I’ll just get right into it: I’ve managed to regain eight of the 15 pounds I’d lost.

The last few weeks have been quite stressful, and despite my best intentions, I succumbed to old habits and really packed in the carbs. I’d mentioned bouts with insomnia: That led to eating in the middle of the night, which is probably the worst possible time.

If there’s any good in this, it’s that I’m not throwing in the towel, even though I may not be able to maintain this blog much longer. My agreement with The Root editors can be terminated at any time, and even though Less Leslie has been a surprise boondoggle for them, its success is based on my success.

Unfortunately, I’m also no longer being paid. It’s just a month’s suspension, but I have to tell you, the financial hit really hurts. I swear they don’t even read my posts, but they do have a special, custom program that zaps anti-Root phrases so, just between us, I’ll “code” the next sentence to let all my fans know how what I really think about them.

Has everyone had the chance to the movie Inglourious Basterds?

I’ll still be writing, so please consider sending donations via my business PayPal account to help me survive April. I don’t want to have to pass up fresh fruits and vegetables for applesauce and French fries. Again, The Root’s censor will delete my email address, but it’s easy to find online via Google – or via “Topeka,” as they’ve named their homepage today, for April Fools’ Day. ANY AMOUNT will help, and PayPal accepts Visa, too.


I’m actually writing this from a corner in my gym’s locker room. (The whole place is wireless; even the showers. Who knew?) I’ll be spending a couple of hours here, trying to make up for lost time. Working out always makes me feel better about myself. Some ladies are walking around right now, no doubt curious about what I’m doing. I’d be suspicious, too.

On a lighter note: Today is Upside-Down Day in the Ansley household, as it has been every April Fool’s Day for about 20 years. We have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner, and the kiddies really enjoy it. We all have different skeds, so last night I made a couple of quiches for folk to enjoy as they made their way out the door this a.m.  It’s fairly close to breakfast food, all things considered. Not sure yet about “dinner,” but if IHOP can serve pancakes as repast, so can I.

Before I sign off, I need to tell at least ONE truth in this April Fools’ Day entry: I’m down 19 pounds!!! More about that tomorrow.


It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. ~ Mark Twain

Leslie J. Ansley is an award-winning journalist and entrepreneur who blogs daily for TheRoot. She lives in Raleigh, NC.