I was lamenting my inability to cross the weight-loss barrier to my sister. She revealed to me that she lost nine lbs in a week by buying a five pound bag of string beans and eating them cooked with garlic and salt every time she wanted a snack instead of things like tortillas and peanut butter, bread, or other calorie laden items.
So I tried this string bean thing (in addition to continuing Alex's and my resolve not to eat second—or third or fourth—helpings until Thanksgiving). I broke the wall, lost five pounds. Then this weekend I worked my way through a large bowl of chicken and pasta salad leftover from quilt guild and gained most of it back.
Moral of the story: Pasta (drenched in dressing, chicken, and cheese) is a diet's arch nemesis, even if there are olives and prettily colored healthy-looking peppers involved. It is time for me to get back on the beaned wagon.