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Are distractions getting the best of you? Are you having problems concentrating? Or, does your head feel like it’s full of cobwebs? You may be experiencing mental block—something we all encounter from time to time. It’s when deadlines are pressing and ideas aren’t flowing that work may become especially stressful. Share these simple tips to improve your concentration as well as that of your team:

* Meditate: Meditation has the power to recharge tired minds; improve focus, memory and creativity; and increase energy. A simple online search will return several meditation apps that can help guide the process, but the concept is quite simple—all one needs to do is sit quietly with eyes closed and focus on breathing. You may even consider providing ear buds to help your team members quiet and focus themselves.

* Eat smart food: Include smart foods in your daily diet, such as blueberries, salmon, avocado, eggs, nuts, leafy greens and even dark chocolate, to optimize brainpower and improve concentration. On the same note, avoid highly processed foods or those loaded with saturated fat and sugar. Consuming these foods can affect focus and productivity. If you bring donuts to the morning meeting or award employees with food, opt instead for an array of fresh fruit or mixed nuts.

* Exercise: Regular exercise is associated with improved concentration, reasoning, problem solving and memory. It can provide temporary respite from everyday stressors and work-related concerns, and boost energy in the process. Participants need not adopt the latest extreme home workout video or challenge. In fact, walking just two miles or cycling for ten miles five days a week may improve the brain’s health and performance. Even a short, impromptu power walk can clear your mind and invite focus. Encourage regular exercise with a friendly challenge. Invite employees to log their daily miles or minutes for a chance to win a health tracker, personal fitness kit or walking kit.

* Succumb to distraction: Sometimes, succumbing to distraction is a better strategy than fighting it. If your mind is wandering, consider indulging in whatever is tempting you. For instance, checking emails, browsing social media or sending that text you vowed to put off until after your project was complete may be just the temporary respite you need. Taking a quick break and allowing yourself to temporarily lose focus allows you to turn your attention back to work when ready.

* Turn on the background noise: Findings from a Journal of Consumer Research study show that small levels of background noise can actually heighten focus and creativity. Working at a local coffee shop or listening to relaxing music may boost concentration.

Use these helpful tips to say “goodbye” to mental block and “hello” to focus, memory and creativity. Good luck!

Rick Gosser
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Although I complete my 8th 1/2 Marathon on 9/13/15… It was not pretty!

Many runners race a 1/2 marathon every weekend, but when I was 310# back in 2010, the thought of even running was mind boggling to me. Now 135# lighter, the thought of running is contagious. As a runner it’s an addiction. A good addiction, but messes with your mind when I really can’t run because of an injury.

8 weeks into my training program I hurt my left knee while dancing at my 3rd daughter’s wedding. Although the idea of dancing all night was good, the jumping up and down with the little kids was not. I suffered some knee issues which ultimately affected my running training for this half marathon.

Completing a scheduled training program is crucial when deciding to run a long race.

In 2009 I weighed 310# and was morbidly obese according to the weight charts of being 6′-1″ and my % of body fat at 39%. It wasn’t until I was tested for sleep apnea and told that I didn’t have it, but probably should lose some weight. LOL, some weight… I was FAT and just sick and tired of being sick and tired. That little light bulb came on in my head which said “Hey, fat dumb ass, you better lose weight so you can be around to see your girls have grand children.

I set a goal in August 2010 to lose 100# by Thanksgiving 2010. On 11.1.10, I had lost 105# all of my own with no pills, no potions and no surgeries. Just good ‘ole exercise and following the book “Your Inner Skinny” written by Joy Bauer from the NBC Today Show. However, being 175# was not my ideal weight. People kept asking me are you sick. So based on the weight charts my ideal weight was going to be 200#.

As a FAT person, it’s so easy to fall back into those bad habits of just eating wrong and getting lazy. Therefore, I’ve gained some weight back, so now I’m on a mission to lose 30# by 7.14.15 to get measured for the Father’s Tuxedo for my last daughter’s wedding in August 2015.

