Vaughn Ripley

Brunswick, MD


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HOW I MEET THE CRITERIA

How do you stay fit and healthy? Why is it important to you?
I stay fit with weight lifting (Powerlifting and HIT), biking (road and MTB), and running. I race in six or more events each year. It's important because I'm a hemophiliac, and fitness keeps me injury free and prevents bleeds. I am one of the longest surviving HIV+ people in the world. I believe that my health is the main reason for living this long. I want to live to see and enjoy my grand kids. I like being strong and fit enough to do anything. I love looking and feeling healthy. It is important to inspire and motivate others.
How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle? How has that lifestyle helped you overcome challenges in your life?
I workout six days per week and always take a weekly rest day. I strive to get a proper and good amount of sleep. Eliminating stress and staying mentally balanced is key. I perform T'ai Chi for 45 minutes every day. Meditation and QiGong are a daily part of my life. Healthy eating and calorie counting. Careful balance of important aspects of my life (family, spirituality, career, fitness, health, community, friends, and hobbies). Drink more than 128 ounces of water every day. Routine visits with doctors, massage, and mentors. Daily intake of cinnamon, fiber, Omega3, baby aspirin, and vitamins.
How do you give back to your community/friends/family?
My family comes first. I motivate and inspire my children to stay fit and healthy and work on their strengths and talents. My wife is my best friend and soul mate. I give inspirational speeches at colleges, businesses, churches, and other venues. I am the advocacy chair of the Hemophilia Foundation of Maryland. I meet with senators, congressmen, and delegates to discuss bills that will affect health insurance and healthy living options. I support and help all of my friends at every opportunity. I mentor many friends and co-workers in my life. I manage and write blog article.
How do you measure success? Have you achieved it?
Sticking to your moral compass and achieving your dreams. I believe that we are here to build our knowledge, improve, and help others. I do all of these things by using the Japanese philosophy of kaizen. Improving yourself is a lifelong mission and I do not believe that we are ever fully successful. To me, success comes daily through fulfillment of goals and your vision. I have daily short-term successes, monthly mid-term successes, and annually long-term successes. However, the ultimate success comes from a lifelong challenge that you work toward by setting desired results and measurable outcomes.