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Try something that looks fun but makes you nervous. We dare you.
(image by Lori Greig)

This summer, I tried something that terrified me. And I loved it.

Something about surrendering my body to a dark, narrow tube, hurtling downward through twists and turns, only to be unceremoniously ejected and swiftly deposited into the
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Charlie's daughter strikes a pose as a "sailor boy"


If I may say so, my four-year-old daughter is a well-rounded kid. She loves trains (courtesy of my love for them), cars, tools (the toy ones), and squirt guns. (Unlike a lot of parents, were not anti-water gun, we just make sure she
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Lessons learned: You don't need to cook with edible flowers to call yourself a foodie

Fact: To be a fat girl of any shape or size, for any portion of your life, is to have some kind of a love/hate relationship with food. Sometimes the conflict is as benign as a lighthearted "Why can't french fries
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Not feeling like "the fat friend" all comes down to attitude


A funny thing happened when I began brainstorming for this week's Guide. I asked several of my fat-girl friends (FGF) what stressful situations they've encountered while out with thinner friends. The outpouring of ideas was great! They hit me with suggestion after suggestion, while I
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Even for weddings, my brothers and I don't really do "traditional"

Chances are its happened to you already. Perhaps it was your sister, your best friend or your college roommate. You may have been over-the-moon excited, or you may have agreed with a pasted-on smile and a sinking stomach. Regardless of the circumstances, almost every fat
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My dating history probably looks like many of yours: some good, some bad, with a few twists, turns, and surprise endings. We're all full of hope and idealism at the beginning sometimes enough to smother the little voice whispering that this is a Very Bad Idea - while at the end, we usually vow
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Closet reorganization by LizMarie

After a ridiculously long winter (even our southern readers had a rough one this year), the official arrival of spring this weekend offers a wealth of exciting possibilities. More daylight hours to lift our spirits. Green, lush life ready to burst forth from trees, lawns and flowerbeds. The
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Between the Seats by SC Fiasco

When Southwest Airlines booted writer/actor/filmmaker Kevin Smith from his buckled-in seat aboard an Oakland-to-Burbank flight on Saturday, Feb. 13, the question of passenger size vs. seat size was catapulted into headlines. Again. Some readers may remember that Southwest drew a lot of
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Dara Chadwick's book, "You'd Be So Pretty If..."

This week's guest post comes from Dara Chadwick, a journalist who writes about health, wellness and psychology. We asked her to write about her journey to self acceptance after landing a sweet gig with a national women's fitness magazine.

When it comes to family television viewing, there
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My oldest son and me hiking in the Tetons

"Jason says you're FAT!" yelled my oldest son as he climbed into our minivan, throwing his backpack on the floor as he began to cry. As I drove away from the school, I gently pointed out that I am overweight and not everyone uses the word 'fat'
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