Richard W. Schmidt

You Can't Outrun that Brownie

An Innovative, Inverse APProach to Losing Weight

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Another DIET HANGOVER despite being a self-taught weight loss expert? Are you dumbfounded and disappointed, feeling hopeless once again? Is there a cure for me? Yes! It starts with a free quiz that will assess your Food Information Literacy. Do not be upset by your score. You have much to learn, and it is time to accept that maybe you are a self-taught confused weight loss expert. After reading each chapter of You Cannot Outrun That Brownie you will get why that last diet attempt led to another diet hangover. You hate the word "diet" because you associate failure with this dreaded four-letter word that you hear about too often. Unknowingly, your acronym for D.I.E.T. was: Delightful Improvements Except Temporary.

Once you elevate your Food Information Literacy, you will be motivated to complete and use your personalized Revolutionary Weight Loss Tracker. Comparing this process to various other weight loss apps reveals several key differences:

Examples of the Revolutionary Weight Loss Tracker are included for various weight loss goals. You will personalize your Tracker, and then you will be shouting that this approach for weight loss is creative and logical and just makes sense. Your journey to control your weight loss will begin, and you will be feeling hopeful for the first time.

What separates me from many authors who have written weight loss books? My credibility and sincere passion to want to help people is who I am. I am a trusted author whose credentials include:

Once you have bought, read, and digested the entire contents of this book, you will be embracing and using a new life-changing acronym for D.I E.T. How does Determined Individual Expecting Transformations make you feel? I have been told by colleagues and former class participants that I am enthusiastic about this topic and have an excellent sense of humor. Check out the table of contents to confirm this statement. Note that emotional eating is also addressed because it can derail your progress. I honestly believe authoring this book was my calling. Those brownie, diet hangovers, and feelings of failure will now be in your rearview mirror. You will be saying the value of this book exceeded your expectations. Your life is about to change for the better. Your smiles will speak volumes. You will soon taste the sweet words "You look GREAT!"

About the Author

As a six-year-old child in 1962, my favorite food was Skippy and Welch's slapped between two slices of Wonder Bread, a.k.a. a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was my go-to food every day, sometimes twice a day. Of course, I washed it down with a glass of whole milk. Let us not forget the go-to snacks: Twinkies, Ring Dings, Devil Dogs, and Funny Bones. The result: husky-sized pants as an adolescent. I was not able to express my upset.

I proudly became a Registered Dietitian in 1980. I began to teach weight-loss classes when I was in my thirties. I was now in shape: five feet ten inches, weighed 158 pounds, and looked lean and mean. I was great at convincing people to exercise but warned them they would not be able to support weight loss from exercise alone. In my forties, my weight rose to 172 pounds, but I still looked good. My career transitioned to management of food services. Teaching weight loss ceased, but I still had a passion for this topic. Unfortunately, in my early fifties, I topped the scale at 202 pounds. Now I knew what it was like to be forty-four pounds heavier. All the excuses I heard from my students years earlier who had failed at weight loss, I was now using. My doctor informed me that I was now pre-diabetic, hypertensive, and had elevated cholesterol. That upset me so much, I said it was time to get my health back. I was no longer Outrunning that Brownie as I had in my thirties, when I rode my Italian Pinarello road bike two to three thousand miles per year.

I began to teach lunch-and-learn weight-loss classes at my local hospital when I was in my early fifties. Not only was I helping others, but I was helping myself, too. My students told me my approach to weight loss was excellent and what I taught them to lose weight was so different that it was finally making sense. About ten students said I should author a book, and my response was I will when I retire. I could not have authored this book in my thirties. During my forty-year career, I had invaluable conversations with health care professionals about weight loss, and I listened to hundreds of people looking to lose weight. My weight dropped to 180 pounds from 202 pounds. I was feeling good, but I needed to lose another ten pounds.

I retired in my early sixties, so it was time to start writing my weight loss book. The task was harder than working! No one helped me with drafting the book. It was my creation. I wanted to author a book that would be different but effective when it came to losing weight and keeping it off. Isn’t that the elusive dream for most people? Authoring this book has been the gravy of my retirement. Was it my calling? It took about five years to complete the book. I am now 67 years old and weigh 169 pounds. I have reduced my high blood pressure medication to 5 mg. from 20 mg., reduced my statin drug from 20 mg. to 5 mg, and my HgA1C has averaged 5.7 over the past four years. I know I Can't Outrun that Brownie, but I love my new Peloton bike, riding aerobically three to four times per week for a total of 80 to 100 minutes. I can relate to people trying to lose weight because I was that person. My only regret is that I did not lose weight sooner. Life is too short, but we can possibly lengthen our lives by losing weight and improving our health. As we retire, we want to be able to rock 'n' roll and not rock 'n' rot!