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Down to 99 pounds, I longed to reach zero

<i>The Essay is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at tgam.ca/essayguide.</i><p>I used to start my days with an egg white (17 calories) every morning.<p>Then, until 3 p.m., I would have nothing. Perhaps half a small apple (45 calories) if the hunger became …

Weight Loss

HuffPost Canada

How You Can Form Good Habits and Stick to Them

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Have you ever set out with the goal of actually sticking to a new behavior only to find yourself not doing it at all one week later? I know I have.<p>Why is it so hard to form good habits? Why is it so difficult to make consistent change? …

Motivation

Can You Really Learn a Skill in A Week? The Secrets Inside Tim Ferriss’ Insanely Fast Learning Strategy

Productivity guru Tim Ferriss eschews the idea the it takes months or years to learn a new skill. In his new TV show he proves it only takes a week (and the right mindset). Here, he explains how.<p><i>Tim Ferriss is best known for rethinking traditional working life–like by reducing the 40 hour workweek</i> …

Tim Ferriss

National Geographic Photo Contest 2013

National Geographic has once again opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on Saturday, November 30. One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the three categories, and the winning photographs will be published in National Geographic magazine. The …

16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

Dessert

Behind Closed Doors: Fascinating Photographs from the Book, Kitchen Portraits

Dutch photographer Erik Klein Wolterink explores the kitchens of multicultural Amsterdam in his book, Kitchens Portraits.<p><b>Dutch-Amsterdam Student Kitchen</b><p>Wolterink starts out by photographing each cupboard, drawer, and appliance, which takes anywhere from four to eight hours and results in 15 to 30 …

DIY Wreaths: Cool Accents For Doors & Walls

A new season is a golden opportunity to spruce up your surroundings with new decor. Thousands of DIYs, from furniture to small accents, focus on …

In the Kitchen: A Modern, Stylish Update to Pegboard

As a lover of both pegboards and Shaker style, I immediately pinned this picture when it popped up in my Pinterest feed. I love the natural, …

Stylish

Tilt Oak Ladder

If you’re in need of a unique storage solution and have some money to spare, the Tilt Oak Ladder by Jack Smith of SmithMatthias is available for …

Spices

MAGNETIC WALLPAPER BY GROOVY MAGNETS | THE STYLE FILES

At the Woonbeurs (Dutch home deco fair) I also spotted these very cool designs from Groovy Magnets. This Belgian label has created magnetic wallpaper …

10 Easy Pieces: Countertop Dish Drainers

When it comes to doing dishes, I’m a hand-washer through and through. While I admit that this isn’t entirely by choice (no dishwasher), for me, …

A Happy and Fun Home by Ann Pyne

Ann Pyne's design for her mother, Betty Sherrill.<p>Tour a happy and fun house designed by Ann Pyne of McMillen Inc. for her famous decorator mother, Betty Sherrill. Pyne updates the Southampton, New York house — formerly her brother's — by creating a glamorous bedroom and using bright, clear colors. …

Watch A 3-D Printer Make A Pizza

Just some dough, ketchup, and cream cheese. Classic pie.<p>This summer we heard about a 3-D printer for food developed with NASA funding, but we didn't have much to look at in the way of a prototype. Now, lo and behold, the printer has shown up at SXSW Eco, and we caught a short demonstration from the …

3D

A Leafy Green Lake House Bathroom

Bill Ingram's cabin-style design.<p>Designed to feel like an enclosed porch, this vintage-feeling bathroom designed by Bill Ingram in Lake Martin, Alabama, features lantern-style light fixtures, hidden medicine cabinets, and freestanding, antique oak washstands.

Interior Design

A New Nashville House With an Old Soul

Lush and rustic surroundings with a moody palette.<p>Creating a new Tennessee house with lived-in character and timeless appeal, designer Jeannette Whitson used old stone, rustic woods, and a moody palette.

Four Steps To Resolving Conflict | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Conflicts arise and can escalate quickly. They often occur in the midst of our day- to – day lives and we blow up at someone due to the stress of the …

Outsourcing

6 Simple Tips to Be More Mindful in Everyday Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

As a psychiatrist and meditation practitioner, I work with many people who have heard of the benefits of meditation, and want to commit to a daily …

3 Ways to Rebuild Your Life When You've Hit Rock Bottom

<i>“Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.”</i><p><i>– W Clement Stone</i><p><b>In 2010 I had the best year of my life. By far.</b><p><b>And then in 2011, I had the worst</b> …

5 Excuses that Stop You From Reaching Your Dream

The moment you set your mind to pursue a big dream is magical. It energizes you and excites you.<p>But as you start to make plans, things fall apart. …

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25 Unique Designer Staircases

Get where you're going in style.<p>From interlocking treads to a dramatic corkscrew, these stunning stairs are anything but ordinary.

8 of the Coziest Nooks We've Ever Seen (and How to Recreate Them at Home)

Spaces to be snuggled into.<p>Even in the grandest houses, we're inevitably drawn to the smallest rooms: they're the coziest. In big rooms, guess where we head? To the coziest spots, the nooks and niches that are like rooms within rooms — their own intimate little worlds. Look around: There's bound to …

Interior Design

Pie Chart Patchwork

Does anyone have a baby I can borrow? Just for two minutes? That way I can buy this Pie Chart Patchwork, set the baby down on it, and say, “Hey, …

Smart Stairs: Squeezing Space Out of Your Staircase

If you’re anything like me, you find home design and décor inspiration just about everywhere. It’s a fantastic feeling, I think, to be inspired…but …

Living Rooms

Small Apartment In Berlin Designed For Casual Living

Situated in a building that dates back to 1880, this apartment might be small but it has something very charming. The size makes it perfect for a …

Interior Design

11 Times Old Furniture Gained New Life

One man's trash became these designers' serious treasures.<p>One man's trash became these designers' serious treasures.