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  • I Lost 103 Pounds!

    before and after pictures of a woman who lost weightbefore and after pictures of a woman who lost weightBy Abigail Cuffey


    BEFORE 226 lbs

    AFTER 123 lbs!

    The reality of an empty nest forced Joyce Anderson, 41, of Richmond, KY, to change her focus. Here she shares how she finally got fit and took back her life. Photo by: Joyce Anderson

    My secret binge eating started when I was 13, after my grandpa died. I really looked up to him and we were very close, so when he passed away, I turned to food to comfort myself. In high school, I was very active and ran cross-country, but I still gained weight because I was overeating when no one was around. At 19, I shed about 30 pounds in the months before my wedding by going on a crash diet. But after I had my daughter and son, the weight gradually crept back on and before I knew it, I was over 200 pounds. I felt so unattractive that I hardly have any family photos from that time. Occasionally I'd lose 30 pounds but then I'd gain back 35 more. It was a vicious cycle.
    End emotional eating with these strategies.

    → Focusing on me

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  • 8 Habits of Highly Productive People

    how to be more productivehow to be more productiveBy Alexandra Gekas

    While your co-workers start every day enjoying a cup of coffee together in the break room, you're barely able to find time to call your doctor. While they're taking lunches, you're rushing through another meal at your desk. Sound familiar? Here's the good news: This apparent discrepancy may not mean you've got a bigger workload or that you're a harder worker. Instead, it may mean that they've mastered certain time-saving skills and habits that you haven't-until now. From prioritizing your workload to learning which projects don't need to be perfect, read on to discover eight workplace habits that'll boost your productivity and lower your stress levels. Photo by: Thinkstock

    1. They make it a point to take breaks.
    Americans seem to think that constantly working is synonymous with being productive, but unless your brain is functioning at its maximum level, you may not be getting as much work done as you think. "[Taking breaks] is like hitting the reset

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  • 5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

    By Virginia Sole-Smith

    You don't have to go big to go green. This April 22, take on small, super-convenient tasks that won't cost you time (or a dime), but will make a big difference in protecting the environment. And if they inspire you to be eco-friendly all-year-round, then we've done our job.

    1. Bring old electronics-including DVD players, flat-panel TV s and computers (no matter what brand)-to any Best Buy store, and their recycling partners will salvage them for free (there's a $10 charge for TV s and monitors in some areas, but you'll get a $10 store credit). Visit BestBuy.com/Recycling to get a state-bystate listing of items they'll accept. Photo: Thinkstock
    Find out the easiest ways to recycle your old electronics.




    2. Pledge to give your old cell phone to PlantMyPhone.com. Just pop it into the prepaid mailing envelope provided. Once they receive your old phone, they'll sell the recycled materials and use the proceeds to plant trees. Photo: Thinkstock

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  • 4 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Celebrate Earth Day, April 22

    Helping the environment doesn't always mean big changes to your lifestyle. Read on for four easy ways you can save energy, preserve water and avoid toxins.

    Eco Chic

    If Mother Nature wore actual (not imaginary) clothing, we're pretty sure she'd love Patagonia's Versatiliti Dress. It's made of soft organic cotton and Tencel, a biodegradable fabric spun from wood pulp cellulose. And it's-get this-recyclable! Patagonia's Common Threads Initiative allows customers to mail in a used dress or drop it off at a participating Patagonia store for reprocessing into fabric and eventually a new garment.
    Dress your best with these 9 secrets from wardrobe stylists.










    Cooking Green


    Nonstick pans are the best thing to have happened to the omelet since butter-with one hitch: When heated above 500°F, a compound frequently used for nonstick coatings, polytetrafluoro-ethylene (PTFE), releases toxic fumes that can cause respiratory

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  • 6 Tips for a Greener Home

    By Olivia Putnal

    With Earth Day coming up on April 22, everyone has "eco-friendly" on the brain. But not only is going green good for the environment, it's better for your health, too-especially at home. Being aware of things like recycling, nontoxic cleaning products and your home's lighting are the first steps to greener living. WD spoke with the some of the Web's top green bloggers to find out how you can make your home a more eco-friendly environment.

