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Put in simple terms harm reduction is meeting people where they are at. In the homeless service’s space harm reduction also means being sober is not a requirement for services such as housing. My recent visit with Donny in Calgary [bit. ly is a near text book example. Donny was drinking and using on the streets for over 20 years, but when he got into housing and was given some dignity Donny got sober all on his own. But Donny was also lucky. He never really got into very hard drugs, so it was easier for him to get sober. Often this is hard for ‘normal’ people to understand but there is a point where drugs take over a persons life. They lose all reason and self-worth. Their whole existence revolves around getting another fix. Often this path takes a person down an unthinkable path of self-destruction. People end up doing things to survive that are horrible. HIV , Hepatitis C, and drug related deaths become a very serious public safety issue for all of us. One story I heard from a few different people is addicts using puddles of urine to “fix” their heroin. The thought makes me cringe, but I know what drugs did to me when I was heavily addicted. I needed drugs more than I needed air and would do anything to get them. My second city in Canada was Vancouver and I spent a day in Vancouver’s Downtown East side. [bit. ly have always wanted to visit a “wet shelter” (a shelter that provides alcohol) to see for myself. I call myself a ‘liberal redneck’ so although I do lean towards a . . .

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    Over a year and a half I have gained about 13 pounds and I have been trying to lose it. I started a diet and fitness regimen almost 3 weeks ago and I have lost only 2 pounds. I love running but my shins bother me a lot so I have to be very careful. I usually run ~3 miles/4 days a week. I also strength train with moderate weights and I eat a healthy diet. No white flour, limit carbs, moderate amount of protein, no fried foods and sweets. I don’t drink soda and I sometimes drink black coffee. What is bothering me the most is that even though I lost 3 pounds I look a lot bigger. My thighs are touching even more but they do look more toned. My arms and hips look like they are getting bigger and the weight is not coming off as fast as it used to. I did have hypothyroidism for a short time a couple years ago and the last time I had a blood test they said it was normal. I do suffer from PMS in which I get very bloated, irritable, sore, hot flashes, and everything else. It gets so bad. Does anyone know what might be wrong? Am I doing something wrong with my diet/fitness? Or could this be a hormonal problem? It’s getting me very frustrated and I don’t know what to do. Here are my stats:height: 5’2″weight: 143 lbs As you can see I am overweight so shouldn’t the weight be coming off if you gained weight and decide to lose it? I get a lot of people telling me that I am losing fat and gaining muscle but you have to lose weight if you are overweight. There’s no way someone overweight can eat right and exercise and stay the same weight. They have to at least get to the average range. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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      I weigh 156 and i am 5’6 i feel pretty self conscious because i live right near the beach and go to the beach every day in the summer i need to loose some of my stomach fat to look good for the summer (:

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        i was wondering how to gain muscle and lose fat. people say to lose fat, you need to consume less calories eat veggies and drink water. but if i do that i will not gain muscle and not get bigger. . . so i need help

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          I am 5’4 and 115 pounds and I am wanting to loose around 5-10 pounds (please no ‘you don’t need to lose weight’ comments). I have had a problem with eating too much sugar/junk food in the past and have recently just decided to cut all sugar and junk food out of my diet and focus on having a healthier diet. I also dance for 4-5 hours a week and I am wondering how long it will take to loose weight if I continue this plan? Is this a good plan?

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