Now that #8 is over, the idea of buying a bicycle is on my mind. Maybe this whole running thing is for people who are not suffering from knee pain. Riding a bike is probably better for my knees. Maybe I’ll give it a whirl.

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

Back in the day… when I was younger, married with 3 daughters and we would go on a vacation, I could sleep
anywhere, anytime and in any position on anything. It was always the family joke, “Dad’s sleeping again.” The old: who, what, when, where, why.

Who?… was watching, I didn’t care.
What?… was the reason… I was fat.
When?… anytime and just because.
Where?… anywhere and in any position.
Why?… why not, it was the thing to do.

In the end, I was just sick and tired of always sleeping. So in 2009, when I was picked up by a police officer for sleeping at a stop sign at 11:30pm with no alcohol involved and I was hooked up to a Breathalyzer machine (and passed)… The light bulb went on! I need to lose some weight so that I stop sleeping, eating and working.

It’s Never. Ever. Too Late in LIFE to GET FIT. NEVER! Make that CHANGE!

After being tested for sleep apnea in early 2010 and being told I didn’t have sleep apnea, but that I should lose probably lose some weight… PROBABLY? I weighed 310#! At the same time I made this decision, I also decided that my crooked teeth needed some attention after 50 years, so I decided to get braces. YES, braces at the age of 50! February 2010 I was fitted for braces that were going to be one for 19 months. I’m also hard headed so I didn’t want any broken brackets and followed the DO NOT EAT food. So hand-in-hand this CHANGE in my life was gonna happen.

Making a long story short… I lost 135# in 10 months and never broke a bracket in 19 months. I was not on a D.I.E.T., because I’m wasn’t quite ready for the first 3 letters of that word. It was a lifestyle food change for me. The book my wife bought written by Joy Bauer “Your Inner Skinny”, not only saved my life but made me a believer that I could do anything in my life.

LIFE after 50 years old!
I lost 135#.
I have straight teeth and a beautiful smile.
I became a runner… 5K’s, 10K’s, 15K’s, 1/2 Marathons, and even a MARATHONER (Chicago 2013).
I was on National TV (see my fat video on my website), http://www.rickgosser.com
I am in a book published in 2012 (my weight lose story), The Joy Fit Club Cookbook, Diet Plan & Inspiration.
I walked 2 of my daughters down the aisle to get married, and the 3rd one on 8/15/15.
I am a grandfather to a sweet baby boy (May 2015). Our “LITTLE MAN”.
I will be a grandfather times 2 in September 2015. Our ‘LITTLE LILY”, a girl.
I have been married 36 years to my high school sweetheart.
I have skydived and jump out of airplanes for fun.
I have been the Fenway Park to see my Boston Red Sox during the 2013 World Series post-season.
I have ran up the stairs of the John Hancock Building in Chicago many times.

I could go on and on, but my point is… If you ever think doing the things in life is TOO LATE, then think again and make that CHANGE. I CHANGED MY LIFE… CHANGED MY ENERGY… CHANGED MY BUSINESS… Just because I decided to lose 100# in 2010. All of the things above have been done after I decided to make a CHANGE.

And so can YOU!

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Rick Gosser
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Today is 1.29.15 and I’m feeling really good about getting Fit For Life.

Today, I read an article about Drinking Water.

Drinking water in the morning will give you energy, starts your rehydration, and will help you lose weight.

– The water you drink first think will kick up your metabolism right away and the coldness seems to be a bit invigorating.

– When you drink water in the morning you will find that you have less appetite since you already have the water in your stomach fooling your brain into thinking that you are not hungry.

– We lose our hydration at night from breathing out moist air and since we take nothing in and are losing water to digestion we really do get dehydrated.

On 1.25.15 I jumped on the scale and weighed 227.6, up 10# from 12.31.14… SHIT! What I am doing?

