Imposter Syndrome and the Internet

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Anxiety leading up to a big event is a normal reaction. Fear of failure stops many people in their tracks, but you have managed to push through it. Most people experience a mix of excitement and wariness leading up to a major challenge. But for some, another, insidious feeling lurks beneath the surface.   ‘It’s not that special,’ a little …

Convention Disaster Prevention – Staying Healthy During Con

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All year long, Dragon*Con feels like a distant dream that will only come someday. Then August hits, and suddenly I’m scrambling to book my plane, finish my costumes, and make arrangements for my cat to be cared for while I’m in Nerd Nirvana. To those not in the know, I tell people that Conventions are like Halloween, New Year’s, and …

Transgender Athletes 101 – Welcome to the Crossfit Games

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Call it a box jump towards equality and inclusion. Attending the “Big Gay Happy Hour” Crossfit CEO Greg Glassman announced that transgender athletes can compete as their gender not their assigned sex. (The Olympics allowed transgender athletes to compete back in 2004, but who is counting?) This change can only serve to make Crossfit a more open and accepting sport, …

Body Dysmorphia: 3 Ways Your Mind Messes With Your Fitness Journey

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You’ve seen those before and after photos, right? The transformation narrative goes one way from sad and overweight to empowered and fit. It’s like we’re being sold on the idea that losing weight is the key to ultimate happiness. I will never stop advocating the benefits of a healthy body composition — particularly as a healthy diet and exercise improves …

Vacation Without Ruining Your Progress – Trail to Trifecta 005

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I know, I know. The blog’s been really quiet lately. I stretched myself very thin at the beginning of this year. Between editing and producing Countdown to Infinity, moving to a new state, finishing my construction project management certification, starting crossfit and studying for my NASM certification, I’ve been a little bit exhausted. Good thing I snagged a vacation. But, …

Three Easy Steps to Get Back on Track When You’ve Fallen off the Wagon

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There is nothing more upsetting than seeing months of hard work undone in a couple of days. Imagine my surprise when I jumped on the scale to see a gain of six pounds in just two weeks. That’s three months of hard work down the drain. It’s enough to make someone want to give up and dive head-first into a …