Before: 326 poundsAfter: 172 poundsThe Lifestylewomen's size 10 pant. When I reached my preteens, I weighed 210 pounds, and everything snowballed from there. I've tried diets—maybe losing 10, 15, 20 pounds—but the weight would come right back. If I had to pinpoint my exact problem, it'd be my eating habits. I ate everything, especially when I was feeling extra-emotional. It was entirely mindless eating. Growing up, I was always teased about my size; I couldn't dress like my friends. I felt like I needed to control something, and food was my only option.The Changehave to be someone who's going to be around to watch her grow up.It was a very slow progression, but it was worth the time spent. First, I eliminated soda from my diet and lost about 20 pounds. Then, I cut back on the junk food and my calorie intake and dropped another 25 pounds in a year. I didn't have a big goal in mind, so that accomplishment made me excited to continue along this path. By May 2013, I'd lost 50 … [Read more...] about I Overhauled My Eating Habits and Lost More Than 150 Pounds
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The first time I saw Zamora the Torture King—the stage name of performer Tim Cridland—was at Lollapalooza in 1992. As one of the featured acts in Jim Rose's Circus Sideshow, he walked barefoot on razors, electrocuted himself to become a human lightbulb, laid down on a bed of nails, and most distressingly, punctured his cheeks and arms with meat skewers and needles. We're talking deep-tissue punctures.At the time, despite being pretty thoroughly stoned, I was convinced that the whole thing was fake. It was smoke and mirrors, obviously.Twenty-plus years later, Zamora is still at it, performing across the world, from nightclubs to fairgrounds—he's currently on tour in London—and even has his own Guinness World Record, for putting 106 pins into his body at once. He's written books (Circus of the Scars) and appeared on TV (most recently, Stan Lee's Superhumans.) But more remarkably than his enduring career, science is starting to take him seriously.Dr. Joshua Prager, … [Read more...] about Lessons in Pain Management from a Guy Who Puts Needles through His Arms
Here's how it happens: You've done something piggish -- something stupid and selfish and insensitive. She's pissed. So you argue. And you make things worse by trying to defend yourself. Sometime during this heated exchange, you actually think about what you've done, consider it from her perspective, and realize, Jeez, I was a total jerk. So you apologize. You make it sound as if you mean it because you almost do. She accepts and gives you a "but don't ever do that again" parting shot with a flare of the nostrils. You start to feel pretty pleased with yourself -- got off easy this time, you realize. That flare of her nostrils has even made you think about the possibility of makeup sex. Then she suddenly dredges up an argument the two of you had about another jerky thing you did years ago, the time you forgot to do X or the time she caught you doing Y. And it has nothing to do with the jerky thing you just did. You barely remember it. But she remembers every detail and … [Read more...] about Anatomy of a Bad Mood
This article was written by Gina Tomaine and provided by our partners at Runner's World.I’m running down Kelly Drive in Philadelphia on an unseasonably warm fall day, my purple sneakers softly thudding against the ground. As I run, I notice a young boy skateboarding on the street, and the way his red hat flops to the side. I pass dry-looking trees and plump geese gathered in the grass next to the trail, and a couple kissing on a rock overlook. I notice the way the water ripples as a racing shell cuts cleanly through the center of the Schuylkill River and glides away from me.Would you guess that I’ve been meditating this whole time?Meditation is a practice of focusing attention in order to clear the mind and reduce anxiety (see: that constant to-do list running through your head). Learning to focus can help you tune out distractions.Related: Should I Train My Brain for a Marathon?Meditation is not only calming—it also has some seriously positive health results. … [Read more...] about Exactly How Running Can Help You Get Zen After a Crazy-Stressful Day
THROUGHOUT HIS CAPTIVITY, Peter Moore vowed to himself that if the end ever came, it would come on his own terms. He wouldn't grovel or beg. He would stay calm in the face of death. He would fixate on a happy memory—of when he was a boy in England, walking the family dog. When the bullets came, he would smile and feel the playful tug of the leash.One day in the summer of 2007, somewhere in the sun-bleached warrens of the Iraqi city of Basra, the end seemed finally to have arrived. A guard blindfolded Peter, cuffed his hands behind his back, took him outside, and shoved him to the ground.He felt the cool metal of a pistol pressed to his head, heard tense conversation in Arabic. He broke out in a sweat and began to shake.As he knelt in that nameless alley, Peter was sure he was going to die. The gun barrel dug into his scalp. He heard a click, and felt a pop against his skull.So this is what it's like to be dead, he thought. It's not so bad. It doesn't hurt much. For a few moments, … [Read more...] about What Happens to a Man’s Mind after Years of Torture?
