I Gained 13 Pounds Over the Summer!

By Seema, age 14, California

A few years ago my mother and I decided to take a trip to Rome, Italy. When we arrived I was about one hundred and fifteen pounds and five three. Not too bad. I was expecting to get a lot of exercise from all the walking we were going to do every day. I was wrong.

We arrived and were greeted with a large traditional Italian dinner. We sat down and ordered appetizers. The only thing, the appetizers wouldn't stop! They kept bringing more to the table. Eventually we had to ask them to stop. Now after all that food we ordered a first and second course! The couple next to us ate five times more than us and probably weighed five times less than me. I am still perplexed how people eat that much food and stay so thin.

Now imagine eating all that food for three weeks! For lunch some of us would have ice cream sandwiches ... literally. It was gelato in special bread and it was called lunch. By the end of the trip I got on the scale and I weighed 128 pounds. Not a good way to start the school year.

Over the summer please remember to exercise, even if it's for ten minutes a day, and try to eat somewhat healthy. I realize it's summer, but you really don't want to go back to school ten pounds heavier - it was pretty embarrassing. Now when I go on vacation I always remember to portion my food and do a couple hundred sit-ups a night. It really helps.

I hope you all have a great summer!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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