t like… it would consume my life! I just have the right mindset to let it go. I used to get mad when people were following me in their car too close for my own comfort and I slowed down just to make them mad. I thought that made me feel better, which in reality it mad the person behind me more angry. Now, I just pull off to the side of the road and wave at them! LIFE IS TOO SHORT!

So many people say “BE KIND.” Instead, I “DO KIND”. I actually take it one step further by taking action and “DO” something for someone to make them feel better about themselves. Everyone can BE KIND, but not everyone will DO KIND, because it takes effort and time to actually DO SOMETHING. It could be a small task: opening the door for someone, let them change lanes driving down the highway, buying them a cup of coffee. Some things take more time like babysitting their children for a day (if you’re a grandparent). Whatever someone does for you, remember to say THANK YOU! That’s FREE!

Focus on Life! You can only control YOURSELF! Trying or attempting to make people do what you want them to do, just won’t work. It just causes life fighting.

I personally have to try and be better to the people around me. Being nasty to someone doesn’t really make me feel better, it just causes anger in myself and the other person.

We are all living in trying times right now and being extra nice to people requires thought, prayer and effort. It’s easy to get angry that we can’t do our normal work and fun things in life now, but that isn’t worth it. Let it go! Fill your day with things that make us all happy. I started going back to church for lent this year and today my service was on the TV. I have been cross stitching for years now which I enjoy. Yesterday, I got out my colored pencils and did a picture. Soon I’ll be doing a paint-by-number project. I get outside everyday and walk because that too makes me feel better and it helps me stay fit.


Try something different now that you’ve always wanted to do! Sitting and watching the news on TV all day will drive you crazy and it’s depressing!

Feel free to text me, call me or email me anytime you need anything!

Rick Gosser  text/phone 219-808-9888  email: gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

LIFE is PRECIOUS!  We just have to take every day as it’s given to us.

Don’t sweat the small stuff! As people are self quarantining, life just has to go on!

Sporting seasons are cancelled, suspended or postponed and schools are going on extended spring breaks. Churches are not having services. Companies are shutting down and/or sending their workers home for a few weeks. This whole health thing will affect everyone on this earth in some way. 1/2 of my high school umpiring gigs are gone. No games, no pay. Those games will hopefully begin around April 24th. There is nothing that any of us can do to change what is happening in the world today!

Let’s get back to living our lives!  Get outside to take walks, hikes or runs to get fresh air and enjoy what God has given us all, the beauty of the things outside.

Plan ahead for things to do. We took it upon ourselves to rebook our DisneyWorld trip from March to October before they announced their closer! We took action without too much panic. When making vacation plans, here’s a reminder: REMEMBER TO BOOK!!! 1. Book your destination location, 2. Book an airline flight, 3. Book a hotel the night before if you have an early flight, 4. Book your pets boarding and 5. Especially book a car rental. I failed on the last thing in the past and had to drive a 12-passenger van for 2 of us around the mountains of Vermont! Plan ahead and remember all of 5 of my BOOKING ideas! Don’t be like me!

Enough is enough people. No more posts on how we all should wash our hands. I don’t need to watch a video in order to wash my hands! Come on ya’ll  #CommonSense

Feel free to text me, call me or email me anytime you need anything!

Rick Gosser  text/phone 219-808-9888  email: gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

When I was 14 years old I wanted to be like my grandfather. He was big and strong and not afraid of anything in life. One day back then I was riding in his car with him and a car cut him off. He proceeded to get his blackjack out of his side door, sped up to chase the car honking his horn, raising his hand with the blackjack in it and cursing the entire time… You S.O.B., I’m gonna catch you and kick your ass. I loved his outlook on life… He did what he wanted to do and didn’t have a care in life about what people thought of him. At first, I was scared but then quickly figured out this was a how he reduced his stress in life and he did it frequently. I mean what’s the point of carrying a blackjack if he was never gonna use it. One time I asked him, Poppy (that’s what we called him), What are you gonna do to that person once you catch him? He said: Nothing, but I just want him to a little scared of what I might do to them.

