FGG July 2010 Roundup
Posted by Toni
Kick back. We've got your July FGG covered.
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In my corner of the Midwest, midsummer air is usually thick enough to pour over pancakes (though I don't let it stop me from getting on my bike or heading to the pool). When mild temps and low humidity arrived recently, I spent even more time outdoors, which meant less time catching up on my favorite online reads. If you've been in a similar state of mind, hopefully you'll appreciate this recap of July at FGG so you can return to vacation planning and savoring these abundant sunny days.

We receive so many great questions for our popular "Ask FGG" segment and this month was no exception. Padded bike shorts for plus-sized backsides? We found 'em. We also helped an intrepid reader dress stylishly for a poolside bachelorette party in Vegas - and we're dying to know what she bought and how it goes! We'll be sure to post any highlights in a future roundup. Finally, at least one of you readers is as hammock-obsessed as I am, allowing us to address the issue of what to look for in a hammock that will sustain our weight.

Our columnists tackled dating disasters for single fat girls and clued us in about a little-known truth: guys worry about finding flattering swimwear, too. If you missed Michelle's summer-friendly recipes, here's a second chance to drool over Farmers Market Potato Salad, Peach-Blueberry Cobbler, and Summertime Zucchini Pasta. We also served up a guide to summer reading, insights on becoming irresistible at any size (even to yourself)--a FGG must-read--celebrated girlfriend getaways, and offered tips for fat girls visiting amusement parks with friends and family.

And last but not least, I'm not sure if a roundup that links to a roundup defies any laws of physics (hopefully we won't all implode upon reading), but our Guide to Summer Fun is a recap of sorts that received some terrific comments from our daring readers, who are always upbeat about trying new things and returning to report on them. I'll leave you with their words for inspiration:
"I am taking the dare...a group of my friends and I have a white water rafting trip planned for the end of August. It has been on my “bucket list” forever and I have always been afraid — partly because of my size...not letting it get the better of me. All of my friends going and our guide[s] have done this and it seems that’s the best time to do something you have always wanted to do, surrounded by people who love you….Still scared though…" --rebecca

"I’m going on vacation next month to a resort that has tons of opportunities for water sports. I’m going to try to find a nice suit using your swimsuit guide so I can at least attempt some fun." --becky

"I am excited to tell you that I wore a bikini to the beach! Yes! Me, in all my glory!! I wore a bikini today to the beach — and I wore it proudly and tanned my belly for the first time in almost 15 years!! I felt so liberated! I felt beautiful! I felt free!" --ld

Your turn. Tell us about your upcoming summer adventures in the comments. For those of you taking up new challenges, please come back and report on how things went!