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Voluma, the next fountain of youth?

Voluma, the next fountain of youth? 5.00/5 1 vote

Does the fountain of youth really exist? It could be that it may come in a little syringe of Voluma.  It is difficult to be a woman over the age of forty, since society and the media tend to focus on youth.  Women are always judged more harshly when it comes to appearance. Throw in the fact that you may be in the public eye frequently as I am. I, like every other woman in the world am looking to find the secret to looking and feeling good in ways that are not too expensive and or too extreme.

womanwithneedleHaving gone under the knife due to extreme skin cancer, I am not one who would elect to go under again after my last surgery. However, I am looking for new procedures that require no down time and will not require a second mortgage on my house.

We have all heard about the liquid facelift, but I wanted to find out more. Recently Allergan, the manufacturers of Juvederm and Botox, has created a new product called Voluma. Voluma is used for volume replacement and restoration. As we get older our face begins to hollow and flatten, but with Voluma the skin is plumped up and its fullness is restored. Voluma is a safe biodegradable gel that is meant to lift the cheeks and muscles so that the skin drapes more beautifully, reducing the look of sagging skin.  Voluma has been approved by the FDA and has been reported to last for up to two years, according to its manufacturers.

Looking your best is a full-time job these days, and I am excited to see that there are so many alternatives to plastic surgery. I should also mention that while plastic surgery does tighten the skin, it doesn’t create fullness or volume. So you would need to add a filler such as Voluma anyway. So why not just start there and figure out if you still need plastic surgery.

An Advocate for the Gift of Life

An Advocate for the Gift of Life 5.00/5 9 votes

April is National Donate Life Month. Have you ever considered a living organ donation? I had not…until one day, I did. By far, it was one of the top five best decisions I’ve ever made. What started out as a nudge—and later what I felt was a calling—became one of the biggest blessings of my life.

Here’s the thing that may surprise you. According to the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), there are over 77,000 people today waiting for a transplant of either a kidney or a liver, both of which are possible with living donations. Many of the recipients will wait up to three years for a transplant. With living donation, as opposed to post-mortem donation, the wait time is shortened and the recipient can enjoy a better quality of life sooner.

Mother and Daughter Holding a Bouquet of FlowersPersonally, I had never really thought about organ donation other than checking that box on my driver’s license. However, one day in January 2013, an email came out from the Cave Creek Unified School District, where we live and where our two children attend school. Our elementary-school principal, Nancy Shaver, had polycystic kidney disease and needed a kidney. Polycystic kidney disease is hereditary at a 50/50 rate. Nancy’s two children and two siblings were tested for the disease and fortunately, all were in the clear. However, they were also tested as potential donor matches and unfortunately, none was a match. This was when I felt the first nudge.

It’s important to note that Nancy and I were not close at the time. We knew each other, as she was the principal of Lone Mountain Elementary School where my kids attended. She knew more about me, having known my kids through school, but I knew very little about her.

I called Nancy’s assistant and found out that the response from the community had been overwhelming. There were lots of people who had called inquiring about being a donor and this list of non-family members was long. Insurance companies usually test potential donors one at a time, so the waiting time can be considerable. At this point, Nancy was concerned about the progressive nature of the disease and was staying off of dialysis through diet, exercise and medication. But eventually her kidneys would fail and she would need a new kidney.

Fast forward to May, when I found out a donor had not yet been found. I just knew – I was going to be her donor.

I contacted Mayo Clinic and learned about the steps to becoming a donor. First, I went through a medical-history interview via phone. Mayo told me that me being tested to be a donor would include a battery of different tests, all of which would take place between the two Mayo Arizona campuses and would include blood tests for tissue typing and cross-matching, an EKG, radiologic testing, cancer screening, a psychological testing and a gynecological exam. Normally, you can complete these tests in about three days. However due to my work schedule, I completed them over the next couple of weeks. Easy. And the care from the medical staff and administrators at Mayo? Exceptional.

