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A Commitment to CrossFit Helped This Amputee Overcome a Devastating Injury

Athletes often display super-human mental toughness, from playing through injuries to overcoming personal barriers and beyond. And this is no coincidence, according to CrossFit adaptive competitor Krystal Cantu. Krystal can speak to the connection between physical fitness and mental toughness from personal experience: a lifelong athlete, Krystal had just gotten into CrossFit training in her mid-twenties when she and her boyfriend were in a car accident that left Krystal with just one arm. She says that the first thing she thought of after the amputation was CrossFit.


Krystal was back in training just a month after undergoing surgery to remove her right arm. She credits being in great shape with the speed of her recovery: "I was in really good shape at the time, and I think that helped a lot with the healing process."

Now, Krystal is an Olympic athlete! She competes in the javelin in the Paralympic Games, and has earned enormous respect and admiration from the people she trains with. "She just works hard. She has the will to compete, the will to win... I would take 15 more just like her," says Krystal's coach Zach Caswell.

As remarkable as Krystal's rapid adaptation to life with one arm seems, she knew that ceaseless progress was the only way she could stay fit without losing ground or time. She says that she couldn't let herself "fall in that deep hole" of sadness or despair; by staying active, Krystal kept her emotions under control and retained her positive outlook.

To anyone facing a challenge, Krystal has some advice: "It's very important to stay mentally healthy... because we can break down physically if we're not okay up here," in our minds. A great reminder that happy means healthy, and vice versa!
For updates from Krystal, check out her website or Facebook page.

This video was produced by Lucia Nazzaro and shot/edited by JeanCarlo Ramirez. To see more inspiring athletes, take a peek at our HooplaHa YouTube channel.

Love Yourself: The Naked Photoshoot

Morgan Cuffie, wearing only a robe, stands in front of the camera. She is in a studio with Dr. Stacy Berman, the creator of the 'Love Yourself: The Naked Photoshoot' program, because she had spontaneously agreed to go for it and pose. Now, a million thoughts are running through her head. "You feel this trepidation…and… like…wait…should I be doing this?" she recalled. "There's definitely a point where you forget you're naked. You have complete awareness and no awareness at all. You know that you are naked but you just don't care."

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Skid Row Carnival Highlights Help for Homeless

Skid Row – the image that immediately comes to mind is not pretty… a desolate street with boarded up windows…downtrodden people lurking in the shadows...broken glass…darkness…despair…

The Skid Row Carnival of Love is an initiative that is working to change all that. Its goal is to build community by providing resources and love to an often forgotten, and overlooked sector of one our largest cities: Los Angeles' homeless population of Skid Row. For one day, it's all about unconditional love and coming together as a community.

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The Creation Of Us (S2:E2) – A Perfectly Imperfect Relationship

From the very first day that Heather and Christen physically bumped one another at a local bar on Long Island, these two women knew that there was something special between them. In this episode of The Creation Of Us, each shares some of the stories that have taken them from those first charged moments of a new relationship to a life where they share a home, 3 dogs, and a commute to an office where they literally work back to back in the same room!

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The Creation Of Us (S2:E1) – Meet Christen and Heather

Christen Samuels and Heather Fazzino both grew up in strong, opinionated, Italian families. Old school. Traditional. This made things a bit more strenuous for these women on their road to becoming a couple. In this first episode of the new season of The Creation Of Us, Christen and Heather share the stories of how they grew up, the people around them who were major influences, and the key moments each experienced that made them realize they were different.

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PRIDE! In Provincetown - FEC Family Week

OnlyGood TV embraces diversity and supports dignity, equal rights and self-affirmation! We are celebrating PRIDE Month by sharing inspiring stories that feature our LGBTQIA+ community.

Family Week is one of the preeminent events of the non-profit advocacy group, Family Equality Counsel. The group advocates for equality for the LGBTQ community and Family Week in Provincetown, MA is an opportunity for families to come together from all over the country to find support and community with other like-minded and alternative families.

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A Dog’s Journey Home (E10) – Prepping the Pittsburgh Puppies

How do you keep 62 dogs in a van happy and comfortable on a 1,600 mile journey? In this episode of A Dog's Journey Home, Scott Whyatt, co-founder of Tracy'sDogs, shares his secrets for caring for all of these pups as they set out for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where their new, loving families anxiously await their arrival.

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WWII Vet Runs Cross Country to Save His D-Day Ship

Ernie Andrus, now in his 90's, is running cross-country to raise money in order to put the LST 325, the ship he served on in the Navy during WWII, back on the beach in Normandy where it supported the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.

This LST 325 is the only LST ship left (out of 1,051 made) that has been fully restored and still operational. Plans were initially made for a D-Day memorial service in 2014 for the ship, but it was canceled because of a shortage of finances. This inspired Ernie to start a project called, Coast2Coast Runs to raise money to honor his old ship.

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The Cycling Studio Flash Mob Proposal That Went Viral!

OnlyGood TV embraces diversity and supports dignity, equal rights and self-affirmation! We are celebrating Pride Month by sharing inspiring stories that feature our LGTBQIA+ community. Today we reflect on the epic Valentine's Day flash mob proposal that took the world by storm!

It was love at first playlist! Adam Keller, a JoyRide Cycling Studio instructor, took Valentine's Day 2016 to create a wedding proposal to end all proposals! Adam planned this top-secret, expertly choreographed, flash mob, cycling class proposal, asking his boyfriend, Jared Marinelli, also a JoyRide Instructor, the magic question... WILL YOU MARRY ME?

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