The glorification of ripped abs, muscular physiques and magazine-worthy bodies leaves many athletes vulnerable to disordersed behavior, including eating disorders. Not surprisingly, research shows that the personality traits needed to become a top-performing athlete are also the building blocks for Anorexia Nervosa. High expectations, perfectionism, competitiveness and drive can spiral into excessive, ritualistic exercise, distorted body image, tendencies toward depression, and preoccupations with weight and dieting.
A DES Daughter? We brought our baby boy home in October 1981. He was four-months-old, with a full head of dark blond hair and a Gerber baby smile. We called him Matthew, because the name means “gift of the Lord" and that's exactly what he was—and has continued to be—for nearly 31 years. He is the joy of my life....more
Help From the Man on the Street Dr. B was smiling when he entered my room. “How are you feeling today? I have wonderful news,” he said. “Both the tumor and the cyst were benign. ”I smiled back at him, grateful—relieved—for this news but also for his kindness. “Thank you. Thank you so much.” And then I started to cry.Dr. B patted me on the hand. “How is your pain? I heard you had a rough night.”...more
It's Nature's Way The next thing I remember was a heavy sensation on my chest and stomach, as though an elephant was sitting on top of me. I gasped for air, and a nurse told me that I was in the recovery room. I remember someone telling me I had been in surgery for six hours....more
Now is the time to turn your attention to working as hard as you play.Combining integrity with business acumen drives your motivation and power toward your long term goals.Opposing Energies: anxiety, frustration, hot-tempered, obstinate, self-obsessionEmotion has no place in business, so guard from being overly cool and distant, as this can put off opportunities.You can avoid those stubborn moments by observing in silence and utilizing flexibility in your thinking....more
As the mother of two mixed-race kids, I knew that raising multiethnic children would present some challenges. However, I never imagined that serious medical issues could be among them. Thankfully, my own boys are healthy, but other families are not so fortunate. And that’s what the new documentary Mixed Match is shedding light on: the fact that less than 3% of people on the national bone marrow registry are multiethnic – creating dangerously slim odds for survival....more
I want to build muscle. That was my top goal for going to the gym. I was tired of telling my toddler I didn't have the strength to pick her up. As an only parent to a needy three-year-old, she needs the strong arms of not only her mother, but a father as well, and, for now, I am the arms of both.Individuals have all sorts of reasons for going to the gym. The top three that made my list were to a) build muscle, b) be an example to my daughter of how to live a healthy lifestyle, and c) connect with community....more