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The Exhaustive Attempt to Ascertain Why You Are Exhausted

I have been ignoring a chronic fatigue problem since March. Back in March, I emailed my doctor about checking my TSH levels because I felt tired and sluggish all the time. She ordered me another test, which came back with the results that my TSH, while higher than what I prefer, is well within the […]

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The Grind

The clock turns 5.15AM and your alarm radio goes off. Obnoxious radio DJs make their way into your ear drums as you fight your eyes open – Time to rise and shine. You hit the coffee harder than healthy to unstick your eyelids. You have shit to do though, before you clock on. You have […]

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A Small List of People Who Should Maybe Try Picking Up A Barbell

An interesting factoid about my life: My dearest friends and family love to introduce me to new people by saying, “This is Danielle. She is a powerlifter.” They state it so matter-of-factly. Like, as if they were saying, “This is Sue. She is an accountant.” I don’t know why they do. But that’s not the […]

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Graphic Honesty: The GP Edition

You know you have a good friend when they call you out. I have a good friend. The other day she texted me, “I like your A Day in the Life” with gp, but I thought you should be more graphic with your pooping. You spare the reader.” She was totally right. I did spare […]

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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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Powerlifting Like a Lady by Jessica Peyton Roberts

Please check out this great article written by my good friend, Jessica, for Notre Dame Magazine: Powerlifting like a lady by Jessica Peyton Roberts Want to know what powerlifting gave her the confidence to go do? Check out her website! You can also visit her Facebook page.

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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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