|My latest attempt. . .|
I asked my great friend Betty Lou Phillips, who somehow manages to write a book every year, whether she finds this problem to be a common phenomenon. She told me she has gained five pounds with every book she has written. She immediately loses them however. I can attest to that.
It must be hours of sitting on one's derriere while nibbling in front of the computer. Betty Lou suggested for any future books I may write to pop pumpkin seeds. Duly noted.
I'm hesitating here about telling you the truth, but since we're among friends, I'll confess. In the long, drawn out process that went into writing my book -- about four years basically -- I've gained 30 pounds. There, I've said it. Fortunately, I'm not structurally delicate. I am, what one referred to back in Niagara Falls, NY, as "big boned" -- maybe a euphemism, but there you have it. I'm also a little over 5'10" tall. It sounds like I'm making excuses. . .well, OK, maybe I am. Add to the sitting on the derriere, the careless grazing and the fact that the pool where I had my exercise classes and faithfully did my 30-plus lengths almost every day, has been closed for renovation for two years. That counts. . .
Also, and this makes me clutch, if by some miracle I do any television, cameras add 10 pounds! Terrifying.
|More seasonal bounty, just add cherries, nectarines and peaches. I bought a basket exactly like this when Andrea and I went to Provence last month. Toting it about for my shopping makes me feel very French.|
I'm combining lots of the tricks and techniques I learned from the experts I interviewed for my diet chapter and a few days ago I added a newly discovered trick to the mix. By some random stroke of luck I found Mark Bittman's book "VB6" which, translated, means Vegan before 6 p.m. He said he lost some 35 pounds using a diet of all vegan throughout the day with small amounts of animal protein for dinner, no matter what time one dines.
|Grains and legumes, 'em|
Bittman, whom you may know from his columns in the New York Times, tries to emphasize the health benefits of his regime to sort of downplay the weight loss "side-effects" but you and I know the real reason I bought the book. I consider the health benefits the side-effects.
I'll keep you posted and also pass along bits of advice I learned from my experts over the next few months as I try to hit my goal. If you would like to join me I would be thrilled. What fun that would be.
More good news, the pool re-opens next month and MRFLIF put air in the tires of my bicycle, so I'm off. . .