Male Doctor Talking with PatientOnce all tests have been completed, the case goes to committee. There are two teams in this process: the donor’s team and the recipient’s team. My donor team included a patient advocate, social worker, case management nurse, nephrologist and the surgeon. Around September 3, 2013, I found out that I was medically cleared to be Nancy’s kidney donor. This meant that based on my test results and from my team’s perspective, I was a good match for Nancy. I wasn’t surprised. I was excited.

One interesting thing to note – the two teams (donor and recipient) are kept completely separate. As a donor, you can change your mind at any time, and the recipient would never know whether you changed your mind or were simply not a match. The recipient doesn’t know what stage of the testing process you are in, unless you share that info. So at any time, if something came up and I decided that this was not a good decision for me, the recipient would just know that we were not a match. For us, my recipient knew all along what stage I was at in the process because I shared that with her.

Nancy and I decided on a date of Jan. 7, 2014, with the understanding that if it became medically necessary for her health, we would go sooner. I would have to take a month off from work, while Nancy would be at home for about eight weeks…hard for both of us, as we both love our jobs and don’t do well at sitting still.

The surgery went great. I recovered in the hospital for one night, and Nancy stayed two. That’s pretty amazing considering I lost an organ and Nancy gained one! My recovery was smooth and I had a little pain and discomfort the first week, but was mostly just tired. The doctors insisted that I take walks every day to speed recovery. And I ate when I had the appetite. I hate pills, so I weaned myself from the pain pills as soon as I could. Emotionally, I was on a high.doctordiscussion

Nancy also did very well right after surgery. Around five weeks post-transplant, she encountered some problems when her body developed antibodies against the new organ. This required several treatments called plasmapheresis, which means basically cleaning the antibodies from her blood, at Mayo for two weeks.

Building up antibodies to a new organ and the body wanting to reject is perfectly normal. Of course, we don’t want it to happen, but it’s a normal occurrence. Still it was difficult for both of us. It was hard for Nancy to have to go to Mayo everyday and go through the tedious, but not usually painful treatments and hard for me to wish there was something more I could do for her, but knowing that I just had to wait it out.

Both Nancy and I are relatively private people, despite her prominent role as a principal in our small town of Cave Creek. We both kept the upcoming surgery quiet for the most part, but word eventually got out. The transplant garnered a lot of attention. We were both overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from the community and the school district. Notes, flowers, gift cards for dinners and handmade cards from entire classes at the elementary school poured in for both of us. A school song was even written especially for Nancy. Social media blew up with all the well-wishers. It was truly humbling and amazing.

Ten weeks post transplant, Nancy’s new kidney is doing great. She is back at work, doing all things principal and loving every second. We have formed a crazy bond, which is hard to put into words. We were acquaintances at one time. Now, she is my family. She walks around with a new organ in her body, which is giving her strength and health. I’ve returned to a normal life working, working out and not missing a bit that little organ – I’m right back to my old self.

Girl Holding PlantLiving kidney donation provides immediate positive results for the recipient: the new kidney usually begins to remove toxins from the recipient’s body within hours, and recovery time is shorter, compared to a post-mortem transplant. Also, many of the side effects of kidney failure reverse or slow. It is a joy to have watched the glow come back to Nancy’s face and to hear the energy and laughter in her voice. She is back to doing what she loves to do.

What’s more, the entire experience has changed me. The decision I made was a no-brainer; there was a need that I knew I could meet. I had the faith to know all would go well, the health to recover quickly and the hope that my recipient would be just fine. It made me realize just how important it is to give to others in this life. Life is a journey, and we are called to be our best selves and love our neighbors.

Organ donation allows you to give the gift of health and a new life to someone else in this world. You will forever change their lives, the entire experience will forever change your life, and you will carry the joy of serving another person forever in your heart. If you’re ever lucky enough to be a donor match…just do it. I did, and have not regretted it for a second.

I’m sure that my recipient feels like she was the one blessed, but really, I feel like the winner.

Kati is the patient coordinator for Dr. Rick Brown.

How Healthy Is Your Golden, Bronzed Skin?

