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María Magdalena Ortiz-Smith
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True Worth
When I was little I was often told that I had a very pretty face.  Sometimes the "compliment" was a blunt, cruel statement, "You're too pretty to be so fat." Other times it was followed by encouraging advice about my weight.  Some advice even warned about n...
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The Bandwagon
Oh, the bandwagon.  For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, it's negative connotation comes from people's willingness to conform to social pressures or trends.  For as long as I can remember, people have jumped on low carb, low fat, low calorie, and ...
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Ready, Set, Go!
A few days ago I got a message from a very sweet friend wanting some pointers of how to get started.  My first thought was, "Wow!  Someone wants advice from me ?" This message caused me to reflect and here's the advice I came up with.  Look for some gyms or...
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In the Meantime, Invest in Yourself
I'm notorious for running out of the house without makeup and my hair still wet. When I can, I use red lights on the way to school or my lunch break to do my makeup.  It's not that I dislike makeup, shopping and all things pink but, it's just not in my natu...
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The Doctor Visit
My annual mammogram experience includes sitting in a ladies-only waiting room with my upper body wrapped in the top half of a hospital gown and awkward small talk with other ladies to fill in the time.  My last visit was especially tense.  Karen, the lady s...
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A WOD of Their Own
CrossFit is a group of people bound together by a desire to achieve (and help others achieve) a better version of themselves than they were yesterday.    I often find myself wondering how I was lucky enough to find this group of people.  Last month Andrea, ...
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It's Your Time
Are you hoping to start an exercise program or establish healthier eating habits? Wondering how to get started or re-start?  It's your time! The truth is, this is the journey of a million beginnings for me.  After many failed attempts, I finally feel succes...
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Recordar es Volver a Vivir
Title translation: To Remember is to Live Again Hugging my brother for the first time in five years is a pretty amazing feeling.  My heart is full of admiration for him. Knowing that, at age 18, he decided to serve our country by becoming a United States Ma...
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I CrossFit
I CrossFit.  Two words
I’d never thought I’d say!   The reality is that my burpies are more like “stand-upies,”
my mile is about 25 minutes long, my squats are just a slight knee bend, and
the list goes on, friends.  I don’t like
to dwell on those things.  ...
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Welcome!
I was blessed to inherit my mom's "fuerza y valor," strength and valor.  Along with this blessing came the genetic inheritance of a BRCA2 gene.  This means that I have an 80% chance of having a breast cancer diagnosis.  I'm not a mathematician, but 80% is a...
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