Portly and portage

I’m getting pretty chunky, which is a wound to my pride and health and — oddly enough — travel sensibility. I like to travel light. I can spend a week about anywhere (if I’m not preaching) with a small carry-on and a modestly packed laptop case. (With no lap-top.) Hardly revolutionary, but a developed skill none the less. But what’s the use of packing light if I’m packing twenty or thirty extra pounds at my waistline.

Then it hit me.

I want to go to the UUCF Revival in November. I want to lose weight. I’ve made a deal with myself. I hope I don’t regret it.
I will carry only as much luggage as the weight I loose between two weeks ago and then. If I loose twenty pounds, I can pack like a normal person. If I loose a half a pound, it means a change of undies in a plastic bag.

Silly? Perhaps. But I hate feeling like a sausage and I like a contest. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Of course, the Revival participants will know first.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. If you lose half a pound, you have to wear a Speedo for the whole conference. If I only lose half a pound, I have to wear a string bikini. Deal?

    This could be like Celebrity Fit Club, only with ministers.

  2. Some people find that eating lots of vegetables helps. Vegetables have all sorts of good stuff in them, and furthermore you can eat a large serving at lunch time and it will not make you sleepy. Additions can make this more interesting – hot sauce, grated cheese, seeds and nuts, etc.

    Walking a lot helps.

    Good luck!!!!

    ps the font on this web site is very small, hard to read

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