How Healthy Is Your Golden, Bronzed Skin? 5.00/5 4 votes

Just in time for summer, self-tanner Sexy Stems actually delivers what it promises! Finally, there is an organic firming self-tanner with anti-cellulite properties that doesn’t dry your skin out or have an odor.

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As a skin cancer survivor, I must be careful with not only the sun, but also with cosmetics. Many of the cosmetics currently on the market, such as self-tanners, are filled with unhealthy carcinogens. At last, my life long quest for a healthy bronzed glow is finally over.

I am usually very enthusiastic when it comes to trying new organic skincare products, but I must admit I was afraid to get my hopes up when it came to an organic self-tanner. I have spent hundreds of dollars on a drawer full of empty promises. I thought that my white pasty legs were just going to have to be something that I would have to learn to live with. Hollywood has always portrayed sexy women as tall, tanned and blonde running on the beach. Meanwhile, here I am short in stature and with white pasty legs.

I have never been a tannorexic… and my claustrophobia would prohibit me from ever slipping into one of those cancer-causing tanning beds.  I am also one who burns and freckles easily, so what is the point? I have tried every spray-on tan or self-tanner on the market without any success up until now.  The problem for me has always been the overpowering odor caused or the unpredictable skin color.  I was ecstatic to find out that Sexy Stems delivers a beautiful tan without the horrible scent that is always associated with self-tanners.

Being on camera and always in the public eye has been a bit tough for me with my white pasty legs, but now I don’t have to worry about that anymore. I am also thrilled to let you know that in addition to the great tan that has lasted for five days without a reapplication also contains generous amounts of caffeine and green tea which tightens skin and reduces the look of cellulite.

Summer is just around the corner, so why not place your order for a tube right now to get you ready for the beach.  You can find out more about Sexy Stems at www.shopsexystems.com.

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona Hosts Arts Workshop and Community Event

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona Hosts Arts Workshop and Community Event 5.00/5 1 vote

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona (UCP), in a unique collaboration with ArizonaTechnology Access Program and Ryan’s House, have joined forces to offer a distinctive workshop and community event on ucp_logo_taglineSunday, March 29 at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona. The events will teach others how to engage children and adults with disabilities in art and the creative process.

Through Zot Artz, a library of adapted approaches, educators from various fields will have the rare opportunity to learn and explore growth through the creative process.  The course and all of the provided equipment is designed so that participants with limited movement or motor skills can be successful at their own level of ability, creating original works of art. The art activities that are taught foster social interaction, self-esteem and natural inclusion since the program nurtures the ability for children and adults to work at their own level of ability.

This special workshop has limited space, and although it is targeted to help occupational, physical, recreational and art therapists, parents and family members of the disabilities community, are also encouraged to sign up and participate.  The program is also perfectly designed for art teachers, special education teachers, social services agencies and speech language pathologists who would like to learn more. The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..

The total cost is $25 dollars, which will be waived if you stay and volunteer for the community event following the workshop from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The community event will help participants to apply the skills learned from the workshop by having the opportunity to work directly with the children and adults who come to the event to participate in the Artz without Limits. Workshop participants will gain firsthand knowledge and experience of using Zot Artz adaptive art equipment, making large and small works of art.  Please join in this opportunity to foster relationships with agencies in the greater community.

For more information, or to register, go to http://aztap.org/at-education/trainings/.

Rules for Eating: Minimizing Portions – Turn the Elephant in the Room into a Mouse

Rules for Eating: Minimizing Portions – Turn the Elephant in the Room into a Mouse 5.00/5 1 vote

The previous rules for eating have addressed the QUALITY of the food you eat, which is of primary importance, but now let’s take a look at QUANTITY. I would hope at this point that everyone knows that small meals regularly throughout the day are the key to sustained weight loss and maintenance.  Study after study has proven that the metabolism is happiest when the digestive system gets nourishment every three to four hours.  Notice I said nourishment, not food.  There is a lot of “food” out there that is toxic and of no nutritional value.  It will be immediately stored as fat.  (See previous articles in this series)womenlookingatpalm

Hold out your hand in front of you, palm up… now say hello to your new best diet buddy. It beats counting calories and weighing food on a scale. Why? Because it’s yours, that’s why.

