“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success” –Author Napoleon Hill

Here’s what I cooked on Thanksgiving:

• 18-pound turkey (Martha Stewart Perfect Roast Turkey 101)
• Roasted Broccoli with Lemon, Pine Nuts and Basil (Food & Wine)
• Orange Baked Ham (Ina Garten)
• Sweet Potato Bake (Paula Deen)
• Cranberry Sauce (Epicurious.com)

And here’s what I ate:

• One small piece of white meat turkey
• Two florets of broccoli
• One thin slice of ham
• One tablespoon of sweet potatoes
• Three tablespoons of friend Lali’s  delectable beet salad
• A small piece of daughter-in-law Laura’s scrumptious homemade pecan pie

Primo, my 2 ⅔ years-old, picky-eater grandson, was the only person who ate less than I did.

It’s easy resisting a carb binge after being on a low-carb diet for a couple of months. Happily, the discipline is paying off.

The circumference of my belly is 42 inches, down 3.5 inches from the first time I took a measurement. I still haven’t weighed myself, but all the clothes that were snug-bordering-on-tight (to put it mildly) are now feeling comfortable, even a bit loose.


To all of my FOF friends who aren’t happy with their belly bulges– not to mention midriff bulges, and bumps and lumps in countless other locations– I can’t stress enough that the things you need to get yourself in shape, besides a sensible diet and motivation, are patience, and exercise.

If you literally take it one day at a time, the weeks and months are going to fly by, once you’ve established a routine that doesn’t make you feel as if you’re torturing yourself. On the other hand, if you constantly dwell on being overweight and beat yourself up, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

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