Ann Douglas shares her weight-loss story. Image by: David Wile
Ann Douglas shares how a walking routine and being kinder to herself helped her lose 120 pounds.I had almost given up on ever losing the extra weight I'd been carrying around my entire life. It was January 2013. I was staring down a milestone birthday (50) and the number on my scale (286 pounds). Heading into midlife with more than 100 extra pounds increased my odds of a premature death or disability. I wanted so much more for myself and my family.
|This story was originally titled "Many Steps Forward" in the October 2014 issue.|
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Find out which celebrities are switching up their hairstyles, haircuts and hair colours in 2016.
Hailey Baldwin is unafraid of a daring look on the runway or behind the camera, but off-duty the model has held onto her golden tresses.
Hailey's brunette bangs are a moodier and edgier change from her usual beachy blonde. The new look is casual yet chic, and perfect for on and off the runway.
Jennifer Lawrence was once at the front of the lob movement, but her new do looks like a throwback to her 2011 red carpet debut.
Though we adore a lob on Lawrence, her long, blonde extensions are just as beautiful and suit her just as well.
Katie Holmes has stayed true to her brunette roots for a long time, but the actress has never been afraid to make a big change like her 2008 pixie.
Ms. Holmes looks modern and super chic with this fresh fringe. Though this cut could easily look too cutesy on a woman like Katie, the piecey bangs and slight wave make for a sophisticated style.
Amber Heard keeps it simple with full-bodied and flowing hair like this. Beautiful? Yes, but we've seen and heard it all before.
Amber amps up her edge with a choppy cut and low lights. The new style is a welcomed change and gives the actress some definition.
Jessica Chastain is one of our favourite auburn actresses, and this shoulder-length cut is perfect for her.
This might not be a "true" hair transformation given it's for a movie. Nevertheless, Jessica is stunning as a brunette! Subtle red undertones keep the look natural and believable in her role.
From the runway to day-to-day, Winnie Harlow has kept her lengthy locks that few people can pull off.
We love a major hair transformation like this. The model let go of her long hair in exchange for this cute and curly cut. This look is so fresh and makes way for Winnie's stunning features to shine.
Emma Watson seems to always cycle back to this warm, honey brown, and we don't blame her - it's gorgeous.
Emma keeps her length but darkens her colour at a film premier in New York. We think the red undertones work really well with her skin tone.
Few people can rock the long and dark look, and Ariel Winter is one of them!
The Modern Family actress turns heads at the Glamour Women of the Year dinner with a chic and significantly shorter style.
Kristen Stewart knows how to rock a platinum, pixie cut.
Kristen is back to brunette and looking very "Posh Spice" in her latest hair transformation.
Lucy Hale's dark hair was once a defining feature for her.
All hale this transformation. The blonde really warms up her entire complexion.
Bella slays the slicked back look.
While Bella sticks with her signature dark locks, her bold bangs are a new and unexpected change for the model.
Zoe Kravits has been sporting this long braided look for for a long time, and we love it.
The model makes the drastic change from long and dark to short and platinum, drawing her hair inspiration from Frank Ocean.
For a long time, Diane Kruger defies her age with mid-length, natural waves.
We love Kruger's Kurt Cobain inspired look that still maintains her signature, beachy blonde.
We feel the girl-power with Lena Dunham's 90s double-bun do, that's both playful and trendy.
The funny-woman is all business with her new banged bob. The fringe adds an element of sophistication.
When we think of America Ferrera we think: vivacious, voluminous and dark-brunette. Her recent cut and colour is like nothing we've seen before.
America glows with this unexpected bob; subtle blonde highlights amps up the chic-factor for this actress.
The Girls star has kept her hair natural and stunningly simple for most of her time on the hit show.
A fresh, blonde lob looks so sleek and sophisticated on Jemima, making us think the series should be called Women instead.
Teigen has been rocking blonde beach waves for as long as we can remember.
Teigen adds bangs to her look as a great fall hair update.
