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The Fat Diaries is written by a 52-year-old man who works for a consulting firm as a software product manager. He lives with his wife, his 16-year-old son, and two dogs. He enjoys reading, listening to and playing music, running, politics, Burning Man, and watching independent films.

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How I Lost 20 Pounds in Six Weeks (And How You Can Too)

(15) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 5:28 PM

For those of you who have followed my blog this year, you will recognize the number 234. This is the weight that I was stuck at despite a random mess of different diets along with heavy exercise. I just couldn't get off that number. Today, I am delighted to show...

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How I Lost 16 Pounds in Three Weeks

(13) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 11:48 AM

I read the news today, oh boy. It's been three weeks on the Lindora diet and I've lost 16 pounds. The diet is easy to comply with because it's well structured, there aren't a lot of options, and I'm a creature of habit so I can get down...

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I'm Losing Weight -- Why You Gotta Hate?

(20) Comments | Posted July 23, 2012 | 11:57 AM

Another stellar week on the Lindora weight-loss plan. I've been learning a lot about myself but I've also been learning a lot about you, dear readers.

Some of you get seriously crabby upon reading about other people's weight loss. Last week's blog where I wrote...

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How I Lost 7.2 Pounds in a Week

(39) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Last week I mentioned how I had started a diet called Lindora. After the first week I lost 7.2 pounds. I will now open it up for questions.

Q: Shut Up!

I know!

Q: I'm sure you're going to tell us all the details of how...

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Pick A Diet, Shut Up and Stay On It

(3) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 6:08 AM

The Fat Diaries went on a brief diet strike but is back in full swing. It turns out that I maintained my weight throughout this unformatted period just as if I was counting every carb. But I did it without all the mental turbulence from scale readings and the tumult...

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Week 16: Can I Have My (Birthday) Cake and Lose Weight Too?

(7) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 9:50 AM

Normally I don't get all girly about my birthday and I'm not about to start today. But I must confess a bit of elation at turning 53 on the same day I lost 2.6 pounds. Getting off this plateau of 234 has been maddening.

When researching weight loss one fact...

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Week 15: When the #$%^ to Fit in a Workout?!

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 12:05 PM

Inspired by the very public diets of Toronto's Ford brothers -- Mayor Rob and brother Doug -- a Huffpost contributor has decided to take up their Cut the Waist challenge, and shed 30 pounds by June 18. Our contributor will weigh-in at the beginning of every...

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Week 14: It's Only One Pound but I'll Celebrate it

(9) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 12:25 AM

Greetings, dear readers.

Apologies for missing last week's update. It's been crazy here at Fat Diaries HQ what with the Mayor calling, the parade organizer texting me every five minutes, and having to break in the new PR guy who, between you and me, is not doing such a...

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Week 13: The Number That Haunts Me Like a Cheeseburger

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 1:07 AM

Dear readers, fellow dieters, distinguished guests and not-so-distinguished guests, I present to you today a story of great accomplishment and achievement, a triumph over adversity, a very human story about hard work, sacrifice, toil, and redemption. A kind of story that will invoke great moments of history like when George...

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Week 12: The Count Of Monte Cristo Sandwich

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2012 | 11:46 PM

I'm reading his favorite book to him, The Count Of Monte Cristo. "T." always talks about how once a year he enjoys re-reading this classic. The first half of the book is about a man who is wrongly imprisoned and then makes a daring escape. This is fitting because my...

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Week 11: Stairway To Hell

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 8:30 AM

People who bicycle are bicyclists. I exercise so that makes me an exorcist. And that's how I found myself at the base of the famed Exorcist Steps in Georgetown, D.C.

Ninety-seven steep steps that were featured in the film The Exorcist. You haven't seen steps like this...

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Week 10: Can a Caveman Diet Work in the 21st Century?

(9) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 8:39 AM

Inspired by the very public diets of Toronto's Ford brothers -- Mayor Rob and brother Doug -- a HuffPost contributor has decided to take up their Cut the Waist challenge, and shed 30 pounds by June 18. Our contributor will weigh-in at the beginning of every...

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Week 9: Climbing Back on the Diet Wagon

(20) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 8:51 AM

Inspired by the very public diets of Toronto's Ford brothers -- Mayor Rob and brother Doug -- a Huffpost contributor has decided to take up their Cut the Waist challenge, and shed 30 pounds by June 18. Our contributor will weigh-in at the beginning of every...

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Week Eight: And Then There was Cake...

(34) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Inspired by the very public diets of Toronto's Ford brothers -- Mayor Rob and brother Doug -- a Huffpost contributor has decided to take up their Cut the Waist challenge, and shed 30 pounds by June 18. Our contributor will weigh-in every Monday (you can read...

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Checking Reality Instead of Weight

(13) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 10:33 AM

I have an online friend whose sister has less than a full set of lungs. Doctors removed the lobe of one but because of all the scar tissue, they weren't able to feel the rest of her lung to remove the other nodules they know are in there. The ones...

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Week Six: This is a Diet. Not a Lifestyle.

(19) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 8:06 AM

"It's not a diet," they say, "it's a lifestyle."

This is the mantra of Weight Watchers and my nutritionist. You're adopting a new way of eating that will stick forever, so says the brochure. This is not something you go on, and then go off of, and then later, go...

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Week Five: These Numbers Mean Nil

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2012 | 7:35 PM

Inspired by the very public diets of Toronto's Ford brothers -- Mayor Rob and brother Doug -- a Huffpost contributor has decided to take up their Cut the Waist challenge, and shed 30 pounds by June 18. Our contributor will weigh-in every Monday with his progress (including a photograph of...

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Week Four: I Miss Exercise. There, I Said It.

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 12:01 PM

Inspired by the very public diets of Toronto's Ford brothers -- Mayor Rob and brother Doug -- a Huffpost contributor has decided to take up their Cut the Waist challenge, and shed 30 pounds by June 18. Our contributor will weigh-in every Monday with his progress...

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Week Three: Dropping Pounds Without Dropping Sugars

(8) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 6:55 AM

Inspired by the very public diets of Toronto's Ford brothers -- Mayor Rob and brother Doug -- a Huffpost contributor has decided to take up their Cut the Waist challenge, and shed 30 pounds by June 18. Our contributor will weigh-in every Monday (you can read...

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Week Two: The Devil is a Margarita

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 9:29 AM

Dear Penthouse Forum,

I never thought this would ever happen to a regular guy like me. I was hosting some work friends from out of town and took them to this schwanky Mexican restaurant. Drinks were delivered and as we were all clinking our glasses after the toast I noticed...

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