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The Simple Art of Cutting Weight: How to Make Weight for a Competitive Meet Without Cardio, Extra Sweating, or Spitting in a Cup

One of the most common questions I see on fitness blogs and forums is the question, “What is the best way to cut weight for a meet?” I have also found that there are very few resources out there from a female perspective, which is important because let’s be honest, women frequently find it more […]

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A Day in the Life of the Chronically Ill: Gastroparesis

Forewarning: This is a huge TMI. You will learn more things about me than you probably would ever want to know. Read with caution. Additionally, I have a fairly mild case of GP. I am lucky that I have never had to have tube implanted in my stomach, that I have never relied on IVs […]

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The Art of Compassion and Kindness in the Fitness Community

You’ve heard it before. You log onto the internet, go to your favorite fitness forum and there it is: “GAWD. I HAD TO WAIT FOR THE SQUAT RACK. THERE WAS A GUY CURLING IN IT. IT IS NOT A CURL RACK. UGH. I AM SO ANGRY.” You’ve probably also heard this one (or something similar): […]

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Riots Not Diets

A few months ago, I wrote about why I don’t diet (anymore). In that piece, I delved into why, on a personal level, I have given up trying to be leaner, thinner, more svelte, etc. I feel freer and happier. I am able to enjoy food and friends and life events without worrying about my […]

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You Should Be Happy to See a Dudebro Curling in the Squat Rack: Why Elitism is Ruining Fitness for Everyone Else

As I see it, we have a pretty large, fundamental problem in our nation (and in many first world countries). I think many of us have become fatigued by the idea of being a nation of DIY-ers, a nation of people who pull themselves up by their bootstraps. I think we have become tired of […]

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Why I Don’t Diet (Anymore): The Case for Being A Little Fluffy

I want to start off by saying that this article is directed at a very specific group of people. I am not writing for those who, medically speaking, are obese, or are even very overweight. I have no expertise with being obese or very overweight so I believe I cannot speak to those experiences. I […]

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Chronic Illness and Training

Chronic Illness Is a Killer – Literally. Here is my short summary of chronic illness: The World Health Organization reports that non-communicable chronic conditions are the leading cause of death in the world (http://www.who.int/topics/chronic_diseases/en/). Chronic conditions are responsible for 63% of the deaths worldwide. On its chronic illness webpage, the WHO names the most widespread […]

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The Art of Failing Commitments and Making A Comeback – Part Two

On Making A Comeback I have started lifting, again. Just last week, in fact. I feel like this time around, I have finally waited until I wanted to go back, instead of my usual guilting myself into going earlier than I want. Now, I think I have finally perfected the “starting over” aspect of making […]

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The Art of Failing Commitments and Making A Comeback – Part One

On Failing Commitments Three weeks ago, I wrote this post. You might remember it and you might also remember my three kickoff posts to my experiments. In these posts, I declared that I was making these proclamations public as to hold myself accountable. Well, this is me kicking myself in the ass for doing so. […]

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A Month of Experiments

As I said in my previous post, I am taking a break from powerlifting. I believe that this break is a good thing for my mental well-being and a good thing for my body. Additionally, taking a break allows me the time and opportunity to try new things. Generally, while training, I avoid making too […]

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