The Game of Thrones star has been brunette for awhile, and we have to admit, it's a stunning look for the actor.
We're loving the star's new lighter shade!
Orlando Bloom's thick, wavy brunette 'do is #hairgoals for men.
Bloom is giving us Legolas flashbacks with his new platinum locks.
Lily Collins tried this bold red hue for the summer—and she pulls it off!
We love that Collins has gone back to her roots with this rich brunette colour for fall.
Earlier this year, Emma Roberts chopped her hair off and opted for a cute, blond bob.
This British supermodel has been consistent with her blond balayage ombre.
Recently, though, she made a drastic change with her bright, new locks. We can't decide whether to call it auburn or ginger but we love it.
If you thought Kim's angled lob was a dramatic change, then you're in for a surprise.
She changed her hair again and this time she's added extensions that trail down to her hips. We're loving how bohemian she looks!
Recently, she went blonder and added some extensions.
Daisy Ridley was absolutely fabulous this year in her long brown bob.
Her short, red bob might just top that! It's chic, summery and we love the colour.
This former Victoria's Secret Angel had been a sandy blonde for as long as we can remember.
She not only went blonder but also added a pretty pink to her beautiful tresses.
We didn't think we could love anything more than that lob on this fan-favourite actress.
Until we met these braids! They're fun and hip and we can't wait to see more looks.
Cara Delevingne has been killing it in 2016 with those long blonde locks.
She chopped them off and opted for a cute low bob. And we heart it!
This 'Jane the Virgin' star has been sporting long brunette waves for quite some time.
Recently, she debuted her cute, new look: a cute blond bob. We have to say, we love the ombre!
Elle Fanning has always rocked her natural blonde locks.
But recently, the actress decided to make a bold change, going for cotton candy pink hair.
This young Game of Thrones star is starting to become a regular style icon...
And recently, she's embraced the new reputation by going for a bold teal hair colour.
Lily Collins' brown hair used to match that of Snow White, the character she played in her breakout role in the movie Mirror Mirror.
Now her red locks are more similar to Ariel's of The Little Mermaid.
Taylor Swift was rocking side fringe and a collarbone lob for a while...
... before chopping her hair into a blunt Anna-Wintour-esque bob.
For her May 2016 Vogue cover, the pop princess made another drastic hair change, going for a super light bleach blonde look.
Christina Aguliera is known for strong set of pipes and her platinum blonde hair.
But recently the The Voice judge decided to make a change by going red.
Victoria Beckham isn't really a stranger to drastic hair changes (remember her blonde pixie cut?), but over the past few months the fashionista has been keeping her hair natural and long.
Until recently when she decided to cut a few inches for a pretty bob 'do.
Rooney Mara has been rocking dark, dark hair for as long as we can remember.
But lately she's been seen out and about rocking a different look: platinum locks.
We're used to seeing Lana Del Rey pairing her vintage outfits with her long brown hair.
As this year's warm weather approached though, the singer decided to lighten her hair to match the summer season.
Eva Longoria Bastón's long, thick hair have always been a trademark of hers—one of the reasons why she's a L'Oréal Paris hair spokesmodel.
But shortly after tying the knot with new hubby José Bastón, the actress went for a cut, opting for a cute lob.
Our favourite Oscar winner from 2016 is usually seen with natural-hued golden tresses.
But with big changes (An engagement! An Oscar!), this celebrity decided to switch up her 'do too for a fiery red. We love it.
Emma Stone has been a redhead for as long as we can remember (minus that blond stint as Gwen Stacey).
But now she's switched up her colour for a deep, sultry chocolate.
Emma Stone's been busy in the hair department in 2016. She went from red, to brunette and now you'll see her sporting a platinum shade.
Kristen has been sporting a short, choppy 'do in her natural brunette for 2016.
But now she's gone bleach blonde.
Emma Roberts has been sporting a blonde lob for a while now.
But she's recently switched up her look in favour of a reddish-brownish shade that we love for spring. (The braided 'do is a nice touch too!)
