Yet one more reason to avoid high-fructose corn syrup

HFCS, a common sweetener used in a zillion and one processed food products, has come under fire for its deleterious effects on body chemistry. Now a new study finds one more reason HFCS sucks: mercury. After one set of scientists found mercury — yes, everyone’s favorite brain-impairing element — in almost half of commercial HFCS, […]

Blackout? Workout!

Working out by candlelight during a 24-hour blackout in Toronto Jan 16. Furnace out? Try some cleans to warm up! Test your proprioception by working out in the dark!

Coke sued for Vitamin Water fraud

Via Yahoo News: The Coca-Cola Company is being sued for making “deceptive and unsubstantiated claims” about its VitaminWater line of beverages, which it touts as healthy alternatives to sodas, lawyers for the plaintiff said on Thursday. Coca-Cola is misleading consumers by using words such as “energy” and “endurance” on VitaminWater bottles and claiming that the […]

Why you have no excuse not to work out

One of the busiest men in the world has time for fitness. So do you.

Being elected president forces a man to take inventory of his life, so Barack Obama has trimmed his schedule to the bare essentials. He’s not in the White House yet, but gone are the hours he once spent reading novels, watching television and obsessing over the daily transactions of Chicago’s sports teams. He eats out only once every few weeks. He visits friends rarely, if at all.

But one habit endures: Obama has gone to the gym, for about 90 minutes a day, for at least 48 days in a row… The more Obama’s life intensifies, friends said, the more he relies on the gym — which is why he might be taking office in the best shape of his life. The gym is where he releases stress, maintains a routine and thinks without interruption. He sometimes wears headphones and barricades the outside world.

“He does it every day like clockwork,” said Marty Nesbitt, one of Obama’s closest friends from Chicago. “He doesn’t think of it as something he has to do — it’s his time for himself, a chance for him to reflect. It’s his break. He feels better and more revved up after he gets in his workout.”

Also note this part, in bold:

“That’s one of the first things you learn working for him: You better make sure he gets his workout,” said Jim Cauley, who managed Obama’s 2004 U.S. Senate campaign. “If there isn’t any time, he’s not going to feel his best that day. If he only gets 30 or 40 minutes, he’s still not really happy.

You have to make time for him to exercise, at least an hour or so. You block it out and put it on the schedule, because that’s what makes him happy.”

Watch and learn, folks!


US Grappling Women’s Pro divison

Last weekend I was given the opportunity to compete as part of a four-woman pro bracket. There were three purple belts (Hillary Williams, Shavonne Guthrie, Jennie Radovsky) and me. I did okay, I suppose: I lost my first match on an advantage to Hillary, and I lost the third-place match 3-0 against Shavonne. I was supposed to be in California this weekend at the world championships, but I decided not to go. I’m not feeling good about my jiu-jitsu.

Who I am

I thought I would start this blog on Krista’s site so I can share what it is like to be an athlete, and specifically an athlete who is training at Kamp Krusty. (Get it? Krista? Krusty? Kamp? Simpsons reference? Ha ha! Man, you guys are the worst audience ever.)

I plan to blog occasionally about my training and competition journey. I was preparing to write my first entry, but it occurred to me that I should tell you a bit about who I am.