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We had to lose weight before facing our colleagues at the office again

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As some workplaces across the country phase out work-from-home in favor of in-person attendance, wage earners are fretting about how their colleagues will perceive their fleshier physiques.

According to a March 2021 poll by the American Psychological Association, 42% of Americans gained more weight than intended during the lockdown period. The APA found that people in the US have typically put on 15 pounds since March 2020, when COVID-19 first took hold, amidst comfort eating, exercising less and consuming more alcohol.

Some, however, have taken control of the situation and lost the pandemic pudge.

The Post meets three triumphant women who’ve gotten back into shape.

Victoria Holberton, Manhattan

Victoria Holberton after her weight loss
Victoria Holberton pictured on the rooftop of her building after her amazing 30 pound weight loss.
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Within the first three months of lockdown, Holberton put on 20 pounds. She went from being a svelte, healthy mom to a diabetic with “outrageously high” blood sugar levels.

“Working from home, my husband and I would order bacon, egg and cheese bagels every morning, cook huge meals and get through two bottles of wine a day,” she said. “I’d constantly snack on cookies [and] brownies.”

The CPA would unbutton her pants during Zoom calls and pray her old colleagues wouldn’t notice the change in her looks. When her firm acquired another company during lockdown, she fretted about having to meet new colleagues.

“I didn’t want them to see me at the worst weight of my life,” she said.

So, motivated by advice from her doctor and concern about her eventual return to the office, she lost a total 30 pounds through intermittent fasting and then kicking the booze in July 2021.

The 38-year-old, who is 5-foot-7, is down to 150 pounds and no longer needs to take pills for diabetes. She can’t wait to see colleagues new and old after Labor Day. She is also relieved her formal business attire from favorite stores such as Reiss fit once again.

“I might even splash out on some new clothes,” Holberton said. “I finally feel good.”

Terrilyn Brumfield, Dallas, Texas

Terrilyn Brumfield before and after her weight-loss triumph.
Terrilyn Brumfield, left, in the holiday photo she felt highlighted her weight gain, and now, right, after she dropped two dress sizes and regained her former figure.
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Shortly before the onset of COVID-19, Brumfield interviewed for a new job in HR. She landed the gig, but after nine months of lockdown, the dress she’d worn for the big interview no longer fit.

The mom-of-one piled on the pounds and went up two dress sizes while working from home due to eating french fries and her 5-year-old daughter’s candies, and leading a more sedentary lifestyle.

“I avoided the scales,” she recalled. “I’d wear sweat pants that had room to give.”

Her lowest point came during a holiday photoshoot with her family. The pictures emphasized her larger figure and fuller face.

“I don’t know if my colleagues noticed the changes on Zoom calls,” Brumfield said. “But I wanted to get off on the right footing and make a professional impression when we saw each other in person.”

She finally started using the $2,000 Peloton bike she’d invested in before Christmas, doing 30-minute rides — her favorite instructors include Ally Love, Cody Rigsby and Jess Sims — five times a week. The 34-year-old also took to meditating regularly using the Peloton app.

“It was a holistic approach and the weight came off,” said Brumfield, who reckons she has lost around 40 pounds through a combination of exercise and healthier eating. Her hope is to shed 20 more pounds to complete the transformation.

Her company hasn’t yet announced an end date for its remote working practices but she is eagerly awaiting the decision and excited by the opportunity.

Brumfield added: “I want to put my best self out there.”

Robin Cocheu, Portland, Oregon

Robin Cocheu before and after she lost weight.
Teacher Robin Cocheu, left, before her 16 pound weight loss and, right, as she looks today after embarking on a wellness program.
Courtesy of Robin Cocheu

The 57-year-old elementary school teacher has not seen her young students in person since March 2020. She’s been instructing them remotely as part of the district’s “comprehensive distance learning” program.

“It’s been a challenging [time] for everyone which, in my case, led to weight gain and feelings of depression,” said Cocheu.

Poor food choices caused Cocheu to go up at least one dress size. She tried to disguise her expanding figure during class video sessions by adjusting her position in front of the camera.

But in June, after school closed for the summer, she resolved to take action. Her aim was to look and feel better before in-person interactions finally resume in September.

She said: “I didn’t want my principal and colleagues to think I was unhealthy and was keen to show I could keep up with my first graders.”

Soon after beginning the online “Sparkle Girl” plan devised by New York wellness coach Deborah Capaccio, Cocheu experienced a change in her mindset.

She became more optimistic and contemplative, and felt motivated to abandon her poor eating routine and follow a vegetable and protein-based diet while drinking plenty of water.

“I met at least some of my colleagues and students at a weeklong summer school in early August,” said Cocheu, who is down 16 pounds and back to her previous dress size. “I felt good in the shorts I was wearing and comfortable running around with the children.

“When the new school year starts after Labor Day, I know I’ll be proud of what I’ve achieved.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
New York DMV

Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
New York DMV
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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