Cate Blanchett has been rocking blonde hair for awhile—and who can blame her? It looks great.
We were tickled pink (sorry!) when we saw that our favourite red carpet regular, Cate Blanchett dyed her blonde hair pink. Is there anything she can't pull off?
Kaia Gerber (Cindy Crawford's daughter for those drawing a blank) has rocked long and soft brunette waves which doesn't fail to draw comparisons to her famous mom.
Brunette, be gone! Gerber switched in her flowing locks for a choppy, bright blonde lob.
Ever since Woodley chopped off her waist-length hair several years ago, she's been shorter and blonder, especially in the Divergent movie series.
With the release of the latest Divergent movie, Woodley is back in the spotlight—and sporting a wavy, brunette lob.
Chrissy Teigen has sported long, flowing, beach-bombshell waves since before we can remember.
Mom-to-be Teigen asked for the "Rosie-Khloe" and got a blunt, textured lob in 2016.
Emma Watson is no stranger to dramatic hair cuts (she rocked a pixie for a while), but she's kept it safe lately with longer, layered locks.
Watson debuted a choppy, bob hairstyle in early 2016.
Sarah Hyland has been on the ombre train for some time, whether her hair has been long or shorter.
The actor decided to take a walk on the dark side with this new almost-black 'do.
Stacy Martin's long, natural hair is reminiscent of some of our favourite ladies from the 1960's. Think Joni Mitchell and Jane Birkin.
She's since opted for a short, choppy lob—and we love it!
Kylie Jenner is no stranger to dramatic hair transformations, but lately she's been sporting her natural dark brown.
Say goodbye to natural and hello to navy blue!
Allison Williams' long, cascading waves are the definition of #hairgoals.
The Girls actor added fringe this year for a hairstyle change.
Skate for fun. Skate to work. It's all part of winter in Ottawa (Courtesy: National Capital Commission)
A twilight skate to end a family-friendly day with the Parliament Buildings in the background. (Courtesy National Capital Commission)
Rent skates. Buy a hot snack. Embrace your outdoor mojo on Ottawa's Rideau Canal. (Courtesy: National Capital Commission)
And when the little ones are too tuckered out to skate, or don't know how, rent a kid-friendly sled! (Courtesy: Jantine/Ottawa Tourism)6 Factoids about the Rideau Canal in winter 1. The Skateway enables you to skate more than 7 kilometres, starting near the National Arts Centre and heading all the way south to Dow's Lake Pavilion. 2. If you don't have your own blades, no sweat. You can rent a pair of skates. 3. Can't skate or have little kiddies who tire out, no worries. You can rent a bright red sled and glide along the frozen canal route. 4. The Rideau Canal is the focal point for Ottawa's Winterlude during the first three weekends of February. Get all the details from Ottawa Tourism's Winterlude site. 5. Ottawa folks frequently skate to work. Watching skaters with knapsacks or brief cases is a common site. Beats taking the bus! 6. How does the Canal stay so smooth and skater-friendly? At night time, when the canal is free of skaters, city workers drill holes in the ice and pump water onto the surface to flood it. Smooth sailing for skaters the next morning! For more information, check out the Rideau Canal Skateway web site. Follow me on Twitter @DougONeill as we discover more enjoyable ways to embrace winter in Canada!
The Sundew Hat is one of our all-time favourite easy knitting patterns for winter—a super easy pom-pom beanie that is sure to be worn again and again.
Quick to knit and extra-cozy, the Sundew Hat is the perfect cold-weather accessory. Whether you are looking to knit a thoughtful last-minute gift or your own quintessential hat, the Sundew Hat is a crowd-pleasing favourite with its classic design and soft texture. It looks great when worn slouchy, and just as cool with the brim rolled. We designed the hat in our luxurious Alpaca Wool yarn, which perfectly balances the softness of alpaca with the structure of wool. The yarn is a pleasure to knit with and the pattern is easy to follow – you will be so pleased with your results, you’ll want to make a Sundew Hat in every colour.
