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.
Dine like you always do, only cut all main meal portions in half while cutting out all appetizers, dessert, wine etc. Cut out all between-meal calorie consumption. Focus on this like a cat focuses on a mouse. Takes 4± months to drop 20 lbs. It can be done. I've done it at least a half dozen times in my 90 years, and am at the tail end of a weight drop started this past August; 17 lbs. so far, 3-4 lbs. to go.