What you really, really want

Beyond the Mat Lesson One* You have to want it and you have to work hard for it. I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 10 years thinking about desire and intent. As the youngest of three siblings with a go-with-the-flow attitude towards life, I ultimately discovered that I would need significantly more passion to achieve the things that I wanted than I had in most cases. Without that burning desire, you can’t help but wonder — is this something that I really want? A few years ago, I thought I wanted to run a marathon. But even though I successfully completed a…
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Giving Yourself A Peace Of Your Mind

So, before I start gushing about my new favorite web and mobile health app, let’s get something straight. One in five women will develop depression at some point in their life, and anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the country — with women twice as likely to be affected as men. Additionally, antidepressant use in the United States rose by 400% between 1998 and 2008.

Taping Your Feet For Martial Arts

I’ve got plenty of problems when it comes to martial arts. My thai kicks are lame, I get asthma attacks, and I can’t wear glasses with a sparring helmet on (plus, I don’t have contacts), so for me, sparring’s like that scene from Star Wars with Luke and Obi-Wan. But the most frustrating thing ever is getting cracks in the balls of my feet. Because even when I ace my thai kicks, remember to use my inhaler before class, and am doing drills without a helmet (and therefore, with eyesight!) — damaged skin on the bottoms of my feet hurts like a mofo and makes the mats…
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Fueling For Weight Loss Is An Oxymoron

When you talk about health and wellness, it’s easy to say, “food is fuel.” The problem is that a lot of people jump into a fitness program with a goal that makes it hard to really see food as fuel. Take the calories-in/calories-out approach. Technically, that’s exactly how you lose weight. But psychologically, what ends up happening with that approach is a major increase in calories out (why not make every day a long-run day?) paired with a major decrease in calories in (if 1,200 calories is the bare minimum, then 900 calories must be better, right??), with the expectation that the piddly number of calories you…
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The Thing About Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I’ve been wanting to blog about Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) for a while. But, even though I’ve been training consistently for over a year, learning a bunch and moving slowly, snail-like, up the ranks… Even though I’ve upgraded my gear, getting fun new gis and rashguards and SWAG… Even though I’ve attended a kick-ass women’s grappling camp and competed in (…and won my division in??!) a small local tournament… …BJJ is so hard to talk about! Seriously, you should see my notes. They’re terrible. Especially when you’re a white belt, it’s impossible to technically explain how to do an armbar in less than 500…
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