Daily Archives: August 17, 2009

Tighten your belt


It’s recession time, kids. Time to put half of that cheesesteak in the fridge for lunch tomorrow.

Ed Rendell, the unabashed indulger in all things greasy, has not had so much as a bite of a cheesesteak in two months.

He’s given up sweets, too, including his favorite dessert, Starbucks coffee ice cream. Not a spoonful, as hard as that might be to believe.

It shows.

The once-rotund governor has shed nearly 40 pounds since reaching an all-time high in the spring of 265 pounds.

His secret?

“I literally eat half of what I used to,” Rendell said yesterday at the governor’s mansion. “I am now a devout disciple of the fact that if you want to lose weight you have to significantly reduce the amount of food you put in your mouth.”

So, a three-egg omelet is now made with two eggs; eight slices of bacon are now four.

A healthy president?  A healthy governor? What’s next?