Candace Cameron lost 22 pounds ALL BY HERSELF!

You know it's a) an uber-slow news week or b) getting far too common for people to undergo gastric bypass when the cover of the nation's most popular gossip rag is running around, shouting with glee about a former TV star losing a muffin top without a trainer, crazy diet or surgery. Imagine my surprise when I opened my mailbox this week to find an Us Weekly cover story not about some Hills floozie eloping while high on crack or Angelina Jolie having conjoined twins (so exotic!) but about former hottie-turned-religious zealot Kirk Cameron's lil sis transforming herself from a "chubby child star to a hot mom of three!"

This is truly a sign of the Apocolypse, my friends - when a person losing baby weight on her own, without professionally-prepared low-carb meal delivery service or a lipo doc on speed dial, is headline news.

Is it really THAT surprising? My father-in-law recently lost 50+ pounds through a regimen of portion control, daily treadmill sessions and an extra smidge of self-control. This is a man who, along with my husband, has been known to inhale a sushi boat bursting with 20-plus rolls in less time than it took me to roll up my chopsticks wrapper and rubber-band it into a springloaded utensil. If he can order his omelets with Pam and salads with dressing on the side, anyone can. I wonder if this means I should be looking for his newly-svelte physique on the cover of Detroit Jewish Legal Weight Loss Monthly?

Or should I actually be congratulating Candace for doing it right and showing readers that it IS possible to get trim and healthy sans professional help?

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