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Women’s News: 9 Things We’d Rather Do Than Waste Time Counting Calories

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According to a new survey, women spend a whole lot of time counting calories — 127 hours a year, to be exact.

A SodaStream-commissioned survey found that women think about dieting for about 21 minutes per day. Over a 67-year life span (and let’s all hope we’re living longer than that), it comes out to 355 days — about a year — of time wasted obsessing over our weights. According to the Daily Mail, men who participated thought about dieting only slightly less than women at 18 minutes per day.

It’s important to take this data with a grain of salt, as the sample was not necessarily representative of the overall population, but these results are sadly unsurprising. Most of us are painfully aware that we live in a diet-obsessed, body-“perfection”-obsessed society. It’s easier said than done, but we’d probably all be a lot more productive if we spent less time bashing our eating habits and bodies and more time celebrating ourselves.

Here are nine things we’d rather be doing with those 127 hours:

    1. Marathon-watching all six seasons of “Mad Men.” Two words, people: Peggy Olson.

 

    1. Going on many first dates (and maybe eventually one last first date).

 

 

    1. Catching up on sleep. That’s so many hours that would be better spent napping!

 

 

    1. Crying tears of joy while looking at photos of Edie Windsor.

 

 

    1. Ditto for Wendy Davis and her hot-pink sneakers.

 

 

    1. Having sex. Because, duh.

 

 

    1. Instagramming photos of sunsets, cupcakes and puppies. Y’know, the usual.

 

 

    1. Enjoying all the treats at Momofuku Milk Bar. (Especially this cake.)

 

 

  1. Appreciating our bodies — not hating them.

 

Let us know in the comments what you would do with an extra 127 hours per year?

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/counting-calories-9-things-wed-rather-do_n_3519199.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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Women’s News: Pamela Barnes, EngenderHealth CEO: ‘It’s Time To Leave Our Comfort Zone’

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We’re consistently inspired by stories of women who made major life changes — and came out on top.

This week The Grindstone’s Carrie Murphy interviewed Pamela Barnes, the President and CEO of EngenderHealth, a women’s health nonprofit. Barnes, who worked in finance for 20 years before making the move to the not-for-profit sector, spoke to Murphy about taking leaps of faith:

For all professionals, and especially young women, the world outside our comfort zone can be huge and scary. Until we are willing to put ourselves out there and take a risk, we will never be able to achieve professional success and realize our potential. It’s time to leave our comfort zone; time to go after what we’re passionate about; and time to achieve our dreams.

Barnes has also spoken out about the importance of including men in discussions about women’s health and inequality. In a March 8 blog for the Huffington Post, Barnes wrote: “We must invest in and create programs that focus on engaging menand women to promote equality.”

Sounds good to us.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/pamela-barnes-engenderhealth-ceo_n_3518727.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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