When I was in my early 20s at my first real job in Atlanta, my coworkers used to compliment me on my sense of style. I made a real effort to keep up with the latest trends, and I prided myself on being one of the most put-together people in my office. After I got…

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The other morning, I was packing the girls’ lunches. I was putting some Milano cookies in a snack bag when everyone started melting down. One of them couldn’t find the shirt she wanted to wear, and the other didn’t like the ponytail I had just done. People were crying and whining and freaking out —…

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Don’t do it. You do not need those cookies. They’re not even that good. [Eats cookies.] Why did I just do that? What is the matter with me? Why do I always do this? Sound familiar?

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It’s really easy to fall into the trap of making excuses. No one likes to admit it, but we all do it. And this is especially true when it comes to our health. The two biggest excuses we give when we choose not to do what’s best for ourselves (and, yes, it’s a choice) are…

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