• Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesWhen a fellow mom in my daughter’s kindergarten class told me recently that she’d just suffered a miscarriage, I gave her a hug. I didn’t know what else to do, and I was shocked she'd even mentioned it, since most people don't. She shrugged it off, though, as if she’d merely been sick, and smiled to reassure me. “I actually feel fine,” she said. “Really!”

    Though I’ve never lost a pregnancy myself, I know enough people who have to realize that it’s a bigger deal than having the flu. But I also understand this: Talking about miscarriage is pretty much the last taboo. It’s why (most) people are finally writing about Lindsay Lohan this week with a whiff of something besides mockery. “No one knows this, and we can finish [the interview] after this: I had a miscarriage for those two weeks that I took off," Lohan said, tearing up as she spoke on the season finale of her OWN reality show on Sunday. And nothing in our society makes people quite as speechless and uncomfortable as a woman losing

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  • Facebook/Sara Haley FitnessSara Haley, a personal trainer and mom from Santa Monica, California, hits the gym six days a week — and it turns out that's a problem for her fellow gym members, who, Haley says, routinely harass her because she's 35 weeks pregnant.

    According to a recent story published in the New York Daily News, Haley, who specializes in pregnancy fitness, incorporates a combination of pull-ups, tricep dips, dead lifts, and lunges into her workout routine. But the constant stares, whispers, and comments (“Wow, your butt is so big!” and “Those stretch marks are the worst I have ever seen!") in the gym make her feel as though she's being ganged up on. “It is an element of bullying,” the 35-year-old told the newspaper. “Some people have no filter all of a sudden when they see a pregnant woman training.”

    And while Haley — who in April was named one of 50 hottest fitness trainers by Shape magazine — insists that exercise is encouraged during pregnancy, she doesn’t want to be viewed as herculean. “My

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  • Rhode Island's Bryant University is making headlines after the school  asked students to refrain from taking selfies when they go to pick up their degree.

    The university's president, Ronald Machtley, says that he's fine with grads snapping photos during the ceremony, as long as they're not up at the podium. But if every single one of the 800 graduating students stopped to selfie their big moment, it would take up too much time and make the ceremony run long.

    Although Bryant's ban isn't a firm one – they're asking politely, not ordering – it marks a trend in venues requesting that people put their phones away. Last year, the New York Times reported that some chic New York City restaurants were banning customers from Instagramming their food, saying that the constant phone use was distracting other patrons.

    "It even became a distraction for the chef," said Moe Issa, who runs Brooklyn restaurant The Chef's Table. The intimate restaurant has one large table shared by all the patrons, which

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  • Meg Cross Menzies. Photo: FacebookWhile this year’s Boston Marathon is surely filled with a tough mix of pain and hope for a great many of the nearly 36,000 runners touched by last year’s bombing, at least one is facing a different struggle with grief: Scott Menzies, a Virginia father of three. He’s running on Monday in place of his wife, Meg Cross Menzies, who was training for the race when she was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver on a fateful morning in January.

    More on Yahoo Shine: 2014 Boston Marathon Guide for Runners and Spectators

    “I will run the Boston Marathon tomorrow for Meg,” Scott wrote on his late wife’s Facebook page on Sunday. “I am going to do my best to finish what she started and I can't wait to see, hear and experience what she would have experienced if she were still here. I want to feel her with me — it will be very emotional. I will do my best to make her proud.” According to a friend’s Facebook update, Scott finished with a time of 3:51:57 at 3:01 PM with a pace of 8:50 per mile.

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  • Photo: Flickr, emzee(Newser) - As if alcohol, marijuana, caffeine, and pills of various kinds aren't enough to give Americans a buzz, the federal government has approved a new product: powdered booze, reports Gawker. Even the company behind it, Palcohol, says the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau's approval caught it off guard. The product is now expected to hit shelves in the fall, giving consumers six just-add-water options to choose from, including straight options like vodka and mixed offerings like Cosmopolitan, reports Eater. A sampling of the company's old website copy and new (at Palcohol.com) may reflect a little legal advice:

    Then: "We have found adding Palcohol to food is so much fun. ... Some of our favorites are the Kamikaze in guacamole, Rum on a BBQ sandwich, Cosmo on a salad and Vodka on eggs in the morning to start your day off right. Experiment."

