Posts Tagged ‘Cory Everson’

Try, try again!

February 21, 2009

 

 

Cory as Atalanta on the TV show "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"

Cory as Atalanta on the TV show "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” Few times in our history has this old saying had so much merit. Times are tough right now for a lot of people all over the world, and the ones who are able to pick themselves up, brush it off and move on despite setbacks are the ones who will survive the best.  

Setbacks are not permanent. Just because you experienced one little setback doesn’t mean you’ll never succeed again.  Look at kids.  Kids don’t stop trying to walk because they fall down once.  They get up and down 100 times before they get it right.  We should all use this same principle… try, try again. 

The most successful athletes have also failed.  I personally lost a number of bodybuilding contests before I won my first Ms. Olympia.  I also went through a number of different careers before settling into this one. I went from designing hospitals to working in a lumber yard hauling 4×8 sheets of particle board. That doesn’t mean I failed at the others.

You aren’t the only person in the world who hasn’t succeeded on the first try and it is not a reflection upon your self-worth as a person.  It is just being human.

Remember it takes courage to work toward a goal ..why?.. Because you risk not achieving it. 

If you tried your best, then you can be proud of your accomplishments regardless of the end result.

My Dad use to tell me, “When you get knocked down you have two choices…to stay down or get up and try again.”  I always enjoyed getting back up.

Get up and get moving!

February 2, 2009

 

stretch cords are an excellent way to exercise at home or while traveling - any time.

stretch cords are an excellent way to exercise at home or while traveling - any time.

There are more than 30 million people in the U.S participating in resistance training. It surpasses any other form of exercise in the war on aging and disease.

A muscular body means; greater mobility, higher metabolic rate, greater resistance to fat accumulation, and even offers a solid layer of protection.

Our bodies develop according to the needs we place upon it.  Historically speaking, we are designed for the heavy-duty pursuit of food.  So can we blame our bodies for rebelling against us and our lazy computerized society?

Because we are driven to travel faster and farther in cars and planes, we sit even more. We are slaves chained to our computers and desks. Sore backs, rounded shoulders, sluggish blood, obesity, lack of energy have become the norm in our society. What’s up with that?

We have to keep moving and go to war against sedentary lifestyles. Let’s make the 21-century the healthiest of all!

It’s a new day! Let’s get up and get moving!

Inspired

January 23, 2009

I received the following letter from Jeff Everson recently:

Dear Jeff:

"...almost 20 years ago when I saw that pose from Cory"

"...almost 20 years ago when I saw that pose from Cory"

Just wanted to thank you and Cory for starting me on my road to health and fitness many years ago.  Your latest Planet Muscle issue brought back a lot of memories.  As you can see, the first picture I attached was taken almost 20 years ago when I saw that pose from Cory (like you have on page 93).  Health and Fitness has been my passion every since.  I am currently a personal trainer and a natural figure competitor.  I am also a distributor for Beverly International and placed 2nd in their show last year!  I would love the opportunity to be featured in your magazine as an inspiration to others.  Hard work, time, and dedication does pay off!  I also attached a few photos from a recent photo shoot with Lisa Brewer. I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

 LeeAnn Biesenthal

I was really moved by LeeAnn’s letter, and here’s my response:

Hi beautiful LeeAnn,

Wow, what a fantastic letter. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing photos with me and your kind words of support. You are

"...from a recent photo shoot"

"...from a recent photo shoot"

truly a beautiful woman and in my opinion, you have a body that will challenge all the rest of the competitors in the world..Congratulations and know how proud I am of you and I wish you continued success and motivation. I know i wouldn’t like to have to compete against you…you would have taken my title form me…
 

If you are still competing send us an update…. but whatever you are doing you will find success…that is just the type of person you are. 

lots of love,

Cory    

New Year – Old Memories

January 13, 2009

 

Cameo, Arnold Schwarzenegger and me at a Santa Margarita Ranch Fundraiser before his election. we love him and believe in him 100%!

Cameo, Arnold Schwarzenegger and me at a Santa Margarita Ranch Fundraiser before his election. We love him and believe in him 100%!

Hi, Friends –

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are off to a good start in this new year. During the holidays, I had a little time to go through some old stuff and found this treasured photo of Cameo and Arnold and me – I wanted to share it with you.

I’m so busy these days but will write more again soon.

Love,
Cory

grab the bull by the horns! (or kiss him on the nose!)

