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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)."

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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."

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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.

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This article was originally published on November 14, 2017.

10/10. The Mayyas dance.

We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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Of all these people, the co-worker who can’t stop talking may be the most challenging because you see them every day in a professional setting that requires politeness.

There are many reasons that some people talk excessively. Therapist F. Diane Barth writes in Psychology Today that some people talk excessively because they don’t have the ability to process complex auditory signals, so they ramble on without recognizing the subtle cues others are sending.

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