I have discovered a new, guaranteed way to lose weight fast: lose your unlimited MetroCard. Last week, on my way home, I accidentally dropped mine at some point, likely because my ski jacket has a hole in the left-hand pocket (which unfortunately I didn’t know at the time). As a result, I’ve been walking to work every day—a trek that comes in at an even six miles a day round-trip. The downside is that I have to get up considerably earlier—my commute suddenly takes 50 minutes instead of 15—but I’ve discovered that I’m feeling much better when I get to work and when I get home again, plus I oddly can do much longer workouts at the gym when I get home. All the walking is stealing time from writing my book, but it’s also leaving my head clearer when I sit down to write. Hopefully that will enable me to get back on schedule by the end of next week.