Woman's viral tweet about 'dropping 200 pounds' doubles as relationship advice

Relationship pro tip #1: Don't call your partner "disgusting."

As she tells it, after Miranda Baker's boyfriend called her "disgusting and unattractive," she decided it was time to lose some weight — about 200 very specific pounds of it. On Nov. 12, the 18-year-old Iowa State University student tweeted, "After getting called disgusting last night, I successfully dropped 200lbs!! (Before and after pics)."

Screenshot (edited to blur) via Mandy_Rose99/Twitter.


The before picture showed the couple together. The after was the same photo, with him cropped out of it. 🔥🔥🔥

Life's just too short to spend with people who don't value you for who you are.

"The way you were acting today was disgusting and unattractive," Baker quotes her (now ex) boyfriend as telling her after they spent the day together at a tailgate. That's when she says she bounced, deciding that her time was better spent with her friends than with a guy who'd say something like that to her.

"I was done with him," she explains in a Twitter direct message. Then, according to Baker, "about an hour later he called me, yelling at me to apologize for leaving him! I said i will not apologize for leaving you after you called me disgusting and unattractive."

GIF from "The Simpsons."

It almost goes without saying, but losing weight doesn't necessarily mean getting healthier, and generally we roll our eyes at weight loss as any sort of relationship advice (#AllBodiesAreGoodBodies). But when it comes to losing 200 pounds the way Baker did, that's a special exception; dropping a person who treats you like garbage is by far the healthiest way to lose weight.

Find someone who likes you for you, for all your flaws and quirks. If they can't do that, they should hit the road.

GIF from "Bring It On."

This article was originally published on November 14, 2017.

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Service dogs are invaluable to their owners because they are able to help in so many different ways.

They're trained to retrieve dropped Items, open and close doors, help their owners remove their clothes, transport medications, navigate busy areas such as airports, provide visual assistance, and even give psychological help.

The service dog trainers at K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs in Canada want those who require service dogs to live the fullest life possible, so they're training dogs on how to attend a theatrical performance.

The adorable photos of the dogs made their way to social media where they quickly went viral.

On August 15, a dozen dogs from Golden Retrievers to poodles, were treated to a performance of "Billy Elliott" at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. This was a special "relaxed performance" featuring quieter sound effects and lighting, designed for those with sensory issues.

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"It's important to prepare the dogs for any activity the handler may like to attend," Laura Mackenzie, owner and head trainer at K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs, told CBC.

"The theater gives us the opportunity to expose the dogs to different stimuli such as lights, loud noises, and movement of varying degrees," she continued. "The dogs must remain relaxed in tight quarters for an extended period of time."

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via Stratford Festival / Twitter


via Stratford Festival / Twitter

"About a dozen dogs came to our relaxed performance, and they were all extremely well-behaved," says Stratford Festival spokesperson Ann Swerdfager. "I was in the lobby when they came in, then they took their seats, then got out of their seats at intermission and went back — all of the things we learn as humans when we start going to the theater."

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The dogs' great performance at the trial run means that people who require service animals can have the freedom to enjoy special experiences like going to the theater.

"It's wonderful that going to the theater is considered one of the things that you want to train a service dog for, rather than thinking that theater is out of reach for people who require a service animal, because it isn't," Swerdfager said.

The Stratford Festival runs through Nov. 10 and features productions of "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "The Neverending Story," "Othello," "Billy Elliot," "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Crucible" and more.

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