The food piece is the hard part because I have to go that alone. I have to monitor and police myself, make the choices that enable me to actually pull off a loss. My 42-year-old body is different than the one I had 10 or 15 years ago. I don't lose weight like I once did. I have to fiercely fight for every pound that I lose. I used to be able to give myself a cheat day(!) once a week and still easily lose 2 pounds or more in a week. I can't do that now. I can't cheat if I want to see a loss. It's just the sad reality. I allow myself something indulgent once or twice a month.