My Home Fitness Journey

Over the last year, I’ve been working out from home (with the occasional workout at a CrossFit gym or my Challenge workout group in Austria). It’s been a journey that’s influenced not only my body but my mind, too. The problem: my viewpoint of myself My long-held belief was that I was not the athletic one. You want athletic? Grab my sister. She’s tall, willowy, and strong. I’m the couch potato in this sister-ship. But then, one day at Challenge...
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Barbara Accidentally Gets Strong in Austria

If you’ve sat with me for about 15 minutes recently, you’ll discover that all I want to talk about is fitness and nutrition. My GOSH. When. Did. I. Become. That. Girl? You see, I’ve never been the strong one. That’s my sister. Picture Audrey Hepburn and you have her; picture Marilyn Monroe and you have me. I’ve been the one most like to climb a tree and read. I’ve been round-ish. I’ve been curvy. But I’ve never been fit or...
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Without a Map and How My Yells Echo Back to Me

Sometimes I really don’t get why we’re deposited on this planet without some type of map or plan. As soon as I make a plan, everything spins out of control. It’s happened more than once. I have a distinct memory of one late night striding out to the back porch and guttural wailing at the cold moon with fist in the air. My yell probably sounded like some wounded animal, scaring children from sweet slumber and causing adults to check out...
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