• Struggling to stick to your training plan this winter? Here's what to do when the weather takes a turn for the Arctic. Struggling to stick to your training plan this winter? Here's what to do when the weather takes a turn for the Arctic. By Jenny Hadfield, Runner's World

    One of the great things about training through an Arctic winter is that you'll remember this season forever and have training stories to brag about for life! That said, when Alaskan weather strikes, here's how to effectively train through it.

    PLUS: If you must go for a run outdoors, check out these fast and effective workout tips designed for cold weather.

    Hit the treadmill.
    I've written about Alaska-based elite runner Chris Clark, who prepared for the 2000 Olympic Marathon Trials on a treadmill to acclimate to the heat and avoid the snow-ridden roads.

    There is a tipping point at which running outdoors becomes less effective and more risky, and when you have the double whammy of Arctic temperatures and ice and snow, it's time to take your workouts inside to weather the storm. Not only is it wise to make the move inside to prevent injuries, it can also aid in more efficient recovery, as training in extreme elements takes a lot more out of

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  • 'We Lost 254 Pounds'

    By Woman's Day Staff


    MICHELLE BEFORE: 300 lb
    MICHELLE AFTER: 150 lb

    BRIAN BEFORE: 294 lb
    BRIAN AFTER: 190 lb

    START: REALITY CHECK
    When we got married in 2007, we were both overweight. We grew up in households where we "buttered our butter" and weren't active. Plus, we ate fast food every day. We were shocked by how bloated we looked in honeymoon photos. We thought, We're going to die young if we keep this up. In January 2008, we tried a low-carb diet, but it wasn't sustainable. Too strict! After seeing Brian's mom and sister lose a combined 120 pounds with Weight Watchers, we decided to give it a shot in December 2008.


    Related: Check Out 20 Easy Ways to Burn More Fat.

    STEP 1: PLAN MEALS

    We learned about portion control and how to plan our meals. Every Sunday, we discussed what we were going to eat each day, made a grocery list, then shopped and prepped for the week. This ritual helped us avoid temptation during busy days and was key to our success.

    STEP 2: GET OUTSIDE

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  • Photo: samsonit3.tumblr.comEvery Feb. 2, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his home — a hole in the frozen ground in western Pennsylvania — as the world waits for word on whether or not the little guy casts a shadow. If the groundhog sees his shadow, so the legend goes, there will be six more weeks of winter, prompting Phil to descend back into his burrow and slumber for a little longer. If he doesn’t see his shadow, Phil jumps for joy and plays around outside for a while (well, kind of) and the rest of the country breathes a sigh of relief, because spring is just around the corner. (Pray it's a cloudy day!). One little rodent holds a whole lot of power prognosticating whether the dreadful winter we’ve had thus far (please no more polar vortex!) will persist or melt away and usher in a sunny, flowering spring sooner rather than later — how annoying!

    No one, of course, found Phil more frustrating than Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, in the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day.” The meteorologist had to

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  • by Amie Valpone

    Montrose Digital StudioMontrose Digital Studio
    When my favorite taco bar started offering their tasty fillings served up in a lettuce cup it got me thinking--why don't I skip the flour in sandwich bread for a bread-free, gluten-free, low-cal vitamin-packed alternative? A few ideas:


    1. Dairy-Free Turkey Avocado Kale Wrap: Place 2 steamed kale leaves on a cleaned, flat surface and fill each with 2 slices of Applegate turkey, a handful of arugula, sliced avocado, 1 slice GO Veggie! Vegan Cheese and 1/4 cup of cooked and salted quinoa. Wrap and enjoy.

    See more: 11 Dating Don'ts You Should Stop Doing Now

    2. Pesto Turkey Collard Wrap: Place 2 steamed collard greens leaves on a cleaned, flat surface and fill each leaf with 3 tablespoons of pesto, 2 slices of organic Applegate turkey, and 1/4 cup of cooked millet. Wrap like a burrito and serve.

    3. California Swiss Chard Wrap: Place 2 leaves of Swiss chard on a cleaned, flat surface and fill each with 1/4 cup Sundried tomatoes, 1/4 cup of cooked chicken

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  • Surprising Picks for the Best and Worst Energy DrinksBy Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor, EatingWell Magazine

    Energy drink sales are skyrocketing: from 2011 to 2012 they grew by 14 percent, a bigger jump than any other beverage category! That's not too surprising--who doesn't want to catch a second (or third) wind?

    Don't Miss: Are Energy Drinks Bad for You? Learn About the Health Side Effects of Energy Drinks Here

    But are some drinks better than others? Here we take a look at the calories, sugar and caffeine in some of the most popular energy drinks on the market.