December 19, 2008

 

 

I seriously kissed the bull on the nose.... I love him...Buckshot is his name

I seriously kissed the bull on the nose.... I love him...Buckshot is his name

Why do people look at life as something they have to endure until something better comes along? Life may be challenging, but challenges should be looked at as stepping stones in the never-ending creation of who we are.

We’ve all had our own share of challenges. They told me I would never be able to walk again.  They told me I would die if I carried a baby.

I don’t view these challenges as some people might …as punishment.  Instead I look at them as just part of life’s confusing action-packed adventure that I don’t always have control of. 

There are always ways to work around any setback… if it is that dangerous to carry a baby, then adopt…big deal. 

Life is to feel great about you and live each day to it’s fullest. Quit just surviving each day and start living.

Remember what your 100 year old grandma said, ”I stayed up too late a few too many times, I had my share of greasy pizza and beer, an occasional piece of chocolate, but most of all I had a lot of FUN”    Never let defeat have the last word.

Love,
Cory

Joe Weider – my friend, my rock

December 11, 2008

Cameo, Joe Weider and Cory

Cameo, Joe Weider and Cory

My sister, Cameo and I went to see Joe Weider today. We hadn’t seen him in a long time. He looked so handsome. He was strong, healthy, happy and as vibrant as ever. What an amazing man to have created such an empire in the publication industry, and through the spreading of his research of nutrition and exercise, he created the very business of Health and Fitness.

I have always given such great thanks and appreciation for Joe as our leader – the true hero of our sport. But even more importantly he is my friend, a man I can always count on and trust; a man I honor and whose friendship I so value; a man I will always love in my heart and soul forever and ever. He is like a dad to Camy and I. Joe has picked me up when I was down, been at my side at my greatest of moments, helped me in personal relationships, advised me in business and let me cry on his shoulder… a number of times. He is my rock – always has been, always will be. I am so lucky to have Mr. Weider in my life.

Thank you, Joe. 

Love,
Cory

Cameo (kissing), Joe Weider and Cory

Cameo (kissing), Joe Weider and Cory

a letter from one of our soldiers

December 8, 2008

 

this is the poster I sent to Sgt. Peragine

this is the poster I sent to Sgt. Peragine

Hi, Friends –

I want to share this letter I received from one of our soldiers who recently returned from Iraq. I am so humbled and grateful to receive such a compliment! Read on:

Good evening Cory,

My name is SGT Robert Peragine, recently home from a tour in Iraq.  You can probably figure out that the days and nights there are very long and tiresome.  I wanted to tell you a little morale boosting story from when my platoon was stationed overseas.  

Morale is a difficult thing to keep high when faced with the types of situations we dealt with daily in Iraq.  To help out my men, I downloaded a picture of you to hang in our barracks as a “this is what we are fighting for back home” type of thing.  I can’t tell you how much the men loved the photo and of course, what a boost in their morale right away!  Some of the men even got a bit jealous that “she is in better shape than we are.”  Well, they were right about that.

I wanted to ask Cory, if it would be possible for you to send me an autographed photo now that I have returned back home.  I would like something to put in my office for the men to see when they come in.  Perhaps one for myself too if I may ask, just as a talking point when I tell my friends back home of how you helped us in the war effort.  I realize this is an odd request and would understand if you could not fill my request.  Just know that what you do everyday does have a positive on others lives.

Warmest regards,

Robert Peragine
——————– 

Of course I’m sending him the requested photos! And following is my response to Sgt. Peragine:
——————– 

Dear SGT. Peragine,
Wow what can I say. This letter touched my heart like you wouldn’t
believe. It meant so much.

I have such respect and deep admiration for all of you who serve our
country. What I have done pales in comparison to anything you all do, are
and stand for. But, it made me remember that we are all here for a purpose,
big or small – we all can make a difference, and when you least expect it
you can impact someone in some positive way.

Thank you for honoring me and giving me that chance to impact some of you. You are all my heroes. 
And yes of course I will send you photos… 
By the way what is the name of your platoon? 
Thank you again for making me feel for even a moment that I helped . 

Love to you all,

Cory

‘Tis the Season…Cory’s advice for surviving “holiday eating”

December 6, 2008

 

January, 2009 cover of Planet Muscle Magazine starring Cory!

January, 2009 cover of Planet Muscle Magazine featuring Cory!

Welcome to one of the toughest times of the year for trying to stay fit and healthy by making the smartest choices possible during the holiday season. We know what is right and what is wrong as far as eating goes – the hard part is sticking to it and saying YES to the okay items and NO to the horrible ones.  Remember, it only tasted good as it passed over the lips, and from that point on it became a burden to lose… so, is that brief encounter with joy worth the long hours it takes to get rid of it?   I think NOT….to me that one moment of ‘yummy’ is not worth the many days of sweat and dieting it will take to remove it.

