Many times I've been asked how I've lost weight through this pandemic. Well, it's not really that difficult to explain. 1. Accountability. I'm married to an accountant, or rather a retired one, but that doesn't mean those characteristics automatically disappeared or retired! He is very good with numbers and that includes calories and the scale! 2. No extra grocery runs. We stick with budgets and schedules. Such as, groceries are bought twice a week (during this pandemic) and hopefully we thought to grab it at the store or place it on the list because if it's not there...well, count off two weeks. 3. Cut back on the amount of food intake. Lent, the Catholic tradition of sacrificing something during the period from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday took place during the pandemic this year. I decided to go along with hubby and cut back after dinner and not have any snacks while watching television. Hubby doesn't eat between meals during that time, although I had a cracker here and there. After Easter Sunday I was beginning to see signs of weight loss and continued my "no snacks after dinner" except for a couple of sugar free popsicles. 4. Walk or bike. Since I was basically housebound, thank the Lord we have a trail within walking distance of our house. I began walking almost every day the weather permitted. I now go between 5-6 miles each day that I can and sometimes hubby walks with me or we decide to ride our bikes. Now that it's summer, I'm sweating off the weight because it has been very hot here unless you hit the trail between 7:15 and 7:30 a.m. 5. Set goals. I began in March with this endeavor and now it's July. That twelfth pound continues to fluctuate, but I'm determined to get it off plus a little more. As soon as that goal showed up on the scale, my reward was a Duck Donut. The above picture shows how VERY much that donut meant to me. I have two additional goals, but the last goal might be totally out of reach; however, I press on. 6. Don't get discouraged. Which I have many times. I shouldn't weigh every morning, but I do. I shouldn't get discouraged, but I do. However, I want to continue so I can get that "wiggle" room to eat and not worry about the scale the next morning. 7. Watch how much you dine out. That has been the biggest factor in losing weight. I haven't had the opportunity to go out to a restaurant each week as we probably did before the pandemic. Make dining out more of a special occurrence instead of a regular part of your routine. You'll be surprised how much cutting helps the scale. If you're anything like me and a fresh, warm basket of bread and butter is placed in front of me and I'm hungry....well, you get the picture! 8. Last, but not least, it's okay to say no to dessert. You'll not hurt anyone's feelings if you just decline and say, thank you anyway. We can visit with friends or entertain others without smothering them or ourselves with calories galore. Let's focus on the friends and not the feast!