Brad Myers Delaware News Journal Published 9:00 AM EST Nov 12, 2018 Tyler Blades cried on the car ride home from the cardiologist. He was about to start seventh grade. He was 5-5 and weighed 267 pounds. Something had to be done. “Honestly, I felt like crap,” he said. So that afternoon, he went out and ran a mile for the first time ever. It took 25 minutes. Tyler kept running, day after day. He hated it for an entire year, even as he was losing weight. But he kept running. Now, the high school sophomore is 6-foot tall and weighs 160 pounds. And he is among the top 10 runners on the Sussex Central cross country team. “I’m shocked, still,” Tyler said. “I’m used to seeing fat Tyler, the one I didn’t enjoy. And now I look at myself, and every day I can stand it. I’m happy with myself, the way I’ve come. It’s something I think about almost every day.” UPDATED: Top 75 players in Delaware high school football Top 14 … [Read more...] about Doctor’s warning turned obese kid into Sussex Central distance runner
Lose fat and gain muscle at the same time
Senior man in sports clothing in gym working out with weights. “Use it or lose it.” I’m sure you’re familiar with this advice. And I hope you’ve been following it. I certainly thought I was. I usually do two physical activities a day, alternating among walking, cycling and swimming. I do floor exercises for my back daily, walk up and down many stairs and tackle myriad physical tasks in and around my home. My young friends at the Y say I’m in great shape, and I suppose I am compared with most 77-year-old women in America today. But I’ve noticed in recent years that I’m not as strong as I used to be. Loads I once carried rather easily are now difficult, and some are impossible. Thanks to an admonition from a savvy physical therapist, Marilyn Moffat, a professor at New York University, I now know why. I, like many people past 50, have a condition called sarcopenia — a decline in skeletal muscle with age. It begins as early … [Read more...] about Muscle Loss in Aging Can Be Reversed
MOUNTAIN GROVE — Like a whisper, the first of the fall leaves crunched beneath the car's tires as it drove down Route 76. Half an hour passed without a person in sight.The tires grew louder as the smooth blacktop crumbled into a rough gravel road.A quaint house, a sleeping cat and two eager dogs with wagging tails appeared just past a row of trees. Behind them, more than 100 Holstein dairy cows roamed across hundreds of rolling acres.Norris and Annette Sloan call this 700-acre farm home. Forty years ago, you could drive down that same country road and see 30 dairy farms in a 2-mile radius, Norris Sloan said.Now, you would see only two.To drive down the gravel road to Norris and Annette Sloan’s farm is to drive into an era that is fading.The reality is this: Missouri's dairy industry is shrinking.Larger dairy operations skew the economies of scale that small dairy farmers are so used to operating on. There's an oversupply of milk in the country, and milk prices are … [Read more...] about Milked dry. Missouri’s diminishing dairy industry at a crossroads.
Ed Alexander is a lot of man, as Glen Logan put it, and Georgia couldn’t move him. He was actually moving them. The 6-foot-3, 331-pound nose tackle knocked the center back so he couldn’t get to the linebacker while also beating the guard inside. Both linemen were draped all over this violent mass trying to push him back, and Alexander was dragging them five yards across the line of scrimmage and diving to make the stop in the backfield. It took Alexander one play to show the world why coaches were calling him one of LSU’s best players months before the season and why LSU needs him to get through this brutal SEC slate. “Ed eats up blockers,” teammate Breiden Fehoko said, “and when I say eats up blockers, he doesn’t just sit there and hold blocks. He’ll penetrate guys. He’ll knock that center two yards in the backfield.”Breiden Fehoko questionable for LSU's game against Mississippi StateBut moments like this were put on hold. … [Read more...] about How Ed Alexander lost the weight, got in shape and became a crucial piece in the middle for LSU
‘Times are changing,’ you may insist. ‘Women don’t want to be outlines!’ But skinny still calls. Getty Images I have gained weight.I tried on a bunch of old dresses the other day and they fit, but they were tighter, it seemed. I don’t know.As I tried on my new Agnes B blouse for my mother, I set her up for failure.“I think I’ve gained five pounds, do you?”“No,” my mother said, “you look great.”“But everything is tight.”“I mean, if anything then maybe two pounds?”“So then I have gained weight?”“You look better than ever,” my mother tried.“Since when do you think?”“I don’t know. Maybe since you moved out. Or this summer?”“So then I have gained weight.”“You could take it off in a week.”“I order in too much now,” I berated myself, “I have to start cooking.”“You’re healthy. … [Read more...] about Eighty Percent of Women Think They Need to Lose Weight. How I Became One of Them.