    Now: "Can Palcohol be added to food? I suppose so. ... As Palcohol is a new product, we have yet to explore its potential of being

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  • And here's yet another reason to get a good night's sleep.And here's yet another reason to get a good night's sleep.

    Same time to bed, same time to rise makes a woman healthy...and trim?

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    When Brigham Young University researchers looked at the snooze patterns of 330 students, they found that those with the most consistent lights-out and wake-up times had nearly 6% less body fat than those with the most erratic habits.

    Related: Lose Major Weight with This Meal Plan

    But you don't have to follow the plan to the minute: A one-hour window is OK. And at bedtime, aim for 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 hours of shut-eye.

    More from Good Housekeeping:

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  • By Rachel Morris

    The feel-good success of losing weight can quickly be overshadowed if you gain some-or all-of it back, and Kirstie Alley is no stranger to this yo-yo dieting downer. She lost 75 pounds on Jenny Craig in 2007, but regained over the last few years. Now, she's once again working with Jenny Craig to lose 30 pounds and get to her goal weight once and for all. Woman's Day sat down with the award-winning actress to find out what she's learned from her weight-loss ups and downs. Here are her tips for losing the weight for good.

    Related: See how to get trim and toned in 10 minutes.

    1. Put yourself first. If you put yourself on the backburner, it will be easy to regain your lost weight. "When I get too busy with everything else in my life and forget to take care of myself, my weight suffers," says Kirstie. Make your weight-loss efforts as important as the rest of the to-dos in your calendar. Pencil in a 30-minute walking workout, or take 15 minutes in the morning

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  • Photo: ThinkstockAn 18-year-old in Pennsylvania has just been given a three-day suspension for asking Miss America Nina Davuluri to his prom, during her scheduled appearance at his high school last week. Although the punishment may seem a little harsh – Davuluri herself has spoken out, asking the school not to punish him – it could be a necessary sign that the whole kids-asking-celebs-to-the-prom trend might finally end.

    The student, Patrick Farves, is just the latest in a long line of teens who have asked celebrities to go to the prom with them. Last year, a Los Angeles high school senior named Jake Davidson asked swimsuit model Kate Upton to be his prom date. The model ultimately cited scheduling conflicts as a reason she couldn't make it, but Davidson scored a backup date with Victoria's Secret model Nina Agdal. Other celebrity prom date requests include Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Tim Tebow, and Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas.

    If going to the prom with a star is a fantasy-come-true for a teen, it's

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  • These rookie moves can foil your get-fit plans
    By: Julia Merz, Fitbie.com

    Weight-loss rookies beware: despite your best efforts, you may be making some well-intentioned mistakes that not only halt your progress, but can actually cause weight gain, leaving you feeling anything but motivated.

    But before you get discouraged, know this: If you know what you're up against, you can play defense against the most common diet destroyers to ensure you lose weight and hit your diet and fitness goals. Here, author of The Belly Off! Diet and The Belly Off! Workouts Jeff Csatari shares five seemingly benign missteps that initially tripped up many of the weight-loss winners in the Men's Health Belly Off! Club.

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    1. Overestimating workout intensity
    When you're sweating buckets and gasping for air, it can feel like you've just run a marathon when you've only travelled half a mile. Workout machines like the elliptical, which supposedly track

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  • It won't make you fat--if you work a strip or two into your recipes the way Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien does. REBDOOK.

    Crunchy chicken salad. I love to add bacon to lightened-up chicken salad. It boosts the yum factor without a ton of fat. Cook and chop two slices of center-cut bacon. Mix with 3 oz cooked and chopped skinless chicken breast, 1 Tbsp fat-free mayo, ½ tsp Dijon mustard, and ¾ cup chopped veggies--I like tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion. Makes 1 serving: 200 cal, 6 g fat (2 g sat), 28 g protein, 1 g fiber, 9 g carb.

    Related: The 25 Best Snacks for Weight Loss

    Happy jalapeño poppers. Make this already delicious app even better with a bit of turkey bacon. Halve 6 jalapeño peppers lengthwise, removing the seeds and stems. Mix 2 wedges of Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese into ¼ cup room-temperature fat-free cream cheese and spoon it into pepper halves. Wrap each with half a slice of turkey bacon and bake at 375°F until crispy, about 20 minutes. 3 poppers: 107

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