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Muscles Are Accessories and Other #QueenShit

  “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” -Walt Whitman “Oh well, girl.” -Maya Camille Winters The most dramatic personal-growth phases tend to occur in the eighth year of each decade for me: 18, 28, and now 38. Slowly, slowly, slowly, then suddenly, something rips open […]

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Taking Care of Bigness: Doing it on Purpose

My best attribute as a rugby athlete was that I was slippery. Evasive. Hard to bring down. One season, I was awarded the title of Teflon Woman.* Also, I once rolled David right off the bed onto the floor when he was trying to play-wrestle me. We still laugh about it. (Or I do, anyway […]

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Power Portrait: Emma Swanston

First, the basics! Your name, age, and where you live.  Emma Swanston 37 Sydney, Australia I am also a certified personal trainer with a deep passion food: Buying it, preparing it, eating it, photographing it, you name it! I pour all of that passion into my website, BetterWithCake.com.   JVB: Let’s dig right into it: What does […]

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Improv Your Fitness (Not a Typo)

My friend Fel…OK, I hope you’ll forgive me, because I’m gonna name-drop for a second ’cuz it’s a new friendship and I’m a little star-struck by her. The woman I’m casually calling Fel is Felicia Ricci, voice coach and former LEAD IN THE BROADWAY TOUR OF WICKED (she played Elphaba). This is her: In a […]

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How to Be (Your Version of) Creative

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person,” says Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic.   I believe this now. I didn’t believe that always — my mother is a generous, loving, self-deprecating women who points out her flaws often and eagerly (regardless of their accuracy), so I heard a lot of “I’m […]

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Love Gifts: A Way of Living

[Image courtesy of Black Box Photography] David doesn’t usually say yes when I ask him on fitness dates. To be fair, it’s usually something tough and sweaty or kinda woo and weird and just generally not his cuppa tea (which is lifting heavy with some interval training and traditional cardio). So imagine my surprise when he […]

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