Dana McMahan

Dana McMahan

Will work for bourbon

Louisville based travel, food and adventure writer, bourbon enthusiast, and fan of the 313. Have dogs, will travel.

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Six Things Skiing Can Teach You

Between those first few moments of awkwardly navigating bunny slopes in my skis and the third afternoon of the trip when I could scarcely believe I was swishing down an honest-to-goodness trail, I learned a few pearls of wisdom

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A word is worth a thousand pictures: why i'm taking a vacation from

When did I start needing my friends at home to tell me I'm having a good time on vacation?

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This is 39, too

I'm 39 and I'm strong and capable and know I can do pretty much anything I want to do if I'm willing to put in the work. I'm sad that I didn't know that when I was younger. And that's 39, too, the melancholy wondering of what could have been

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Around the world in 80 Sports: Lightweight Female American vs. Heavyweight Muay Thai Boxer

I embarked on a little project in 2010, though I didn't know it yet. When I climbed into an open air boxing ring in sultry Bangkok to take a Muay Thai lesson (battering, more like), so began a series ...

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In Defense of the Women Posting All Those Weightlifting Photos

When I started lifting weights, I blew up my friends' Facebook feeds with photo after photo of Dana under the barbell, Dana picking up the barbell, Dana lifting the barbell. Wait, look, it's Dana and a barbell!

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Dana McMahan: French Women Don't Work Out - Huffington Post

I work out. I rarely eat baguettes, cheese or chocolate (except when on assignment -- I'm a food writer). And like many women, I like to fit into a small pair of jeans. But I wanted it both ways when I spent a week in Paris with two girlfriends last summer.

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Dana McMahan: Listen to Your Doctor (Unless You're an Athlete)

When I told my family physician that, after nine years as a vegetarian I was eating meat again, she didn't blink, much less make a note on my chart. That was my first inkling that doctors may not take a holistic view of health that jives with mine.

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I'm A Woman, And I Love Powerlifting

By Dana McMahan for Blisstree.com I spend four days per week in a gym; on days off, I pine to be there.

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5 Reasons Why I'm A Fitness Boot Camp Dropout

Sweating along in the company of others may be just the motivation plenty of fitness buffs need, but after signing up for my first fitness bootcamp recently, I've realized it's best for everyone if I stay out of public gyms and group workouts and hole up in my garage gym...

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5 Reasons Why I'm A Fitness Boot Camp Dropout

Sweating along in the company of others may be just the motivation plenty of fitness buffs need, but after signing up for my first fitness bootcamp recently, I've realized it's best for everyone if I stay out of public gyms and group workouts and hole up in my garage gym...

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Around the World in 80 Sports: Rock the CatBa

Since falling in love with climbing last summer I thought and talked ceaselessly about climbing in Vietnam. The fairytale HaLong Bay, home to some 2,000 (or 3,000 depending who you ask) islands in the Gulf of Tonkin, is a neverland dream for climbers....

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Around the World in 80 Sports: Rock the CatBa

Since falling in love with climbing last summer I thought and talked ceaselessly about climbing in Vietnam. The fairytale HaLong Bay, home to some 2,000 (or 3,000 depending who you ask) islands in the Gulf of Tonkin, is a neverland dream for climbers....

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Everything I Know About Travel I Learned at a Yoga Class in Bangkok

Part of the joy of travel is discovery; and you can discover the most when you open yourself up, childlike, to a world of new ideas....

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Going Rogue In Oregon

I was scared to try white-water kayaking. Flat scared. I heard my Rogue River rafting/camping guide's somber warning about evacuations and was chilled. If I got hurt, it would not be a quick hop in an ambulance to a hospital....

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Going Rogue In Oregon

I was scared to try white-water kayaking. Flat scared. I heard my Rogue River rafting/camping guide's somber warning about evacuations and was chilled. If I got hurt, it would not be a quick hop in an ambulance to a hospital....