This week I started back on drinking a crap load of water, and eating less. By drinking water, it fills me up and I eat less. As of today 1.29.15, I weighed 220.2 down 7.4#. NOTE TO SELF: STOP eating, START drinking more water.

My goal in 2015 is to get back to my goal weight of 200#.

Losing weight will always be a challenge for me, BECAUSE I LIKE TO EAT.

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

4 years ago today I got a phone call from the offices of Joy Bauer in New York City… “we want you to come to the Big Apple and be on the NBC Today Show LIVE on TV on 11/29/10.” Me: Yea, right, I’m just local guy from Crown Point, IN that decided to lose over 100# to become healthy. Now a member of the Official members of the “Joy Fit Club”. Maintaining that weight loss is even harder. It will always be a struggle for me. Time to get back to that goal weight… NOW!

Being overweight has always been a lifetime struggle for me. 1/1/2010 was my light bulb day. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. It was always a laughing joke in my family that I could sleep anywhere, anytime. It didn’t matter if I was in the comfort of my own home or sitting on a bench at Walt Disney World. If I sat down, I went to sleep. In December 2009 I was tested for sleep apnea with the thought in my mind that I was going to be hooked up to C-PAP machine the rest of my life. When I was told I did not have sleep apnea, I said “Hey, I’m getting a 2nd chance at life.”

I stepped on that dreaded scale at home and it said 310#… My initial thought was: “Good Lord, what am I doing?” It was that day that I decided to do something about it. I started walking with my 2nd daughters dog “Molly.” You all don’t know Molly, but it was her pulling me down the street that got me to where I am today.

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Molly is now a 60# dog that doesn’t take walking leisurely, she wants to run. So, I figured I better either start running or she’s gonna pull my arms off.

It was the summer of August 2010, when my wife said “try this book, maybe it will help you,” The Joy Bauer book “Your Inner Skinny.” In the 1st week, I lost 14#. I said where the hell has this book been and set a goal that day to lose 100# by Thanksgiving 2010.

This saga story will continue…

Rick Gosser
gosserrick@sbcgolbal.net
219-808-9888

I have done many stupid things in my life. One of the worst was allowing myself to buy a XXXXL shirt back in 2009 and to get my poundage up to 310#. It was that shocking size of a shirt that made me decide to lose weight one more time in my life. I lost 135# in 2010. The long winter of 2014 we all faced was bad in many ways. For me, it lead to gaining 40#, and I wasn’t having a baby. Just one more stupid thing I allowed myself (ME) to do. On tax day 2014 (4/15), I decided it was time to lose that 40# forever. Since that tax day I’ve lost 35# (7/1/14 weigh-in) and will not stop until that 40# is gone. My biggest help this time around has been T25 and Shakeology daily. I’ve promised myself that the only roller coasters I’m going on are the ones that go fast and upside down and eventually stop. Happy 4 1/2 years later to be wearing size LARGE shirts. One thing that I didn’t mention is I’ve done all of this in my 50’s. In July 2014, I’m turning 55. Never to old or to young to get Fit For Life. Want some info on what I’m doing, just ask me.Some people never have or never will struggle with being overweight, but for those that have or still do, I hope this helps you and ME since I struggle with this every day of my life.

But now that has changed and I’m feel like Michael Jordan “I’M BACK”. On 4.21.14 I weighed in for the Greatest Loser Challenge and in addition to that I started T25 fitness challenge to stay Fit For Life.

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On 6.16.14 I weighed in and had lost 8.5% of my body and was the WINNER of The Greatest Loser Challenge. I lost 19# in the challenge and the highest % of body amongst 11 contestants.

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You too can join this T25 challenge with me. It’s an exercise program that you do in your house for 25-minutes a day. No equipment is needed or required. http://teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPT25205?referringRepId=386623

My motto: If YOU are not moving, YOU are not losing… If YOU say YOU can’t, YOU won’t… I know believe ME! My point is if YOU say YOU can’t, YOU won’t, and that has to do with everything in life. Do some kind of exercise everyday and keep moving. If YOU are moving, YOU are losing something. At the end of the day, YOU will feel better that YOU accomplished something today, that YOU didn’t do yesterday. The thing about it is, YOU have to do it everyday.

