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Is being "too driven" a bad thing?

Drive is the fuel that keeps you motivated on your path to success.  But a powerful need to succeed can be driven by a fear of failure or constantly comparing yourself to others (or a past version of yourself). The more successful you become in each step of your goal-driven journey, the more afraid of failure you can become. As a result, you may find yourself compromising your values - and your mental and physical health. Being too driven may be doing more harm than good. Being intrinsically motivated is required in any successful individual. To work hard and relentlessly pursue a goal with determination is a great quality. Although drive can be a great thing (when you use it in the right ways), it can also lead to a single-focused mindset. When you are too driven, it can be difficult to switch "off" which can make it difficult to respect your health and well-being. While it's good to be disciplined and focused, being perfectionistic and self-critical may be putting your

Reasons why you are having a "bad body" day.

  In our weight and image-obsessed society, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy relationship with food and the body when you are having an "uncomfortable body" day. Our culture is really tough on bodies - we are taught that our current size/shape/weight is a problem and it requires immediate fixing. The human body is amazing. It’s constantly working for you. As you go through life, it’s only natural and normal that your body will change along with you. The body is complex and dynamic. Every day your body is adjusting to its environment and the stress placed on it. Let's look at some of the incredible ways that the body works for  you and why you shouldn't overhaul your diet or exercise regime if you feel or see your body making a small shift in size, shape or weight throughout the day.

Own Your Athlete Body - protect yourself from harm.

  Due to the pressures within the sport environment, such as coaches, teammates, competitors, uniforms and judges, every athlete is at risk for developing unhealthy eating practices to lose weight or to change body size/shape in order to become more competitive and to meet societal and sport-related physique ideals.  But not all athletes struggle. Why is it that some athletes refuse to diet or conform to an idealized body image but others end up in a dangerous place of disordered eating and extreme exercise? Advice from coaches -  Many coaches connect the ability to change body composition to that of hard work, discipline and commitment to sport. Coaches (and onlookers) will often applaud athletes who can reduce body fat to exceptionally low levels. How many times have you heard an athlete, coach or commentator say that an athlete looks race ready by referencing body size, shape or appearance? Comments made by coaches, social media, body shaming, fat talk, attributing poor performance

GVL WBL #8 - The Grand Finale

Thanks to the Greenville Winter Bike League, I had reason to get on my road bike at 10am every Saturday for the past eight weeks. I also had the accountability to layer-up and venture out in the cold weather for 3+ hours week after week. I only missed one ride due to the weather (we had a rain/snow the night prior and the roads were a little icy so I went out on my own solo ride). What started out as an opportunity to socialize with other people turned into so much more than I had imagined. I met new people, stretched my comfort zone, challenged myself in the designated QOM and sprint zones, improved my cycling skills, discovered new bike friendly routes, won some money (woot woot) and braved the cold winter conditions - all on two wheels. Here's the schedule (and routes) for all eight of the GVL WBL  group rides. Here are the route links to the last two rides:  GVL WBL #7 GVL WBL #8 The last ride was a tough one. It was a smaller group of around 30 cyclists and we covered 63 miles