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 …

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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 …

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 …

Times have changed

One day last week, I didn't feel like going for a run, and I had done some strength training at the gym the day before, so I decided to engage in an activity that's still new to me: yoga. I'm almost positive I don't do any of the moves correctly, and I'm way too self-conscious …