See your palm? That’s how much meat stacked an inch high you get to have for one meal. Now spread out your fingers, your whole hand represents a great estimate for the size of your salad. Add as many veggies on top as you can.  Oh yeah, add another palm full of veggies for good measure.

Portion control doesn’t have to involve calories. If you are a numbers person, by all means count away. For most folks it’s a pain and confusing, and no one has time for that. Have you ever measured your food or used a scale to weigh it? Unless you are a fitness competitor, there is no reason to get that analytical. Food is your friend. Eat it, don’t measure it. Eyeball the appropriate size based on your hand, save the rest for leftovers. It works!

This is going to take some adjustment for some of you. Its OK to gasp in horror at how much smaller your hand is than your meal. Trust me, it takes a little getting used to. Picture your 10 oz. steak. Now look at the palm of your hand. Ouch. Therein lies the key to the obesity epidemic in our country.

The bottom line is that your body can only handle processing so much food at one time.  It is individual for all of us, which is why the hand is so…well…handy!

Other considerations to take when determining portion size for you:

foodscale1. Don’t use the calories burned during a workout to justify how much food you then get to consume.  The body doesn’t work like that and it is a game you will never win.  If you are looking to lose weight, replenish with good quality protein and carbohydrate within 45 minutes of a workout.  Use your hand as your guide.  That’s it.  You are replenished and anything extra later on that day will not be used for recovery.  (Warning: high endurance or intense strength athletes need more.)

2. There is such thing as too much of a good thing.  I can keep up with a 200+ pound guy eating sushi, a relatively healthy choice, right? Yep, until appetizer and six different types of rolls were demolished.  Just because it is healthy, doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want.

3. Check labels and stay within portion sizes. It is easy to get carried away with a bag of chips designed for 3 people. We have all done it. Read what the actual portion size is, remove it from the box or bag, put it back where you found it and eat what is on your plate. Still hungry? Of course, because it probably contained no protein and very little fiber, choose wisely and eat one serving at a time.

4. Slow down and give your body a chance to keep up.  Sometimes our eyes are much bigger than our stomach and we are conditioned to think in a certain way about quantities.  Stick to the serving suggestions and eat slow enough to let the body have a chance to signal fullness to the brain.  Once you change your perception of how much is “normal,” the stomach follows.

5. Use smaller plates, bowls, cups, and spoons.  We are very visual and if the plate looks empty, we will immediately feel deprived. If the plate looks full, we perceive abundance. The coffee cup is the perfect example.  Some of the coffee cups in my house hold 2.5 cups of coffee. Be aware of what you are using to eat with and off of.

True weight loss and maintenance is math and science. It is also an art. Finding what works for you takes trial and error, and lots of practice. No one is perfect all the time, but following the rules guarantees long-term success. Get to know your body, and its response to food choices and quantities. Your meal plans and serving sizes shouldn’t look like anyone else’s, because at the end of the day, you are one very special person. Cheers!

Jerny Rieves, cscs, pes, ces, health education - health educator - Scottsdale

Women THRIVE@55

Women THRIVE@55 5.00/5 2 votes

A new movement has begun… THRIVE@55… and it is hitting the jugular of many women in our community with its message of hope and inspiration.

THRIVE55THRIVE@55 as a new set point in life… and it’s not an age, it’s a lifestyle. With our energy, wisdom, and experience we may live to be 100…so what will define our next chapter?

By living longer and happier lives than those who came before us, Thrivers are setting a new standard as a vital force in our world today.

THRIVERS are pioneers! We are defying the myth that women in their fifties are done, have nothing left to do and are ready to retire. We are beautiful, moving, & successful, We lead, we cry, we love, and  life is better than ever!

 American women over fifty are the healthiest, wealthiest, and most active generation of women in history. Today, we invite different choices and welcome a myriad of infinite possibilities. Each of us is a role model for each other. We passionately claim our authenticity and full-out self expression! We optimize our life.