    The Best: McDonald's Coffee
    (large, 16 oz., black): 0 calories, 0 g carbohydrate, 0 g sugar, 133 mg caffeine
    In general, straight-up black coffee is going to be a top choice for energy. Black tea is a close second, though it delivers less caffeine per fluid ounce. Research shows that, in small quantities, caffeine may boost energy, alertness and athletic performance. But it's recommended that you limit your caffeine to 200 milligrams at a time,

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  • by Lexi Petronis

    photo by Romulo A Yanesphoto by Romulo A Yanes
    There are those mornings when you wake up and the pants happen to feel a little more snug than they did yesterday. Maybe the boots don't zip up over your ankles quite as easily, or you feel like you have sausage fingers when your rings don't slide on as quickly as usual. This...is the dreaded bloat. And, as someone who likes salty foods, I have periodically found myself feeling just like this puffer fish...only wearing too-tight jeans.

    While you sleep, you actually lose about a pound during the night--through sweat, exhaling water vapor, and, interestingly, carbon atoms.

    See more: 11 Dating Don'ts You Should Stop Doing Now

    Still, bloat can sneak up on you, leaving you with extra water weight (when water is stored around your body in the tissue or between blood vessels). But, because bloat usually happens due to something in your diet (like salt) or lifestyle (like not exercising), it's not too hard to fix:

    Drink water: When you're dehydrated, your body

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  • Are You Too Nice?

    Being agreeable is one thing. Being a doormat is another.When you look at the other people in your life, there are lots of ways that you are the same. You speak the same language, you all eat a few times a day and you have a tendency to breathe regularly. There are also lots of ways that you differ. Some of those differences are physical-some people are tall and others are short-but many of them have to do with behavior.

    The differences in the way people behave form what we call their personality .

    MORE: 7 Things Dr. Oz Does Before 7 a.m.

    Psychologists have identified a number of core aspects of personality, and one of the most important is a characteristic called agreeableness . Agreeableness reflects how important it is for you to get along with other people. If you are highly agreeable, then you organize your life in ways to make sure that the people around you are happy and that they feel warmly toward you. If you are not that agreeable, then you don't really care much about how the people around you feel about you.

    Now, you

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  • cup of coffeecup of coffeeBy Kristen Fischer


    It seems most people need a jolt from java in the morning (and maybe a few more boosts later in the day), but for some, that regular hankering can actually be Caffeine Use Disorder (CUD). The World Health Organization recognizes CUD, as they do other drug dependencies-not that you've necessarily heard of CUD before. So how do you know if you have it? That's what Laura Juliano, PhD, a psychology professor at American University, set out to determine when she teamed up with colleagues to specify CUD's symptoms and causes in a review just published in the Journal of Caffeine Research. Photo by Jonny Valiant; Prop styling by Marina Malchin.


    Related: Discover 8 calming foods that ease stress.


    Not surprisingly, CUD symptoms include a strong urge for caffeine, an increasing tolerance to it and trouble regulating how much of it you have. "The negative effects of caffeine are often not recognized because it's a socially acceptable and widely consumed drug Read More »from Do You Have Caffeine Use Disorder–or Do You Just Love Coffee?
  • by Lexi Petronis

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital Studio
    When it comes to toothpaste flavors, I have to admit: I'm a fan of the classics. (The bubble-gum-flavored stuff the dentist uses sometimes? Er, no, thanks.)

    See more: 11 Dating Don'ts You Should Stop Doing Now

    But that must not be true of everyone, because Crest is launching Be Adventurous next week, which is a variety of--well, adventurously flavored toothpastes: lime spearmint, vanilla, and mint chocolate.

    See more:
    10 Beauty Tricks That Make Guys Melt

    According to Procter & Gamble, the company behind Crest, the toothpastes still offer the "foundational benefits needed for oral health including cavity protection, cleaning, fresh breath, and whitening"--despite their less-than-usual flavoring. The toothpaste doesn't actually contain chocolate--it relies on sodium fluoride and flavoring--although some dentists say that certain components of chocolate (like cocoa butter) could actually help coat your teeth and keep plaque from sticking to them.

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  • Alexa Miller/FITNESS MagazineAlexa Miller/FITNESS MagazineBy Claudia Lebenthal

    There are two types of expert skier: those who ski on the trails and those who ski off them. You could argue whether the latter are the more skilled, but there's no doubt that they are the more extreme. When I was growing up in New York City, family vacations to the resorts in New England consisted of sticking to the mountain trails. Venturing "off piste," or skiing backcountry, which is so popular now, was not something that ever occurred to us to do.

    Related: How to Winterize Your Run

    I've since become one of those skiers who ride the back side of the mountain, where the double black diamond trails are often unmarked and it's "proceed at your own risk." I graduated from tackling the tamer mountains in the East to skiing in the Rockies, picking up skills and savvy from resident pros along the way. My safety net is that I always go with a guide or locals who know the mountain, the conditions, where to ski, and where not to. Or at least it was until

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