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Vanessa Alford lectures in sports medicine and is completing her Doctorate of Philosophy in Indigenous Health. She also teaches pilates. She is committed to maintaining a balance between life and health. She continues to jog, but only for 30 minutes at a time a couple of times a week.
"This is an honest and heart-wrenching journey which gives a real insight into the life of what some athletes put their minds and bodies through. I saw numerous parallels with my own career. An example of an overpowering inner force that warps your reality. Sport can be wonderful but at times lead you down a dangerous path of absorbing passion. Vanessa plunges blindly into self-sabotage by pushing her body beyond the limits. A great read and excellent warning to all high achievers driven to extremes to excel. It s a story of hope and redemption." Jana Pittman, two time World Champion, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, three time Australian Olympian" "I congratulate Vanessa for writing and sharing about an important and often silent aspect of an athlete's experience with food and training. Her raw honesty about her treacherous battle with her inner voice and revelations will inspire many and are a testament to her strength and integrity." Anna Vassallo, accredited practicing dietitian" "[a] gripping memoir [the author's] voice rings throughout with a sense of honesty and the wisdom brought by retrospective reflection." Publishers Weekly" "Alford offers a candid and unsettling account of her struggles, and the added journal entries and photographs provide an intimate glimpse of an intelligent, gifted athlete unable to recognize the depth of her illness." Craig Clark"