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Ask Amy: Loved one is heartbroken over ex’s profession

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

My new modus operandi has become “Carpe Diem.”

I am spinning out of control.

Do you have any wisdom for me?

— Desperate in Darien

Dear Desperate: The number on the scale doesn’t matter as much as that feeling you report of “spinning out of control.”

You are at something of a disadvantage, because you’ve obviously never worried about your eating habits – until recently.


Various studies are reporting that a high percentage of Americans have gained weight during the pandemic, so you are definitely not alone.

I can tell you from experience that 10 pounds doesn’t “magically appear.” Nor will it magically disappear.

My advice is to accept the impact of your choices. Understand that each day offers a clean slate, and a clean plate. Small changes can lead to healthier habits.

A dietitian could offer you a realistic strategy for getting healthier (there’s room for chocolate in your life!).


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