This post is totally outside of Ed or Tech, but consider it a public service announcement. I have found 2 successful dieting strategies. The first, which only works for those with fat dogs: go on a diet with your dog. Use each other as accountability partners. There is no way you can eat when your dog is starving in front of you with those begging eyes. Second, buy really nice pants for yourself as a Christmas present with a waist size that you want to reach. You then feel so guilty for buying the pants that you are forced to lose the weight.