In November 2015, I was officially classified as obese. I’ve spent the last three months shedding that weight by eating better and exercising. This is our grocery list and our food philosophy.
Last weekend, I had the chance to compete in my first Olympic lifting competition, the Broad Ripple Fit Club Barbell Lift Off on Saturday, February 13. My goal is to qualify for the National and American Masters events in 2017 when I’ll compete in the 45-49 age class in the 77 kg weight class, so I’m…
I’d go home, open a bottle of Jameson, turn off the lights in my room, pull out the napkins, crank up Merkinball, and write until the story was done.
Olympic lifting training is hard. It’s mentally and physically taxing. So you need good people around you to make it work. Juice is my best partner.
The Mock Meet When I first started Olympic lifting, I was adamant that I wouldn’t ever compete. I wasn’t interested in pushing myself. I wanted to get in shape, learn the movements, and have a good time. What I really wanted to avoid was anything competitive. I put that part of my life behind me, the competitive, win-at-all-cost…
Three years ago, I had no idea what Olympic lifting was. CrossFit classes changed that. But it wasn’t a quick or an easy road for me to figure out how much I loved the sport.
Three years ago, I started Olympic lifting. Two months ago, I decided to train for the 2017 USA Weightlifting Masters’ American and National lifting events. Here’s how it all began.
I am broken and heartbroken today. This is sometimes my answer when people ask me how I am, which as you can imagine gives them pause. I find myself explaining what I mean quite often. And so I thought I’d do it here as well.
Tonight, an object lesson for students in the age of social media. (Actually, I’m surprised this story has remained ‘off blog’ for so long since my friends are ever-so-happy to hear it told.) In 1999, I worked as a teaching assistant for Michael Lewis while a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate…
If the tuition hike is approved, I can no longer in good conscious support the J-school. I have to ask myself: If a school takes no interest in attracting the people who come from where I have, why would I continue to give my support? More importantly, how could I justify such support as I travel and work in Appalachia?