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Four fat girls walk into a gym. . .

Relax, friends, I'm not about to tell a tasteless joke. In setting up today's Guide, I thought I'd share a bit about my own experiences working with a personal trainer many years ago. And it really
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Image by Let Ideas Compete

When I mentioned to a friend that this week’s Fat Girl’s Guide would be on dental hygiene, her initial reaction was skepticism -- and a little bit of a bristle. “Why is that a topic?" she asked, "I don’t need to brush my teeth differently because
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Hey, we've stuck pretty tightly to our promise to leave weight loss out of FGG content, and focus instead on living a good life right now no matter where you are on the scale (or where you want to be). After all, the blogosphere is stocked full of weight loss-related blogs, men and women struggling
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Homemade Peanut Butter by little blue hen

We are advocates of mindful indulgence here at FGG, as our Foodie Fridays columns demonstrate. And what's more decadent than the rich, heady aroma and taste of really good peanut butter? Once relegated to lunch boxes with a dollop of Welch's grape jelly,
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Bare essentials: chafing prevention starts here (image by Zerbetron)

Summer weather and climbing temperatures are upon us, and whether your preferred term is "perspiration," "glistening" or just plain old "sweat," the fact is we'll be doing a lot of it over the next few months. Which makes this a perfect time to
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The cravings begin the moment I see the first posters marking the return of the farmers market to my town: tangy, succulent tomatoes just firm enough to eat like an apple, the drippings splattering onto the sun-dried pavement beneath my bare feet. My dreams of perfect tomatoes transport me to childhood summers in
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Instead of chasing trends, find a hairstyle that compliments you


We’ve all had bad hair days, and bad hair cuts - like the time I chopped off my hair while pregnant, immediately transforming me into a human bowling pin. No matter our size, there’s a handful of great and not-so-great looks for us (a poodle perm
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A "just our size" bathtub is a worthy indulgence (image by LonnaS)

A few weeks ago, some friends were in town for a convention and I crashed (with blessings) their comped room at the Westin for a weekend staycation in downtown Chicago. The Westin prides itself on its
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Facing a fat-girl nemesis (image by puroticorico)

The fire alarm went off in our ancient office building today -- welcome to Monday morning! After covering our ears and exchanging "really?" glances, we reluctantly allowed ourselves to be herded toward the stairwell, where we began descending the stairs -- all 17 flights of
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What are some good at-home workouts for beginners?

Whether your goal is weight loss, stress relief, improved flexibility or just stronger muscles and more energy to keep up with household chores/kids/the demands of an average day, the fact is our bodies need to move. Here at FGG, we’ve presented
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