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ReWild yourself or else.

It's my birthday today, 72, & I am in the process of ReWilding myself according to a post I wrote awhile back.

So, I'm going to use that post this week as the podcast to give us all a quick reminder that while the saying “Change is good. You go first” is funny and oh, so true, but it won't help us achieve our goals, be successful in life, or succeed in weight maintenance.

What am I doing specifically to ReWild myself? I'm redesigning my website to try and finally take a stab at unifying all my boiling pots on to one stove.

Yeah, good luck with that, I say to myself.  I put together this ‘art of the diet' website but it took me almost a month.   I am not a web designer but I have some skills.  But, what I have the most of is perseverance and what I have the least of is a budget and technical wizardry. So, this new website may take skills I don't have, like creating a e-commerce shop, but we'll find out together, won't we?

Also, I am taking the first steps to ReWild myself into a more #ambitiouswoman and trying to make some fun products from ideas and words I've written on this blog and podcast.  Sentiments that apply to life, weight maintenance, relationships, even politics. Products that reflect my 4 H's: hope, humility, honesty, and humor.

May my ReWilding make me wildly successful if not place lions back in Trafalgar Square.

 But, if not that, perhaps, at least help me afford a web designer.

Now, that's what I call a practical, achievable goal, right?  Like reLosing the 2 lbs. I gained over the weekend.

See you next week.

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encaustic garden

“Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you and be silent. ”

Well, so much for the “silent” part but I am not preaching what others should eat, just the effects of what I am currently eating and why.  I do not recommend it to anyone because honestly, I'm not sure I am going to recommend it to myself in two weeks time.

For now, 10 weeks and counting, it's a match-not made in heaven, but a match.

So, welcome to  “Change is good. You go first. Part II” and I'll try not to preach because folks, particularly women, who are attached to a certain diet, can get all holier than thou and start telling other folks how to live because they have found the way the truth and the light.  Why do we do that?  Probably, because we think it's helpful. PS. It's not because there's not one size fits all in this world in clothing or diets.

At any rate, I see no way, truth or light other than what applies to me and it might only seem to have those properties on any given day.

I might have some practical habits that could be helpful or annoying, but mostly, I'm like a reporter writing an article about trying to maintain a sixty pound weight loss for the seventh year by living for the past 10 weeks without sugar, wheat, and processed carbs.

Whoa. I think it's makin' me cranky. Well, full disclosure:  I've been a crankster for many years. I once got a writing award that praised my “eloquent irritability” so I guess I can't blame it on this food program.  Moving on.

Part I told you the “why”.  Part II will tell you what living without those foods, now clearly established as my lifelong  “Home Entertainment Center”, is like.   (Thank You, WW pal Liz for that term!)

Post Mortem to My Food Home Entertainment Center: You may have been created for good reasons, totally understandable and therapeutic reasons, but what was created in my youth and maintained in adulthood to address non-hunger issues has created big time reasons to dissemble it now, piece by piece, and I'm taking a bit of advice from Marie Kondo of decluttering fame, who advised saying to old socks still in our drawers– she advised us to say “thank you, old socks for your years of service” and then promptly throw them out.

If anyone would like to consider sharing their story of maintaining a signifiicant weight loss for over one year, please email me directly at

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There are basically two kinds of people. People who accomplish things, and those who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. • Mark Twain

I decided to turn my Part 1 and Part II blog posts about “Change is Good. You Go First ” into two podcasts.  Today, is Part 1.   The reason?  I think the concept of “change” is essential for me to successfully maintain a 60 pound weight loss for the seventh year.  The statistics have been against me from the beginning as we all well know.  But, hopefully, sharing my story as well as  sharing others' stories, as in the last two podcasts,  of those who have managed to do it successfully year after year, will encourage my readers and listeners as well.

At least, that's the plan!  PS. If anyone out there listening or reading has successfully kept off a significant weight loss for over a year, no matter what plan you have used, and would be interested in sharing your story, please email me directly at:

Included below are links to these posts and to the food program I have been using but do not recommend (as there is NO food plan I feel I can recommend for anyone other than myself) since early January.

But, also, I am including exclusively for readers of this post, a clip from CBS news of an interview they filmed with the artist, Chuck Close, who shared some notes he would give to himself as a younger man.  Wherever you are in your life, whatever your challenges, there is something in this short clip to help you.

Chuck Close

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