We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
4 years ago I stopped worrying about exercise like I used to. I, instead, turned to focusing on what I put in my mouth with very strict calorie counting. If weight wasn't coming off, I reduced my daily intake by 100 calories. It worked. I have kept off the weight. Sure, occasionally, I have to go back to closer watching of my food habits to take off a few extra pounds. But overall, I lost and kept off between 15 and 20 pounds.
Many people feel guilt about not finding the time or enthusiasm to exercise. They think they must do it in order to lose weight. NOT TRUE. It was so freeing once I learned that. Thanks to my doctor, who got my mind off exercise and back on what I put in my mouth.