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February 19th, 2015 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off on Are we “destined to be fat”?
It’s tempting to want to “blame our genes” for anything about our bodies that we don’t like. And the “thrifty gene hypothesis” suggests that we are potentially “destined” to be heavier as a result of frequent famines throughout our history. As usual, science doesn’t support our neuroses. Damn it.
November 16th, 2014 by Mistress Krista | 6 Comments
Why details don’t matter and information isn’t necessarily your friend.
May 14th, 2014 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off on 4th Trimester Bodies — a new vision of post-pregnancy
“I see beautiful, inspiring, real women on a daily basis who struggle with their body image because they don’t feel they measure up with who the media tells them to be… I feel like this is even more poignant in mothers who often feel like their bodies have been ruined when instead they should be respected for creating, sustaining, and nourishing life.”
May 10th, 2014 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off on Old lady bookworm dork boxer (aka me)
I’m pushing middle age, I suck at sports, and there’s no good reason I should be wrapping my hands and sweating on a Saturday morning when I could easily be lying in bed reading the paper, eating croissants. But by golly, I love boxing.
May 10th, 2014 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off on Anjali Forber-Pratt, one of the most interesting women in the world
Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt is an elite wheelchair racer and Paralympic ambassador.
She’s the 2011 World Champion in the 200m, holds two bronze medals from the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China; and now currently Assistant Research Professor at the Beach Center on Disability. [read more…]
February 15th, 2014 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off on Can you disordered-eating-proof your kids?
How do we teach our young girls how to be — how to love their bodies and how to overcome the bullshit that pollutes kids’ minds and behaviours? A letter from Mistress Krista to a concerned mom.
August 7th, 2012 by Mistress Krista | 6 Comments
Cheryl Haworth is a legend in women’s Olympic weightlifting. A new documentary — appropriately called Strong! — profiles her career. Here, Cheryl sits down and raps with Stumptuous about her experiences.
December 6th, 2011 by Saintpikachu | 29 Comments
It can be hard to remember because your illness or disability sometimes feels like your body’s defining characteristic, but remember that your body is, in the ways that matter, the same a everybody else’s. It wants to move, to act with purpose and focus and silliness and joy. Your body does not care that it can’t do the same things other bodies can, or that it moves differently, or that other people might think it looks weird – it just wants to do what it can do, whatever that may be. What’s different about you is not nearly so important as what’s the same. Your body, just like everybody else’s body, wants to be used. Use it.
November 15th, 2011 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off on Alone in Antarctica: Interview with Felicity Aston
Felicity Aston is a 33-year old British explorer. For the last decade she has been planning and leading expeditions to the coldest regions of the planet.
Now, she’s about to embark on a landmark expedition and a world first: a 1700 km (1056 mile), 70-day ski journey. If she makes it, she’ll hold the record for the longest solo journey made by a woman in the Polar Regions; and the first woman in history to cross Antarctica alone.
September 13th, 2011 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off on Interview with Gillian Mounsey
Building true strength and self-compassion broadens our horizons, instead of constricting them. This was strength athlete Gillian Mounsey’s journey, which she courageously shared on her blog, and the Starting Strength site. By turns painful, honest, and brave, it’s a must-read for any female athlete who wonders whether she is alone in the madness of performance-pushing and body angst.