Go Easy on the Bod

Two recent articles about body image have got me thinking… Gawker has a piece about a recent, unflattering photo of Gerard Butler, he of the razor-sharp, 300 abs. “‘Gerard Butler packs some paunch on his Barbados holiday as his Spartan muscles become a distant memory,’ says the U.K.’s Daily Mail.” The article muses that perhaps we’re seeing the end of the... read more

Great Body Image Post

Weightless has another must-read post about body image for the new year:10 Ways to Celebrate Your Body Year-Round I especially like #5:Wear clothes that make you feel confident. Find clothes that fit your shape. Avoid wearing oversized outfits, because more often than not, these don’t make you feel that great, anyway. Comfy, maybe; confident, not so much. … and #7:Do what makes you feel beautiful.... read more

Picture Perfect

That’s Fit is a fitness and nutrition blog in the AOL network, and one of my blog posts about how to pose for photos is now live. 10 Tips for Picture-Perfect Poses If I’d been writing the story for my blog, I would have added a Tip #11: Always take two photos: a nice one and a mean one. Sure, the nice ones are sweet and smiley… but the mean photos are always better, see?The trick is to... read more

100% Exposed

Man! I’m so inspired by the idea and photo at the link below, I want to do it myself! I’ve written about the things I’ve accomplished in my running shoes, but it never occurred to me to honor parts of my body with their adventures. I’m tempted to give it a go! Check it out: “Exposed” from the blog “Eating Journey” (link via Stephy at Live Strong and Sore,... read more

Does This Blog Make Me Look Fat?

I recommend that you take two minutes to read this post from Weightless that offers three tips for managing your attitude when you feel fat. I can totally relate to this passage: Health professionals say that fat is not a feeling. That it’s usually a disguise. That it’s a mask for sadness, anxiety, anger, loneliness, fear, guilt. Looking back on it, when I was feeling fat, I’d also feel tense,... read more

Recover and Rebound

Y’all know I took it deep on Thanksgiving. That was kind of my intention, and although I can’t eat nearly as much as I used to (I was a championship-level eater, people. A champion!), I consumed more than I usually do at one sitting… and I paid a small price. Add one part “overstuffed feeling” to two parts “grain- and dairy-induced bloating,” then top that off with... read more

New Body Image Blog: Weightless

We CrossFitters spend a lot of time and energy addressing issues of body image. Erika wrote about the terrifying phantom fat roll and her delight at recognizing that her arm is unrecognizable as her arm… Erin expressed her joy at being back at CrossFit because it’s a key part of her identity. In her Empowered story, Catherine Hart said, “Since joining CrossFit Central, I haven’t... read more

My DEXA Body Fat Scan

This morning I went to the Fitness Institute of Texas (FIT) at the University of Texas to undergo a DEXA scan to learn my body fat percentage. I opted for the DEXA scan because I’ve gotten wonky-donk readings on skinfold assessments with the fat calipers, even though I’ve had the same person do my fat pinching every time. Prior to today, I wasn’t confident in my understanding of my true... read more

Mission 17 and Heavy Lifting

This weekend, Dave and I did a little bit of a re-set on our life. All of our “extra” commitments are over. We’ve been to lots of rock shows, took two weekend trips, started recording our St. Joe’s Choir CD… now it’s time to batten down the hatches until Thanksgiving. My plan is to sleep soundly, eat cleanly, train hard, read, and play music — that’s ALL... read more

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