The 1st Annual Thrive@55 Conference will be held May 5, 2014 at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ.  This one day event will be THRIVING with stories, innovations and information, all designed to vitalize your life, presented by notable women in the Phoenix community.  Each attendee will receive a Hardbound commemorative book featuring fifteen compelling women including Lin Sue Cooney, Deborah Bateman, Sharon Lechter, Felecia Rotellini, Gladys McGary and many more.

A portion ticket sales benefits the non-profit: Experience Matters!

Making Yourself Over for Your Next Career- Putting Your Best Face Forward

Making Yourself Over for Your Next Career- Putting Your Best Face Forward 5.00/5 2 votes

Annette_Loertscher_contactDr.-Rick-BrownSmartFem’s fashion and beauty expert Annette Loertscher gives tips on how to make the best first impression when interviewing for a new job. She meets with SmartFem expert Dr. Brown to get his input on non-surgical options to look your best for your next career.

 

When we are little, we dream big. We dream of what we want to do when we grow up, who we will be, and where we will live. Then we grow up, find a job and sometimes find out that what we thought we wanted to be or do just isn’t cutting it. What do you do if you are seeking change in your professional life?

career makeoverChanging careers takes focus, commitment and most of all, courage. You will evolve inside and out and will likely find yourself stepping out of your more familiar comfort zone. But, there are other steps that you can take to prepare yourself for this transition: you can take assessment tests to determine your talents and the jobs that fit them, do research in your chosen industry, network and create a perfect resume, and then there are the changes you should make to put your best face forward (literally).

This is the perfect time to refresh and polish your image. So what is a 30-, 40- or 50-something to do?

A great place to start is by working with a professional who has experience helping people reinvent themselves. Hire an image consultant or personal shopper. Invest in a professional makeup lesson. A newer current hairstyle or color will give you that polished, professional look. Annette Loertscher, owner of ALL Transformations, adds, “You have 7 seconds to make your initial impression on a potential employer…you had better make sure you are at your absolute best.”

Dr. Richard Joseph Brown “Dr. Rick”  is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving the Phoenix, AZ area with practices located in Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as Sun City West.  Dr. Rick is an expert in the field of plastic surgery and frequently contributes to SmartFem.

Your first step should be to brighten and tighten. You can’t paint on a canvas that has cracked and peeling paint, right? Taking care you your skin, the largest organ in the body, is vital to your overall appearance. Having a facial and peel is a great start to prime the face. Photo facials can address sun damage, and peels and glycolic acids can help with fine lines. Don’t forget your hands, which show age as much as our faces.

womanbotoxThere are many non-surgical options that can help you look more refreshed including Botox and fillers for lines and hollowness. A good plastic surgeon should be able to recommend non-surgical interventions and the best treatments to address specific skin concerns.

Adding more volume to the face is key for a more youthful look,” says Dr. Richard J. Brown, a Scottsdale plastic and reconstructive surgeon. “I prefer to take a more subtle approach, maybe by adding some fullness to the cheeks and around the lip area, without giving you that pouty look. When done right, it can give you a refreshed appearance.”

Loertscher states how important it is to call the HR department of the company you are interviewing with and find out their dress code and then to dress appropriately – wear a professional suit, sensible heels, if you wear a skirt you must wear hose (nude or natural color), carry a briefcase…ditch the purse and of course, turn your cell phone off, or better yet, leave it in your car during the interview to avoid the distraction. Most importantly…exude self-confidence.

Putting your best face forward will project confidence, a great attitude and professionalism. For more great tips on making your career transition a success, visit alltransformations.com.

Jerny Rieves’ Rules for Eating: #7 Clean Burning Fuel Leaves No Residue

Jerny Rieves’ Rules for Eating: #7 Clean Burning Fuel Leaves No Residue 5.00/5 1 vote

Eat Clean.  You have heard it said, and read an article or two, but what does that mean?  To many it seems like there is no room for fun, however if you are serious about changing your body from the inside out, your food choices at each meal are the key.

