Here are the pictures they got of me at the Rugged Maniac this past weekend!! I am obviously not in good shape. It took me a little under two hours to complete 23 of the 25 obstacles in the process of going 3.1 miles. I have been sore from Saturday to today (Tuesday), and today is the first day I’m not waddling. I have bruises every where. I found out I’m really scared of heights.

But it was easily the most fun and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done! I wanted to hate how hard I had to work during the entire thing, but I really just hated how much of it I couldn’t do on my own. Every time I climbed something, a stranger had to help my friend get me over the top because I got scared. My friend helped me keep my balance on multiple things, even going as far as to walk backwards across the balance beam! I needed a few pushes to get up muddy hills. A stranger helped me put 50 pounds on my shoulders so I could carry it for the 20-or-so-feet.

But you know what… I still did it. My feet carried me the entire way. I crawled through mud and water. I climbed to the top of every obstacle. I jumped what I needed to jump. I got stuck in the mud. I climbed the skiing hills. I did this. No one walked it for me. No one did anything other than offer a helping hand. I did all of it. Getting help or not, that is something I am proud of.

And next year, I’ll be the one helping other races who may be in the position I was in this year.

But for now…enjoy these pictures of the funny faces I made. :)






Found this in a bathroom at my college. A lot of guys had eating disorders in football and wrestling at my school and even in the rec league. I remember guys taking laxatives before weigh ins even.

Male eating disorder awareness ~

Wrestling is infamous for that kind of shit. It’s one of the reasons my brother left the sport— his coaches were ENCOURAGING him to engage in unsafe behavior.

I’ve seen a lot of it the other way round, especially in rugby, I know several men who were encouraged to go to unsafe measures to gain weight.

Yes. ^^^ The masculinization of eating disorders. I knew some wrestling guys back in high school - it became this competition as to who could lose then keep of their weight the best. The guys would have competitions to see who could go the longest without eating, and if you lost, of course, you were a “pussy”

Thankfully a suspension went on while they reviewed these practices that were of course encouraged by the coaches.

My brother was anorexic on and off for years. People generally think that eating disorders don’t effect males, but they do, and a lot more than they think.


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