On losing 20lbs…

I have lost 20 lbs. Yippee. I have done this in 50 days, losing 7lbs in the three weeks since I returned home from Duke Diet and Fitness center.

There are those of you who will scoff I know, saying you can do this more quickly by cutting out bananas, or brushing your hair more vigorously or drinking tea with black pepper or similar. I don’t care.

Typically when I lose 20lbs I stop dieting. This is not because I have no more weight to lose. It is because I feel hungry, or bored, or people start to tell me I look good, and I start to believe it.  While your current compliments are welcome, they are not going to flatter me into staying fat this time. I don’t feel hungry and I don’t (yet) feel bored, although I must admit a bottle of wine or two would be a welcome sight in a fridge currently filled with bok choy. baby carrots and firm tofu (that tofu–it rules with a rod of iron)

The truth is that I am still 20lbs heavier than the last time I lost weight, back in the early annals of this blog. My goal is to reach that goal again by Thanksgiving, which would be weight-loss at the Duke-approved rate of around 1lb a week.

This time, for the first time in my life, I’ve learned that exercise is part of the equation. If I can walk two miles with Ms Monroe as I did yesterday morning and am about to do this morning, I can eat more. If I swim half a mile a day as I did every day this week except Thursday, I can eat more. It’s worth it.

The eating is easy too at this time of year when the produce stands are bursting with bounty. Yesterday I had two local figs and an Anne Arundel peach for breakfast. At lunch I had the second half of yesterday’s turkey sandwich (portion control, portion control) and last night I made a salad with whole wheat rotelli, green pepper, black olives, feta cheese and tomato from a local garden. You should have tasted that tomato.



About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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