In a recent editorial, Suzanne Koven, M.D - primary care internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston - shared a letter that she wrote to her younger self. Having witnessed new interns go through an exercise of writing a self-addressed letter that was going to be sent to them 6 months later, she described how she was "filled with longing" and wanted to share with these interns and her younger self what she wished she had known. Dr. Koven explained in her heartfelt letter that she "wasted much time and energy in [her] career looking for reassurance that [she] was not a fraud," telling her younger self that one of the obstacles that she will need to overcome are the feelings of "impostor syndrome." She added, "You see, I've been haunted every step of my career by the fear that I am a fraud." Dr. Koven explained how this struggle has changed her perception of medicine over the years. "In the first few years in practice, I was sure that being a good doctor … [Read more...] about Three things I wish I’d known: Looking back at residency life
Head injuries and concussion are common among young athletes in the United States. From 2002-2012, there was a 200 percent increase in both the number of emergency room visits for concussion among 8- to 13-year-olds and the number of reported concussions in those aged 14-19 years. In 2012, emergency departments treated 325,000 teens for concussion in 2012, almost 40 an hour. One blow to the head can be a problem, but additional blows increase the risk of catastrophic head injury, long-term neurological disability, and permanent brain damage. Undetected and untreated, concussion and other kinds of traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be fatal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started the "Heads Up" project in 2003 to raise awareness and provide training about TBI and concussion. In 10 years, they distributed more than 6 million copies of their materials, and trained over 1.5 million coaches online. But concerns remain. Concussion can result from a direct blow … [Read more...] about Football-related concussion: A call for action
As the weather improves, so does the likelihood of people going out and running. While many people go running as a simple way of keeping fit, for others, it is a necessary part of a long-term project; training for a marathon. Those who have signed up to take part in marathons this autumn are likely to have already begun training regimes. If they are going to be running in their first ever marathon, it is recommended that they should have done. Meanwhile, others whose local marathons are held in the spring may only now be thinking about participating in one. Marathons are rightly considered to be one of the most demanding physical challenges that an individual can undertake. They require months of preparation and dedicated training for the running to be a success and not hazardous to the runner's health. What could possibly motivate someone to take on such an arduous task? And where should one begin when it comes to preparing to take on running a marathon? For many, running a … [Read more...] about Running a marathon: how to survive the historic endurance race
Vincent Van Gogh, the 19th century post-Impressionist artist, painted a self-portrait depicting a bandaged ear. Why the bandaged ear, you ask? Interestingly, it was reported that Van Gogh cut off part of his own ear. There have been a number of proposed reasons as to why he did it, but one thought is that he suffered from a severe case of tinnitus. Pronounced “TIN-ih-tus” and derived from the Latin word tinnire (to ring), the word describes any perception of sound in the ear or head for which there is no obvious physical source. Although extreme, the unfortunate case of the Dutch painter, who incidentally was also reported to have been afflicted by mental illness, highlights the extent to which tinnitus—in its severity—can affect one’s quality of life. What is tinnitus? A common yet poorly understood disorder, tinnitus affects many people at some point in their lives. Tinnitus can vary in intensity, ranging from a barely audible hiss to a loud … [Read more...] about Do You Hear What I Hear?
I thought I knew a thing or two about working out. I mean, I’ve watched the infomercials, read the magazines and even hired a few personal trainers here and there. I’ve also participated in exercise classes, joined (and quit) several fitness facilities and experimented with quite a few in-home fitness programs. I knew what a squat was. I ‘knew’ that carbs were oh so bad. Ok, well maybe not, but you get the idea. The truth is, it doesn’t take a heck of a lot more than being exposed to some general information to feel as though you’ve acquired enough knowledge to consider yourself educated, or even an expert on something. While this may be fine in regard to certain subject matters, when it comes to exercise safety, awareness really is your friend. Do you know: that personal trainers aren’t required to have any specific education or qualifications before taking you on as a client? why your family (in addition to your own) … [Read more...] about Exercise Safety Awareness – What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You