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I have received a number of requests to write a book about weight loss. This book was to chronicle how I personally lost around 80 pounds by changing how I ate.

Me at my heaviest

After the weight loss.

While I started this book some time ago, I have now placed this project on hold. Over this winter the stress of Katie’s illness (and my endeavors to keep whatever she would eat and drink handy) resulted in a bit of a weight gain. I’ve no clue how much I’ve gained, only that my clothes fit considerably tighter now.

Me now (sorry, folks, it’s the most recent body shot I have)

Because if this I would feel like a hypocrite if I were to write a book about weight loss while heavier than I desire to be.

Instead I intend to eliminate this weight before I will even consider writing such a book.

This will not only prevent me from committing the sin of hypocrisy, it will serve to demonstrate that the results are repeatable.

When my ankle has healed I will walk up to my vet and step on their scales; it won’t be a totally accurate starting number because I started my regimen a couple of days ago but it will give us an idea of how far I want to go.

my weight loss method

My plan to lose this weight is almost minimalist in its simplicity:

  • Drink water and zero-calorie drinks (with the exception of my daily cup of coffee or tea).

  • Only eat when genuinely hungry.

  • Take small bites and chew very thoroughly.

  • Stop eating when full.

I can eat what I want as long as I am genuinely hungry even if that is a candy bar or an ice cream.

That is how I lost around 80 pounds several years ago – and how I will lose this weight again.

this is not a weight loss blog

Since this blog is not about weight loss I won’t bore you with constant updates and I have no intention of using this platform to preach about weight loss. Occasionally I will post an update about my progress for those who are interested and that will be that.

I hope that you can now understand why I have placed the weight-loss book on hold and will indulge me while I take care of business.


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  1. John Grebe wrote:

    I’m glad to hear that you are working on getting back and track and I really admire your integrity of not wanting to work on writing a book on a topic until you have a solution that fully works for you. I think in the end your book will be all the better as a result as I am sure that anybody who has seriously tried to lose weight ends up into periods when they backslide and regain some weight.

    Friday, May 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink
  2. Annie wrote:

    Thanks John!

    Friday, May 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink
  3. Bj wrote:

    Good luck with the new weight loss program. I, too, lost some weight a few years ago (probably around 30) and have gained back about 10-15 of them the last months.

    My weight loss was due to giving up sugar, and foods containing sugar. Since I moved in October and have to shop different stores, I have slowly let sugar slip back in little by litter and its resulted in the gain. So I know that for me, I need to go back go avoiding it and that’s my goal.

    Look forward to the new book whenever you are ready, Annie!

    Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  4. biofilo wrote:

    Losing weight should be quite easy, I can gain 20lbs. of muscle , or lose 20 lbs in a month or 6 weeks, with little effort, maybe I should write a weight loss book hehe.

    Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink
  5. swalia wrote:

    i have been constantly struggling with weight issues.i manage to lose with regular exercise & a little self control on my eating habits but then again put on.i will look forward to reading your updates and good luck!

    Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 6:00 am | Permalink
  6. Christa wrote:

    Hey Annie

    I just lost 20 pounds doing the exact same thing your doing. It really is a minimalist and simple eating plan, although harder then it seems. ;) Good Luck!

    Monday, May 20, 2013 at 10:50 am | Permalink

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