As the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel looms brighter and brighter, I can't help but notice the few pounds (or so) I've put on since we started lock downs.   I am no stranger to diets from Atkins to Weight Watchers (let's not mention the master cleanse), I always manage to lose weight, but inevitably regain it.  

In his book, Just Eat: One Reporter's Quest for a Weight-Loss Regimen That Works, Barry Estabrook chronicles the history of dieting and his own experiences.  

What struck me was his notion of following a diet.  A program or someone was telling me what I could and couldn't eat and adherence to these commands was the alleged key to success.  Much like Barry, I'm not a fan of being told how and what I can eat.  

His suggestion of leading a diet for yourself and being conscious of the small changes we can comfortably make resonated.  It's never been an option in the diet plans I tried!  So, I'm taking the lead and making some small changes over time to hopefully improve my weight and overall health.  

We'll see if I can follow myself as the leader!