As I got older and started to drive I thought that chasing people down was the thing to do because my grandfather taught me that was the thing to do. Unfortunately, those days are gone as road rage isn’t something I want to partake in. Loaded weapons are faster than a blackjack and it’s not worth getting into it with anyone. Now those people who drive crazy behind me are left to go around me as I just pull over and wave at them.

Everyone is always in a hurry these days.  S.L.O.W.   D.O.W.N.   We’ll get there!

We leave late for our destination so we think it’s okay to drive fast and expect people to get out of our way. In a speed limit where it’s says 70mph, going faster and driving erratically will not really get you there any faster. Just leave earlier and plan your road map of where you have to be. Turning left on a red light right before it turns green because you gotta get going might only cause an accident because the first car in line at that is also trying to go on green .001 seconds after the light turn green. Turn signals are put on cars for a reason… to use them.

Life is already moving way too fast, so why help it along by going a mile a minute

The person who says to you “I need that ASAP!”  A good response would be “I’ll get to it when I want to.” Just enjoy life! Do what you want with whom you want and when you want. If all of your tasks aren’t done today… they will be there tomorrow.

Feel free to text me, call me or email me anytime you need anything!

Rick Gosser  text/phone 219-808-9888  email: gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

I recently went to the US Postal Service to mail some packages and buy some stamps and the lady who waited on me said “Please take our survey here” and let us know how we are doing! These survey opportunities are on just about every receipt we get and I never take the time to complete them.

I thought hey it’s a new month, March 2020, why not do something different! I went to the website at the bottom of the receipt and took the survey which took about 2 minutes. As I was taking my time to complete the survey, I thought what is the US Postal Service going to do with my results. Give the employee a raise or give better service so how?

What do companies actually do with the survey results? How do they take the answers I gave and make the experience better for the next person?

There are more people out there giving bad answers or would rather complain or be negative first before being positive. Sometimes I read reviews about a place I may want to visit and look for the positive ones first. People have a tendency to complain about small silly stuff. Be honest in your survey answers and tell more good things than bad things. Don’t sweat the small stuff! Life is good, enjoy the good things in life.

Feel free to text me, call me or email me anytime you need anything!

Rick Gosser  text/phone 219-808-9888  email: gosserrick@sbcglobal.net









Some people never go on a vacation. They say they don’t have money for that. We all work hard and deserve vacations. If you don’t plan them and book them somewhere, at the end of the year you will have never gone anywhere. Many vacations don’t have to cost a lot of money or any money (StayCation). It’s the point of taking time off from work. 

A colleague of mine never took vacations. Said he was “too busy” and just never found the time to take a vacation with his wife. “YOU MUST MAKE TIME” for a vacation or you will never take any.

My wife and I have always taken vacations, even when our 3 girls were little. Having children isn’t an excuse to never go on vacation. Some say, “it’s such a hassle” to try and go on a vacation with children. I disagree with that statement!

Just like making a list to go grocery shopping (planning ahead), we all have to do the same thing when it comes to taking a vacation, Plan Ahead! The best time to plan a vacation is when you are getting ready to go on one.

My wife and I always pick the vacation dates and the place we want to go way in advance, then we work everything around those dates. It’s 2020, and all of our dates and locations are picked and we are working on 2021 dates and ideas for places to go.

I can tell you by past experience that you should reserve a car rental as soon as you get your flights to wherever you go. A few years ago we went to Vermont on Columbus Day weekend (the busiest time of the year in Waterbury, VT), tree colors are changing and I completely forgot to reserve a car. I ended up driving a 12-passenger van (for the 2 of us), in and around the mountains of Vermont for 5-days. I will never make that mistake ever again! We laughed all week about this adventure!

Yesterday, 2/22/20 I was talking to one of my daughters who is going to DisneyWorld in March 2020 and is already planning their December 2020 trip to San Diego. The key is to pick the week in your calendar and plan everything out as it gets closer.

