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  • Molly Jordan, after her 140 pound weight loss

    Molly Jordan, after her 140 pound weight loss

    NAME: Molly Jordan
    AGE: 26
    OCCUPATION: Environmental Consultant
    HOMETOWN: Toledo, Ohio
    FAMILY: Mother, sister, brother-in-law, and a 2-year-old niece

    What prompted you to start working out?
    I woke up one morning weighing almost 300 pounds and decided I didn't want to be fat anymore. There were only a few stores I could shop at to buy clothes (which was going to get harder if I kept on the same path). I was wearing a size 26 pants and 2X to 3X tops, and going to the mall was almost always upsetting walking past the store where the "tiny people" shopped. I remember going to bars a couple times with friends who were all skinny and knowing no guys were looking at me or would even give me a chance.

    How did you start?
    In October 2011, I started using an iPhone app to count calories and started doing a Wii fitness game. In June 2012, a friend gave me a pass to her gym and I ended up joining and working out that day. I had always wanted to run, but knew I was too heavy to do it, and when I would try,

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  • Releasing Negative Thoughts Can Help You Lose Weight

    Releasing Negative Thoughts Can Help You Lose Weight

    Diet and exercise have long been viewed as the golden keys to weight loss. Put yourself on a restrictive diet of your choosing, and add exercise to your daily schedule, and the simple combination of more calories burned than consumed would successfully lead to weight loss. But what if you're stuck? What if you're following all the "rules" and doing things the "right way," but those last few pounds just aren't budging?

    Some may view this halt in weight loss as your body's natural way of holding onto the weight for some reason, often unknown to us. For myself, I know that I can do all the "right" things, but my body just won't drop any additional weight post-pregnancy, until I stop nursing. But for those with no extraneous circumstances holding them back, like breastfeeding an infant, what is the key to shedding those final pounds when the scale just refuses to budge any further? Some claim that a switch in your attitude can make all the difference.

    When further examined, it does make sens

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  • By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29

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    It's so easy to rant and rave about work, and complain about the endless stress it causes us. Almost too easy. The annoying co-workers! The never-ending exhaustion! The crazy boss! But really, what gives with all the negativity?

    Are things really as bad as we make them out to be? Well...probably not. "The problem is that we don't think it's possible to design work that we love, so we sometimes get bratty about giving it our all," says Laurie Gerber, executive and senior coach at Handel Group Life Coaching. "What I have found with countless clients is that designing a great career and giving your whole self to it is one of the greatest joys in life. Also, giving 110%, though we fear and avoid it, actually feels great! But, truly going for it means we have to talk down the internal voices of the 'brat' and the 'chicken' (fear)."

    RELATED: How To Sleep In For Just 10 More Minutes

    Think about it - if you enjoy what you do (or find enjoyment in bits and pieces of i

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  • It doesn't come from success, it can be bought, and other shocking truths about achieving bliss

    It doesn't come from success, it can be bought, and other shocking truths about achieving bliss

    A few things--like chocolate, chick flicks, and clean sheets--are almost guaranteed to boost your mood. But when it comes to achieving true happiness, there are a ton of misconceptions. Shawn Achor, author of the upcoming book Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, clears up some of the most common myths about finding bliss.

    PLUS: 4 Ways to Be Happier

    Myth #1: It's genetic

    It's true that some people may be predisposed to being happier, but like most things, your genes tell only half the story. "You can teach yourself optimism and happiness just like you teach yourself a new language," says Achor. "You'll be just your genes unless you make positive habits in your life."

    Myth #2: Career success makes you happier

    Getting that corner office doesn't guarantee bliss, says Achor. "You can raise your success your entire life, and your happiness will be the same." His research did find, though, that if you work on improving your

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