What dreams are made of

In an effort to project honesty, as well as separate myself from some other fitness bloggers and Instagrammers who imply - or insist - that they always ooze positivity and love themselves, and therefore urge that if you don't do the same then there's something wrong with you, I'm gonna throw this out there: I've …

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Back-to-school jitters

About this time last year, I humbled myself to type out an embarrassing account of my first week as a college freshman. I wanted to assure former college freshmen that they weren't the only goofy kids on their campus, and I also wanted to leave no doubt in the minds of upcoming college freshmen that …

Demi-lition Derby

Read this article about Demi Lovato the other day, and thought, "Well...that escalated quickly." The rundown: an Instagram artist drew a picture of Lovato several months ago as a topless mermaid. Lovato herself commented on the photo recently and said it was a "gorgeous" drawing, but that it wasn't representative of her actual body. The …

Destined for prettiness

Who doesn't love a good concert? The buzzing excitement before the house lights go dim, the performer holding his microphone out to the crowd, the killer guitar solo, the one song that makes┬áthe audience nearly tear the roof off the place, the girl in front of you who won't stop taking selfies... Wait. My birthday …

The Losers who keep losing

Like millions of Americans, NBC's The Biggest Loser captivated me for many seasons (until I wearied of reality TV and the same synopsis year after year). The strength and motivation each contestant managed never failed to baffle and inspire me. During more than one episode, I went hard on my mom's Tony Little Gazelle, sweating …