Feel free to text me, call me or email me anytime you need anything!

Rick Gosser  text/phone 219-808-9888  email: gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

Never Give Up! NeverQuit!

Posted: February 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

I decided to exercise every day during the month of January. Moving and grooving was my intention. The outcome was that I accomplished that goal and gained .04#. My main focus was more on exercising and not eating right. I got away with only a small gain.

Sometimes in life it seems easier to just quit. However I’m not a quitter, I’m a new goal person. I set goals that are achievable, but that it takes work to get them.

February is going to be a exercise daily and eat right month! I knew I was going on vacation to an all-inclusive resort, so I decided I would start after I returned. After spending 5-days at an all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta where is was 80°+ everyday with 101.9 THE MIX Chicago Radio Station with Eric In The Morning with Melissa & Whip and staff eating and drinking just about everything I could and feeling like I gained 10-15#’s. Only putting on 2.4#’s is HAPPINESS! Must of been all that walking we did at the airports and resort. Time to get back on track now.

I weighed myself on Thursday 2/13/20 and the scale said “It is what it is”. Today, Sunday 2/16/20 the scale weight said down – 4.2#. I’ve done that by tracking everything I eat and drink (something I didn’t do in Mexico). I clearly took advantage of the all-inclusive, but those little pink frosted cookies were so good 🙂

Getting fit is hard… if it was easy everyone would do it. #NeverQuit #NeverGiveUp

The other thing I’m trying to do is to drink 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water. The weight loss guru’s say that’s the thing to do. Keeps now full and prevents useless eating of food.

At 60 years young, I’ll always have a the mindset of an obese person. In 2010, I weighed 310# and lost 135# in 4-months. That was hard and I got too skinny. Weighing 175# was and is not my ideal doctor’s chart weight. At 6’2″ it’s 200#.

When I get down on myself, I look at my 310# picture and say that one time I lost 135#, so losing 32# is easy breezy. IT’S GO TIME YA’LL……….

Feel free to text me, call me or email me anytime you need some motivation!

Rick Gosser     text/phone 219-808-9888                                                                                                    email: gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

#MovingDailyToGetAndStayFit #weightlifting #exercisedaily #eatingright

Wired Not To Fail…

Posted: February 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

Have you ever felt like you failed at something?

Everyone fails at something in life, right?

“Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so big and so strong that obstacles, failure, disappointment, and loss only acts as motivation to drive you across there finish line.”

In 2012, when I was watching the Chicago Marathon on the TV (the off-channel) where they showed people passing out, falling down and throwing up as they crossed the finish line. After watching that for hours, I told my wife “I want to do that.”

My life motto really changed in 2010, when I lost 135#’s and kept doing things that I was never able to do when I weighted 310#.

Back to my Marathon idea. I told someone in early 2013 that I wanted to run a marathon, and she said “You can’t do that!” Those words is exactly what inspired me to run there 2013 Chicago Marathon. In June 3013, I followed the Hal Higden 18-week training program, How To Train For & Run A Marathon In 18 Weeks. Make a long story short, I did the training religiously and finished the 2013 Chicago Marathon with 3 goals in mind.

  1. Stay on 2 feet for 26.2 miles.
  2. Do Not throw up
  3. Finish the race.

All 3 goals accomplished!~

Next time someone tells you… “You can’t do that!”                                                             Figure out YOUR way to do it for YOU!

SO……………….  BE YOU! INSPIRE YOURSELF #NoExcuses #NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit

Rick Gosser

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Same 24 hours in a day…

Posted: January 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

I always used to find myself thinking and saying  “I don’t have time for…” when in reality I see people doing things that I want to do and they are doing them. I started running when I was in my 135# weight loss transformation in 2010. I ran my first 5K in 2011 and to make a long story short after many 5k’s, 10k’s and 1/2 marathons I made the decision to run the 2013 Chicago Marathon in 2012. Now comes June 2013, the 18 week marathon training program begins. I followed it religiously, and on October 13, 203 I completed the marathon. My goal was to stay on 2 feet, to not throw up and to finish. I accomplished all 3 of those goals.