Never say “NO” to anything YOU want to accomplish in life. Just go for it!

Watch my video from my appearance on the NBC Today Show back in November 2010 when I was inducted into the Joy Bauer Fit Club for losing over 100#. SeeVideo

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

Some people never have or never will struggle with being overweight, but for those that have or still do, I hope this helps you and ME since I struggle with this every day of my life.

The hardest thing to do is to talk about it. In 2010, I lost 135# in 10 months and in 2013 (winter) I gained 22 of those pounds back on. Why? Because I got stupid and just got lazy with my eating habits.

But now that has changed and I’m feel like Michael Jordan “I’M BACK”. On 4.21.14 I weighed in for the Greatest Loser Challenge and in addition to that I started T25 fitness challenge to stay Fit For Life.

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I have lost lots of that weight back off my body. I can’t really say what # I am in the contest because we all have a secret #, but I can say that I am extremely happy with what I have dropped.

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You too can join this T25 challenge with me. It’s an exercise program that you do in your house for 25-minutes a day. No equipment is needed or required. http://teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPT25205?referringRepId=386623

How to start:
1. Mentally change your mind that you want to lose weight and get in shape.
2. Start walking today. One time around the block, turns into more and more.
3. Start eating less when it comes to consumption.
4. Join a group that motivates you to change your eating plan.
5. Make a food lifestyle change. Never D.I.E.t. Nobody is ready for the 1st 3 letters in D.I.E.t.
5. Ask someone else to be a mentor for each other.
6. Join a walking group or running group.
7. Plan your exercise.
8. If you change your mind and do the above, it’s amazing the results you will begin to see.

My motto: If YOU are not moving, YOU are not losing… If YOU say YOU can’t, YOU won’t… I know believe ME! My point is if YOU say YOU can’t, YOU won’t, and that has to do with everything in life. Do some kind of exercise everyday and keep moving. If YOU are moving, YOU are losing something. At the end of the day, YOU will feel better that YOU accomplished something today, that YOU didn’t do yesterday. The thing about it is, YOU have to do it everyday.

Never say “NO” to anything YOU want to accomplish in life. Just go for it!

Watch my video from my appearance on the NBC Today Show back in November 2010 when I was inducted into the Joy Bauer Fit Club for losing over 100#. SeeVideo

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

Yesterday, 4.13.14 I climbed 812 stairs, 52 floors of the John Hancock Observatory Building in downtown Chicago. It was my 4th time doing the Hustle Up the Hancock. My plan every year is to take the challenge 2-steps at a time all the way to the top. My 2nd and 3rd years I bombed out around the 85th floor and this year I was more than ever determined to complete this task. I trained this year doing more steps than ever in the past years, so I knew I was ready. Being heavier than last didn’t help. In the end, I was able to complete without ever stopping. 812 stairs… 2-steps at a time… 1:17 seconds slower than in 2013. That’s the way it goes. One challenge over another. I’m happy that I was able to complete my 2-steps at a time, but not happy that I was heavier than 2013. I’m such a dumb ass sometimes.

This morning I found out how much heavier. Here’s what I heard this morning 4.14.14. My Dr. tells jokes during my annual exam and in the end gives me a clean bill of health. She said, “your resting heart beat is 38 (what are you runner?) and great BP. You don’t need to take pills. The good news is “you’re not obese”, just overweight and that’s no joke. 12#’s heavier than last year, so what the hell are you doing? A #1 gain every month and you’ll be in a coffin soon.” My Dr. tells it like it. She’s woken the sleeping lion. Time for 6-meals a day and less consumption. Here we go! What a dumb ass I am.

