My parents were happy for most my childhood, but at around age 14, it changed so much and has never been the same. There was always arguing and fighting between my parents and my older brother. I was the quiet one who watched everything happen. I learned a lot that way. It made me extremely independent, taught me to do what’s always best for me and most importantly, not to rely on others. I felt invisible to my family. I just focused on school, my jobs, and my future. I grew up with the mentality that if you want something, you work your ass off for it. My past is a huge part of my motivation because I never want to go back to that kind of life. I felt I had nothing, nor anything to give. I’ve always worked to make a better, more successful life for myself. I am so blessed to have such positive followers, they definitely keep me motivated to push my limits.
According to Richard Dienstbier, a pioneer in the field of toughness, a toughened individual is one who enjoys a strong and immediate amine reaction when challenged, so that they do not need to use the longer-acting and more potent anabolic hormone equivalent (cortisol).
[wp_ad_camp_3] In tough individuals, amine levels are lower at rest, but rise more quickly and prominently when stressed or threatened, and then shut off quickly as soon as the immediate threat is disposed of. And because this individual is able to handle stress more aptly, the body’s equilibrium is not thrown off balance and there is no long-lasting emotional distress.
Parents and coaches should take an active role in combating the problem of supplement use among adolescents. Fair play and sound nutritional practices should be stressed in youth sports over winning-at-all-costs. Coaches need to educate their players about the harmful side effects of supplements as well as their illegal nature and the unfair advantage that may be derived from using performance-enhancing supplements. Intervention programs using peers to communicate the message have shown promise. For these programs to work, coaches must provide proper nutritional and strength training, enforce a no supplement policy, and de-emphasize scare tactics (5). For an example of an intervention that has shown progress, check out the article “Fortifying students against steroid use” from the Physician and Sportsmedicine Online (5).