Another check on the list: Sarah’s year of firsts

Sarah pulls out white bread, peanut butter, and jelly to make the lunch she’s had every day for the past five years. She puts the sandwich on a plate, places the knife in the sink. In her one-bedroom apartment off a tree-lined street in Chicago, we sit at her table as she lights two candles. … Continue reading Another check on the list: Sarah’s year of firsts

Stronger.

The snatch: bringing the weight up from the ground and catching it overhead in a squat. One hundred and sixty pounds, a would be personal record; Kristen weighs only fifteen pounds more. There are other people in the gym, but Kristen only sees the weight. Self talk, “You can do this.” One, two, three steps … Continue reading Stronger.

Set More than Goals, Set Intentions

To get stronger, you need to eat more. It's as simple as that. And it's been a goal of mine to get stronger. There's only one thing holding me back: I can't break that horrible mind set barrier around gaining weight. I know my body, and my 23 year old metabolism is pretty fine tuned—I can … Continue reading Set More than Goals, Set Intentions