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    I went for a mile jog on Tuesday.  Back when I was a single gal, in my early 20s, I took it upon myself to start running.  I was newly 21, weak and 'skinny-fat' and recovering from a few years of what might be defined as a 'risky lifestyle' (boyfriend with questionable business associates, depression, and self destruction -- maybe I'll share more about that some other time).  

    I was trying my best to keep myself together, working several jobs and living in a 1930's garage apartment behind a cat lady quilter. She made some seriously amazing artful quilts, that lady.  Like a silhouette of that famous John Travolta Saturday Night Fever arm shooting into the air pose in brightly colored contrasting printed fabrics, or even better -- the one she called "Cleopatra Drinks Tea," which was a scene of cats having a tea party, one of them donning a Cleopatra head piece.

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    I feel like I’ve been on auto-pilot most of my life as a mom. I’ve had things so meticulously scheduled that I could get a boy to his baseball practice and his sister to her tutor, in opposite directions, within minutes of each other. I’ve had a chicken breast baking in the oven while watching a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ceremony at school. I’ve juggled jobs and sports and homework and done it all while trying to be the best mother and wife I can be. I’ve done okay, I know I have, but along the way, I haven’t always taken as good care of myself as I should have.

    My structured little life was full of way too much stress. I hate to admit that simply spinning around in circles or rushing from activity to activity would wreak havoc in my heart. That it would make my pulse pound faster than my spinning head and that maybe, just maybe, I should take a break.

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    I have a little confession to make, since I'm (mostly) all about keeping it real up in here. You see, I really, really love food. Like, ridiculously love food. You know the saying, "some people eat to live and others live to eat"? I don't even understand that first group. People that say they're so busy they forgot to eat? They might as well be speaking Greek. Mmmm, Greek yogurt. Wait, what?

    Anyway, not only do I love to eat, but I'm a stress eater. This one time in college, a friend said she always got really skinny after a breakup, because she couldn't eat when she was sad. I was all -- but, but, but ... ice cream!

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    Biggest Loser host, longtime (soon to be former) Days of Our Lives star, and mom of two Alison Sweeney knows firsthand how hard it can be to juggle all of her everyday commitments and lead a healthy lifestyle. That's just one of the major reasons she recently partnered with Aetna as a spokesperson for their "What's Your Healthy?" survey, which looked at 1,800 responses from adults aged 25 to 64. While many of the findings point to info we've heard time and again, others were definitely surprising and shed light on how we can all lead more fit, fulfilling lives.

    Ali recently took a time-out from her busy schedule to chat with us about her take on the survey and share a few inspiring tips for her fellow moms and anyone aiming to be healthier ...

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    Mita Diran was a baby -- just 24 -- when she slipped into a coma this week and died, shortly after spending days awake and relying on something called Thai Red Bull just so she could work more. The Indonesian woman was a copywriter at a major ad agency in her country and proudly Tweeted about her commitment to work in the days and weeks leading up to her death. Her last Tweet, which she sent on December 14, read: "30 hours of working and still going strooong." Hers is the story of a sad, terrible waste of a young, talented life.

    But Mita's work habits are probably not that far off from many of our own. And this heartbreaking story should serve as a wake-up call for some of us.

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    This family better not expect anything other than coal this Christmas. There are many things people argue about during the holidays: who cooks, who visits, what kind of gifts to give. But this may be a first. Three relatives in South Carolina got into a brawl for the most ridiculous reason imaginable: the Christmas tree.

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    It’s that time of year again, when the holiday decorations are up, and suddenly it’s all holidays, all the time, in stores and on TV.

    Everywhere you turn, it’s trees, and lights, and gifts, and STRESS. I love the holidays -- I really do. That doesn’t mean they’re not stressful, though. And this year, with Hanukkah earlier than usual, and Thanksgiving falling late in the month, bringing it that much closer to Christmas, it feels like all the holidays are combining into one big stress ball.

    I’m not going to tell you that you need to get up at 5 a.m. every morning to make sure your workout happens during the holidays ... but I am going to suggest trying a few workouts specifically aimed at making you less stressed out this holiday season.

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    It wasn't until 40-year-old ABC News correspondent Amy Robach did a mammogram on-air at the request of her producer for a segment on Good Morning America that she initially found out she had breast cancer. Afterward, doctors told her "that mammogram just saved your life," Robach wrote in her essay about her diagnosis. She now says she can't wait to get back to work following her double mastectomy, though she still has more cancer treatments ahead of her.

    Robach's is an amazing story, the kind that gives most of us pause and reminds us how important it is to be on top of regular screenings. It's a true testament to the power of mammography. Most of us agree with Amy's hope that her experience will "inspire every woman who hears it to get a mammogram, to take a self-exam. No excuses. It is the difference between life and death."

    But to some, women like Amy Robach who sing mammography's praises are sending the wrong message.

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    Duck Dynasty is one of my favorite shows on TV, not just because it’s hysterical, or because it shares Christian and family values, but because I love that these self-described rednecks stay true to themselves despite the fame and fortune that’s come their way. Remember when they snuck into the country club to go frogging? Awesome.

    Anyway, it’s apparently been tougher for some of them than others -- Reed Robertson, the teenage son of Jase and Missy, recently admitted that the pressure of being on the hit show got to him, and he even had suicidal thoughts

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    I can't even imagine what it would feel like to be a mom who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and wants nothing more than to spend every minute I can hugging, hanging out with, and enjoying the company of my young child. And if I were the young child in this situation, I would want to attach myself to my mom's leg and never let go. 

    So it's insanely disturbing to discover that Kerri Mascareno, a mom from New Mexico who is battling stage 4 breast cancer, has reportedly been told by her daughter's elementary school to keep far away because the smell from her chemotherapy pills is overwhelming and offensive. 

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