Heather Reynolds – The Surprising Gift of Triathlon

I don’t know when, how, or why I became obsessed with being thin. I was actually a pretty skinny kid and had a healthy relationship with food growing up. But puberty hit me like a freight train at 14 and I went from being shaped like a cereal box to Jessica Rabbit. A pudgy, confused, very un-confident Jessica Rabbit. And we all know what high school is like, and how catty people can be, and I certainly heard plenty of negative comments.

So began my first diet, which ended up lasting about 15 years.The summer after my sophomore year I went about dieting like the overachiever that I was and I showed that scale who was boss! Within 9 months I had lost over 45 lbs, with my weight dipping below 100 lbs. I thought I looked AWESOME. It was the mid 90’s – thin was in!

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Dusty Scott – How to Kill a Wolverine

How do you kill a wolverine?  Give it everything it wants.  Put it in a large comfortable enclosure with a plush den, all the rodents and caribou steaks it wants, keep the temperature perfect, and wait.  It might take a year or two, but it will die.  Without the need to hunt, it will not hunt.  Without the need to find shelter, it won’t worry about things like digging holes.  Soon it will lose interest in those things, actually lose the ability to do those things, and then you’ll have yourself a nice throw rug/conversation piece that started when you posited a theory that life requires a challenge to thrive.  Don’t kill a wolverine.  They’re hard to catch (and even if you do catch one you will instantly regret it), and they really don’t deserve it. Read more “Dusty Scott – How to Kill a Wolverine”

Bethany Rutledge: My Grit and Dirt Story

My grit and dirt story is about finding a way to channel my drive into significance. I’ve tried a number of endeavors and I’m still growing and learning along the way with God’s grace.

My mom passed down a love of reading at a very young age, and it led to a major advantage in school. I was able to read, write, and comprehend material fast,  a ‘talent’ that would benefit me forever. I now say that if I have one true talent, it’s reading. In sport, I was sort of a jack of all trades, decent at a lot of things, but not great at anything. My dream as a kid was to be an olympic gymnast. The only obstacles being I was already too tall, too old, and possessed a near absolute lack of talent. Read more “Bethany Rutledge: My Grit and Dirt Story”