Has Tough-Love Therapy Gone Too Far?

It’s no secret that we’re a society of tough-love advocates. Simply turn on the TV, and any self-help series has at least one critical, blunt caregiver or role model trying to motivate participants wanting to change for the better. Each week, we can watch Dr. Phil, “The Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels, Simon Cowell, and countless others offer no-nonsense opinions and advice that often incite anger, frustration, and crying jags before they inspire change. Keep reading »

10 Famous Former “Fatties”

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Former “American Idol” finalist, Adam Lambert, kissed a man onstage at the American Music Awards. While I’m fine with a little spicy guy-on-guy sprinkled over my award show, Adam keeps feeling the need to justify his performance. His newest defense? That he’s a former fattie and his racy show was part of him compensating for his old image issues. “I suffered from a little bit of an ugly-duckling complex in my early 20s,” Adam told a radio DJ. “When I was in high school I was 250 pounds and that creates some stuff, some confidence issues. And I got a lot of my confidence from the validation I get as a performer.” [CNN]

If his controversial performance was just a case of Adam feeling his new body, how are other once-overweight people feeling theirs? After the jump, a look at some of the most fabulous former fatties of note.

UPDATE: We’ve added quotes around the word “fatties” in the title of this post — which we should have done to begin with — to indicate that this is a roundup of celebrities talking about their weight loss and that the title was meant to be sarcastic. As many of you — and our text — have pointed out, most of these people were never actually very overweight. No offense was ever intended with the title.

How To Answer The Dreaded Small Talk Question “What’s New?”

I dread making small talk whenever I’m forced to socialize with people other than my closest friends. And while it’s annoying to have to explain to your uncle what you do for a living (one of mine doesn’t exactly get “blogging” as a career), the worst question to be asked is: “What’s new with you?”

Where do you even begin with a conversation starter such as this? If you don’t see the asker on a regular basis, they probably don’t care about the day-to-day activities that you’ve been up to, just the big, major, life-changing stuff. Only how many of us actually have big, major life-changing stuff to relay every six months or so?

I don’t want you to be stuck the way I did an acquaintance’s gathering a couple weeks ago. When someone asked me the dreaded question, I said, “Hmm … I can’t really think of anything” and felt like the most boring person on earth. After the jump, tips for preparing your answer. Keep reading »

10 Items Of His We’d Like To Toss

Recently, the girlfriend of men’s nightmares took a golf club to her boyfriend’s Xbox 360, simply because he wasn’t showing her enough attention. A small (OK, a large) part of us gave a mental fist pump. After all, we know what it’s like to be overshadowed by our man’s favorite toys. The other part of us wanted to tell this guy to get a restraining order. Still, it’s fun to daydream about what we’d demolish, if only we weren’t afraid of incurring psycho status. And so, here are the top 10 items of his we wish we could toss out the window:
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Weekend DIY Project: 12 Holiday Wreaths

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DIY Yokoo Soopa Pompom Wreath [Urban Outfitters]

Wreaths are such a chic and simple way to decorate your home for the holidays, but they can cost an arm and a leg. So, instead of rounding up wreaths for sale, we scoured the internet for some that you can make yourself. Pick one of these 12 styles, pop by Jo-Ann Fabrics to pick up the materials, put on your favorite holiday movie, and create!

Poll: Would You Pray More At “Hip” House Of Worship, Like A Bar?

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Frisky Friday Roundup: What Did The Cool Kids Read This Week?

What had the cool girls muffling their laughter in the cubicle this week? These were the most popular stories of the week on The Frisky:

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Quickies: Amanda Knox Convicted Of Murder

  • Amanda Knox was found guilty of murder in a decision rendered this evening by an Italian jury, after months of testimony. The 22-year-old was charged with the murder and sexual assault of Meredith Kercher, her roommate, in 2007, while the two were both on a study abroad program. Knox’s boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also charged and convicted. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison. She’s maintained her innocence and her family says her lawyers plan to appeal. Read more more of our impressions about this bizarre case here. [Seattle Times]
  • What does Tiger’s rumored mistress Rachel Uchitel have to do with 9/11? [N.Y. Daily News]
  • Meanwhile, a physics guide gets a sales boost after being photographed in Tiger’s damaged car. [Wall Street Journal]

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Today’s Lady News: Mom Gives Birth In An Airplane!

  • A kick-ass new mommy gave birth today at 30,000 feet! The mother went into labor on a flight between Chicago and Salt Lake City and a doctor on board helped with delivery before the plane made an emergency landing in Denver. Congratulations! [MSNBC]
  • Dr. LeRoy Carhart has started again performing late-term abortions (up to 24 weeks/six months) at his Omaha clinic after the May murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-abortion extremist. In Nebraska, abortions after a fetus is viable outside the womb are illegal, except to save the life of the mother. Still, Carhart has become a new focus of abortion opponents. “[Protesters] have never targeted me more,” Carhart said. “But to me, the most dangerous response would be for me to stop what I am doing. The thought that killing Tiller might also succeed in closing another clinic—that’s my main reason for keeping open.” [New York Times]
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