So, the plan is to get out the book… “Your Inner Skinny”. The program that made me lose 135# in 2010 in 10 months. It worked then, it will work again. The nice thing is it’s a plan and not one of those diets where you have to eat 1,500-2,000 calories to lose weight. Who’s got the time to write everything down and keep track of it. It a lifestyle change with food.

This yo-yo shit has to stop. Told my Dr. before I left that next year when I see her, I’ll be down 20#. She said I’m holding you to that saying. I’m checking back you in 6 months.

Here’s to starting RIGHT NOW!

Rick Gosser
219-808-9888
gosserrick@sbcglobal.net

On a quaint day in October of 2012 as I watching people cross the Chicago Marathon finish line, that was the day I decided “I’m running a marathon.” They were passing out, they were vomiting, they were exhausted… and I said “I’m going to run the 2013 Chicago Marathon.” I’ve only been running since 2010 and at that point had run many 5K’s, a few 10K’s and 3-1/2 Marathons. I started running on 1.1.10 when I weighed 310#, so running was not really running. I was tested for sleep apnea in 12/09 and when the 400#+ woman behind the counter of the sleep apnea place told me I didn’t have sleep apnea but that I should probably lose weight that’s exactly what I was going to do. In 2010, I lost 135# with no pills, no potions and no surgeries.

I started training on 6.11.13 for the 2013 Chicago Marathon. I decided to follow the Hal Higdon Training Program for a Novice.

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As I looked at the number of miles I had to run during the training, I thought “What have I decided to do, a 20-mile run in week 15. I can’t do this. Well, during the 18 week training program, I did do it. Matter of fact I ran 435 miles leading up to the BIG DANCE day on 10.13.13. I ran in the cold, heat, rain, thunderstorms, lightning storms, wind, sunny days, cloudy days. I ran on trails, blacktop, concrete, golf courses in Napa, California, through the streets of Boston, Massachusetts and all around my home city of Crown Point, Indiana.

Leading up to the BIG DANCE, it was nerve racking. The week before the marathon I couldn’t sleep at night and then my friend Debbie Shaffer told me about melatonin. 1 pill at night and restful sleep for the next few days. On marathon morning awoke at 2:15 A.M. to get to Valpo, IN to catch a charter bus taking us to Chicago. It was cold that morning around 40 degrees of so. Slept on the bus a little and then walked to the OE tent with Debbie and Lorie Arnold. We were in our starting corrals at 7:15 a.m. We crossed the start line at 8:30 a.m., and then it was off to run 26.2 miles. I was doing exactly what Hal Higdon said run 2:00 minutes/walk 1:00 minute. At times I ran with my friend Angie Sohacki and her pace group and before you know it the 5-mile Cal Strider water stop was upon me. As I continued it was remarkably easy and 13 miles was in my eyes. Continuing on I realized that the Marathon winners were long done and in some hot tub somewhere. Heard after, that the winner set a new course record and ran 26.2 in 2:03, that’s crazy.

My knees felt great, but my toes felt like my shoes were too small, but I struggled through. At mile 20, I wanted to stop as I saw the bus to take me away because I couldn’t finish. As I was walking toward that bus, I thought of my 3 daughters and wife and said they would be really mad at me if I quit. I thought I’m not a quitter, so I turned around and started running again. I hooked up with a group of 4 people from OE that were run/walking 1:00/1:00, so that worked for me all the way to the end. Jose Lopez and I were playing the passing game. At one time, Jose passed me carrying his shoes and running in his socks. I thought about doing that because my toes were exploding out of my shoes. I sucked it up and dealt with the pain. At mile 24 the pace car passed me. (17-minute a mile pace car). I thought, NO, No, NO… I ‘m letting that car beat me so I sucked it up even more and ran the last 2.2 as hard as I could to beat that car. I finished my 1st Marathon ever in 6:54. Six hours and 54 minutes. Wow! What an accomplishment. I did it and I got my medal just like the winner did who crossed the finish line in 2:03. We are both “MARATHONERS”, and that is something that only 1-2% of the worlds population can say.

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