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HOW I LOST WEIGHT EATING CHEESE AND BACON

Losing weight is hard, especially since my job requires me to taste fries, pizza, and BBQ in order to tell readers what’s good. So, when I found a fat-burning diet that not only lets me, but REQUIRES me to eat copious amounts of cheese, avocado, and bacon, I jumped at the opportunity — and easily lost 10lbs in one month. But before I get into that, let me tell you how I got chubby.

I grew up a latchkey kid, most of my adolescence spent in the air-conditioned indoors. Sports didn’t come easily to me, and fitness was something reserved for the skinny white women I saw on TV. My family was not particularly active, and I only remember seeing my mom exercise a handful of times. The most amusing memory I have is of her furiously pumping away on a shoddy stair stepper, likely purchased from a Tony Little infomercial.

Like most kids in the ‘90s, I was raised on carbohydrate- and MSG-ridden crap: Bagel Bites, Hot Pockets, Cup Noodles, and Totino’s Party Pizzas, all eaten while watching Saved by the Bell. A home-cooked meal made with vegetables that didn’t come from a can was a rare occasion for my single, career-focused mother.

When I moved to Austin five years ago, I was both fascinated and confused by its tan, fit residents who woke up at sunrise… to run! The people I knew in my hometown of San Antonio didn’t hike or jog or do yoga. And I had never heard of (much less set foot in) an REI.

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