7 years later now I an avid bike rider and I plan out all of my 100 mile bike rides for the year in January of every year. YES, I bike 100 miles all in 1 day!

My goal for my #2020solutions is to workout out everyday. #MovingDailyToGetAndStayFit. I have completed Day 25 with no plan to stop.

Now my mindset is we all have the #same24hoursinaday so I go and do things at 4:45am, 6:45am, 4;45pm or even 7:45pm. I lift weights, swim, walk at my local YMCA. I bike outside, walk and hike outside. I plan and write down in my schedule when I’m on the move.

SO……………….  BE YOU! INSPIRE YOURSELF #NoExcuses #NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit


Rick Gosser

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Life begins outside of your comfort zone!

Comfort zone is defined differently by every living human being on this planet.

Here are a few of them:

  • a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress.
  • a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person and they are at ease and perceive they are in control of their environment, experiencing low levrelds of anxiety and stress.
  • in this zone a steady level of performance is possible

When I was younger I rarely stepped out of my comfort zone. When I turned 50 (in 2010) and weighed 310#, I stepped out of my comfort zone and shared my story on social media that I wanted to lose weight. My goal was to lose 100#. I actually lost 135# in 2010 and for the most part have kept it off. I appeared LIVE on The NBC Today Show in New York City on 11.26.10. As an obese person for so many, many years it’s always a struggle to eat right and stay fit. However, the scale is my motivator. I step on it briefly every day and that right there tells me what I gotta do. JUMPING out of my comfort zone and sharing what I do is hopefully an inspiration to others as well as myself. I’m committed to never go back to 310#.


  • I publicly lost 135# in 2010.
  • I got braces at the age of 50.
  • Was LIVE on The NBC Today Show. Told my story to THE WORLD.
  • Ran 10 1/2 Marathons.
  • Ran the 2013 Chicago Marathon.
  • Had my varicose veins in my legs removed in 2013.
  • Skydiveout of perfectly good airplanes at 18,000′
  • Did 8 Hustle Up the Hancock stair climbs.
  • Scuba dive certified in 2016
  • I workout in public.
  • I bicycle 100-miles for the fun of it all in 1-day.
  • I’m a licensed softball and baseball umpire.


What is holding you back from JUMPING out of your comfort zone?

Need help?  Call, text or email me anytime.


BE YOU! INSPIRE YOURSELF #NoExcuses #NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit

Rick Gosser

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DO POSITIVE instead of saying Be Positive. Just stop complaining and DO SOMETHING!

It gets tiring listening to people complain. It’s 2020, time to CHANGE YA’LL! Criticizing people and complaining needs to stop. I’m just as guilty as you all but life is too short and we shouldn’t spend our time complaining and criticizing people. It’s gonna be a life changing task. Let’s GO ALL IN!

Doing something to combat the complaining will only teach younger children that it’s better to do something about it rather than complain about it. Complainers are the problem. They are the ones that will just complain to be just complaining. I recently saw someone take pictures of broken glass on a bike trail in a tunnel and post them on Facebook and then proceeded to give the incorrect email address of the wrong park department where the tunnel is located! They expected them to clean it up! My post comment was: “No worries people. I will go clean it up today! 🧹🗑 Shit happens. Stop complaining and do something about it.” Some people suggested catching the person and have them clean up the glass with their tongue. That’s dumb! Others: 😡 😮 

Time is money. Making a rude comment takes time. By the time you do all of that you could of went and did something positive to remedy the situation. 

I went and cleaned up all of the glass… It took me 1-hour!

DO POSITIVE, instead of saying Be Positive.

Do something to pay it forward in your community today and everyday.

BE YOU! INSPIRE YOURSELF #NoExcuses #NeverGiveUp #NeverQuit

Rick Gosser

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