I hope she doesn’t mind me telling you this, but my sister recently shed some weight. On doctor’s advice, she eliminated dairy and gluten from her diet.

I think that would be so hard. Gluten and dairy are some of my favorite things. I’ve been wracking my brain about what I would eat if I had to give up both. She said after a month or so, she just stopped craving those things. As I suppose it would. I think the hard part would be having dairy and gluten products in the house since her husband and kids still eat bread, cheese and cookies.

She said the biggest thing she learned was not to eat out of habit. You know, like you wake up and eat breakfast. You stop what you’re doing around noon and eat lunch. You have a snack when you get home, etc. just because that’s how you do.

I’ve spent the last week, trying to be more cognizant of what I’m eating and why. Am I really hungry, or am I eating because it’s lunchtime?

Several years ago, I cut soda out of my diet. Like Kelly, I never crave the stuff. In fact, the thought of drinking cola makes my teeth ache. Occasionally I’ll have a gingerale, but otherwise I’d just assume drink water. Around the same time, I started making a conscious effort not to have more than one dessert item in the house at a time. If I bought ice cream, I wouldn’t also make cookies or pie. That’s a really easy way for me to limit how much I consume.

I have a sweet tooth. I like my desserts, and if I’m craving a cupcake, I don’t deny myself a stop at Magnolia on my way home (and usually I end up choosing the banana pudding instead. Have you had? Amazing). But that’s also great portion control. I wouldn’t buy half a dozen cupcakes. I’d buy one. I’d savor and enjoy. Then be done.

I also love beer. It’s so good. One day I was getting dressed and caught a glimpse of my abs in the mirror. They looked flatter than they’ve been since high school. I vowed not to drink beer ever again. Of course, the next day my soccer team went out for drinks after our game. We accidentally ordered another pitcher. I couldn’t let that go to waste, so I had another … Then I happened past a cool bottle shop and went in. A mixed six-pack later, my fridge was stocked again. My abs didn’t look so hot after that week.

So no more beer in the house! It’ll be kept at the bar for me to drink occasionally when out with friends.

Come back to me, flat abs! I have a bikini to wear for a SUP tour.

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