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My weight loss tool: my hatred of high heels

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Andrea Weigl, new mom and food writer, is chronicling losing her pregnancy weight:

A co-worker heard the clack-clack of my high heels the other day and asked me about them. You see I don't normally wear high heels. I love my flats and being comfortable. Right now, they are part of my weight loss plan. When I had to buy three new pairs of pants for work after having my daughter, I had them all hemmed so I have to wear high heels.

My reasoning: my sore feet would encourage me to lose the pregnancy weight faster.

I don't know how much it is helping. I'm stuck in this zone between156 to 158 pounds and have been since I returned to work in January. I want to get to 150 pounds, which is what I weighed before I got pregnant. I will use any trick I can to reach my goal.

What are your unique, sort-of-strange weight loss strategies?


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Andrea, ditch the heels & get comfy shoes. Then eat plants.

Oh, my feet and heart ache for you! But wearing heels just keeps you from exercising, which will up your metabolism and burn calories. It's much more pleasant to wear walking shoes, enjoy walks in our beautiful spring weather, and then eat as much wonderful whole plant-based foods as you want.

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Add as many bananas, apples, and vegetables as you want. Use frozen peas and and greens to save time.

Put your feet up and watch Forks Over Knivesto see how easy and delicious it can be to lose weight and get healthy.

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What a unique way to change the scales!

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About the blogger

Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.

About this blog

News & Observer staffers determined to drop their weight detail their journey. Some only want to lose a few pounds, some seek a more dramatic change. Celebrate their successes, learn from their struggles and get information about health and weight loss. N&O readers will share their stories at http://blogs.newsobserver.com/dieting/home. And enjoy our five-part series, Frontiers of Fat.