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we found a picture of when I met DW in 1979 as I passed running a half-marathon. I was 6'4" and about 170 pounds (a stick). DW decided THERE's my goal -- lose 80 pounds.

OT as well:

I too weighed 170 pounds as a young man but at five foot ten I was no stick. Not fat either but with a signature pot belly. I avoided exercise when possible. Approximately four years ago my doctor told me to lose weight start walking. Some of my neighbors don sweat pants and walk circles on the terrace. I can think of nothing more boring. In California people would walk shopping malls. That's a lot better better but I would have to get in my car and drive to one and that was not appealing either. So I started to walk to where my business took me and if it was too far it would be a combination of walking and taking the subway. Later on today it's off to the drug store, probably two to three hours walking although if I made it a fast bee-line it would be just one hour at most.

I also changed my eating habits. While not a vegetarian, I now eat very little meat and seldom buy packaged food. I like cooking and I have rediscovered a whole bunch of vegetables including a large variety of legumes (beans) cabbages and cereals. My favorite dish is seven vegetable soup which can have anywhere from 5 to 10 different vegetables including parsley and cilantro in chicken broth. I've also rediscovered spices such as turmeric and fenugreek which are great for rice dishes and vegetarian style spaghetti sauce. I use olive oil to the exclusion of all others.

The result is that I've lost at least 30 pounds, down from well over 200 pounds to around 172, close to my youthful weight. The signature pot belly is still there!

Denny Schlesinger

PS: Yesterday I bought a pound of pork which will keep me in spaghetti sauce for a long while! Yesterday's walk was to the market to buy fruit and vegetables. You meet some really friendly people in the market I suppose because they own their own stalls, they are in business for themselves. And the variety of goods is astounding, no supermarket that I know of can compete with them in variety.
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