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

Me at my current weight and with 245 on the bar (not a PR, but not bad for however long I took off).

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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Why I Lift

Home, sweet home.

Lifting is a lot of things for a lot of people. We all have our reasons why we lift – whether those reasons are health-related or aesthetic-related or involve something entirely different. And why you continue to lift, after several years, may be different from why you started lifting. Or, at least for me, my […]

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Chronic Illness and Training

Chronically Fabulous

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

Home, sweet home.

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

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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Kick Off to Experiment #3: Testing My Body’s Ability to Do One of The Most Basic, Life-Sustaining Functions

stir fry

That is, testing my body’s ability to digest food. I decided to kick off my 30 day experiment of eating fibrous foods (rather – seeing if I have an upper limit/can eat a normal, healthy amount. I have been testing the waters here and there) with a meal that I have been CRAVING for the […]

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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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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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