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Eleanorbiggestloser copy I gave the last of the Ben & Jerry's Half Baked FroYo to my husband and my son and walked out of the kitchen with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt ringing in my head.

"Do the thing you think you cannot do."

Eleanor Roosevelt as weight-loss inspiration? Definitely more creative than Megan Fox. (That's Eleanor, at right, if she was a Biggest Loser contestant.)

It's time to suck it up and stop allowing myself stuff like low-fat chips and cereal bars and diet candy and Ben & Jerry's. I had some yesterday, obsessively measuring a serving on the food scale. But Ben & Jerry's isn't going to bring me closer to my goal of losing all the weight I want to lose, a battle I've been fighting since I was a chubby 10-year-old.

I'm going to win this war.

But does losing weight mean avoiding certain foods? For me it has to. I'm way too easy on myself. I think back to something I read about five years ago, on the pioneering diet blog Skinny Daily Post, written by Juju Ridl, who lost 100 pounds nearly 10 years ago. Alas, the blog doesn't seem to be active anymore. My all-time favorite post of hers is titled "Not Right Now," which you still can find in her archives from August 2004. Here's an excerpt:

The real secret to my success over giving up foods I love for a little while? Knowing there will always be more.

I knew that I could give up those foods for a year, because at the end of the year, there they would be again. The pie, the cake, the chips. I know today that when I enjoy too many of these things, I have to say goodbye again for a while.

So goodbye Ben, and you too, Jerry (who once told me, at the factory in Vermont, that his favorite flavor was their Berry Berry Extraordinary sorbet). I can't see you right now. I'll be hanging out with the nonfat Greek yogurt for awhile, probably forever.

I usually don't attach any time frames to losing weight but I am shooting for one mini goal: FitBloggin' 10, which is this coming March (the month I turn 48 -- blaaaargh!) in Baltimore, one of my fave cities. As I write this, there are 131 days until the start of the fitness bloggers' conference, and I told FitBloggin' organizer Roni Noone (of the great blogs Roni's Weigh and GreenLiteBites) that I was going to make a public spectacle of myself to lose 20-something pounds in 20-something weeks.

So here goes:

I hereby vow to lose 20-something pounds (or more, who knows?) by the start of FitBloggin' 10 in March.

My starting weight is ...

(OMG, I'm not that brave! Suffice to say I weigh the same as Miami Dolphins fullback Lousaka Polite. You figure it out. Dude's got 7 inches on me.)

Every weekend I'm going to tell y'all how I did with the eating and the moving and the scale. And I promise I'll post more over here, even as I obsess over The Biggest Loser at This is where I get to do all the "me me me" stuff.

And hey, "you you you" -- I need your support and encouragement. Tweet me, leave me comments, tell me I can do it. Losing weight sure isn't as easy as it was when I was in my 20s. But back then, when I lost 40 pounds, I did it with focus and determination and without Ben & Jerry.

I leave you today with the last verse of Coldplay's Nobody Said It Was Easy. Consider it a breakup song with Ben & Jerry:

Nobody said it was easy
Oh it's such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard
I'm going back to the start.