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February, despite being the shortest month, is often a hard one. Where I live, any day might be a snow day, with my son home from school and the sidewalks needing to be shoveled. The usual routine of laundry and groceries and dinner doesn’t stop. In recent weeks, too, I have been distracted by the news stories of a government chipping away at the rights of LGBTQ people, immigrants and others. How not to be overwhelmed by it all? Here are some of the stories about LGBTQ families making February just a bit warmer.

Uncertainty is a feeling many of us have experienced in recent months. It’s been a fixture in news headlines, driven by the political upheaval that has followed last November’s election. This kind of macro-level uncertainty can absolutely affect how we feel in our everyday lives. And of course there are numerous personal examples — a job loss, a break-up, a move — where a sense of uncertainty about the future can create real anxiety that impacts our mental and physical health in a tangible way.

 

This is the most common question I receive. First, keep in mind that fat loss isn’t specific, which means that just because you are doing hundreds of crunches does not mean you are burning the fat surrounding them. Crunches, planks and more are great for sculpting the muscle and strengthening your core, but not for cutting fat. There is a lot of truth to the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen.” Unfortunately, the idea of dieting really turns people off and can be stressful. Just like anything else, start small and work your way up. 

I won’t mince words: Each day, values that we hold dear — inclusion, tolerance and equality — are in danger like never before. Over the past two weeks, we’ve seen Americans ban together in unprecedented ways, from the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., to a small town in Alaska where 2 feet of snow fell as they marched, to hundreds of international cities around the world and most recently at airports everywhere. It has been inspiring.

With so much happening in our political system at the moment, it can be difficult to keep up with each new development. The fact is that under the new presidential administration, there are many reasons for LGBTQ Americans, and other marginalized communities, to be concerned. This week we’re looking at the Affordable Care Act, and what a repeal of this legislation would actually mean, both in the broader picture and specifically for LGBTQ Americans.

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