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

Fail

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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Experiment #2 Intro: Not So Supple Kitten…

As you can see from the photos above, I am no where near being able to do the splits, in any direction. I feel the most strain on my adductor, so if anyone has any pointers on particular stretches for adductors, I would be greatly appreciate any advice. Looks like I have A LOT of […]

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Allowing Myself to Be Human

My House

I have been really struggling with something for about the last 6 to 8 months. I have kept it to myself, mainly because for whatever reason, it is embarrassing for me to admit. However, I really believe in being honest with myself and with other people, so here it goes. Confession: I haven’t been to […]

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Shape Magazine: Misogyny Disguised as Women’s Health

Shape Magazine

Shape Magazine has been around for as long as I can remember, and is one of the most popular women’s magazines that has ever been. It is a cultural icon, especially in terms of media directly produced for consumption by women. Shape is a significant part of our culture and our heritage. I remember my […]

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Being Content with Who You Are, While Still Acknowledging Room for Improvement

I follow a few lady bloggers who consistently write great content. They are inspiring, strong women who write to encourage all people to treat their bodies and minds right; They write to point out the flaws in the diet industry and our culture. These lady bloggers write to encourage women to respect themselves, to eat, […]

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Why Lifting Weights Has No Bearing on Your Femininity – Alternatively Titled: I Am Fucking Tired of the Heteronormative, Gendercentric, Western World Framed Discourse Regarding Female Exercise.

AKA Toned vs Bulky Myths and Misogyny It is a pretty frequent occurrence that when a female is introduced to the world of weights, she is consoled with, “Don’t worry, you won’t get bulky. Lifting weights makes you toned.” Why is it so important for us convince a lady who wants to/is willing to start […]

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I Do Not Love My Body

There is a movement growing strength and popularity. This movement is propagated by individuals, the media, women’s magazines, famous people, etc. What is it that all of these people are hoping that you do? What is this movement about?This movement is about loving your body. All of these people, they are urging you to love […]

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What Books Teach Me about Myself and My Sport – A Lesson in Willpower

The books I typically enjoy reading have a few things in common: the hero, generally, is female; she arises from grim circumstances, and, in the process of overcoming her circumstances, she is forced to make tough decisions.In addition to these basic plot premises, a basic quality is found among the characters I enjoy reading about […]

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What a Year of Lifting Heavy Taught Me

Goals are important. I find goals to be the ultimate inspiration. You can dream about being stronger. You can wish you were thinner. You can resolve to get in shape. But those things do not matter unless you have goals. Dreams, wishes, and resolutions are just arbitrary thoughts regarding your current state of being. Actually […]

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