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5 Easter Recovery Tips to Help You Cope With Eating All the Candy

March 29, 2016 in Eating & Food

As you read this right now from the fetal position, a pair of headband bunny ears on the ground beside you like a fallen crown, there are probably 5 to 10+ tiny foil balls that were once cream egg wrappers between pink and green eggshells in your trash. The plastic mold that once held a chocolate bunny is resting on the coffee table like a miniature pastel sarcophagus. The once bountiful Easter basket with its carefully adjusted grass has been looted, leaving only the radioactive yellow Peeps behind as witnesses to your gluttony. You ate all the things–even the jellybeans, which are truly only candy in the loosest sense of the word.

Easter is a sacred time for many reasons – many of them spiritual, depending on your beliefs – but above all, Easter is blessed because it’s the last holiday excuse we have to eat chocolate for every meal until fall when Halloween comes around again. It’s all part of the Holiday Overeating Circle of Life. The cycle begins with Halloween and comforts us during each major holiday, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day, until Easter comes around and marks the end, the point at which we say goodbye to baked goods and decadent sweets and begin counting down to burgers hot off of the grill and Popsicles fresh out of the freezer.

We all subconsciously know that once the last ear of that chocolate bunny has been swallowed, it’s all over. So we eat all the caramel Cadbury eggs we can get our hands on and try to put off that moment when we must rise from the couch and shake out all the shards of chocolate shrapnel from the folds of our clothes.

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Making The Most of Working Out At Home

March 15, 2016 in Fitness

One of the biggest fitness myths I used to believe was that exercising at home could never be as effective as working out at the gym, which is about as logical as reasoning that drinking at home won’t get you as drunk as paying $10 per cocktail at a crowded bar. Like getting wine drink alone during The Bachelor, exercising in the privacy of your own home is a preference, and the calories you burn at home are just as real as the calories you’d burn pedaling backwards on the elliptical. The dilemma you face working out at home is figuring out how to get yourself as motivated as you would be in an environment where Rihanna remixes are playing and protein shakes are flowing, because let’s face it: working out at home can feel like torture.

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Why No One Cares About Your Weight Loss

March 14, 2016 in Body Image

By the time I successfully lost 120 pounds and reached my goal weight in the fall of 2012, I expected that it was just a matter of time before the president sent me a formal letter of congratulations, rival cable networks would fight over the rights to my life story, and Macy’s would make arrangements to fly my size 24 jeans alongside the balloons in their next Thanksgiving Day Parade. Needless to say, none of that happened, and to my surprise Earth continued its orbit without so much as a hiccup despite me accomplishing what was then – and still is today – one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. I learned something important from the world’s underwhelming reaction to my weight loss, and I’m telling you this as your friend and as someone who has walked a mile in your Nikes: no one cares about weight loss journey, and honestly, it’s unfair to expect that anyone should.

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