    1. Clean with greener products. One of the easiest ways to make your home healthier is by using eco-friendly cleaning products. Not only is it better for the environment, but it's better for your environment, as you won't be exposing your family to toxic substances. Green bloggers Kath Younger from Kath Eats Real Food and Toni Hammersley from A Bowl Full of Lemons both love Shaklee cleaning products, which are nontoxic, hypoallergenic and free of hazardous chemicals like kerosene, ammonia and chlorine bleach. They offer a

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  • 5 Surprising Ways to Use a Slow Cooker

    slow cookerslow cookerBy Mandy Major

    When it comes to slow cooking, hearty meats and stews typically get all the attention. But your slow cooker can do much more-and without much effort from you-so take advantage. From breakfast to dessert, casseroles to condiments, there are plenty of unexpected items you can make with this low-and-slow method. Read on to discover five unique ways to put this convenient countertop appliance to work. Photo by: iStock

    Egg Casserole

    Yes, egg dishes are great to make in a slow cooker. When prepped with the right amount of liquid, they turn effortlessly light and fluffy in a few hours-what better treat is there to wake up to? George Duran, celebrity chef, ConAgra Foods spokesperson and author of Take This Dish and Twist It, regularly uses his slow cooker for egg casserole, which he preps the night before. If you plan to sleep beyond the 5- to 6-hour cook time, Duran recommends adding an additional 1/2 cup of half & half to the recipe. This way, the casserole can be left

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  • Cleaning Myths—Busted

    woman cleaning housewoman cleaning houseBy Arricca SanSone

    When it comes to cleaning, everyone has her favorite tips and techniques. But much of what you think you know about keeping your house and clothing spotless and germ-free may not necessarily be true. From which household surface cleaners to use to which laundry settings are the best, find out what's fact and what's fiction from the experts.

    Myth: All cleaning products kill all germs.

    One reason you clean is to keep your family healthy. But not all cleaning products do the same job. "There's a difference between a sanitizer and a disinfectant," says Kelly Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona's Zuckerman College of Public Health in Tucson. "Sanitizers kill 99.99% of bacteria, while disinfectants kill a wider array of germs, including viruses that cause colds and flu." So a sanitizer is fine for surfaces like blinds and cabinets, but you need a disinfectant for germier spots, like the kitchen sink and bathtub, which may

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  • Secrets of a Happy Marriage

    white wedding cake on a blue background with a couple cake topperwhite wedding cake on a blue background with a couple cake topper

    By Heather Lende


    My daughter's recent wedding taught me one important thing: Maybe the best counsel for a newlywed couple is none at all. Illustration by: Chris Silas Neal

    When a friend asked what kind of advice I gave my youngest daughter, Stoli, before her wedding recently, I was surprised. Advice giving had not been on my to-do list. What with figuring out how we could make an aisle in our living room without moving all the furniture outside in the snow (it was January) and ordering a maternity gown (who knew they made such a thing?), giving wise motherly advice had slipped off my radar. Besides, Stoli, 21, and her husband Nels, 22, live next door, so it's not as if she couldn't just walk over and ask for my guidance whenever she needed it.

    Perhaps that kind of rosy moment is only for novels or movies. But the question about ideal mother-of-the-bride advice got me thinking. What would I have said if she had asked?
    See 10 marriage rules you should break.

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  • 8 Surprising Pet Hazards

    By Alexandra Gekas

    puppy chewing dog toypuppy chewing dog toy Whether you're about to bring home a new dog or cat or you've had pets for a while, pet-proofing your house is one of the best ways to protect your four-legged friends. But some seemingly harmless fixtures of your home, like your purse and your laundry, can pose serious risks to your pets. Read on to find out which household items and areas can be dangerous and how to keep your furry family members safe and sound. Photo by Thinkstock

    Medications

    What's life-saving to humans can be deadly to dogs, even in small doses. "The number one thing pets are poisoned with is human prescriptions," says Marty Becker, DVM, pet expert at VetStreet.com. "If you drop a pill in the bathroom or leave medicine on the nightstand, your dog might scarf it up." And child-proof bottles are no match for an inquisitive dog, says Dr. Becker. But over-the-counter meds can be dangerous, too. For instance, ibuprofen can cause ulcers and kidney failure in dogs, so avoid treating a sick pooch

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  • 10 Money Conversations Married Couples Must Have

    married couple with pile of moneymarried couple with pile of money

    By Kimberly Fusaro

    You're supposed to be able to share everything with your husband-your bed, your children, your hopes and dreams-but talking about money can feel, well, funny. After all, you spend so much of your life not discussing it. Whether you have some debt or haven't started saving for retirement, the only way to secure your financial future is to plan it out. Instead of waiting for these topics to surface when you're rejected for a mortgage or forced to put off retirement, it's (literally) worth it to get over your discomfort and ask your husband (and yourself) these 10 money questions now. Photo by: iStock

    What's your credit history?

    Ideally, you'd want to swap credit histories before you get engaged, says Mandy Williams, co-author of What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired!. But even if you exchanged vows years ago, review credit reports with your husband to "catch problems while they're manageable rather than overwhelming," says Williams.

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