Kobe Bryant is a guest writer on women’s website iVillage.com
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Kobe Bryant has joined the first lady as a guest contributor to Obama’s “Back To School” project on the women’s lifestyle website iVillage.com. I think it’s great that an athlete of his stature would be willing to do this and more so that he is capable of doing this but you have to admit that it’s odd that a site like iVillage.com would not only allow an athlete that was accused of rape and had a very public divorce because of infidelity (among many other personal things) have a big role on the website and do a big PR push about it.
Don’t accuse me of hating on the man because I have more Kobe cards, shoes, jerseys, autos, vhs tapes, dvds, and unsent love letters to him than you do. I’m just saying time and championships sure does wonders on the memory and in the redemption department.
Anyways, let’s check out his first article on healthy habits and how eating a pizza before the game wont prevent you from scoring 81 points against the Raptors.
Let me start by saying it is a great honor to be a part of this week’s living healthy conversation on iVillage. I’ve had the privilege of meeting the first lady, the president and their two beautiful daughters, Sasha and Malia, on several occasions, and I am very excited to help with this initiative in any way that I can. Plus, having two daughters of my own has really elevated the significance of living healthy for me. Leading by example is always the best way for kids to learn.
When it comes to healthy living there are certain habits that come naturally to me and others I’ve had to struggle with and that continue to be a challenge to this day. Sure I want to live healthy, but I’ve found that just keeping my eye on the healthy goal is not going to get me through a late night craving for sugar cookies! (My fave!) But I’m a competitive person so instead, I look inward for a game of one on one. Sometimes I win (I dropped 16 pounds in preparation for the Olympics) and other times those darn sugar cookies kick my butt :-). For me, the trick is to focus on the next swing of the ax and not to focus on how many swings it will take to bring down that massive tree in front of you.
With that being said, I want to share with you my list of five healthy habits that have helped me over the years. Some are physical; others are mental and spiritual. Hope you find them useful and best of luck on your journey towards being healthy!