When a person ingests food, the body immediately begins a cascade of chemical reactions designed to break down the food (or food-like substance) into nutrients that can be absorbed and utilized by the body to nourish and repair each cell in the body.  The human body fights to stay in a chemical balance called homeostasis at all times.  Each time a cell dies, it needs to be eliminated quickly and replaced with a new one.  It happens all day long, every moment of your life, and your nutrition plays almost 100 percent at how effectively the cells can regenerate.

Check out Jerny’s previous Rules For Eating articles here:

Rule #1, Rule #2Rule #3Rule #4Rule #5Rule #6.

Quick fact: When cells die faster than they are repaired, it is called “aging.”  In addition, dead cells oxidate and create toxic byproducts that need to be eliminated immediately. They are sent through the blood stream, where they can attach to other dead cells and create an ugly buildup and actually become rancid (acidic).  This is why the pH levels of the blood are so vital in health and disease prevention!  Metabolic acidosis is the number one cause of all lifestyle related disease and cancer.

So where does diet come in?  Anything that your body has no use for (that does not nourish or provide energy) must be eliminated quickly.  If it cannot be eliminated right away, it will be stored in the fat cells.  As we age, we build up more and more fat to protect us from the toxins, and our fat does a wonderful job as a safe harbor for all the junk we ingest.  The more ‘food like’ substances with little or no nutritional value that we take in, the more likely we are to be carrying around extra pounds.  Even if it seems like you don’t eat a lot.

7witihinEating clean burning fuels, full of nutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals provide our bodies with the tools necessary to “clean up” the garbage and eliminate it safely.  Healthy forms of protein provide our cells with what they need to repair and replace what has been damaged and lost.  Adaptogens, anti-oxidants, trace minerals, and vitamins (in the correct forms and amounts), keep our systems functioning at optimal levels, balance our blood pH, and strengthen our immune systems.  Clean, whole, organic, nutrient dense foods should be our primary source of nutrition at each meal.  That way, when we do indulge in toxic laden treats, our bodies will be able to cope and adapt quickly to the stress response, and keep our bodies in the beautiful, harmonious balance they were designed to be in.

Your clean fuel list includes:

  • Organic cheese, eggs, and meat that has been raised cage free whenever possible.
  • Organic, locally grown, fresh fruits and veggies.  Substitute frozen or freeze your own when necessary.
  • Nuts and nut butters from reputable sources
  • Fish that is wild caught only (if it says farmed, put it back!)
  • Whole grains, brown rice, sweet potatoes as primary carbohydrate sources.  If you have a gluten sensitivity, rice and sweet potatoes are your best bet
  • Nutritional supplements from companies that are GMO, gluten, soy free, and pure organic certified.
  • Organic wine as your alcohol choice.  In moderation of course!

Yes, you will pay more at the grocery store,  but if you add up the cost of prescription medications, and healthcare insurance premiums and deductibles, it becomes quite clear that you are the economic winner over a lifetime.

 

Jerny Rieves, cscs, pes, ces, health education - health educator - Scottsdale

 

Finding Happiness NOT Through Food

Finding Happiness NOT Through Food 5.00/5 2 votes

Attention all food addicts: you are not alone!

Cheese PizzaAll my life I have had a food problem and as I got older it morphed into a weight problem. A good amount of my family has a terrible relationship with food, whether it be they cannot get enough of it or they don’t eat at all. I learned at a young age how to binge eat, but always thought it was normal since it was what my family did. I was active as a child and so none of it truly caught up with me until now. For almost two years I have been gaining over 100 pounds even after losing 100 pounds previously. Clearly, working out and eating right isn’t the only thing I need to do in order to be free of this disease. Emotions are hard for me because I spent most of my life observing others harbor them and so I figured food could be my therapist and fill my void.