The Sundew Hat is a good beginner project as the thick stitches are easy to see and you will be able to wear your finished hat in no time. Because the stitches are chunky, it is easiest to follow the instructions and begin knitting the project with round needles and then switch to double pointed needles when required to complete the crown shaping. The hat is finished with an oversized pom pom. This special touch is easy to make – you can purchase a pom pom maker or create a pom pom the old-fashioned way using cardboard cutouts. Before attempting to make a pom pom, we find it helpful to watch online tutorials, which ensure that you achieve the right look on the first try. You also have the option of buying a pre-made pompom, or leaving the hat without any embellishments at all. Either way, you’ll have a beautiful hat that you’re sure to love!
- 2 Skeins of Americo Alpaca Wool (30% Superfine Alpaca / 70% Wool) 100g / 87 yards (80 m)
- 6.5 mm (US10.5) 16-inch (40 cm) circular needles and set of 6.5mm (US10.5) DPNs
- 1 stitch marker
- Yarn needle
Note about the yarn: Alpaca Wool is available through Americo Original online and in select yarn stores. You can substitute for other bulky/heavy worsted weight yarns like Americo’s Highland Simple Twist, Copito Medio, or any bulky/heavy worsted weight in your stash.
Finished size is 20-inch (50.8 cm) circumference by 11.5 inches (29 cm) long. Yarn has considerable stretch; one size will fit most head circumferences
13 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm) in stocking stitch using 6.5 mm (US 10.5) size needles or size needed to achieve gauge.
K, k: knit
P, p: purl
DPN(s): double pointed needle(s) - a needle with points at both ends; used in sets of 5
M or PM; //M//: stitch marker or place marker; denotes stitch marker dividing sections
Ribbed/rib/ribbing: a pattern stitch – has vertical columns of knit and purl stitches, side by side, with elastic properties. Examples: (K1, P1) aka 1 x 1 ribbing, (K2, P2) aka 2 x 2 ribbing etc.
St-st/stockinette /stocking stitch: a pattern stitch – in circular knitting – knit every round
k2t (slant to R): Knit 2 together (a decrease) - insert the needle into the front of the 2 knit stitches from left to right. Draw the yarn through to the front both stitches from the needle
Using 6.5 mm (US 10.5) 16” (40cm) size needles, and Alpaca Wool yarn, cast on 64 stitches, //PM//, and being careful not to twist your stitches, join in the round.
Round 1: (K1, p1), repeat to the end of the round.
Repeat this round for 4.5 inches (11.5 cm)
Change to stocking stitch (knit every round) until stocking stitch measures 4.5 inches (11.5 cm), and you have a total of 9 inches (22.8 cm) from the beginning of your work.
Note: When the stitches no longer fit comfortably around the circular needle, change to double pointed needles.
Round 1: (k6, k2t), to end of round. (56 stitches)
Round 2 and all even rounds: knit to end of round.
Round 3: (k5, k2t), to end of round. (48 stitches)
Round 5: (k4, k2t), to end of round. (40 stitches)
Round 7: (k3, k2t), to end of round. (32 stitches)
Round 9: (k2, k2t), to end of round. (24 stitches)
Round 11: (k1, k2t) to end of round (16 stitches)
Break yarn leaving an 8-inch tail. With yarn needle, thread through remaining stitches, tighten to close the top of the hat and secure inside the hat.
A pom pom maker can be easily made using cardboard and scissors. Instructions are readily available online. A commercial pom-pom maker can be purchased.
Weave in all loose ends.
Americo Original is a Canadian yarn company and online knitting shop that features a high-end selection of yarns, textiles, custom knitwear patterns and accessories. Only natural fibers, produced especially for us in the Andean highlands of South America are offered, including luxurious wools, llama, alpaca, organic and premium cottons, linen, silk and cashmere. Americo's one-of-a kind runway pieces and classic styles for the hand knitter are created in our design lab. Americo is based in Toronto, Canada and ships internationally from their online store: americo.ca/shop.