There were many good possibilities for a topic this week, but getting blindsided that this was the last week for the Lean Plate Club blew everything else out of the water.
Yes, The Washington Post, like most major U.S. newspapers is offering buyouts to its "seasoned" employees. Perhaps I missed Sally Squires from the list when the WaPo buyout list was sent out.
I figured at least that the paper would continue the feature, given how much it helped and well, clearly, there was an audience for the feature. And the newspapers across the country that were carrying her column are also left without material.
Not to toot my own horn, but I hope the Balance of Food can be helpful to that audience.
When I was dealing with my transition, I looked to see what others were doing. At that point, I really enjoyed hearing from people who had success and continued keeping off the weight. They were inspiring to me at a time when I needed it.
I didn't always agree with Squires. We certainly have had our differences, especially on high-fructose corn syrup. And sometimes her background in nutrition could get in the way or not translate well. But you could tell that she was trying really hard.
But she also had a very non-judgmental attitude, something where her philosophy and mine are in syncopation. Squires liked to hear other people's suggestions, as long as they weren't working for the company involved.
I still haven't tried the famous black bean brownies. At some point, I will get up the courage to try.
In the meantime, Squires lives on in her past columns and discussion chats, along with her book.