 

I have always been an out-going person but once my addiction got the best of me, I found myself living on my couch in front of the television watching The Office marathons on Netflix every single day. I work two jobs and am a full-time student studying Education. The idea of standing in front of a classroom with young children and teaching them to become successful people became hypocritical to me. Finally, I did what most daughters hate to do, I listened to my mother. I decided to try O.A. (Overeaters Anonymous). I was energized and ready but that quickly died down. Months later I was in an even worse place and the heaviest weight I have ever been. I decided to give O.A. another shot. I found out about a winter retreat that was being held here in Arizona and I knew this was my last chance since diets and therapists haven’t worked for me. I went. I saw. I fell in love with everyone! I have never felt so at peace and it was incredible to be surrounded by people who had the same problem as I do! My whole life I have felt like an outsider or misfit, especially when in company of my family. This amazing group of people helped me. I found a sponsor and for weeks now I haven’t binged (as opposed to my daily binges for two years) nor do I want to. I feel more confident and I truly don’t miss my couch days. The greatest part of all is the fellowship.

peopleA week before my O.A. retreat I never received calls from people unless it were my mother. Days after the retreat I was receiving text messages and calls from tons of people! I have never felt so loved and every day I am a step closer to loving and accepting myself. I may have two jobs and go to school but there is no excuse for not making time for myself.

So, here it is food addicts who have yet to find their niche. I’m not saying this is a happy ending because my journey has just started, but this is a happy ending to those couch days. Put down the donut and join me! Let’s fight this together and show ourselves how strong we truly are!

Overeaters Anonymous has changed so many lives, don’t be afraid to let it change yours.

 

 

Sincerely,

A recovering food addict

Music’s Biggest Night: Grammys 2014 Red Carpet

Music’s Biggest Night: Grammys 2014 Red Carpet 5.00/5 2 votes

The 2014 Grammy Awards was a night for the year’s biggest music stars to come together in celebration of song. Nominees for categories such as Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and more arrived at Staples Center hopeful to take home an award. In addition to honoring stand-out music, the Grammys are also a time to honor stand-out fashions seen on the red carpet. This year, we saw bright colors, dazzling gold and sheer looks that, like the winners of the infamous awards, will go down in history.

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Giuliana Rancic in Alex Perry

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Natasha Bedingfield in Christian Siriano

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Rather than continue to stand aside while the stars shine, Giuliana Rancic  opted for such a bright color at the Grammy Awards, there was no way she could be missed. The bold orange color choice paid off as the feminine Alex Perry gown flattered the television personality’s toned body, with a haltered neckline showing off her arms.

Singer Natasha Bedingfield showed up ready to compete with the red carpet as well, in a similar orange hue. Bedingfield paired her Christian Siriano caped dress with straight-across bangs and bangles to accessorize.

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Chrissy Teigen in Johanna Johnson

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Taylor Swift in Gucci Premiere

It wouldn’t be a proper red carpet without Taylor Swift showing up in a perfectly-fitted shiny metallic gown. The country star stuck to tradition at the 2014 Grammys, appearing on the red carpet in a golden Gucci Premiere floor-length gown with short sleeves. Swift later changed for her performance of “All Too Well” during the show, but remained with the golden theme.

Meanwhile, John Legend’s plus one, Chrissy Teigen, proved to us what a true “trophy wife” means in her stunning Johanna Johnson dress, complete with a revealing strapless neckline and slit that made her look simply statuesque. Despite the distractingly shiny hue of the gown, Teigen stood out on the red carpet.

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Beyoncé in Michael Costello

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Katy Perry in Valentino

Dresses that leave little to the imagination are surely not foreign to the red carpet, but the looks featured at the Grammys took a whole new take on an old trend. Beyoncé wowed in a Michael Costello gown, with pretty white lace showering the successful singer from head to toe. Her edgy blonde bob only added to the intriguingly sexy yet romantic look. But we already knew Beyoncé can pull off just about anything!

Katy Perry went for it on the carpet this year in a risky make-it-or-break-it look. Lucky for her, Perry was able to make the sheer Valentino gown work. The dress was made entirely of tulle, and the full skirt with sheet music printed on it paid tribute to what the night was all about. After all, who doesn’t love a good music-fashion mashup?

All photos courtesy of E! Online and Atlanta Blackstar

 

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