Yet food is such an important part of many holiday celebrations, family and cultural traditions. So many people gain a little (or in some cases a little too much) weight between Thanksgiving and New Years. But, who is to blame? YOU… simple and honest answer but oh so true.  Yes, there are tempting goodies, but YOU are the one person who decides what to scarf down and what to resist. Only YOU know how your body works and how hard it is to regain your figure. For some of us it is such a difficult task that it’s not at all worth the temptations.  No family or friend can make you eat high calorie treats. Only YOU can reach for the goodie plate and it is only YOUR fault what the consequences hold. No one can pressure YOU to overeat and no one can force YOU to take foods that are not on your OK list.

Some people have increased “emotional eating” from the extra stress they feel this time of year. Others forget about their daily walks and workouts during the holidays, while others still just push it all off to the New Year and say “I will just relax and eat what I want until the New Year, when I get strict again on January 1.”

Well, no matter what the excuses are, it is NOT necessary to lock yourself in your room and not participate in holiday gatherings and parties! You need NOT avoid festivities in an attempt to maintain your weight,  or even lose a few pounds.

I have never gained more than about 3 pounds over the holidays, and in some years I actually lose. I am more conscious of the parties, so I eat healthy foods there – fresh veggies, salads, whole wheat crackers or pretzels instead of chips, cheese, sauces, dips and the like. I try to fill up on the healthy things that, believe it or not, are at every party. I have learned to say “oh, no thank you,” or “I just had one,” or “I can’t eat another bite” when offered things I know I will regret later. It is actually very easy to do – just walk away from those tempting areas and sit by the less tempting. Don’t even begin nibbling on the bad foods or it will be harder to stop. You can go to any party you want and be able to leave feeling proud and in control and happy, vs. cursing having gone in the first place.

The bottom line is it all starts and stops with YOU. No one as I said can force you to take something you know is unhealthy. It is all on your own shoulders, like so many things in life. NO one forces you to run red lights, no one forces you to steal, no one forces you to smoke or drink and no one can influence you to make poor food choices. I live around yummy treats for kids, but I have learned to “eat to live” not “live to eat.”

It is so so so so (did I say SO) easy…. You just have to be your own boss. Give it a try. Over the holidays when you may not go to the gym or to your fitness classes, don’t sweat it. You can still go for a walk every day, no matter what area you are in. I walk my way lean, I walk off my holiday treats, and I walk off my stress. I walk off those extra calories. And you, too, can walk off the pounds even during the holidays if you just make good food choices and keep on walking. Trust me it works…

Tomorrow I will share my top 10 diet and fitness tips for fully enjoying the holiday season without gaining weight. In the meantime, stay strong and say “tis the season” with a smile!
Love,
Cory

A Cowboy Weekend

December 5, 2008
Nina rides the bull

Nina rides the bull

Hi my Blog Buddies,

On Halloween, the family went to Las Vegas as we do every year to watch the World Final Pro Bull Riding Championships. My sister, Cameo’s husband is the CEO of the PBR and we always have such a great time.

Bo and Nina rode a mechanical bull, and of course Nina stayed on longest.

My Mom flew out to join us and we Trick-or-Treated at the hotel at Mandalay Bay. Some guy put that sign in Nina’s hands and we now see what it said… Real funny.
cory-fam-sign1

You should try a cowboy weekend sometime, jeans, hats, and big belt buckles… It is a blast!

Love,
Cory

(go to the Photo Gallery to see more pics)

A Happier Holiday, thanks to Hartman House

December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving can be such a wonderful, happy time for so many, but an equally difficult time for many others who are struggling to feed their families and, well just survive.

Before Thanksgiving I participated with the Hartman House Foundation – we gathered over 30 kids and had a fashion show to raise money to feed the hungry. We rehearsed for 3 weeks and it was awesome. We made enough money to feed 1000 families in a small town in Texas. These families only eat one meal a day, and it is the one the school feeds the kids at lunchtime. Other than that, they eat nothing. 

The Hartman House is a foundation that raises money for not only feeding the hungry but giving scholarships to kids in need, building homes for the homeless and we worked with them on this event. I think they are going to post photos in their official site www.Hartmanhousefoundation.org   Check it out.

Times are tough for a lot of people these days – please remember those especially in need this holiday season by giving whatever and wherever you can. Even the little gestures can make a big difference in someone’s life, including your own!

Kisses and bless you all!

Cory