Jeff Garlin’s new book “My Footprint: Carrying the Weight of the World” hit the shelves Feb. 23. Best known for his role the in the HBO hit Curb Your Enthusiasm in which he plays a character who is often referred to as “fat f**k” by his on-screen wife, Garlin chronicles his journey to reduce his waistline and his carbon footprint.
“My Footprint” starts with Garlin explaining his reason for the lifestyle make-over and quickly transitions to a daily journal which reveals the difficulty he encountered while implementing the plan.
The first day, Garlin is overcome by the “magical deliciousness” of Lucky Charms and commits to starting following day, noting that he will recycle the box. A few days in, he still struggles with the start – this time cookie dough is his nemesis. He eats an entire roll of sugar cookie dough from the fridge and is forced to run out to the grocery store to replace the sweet treat. When he returns home he drops the grocery bag in a recycling bin.
The comedian writes, “A quick aside here: yes, I hope to lighten my carbon footprint, because I know it is a big one, but I’ve always been obsessed with recycling. I’ll even take things home from work or social events just to make sure they get recycled properly. The thought of some piece of plastic sitting for hundreds of years in a dump somewhere makes me nuts.”
Jeff Garlin, who weighed 320 pounds at his peak, is now down to 260 pounds and hopes to drop another 20-40 pounds.
“The thing that I really want to get across, if there is any message, that it’s not a diet, it’s not a, you wake up and do this, it’s over time it happens,” said Garlin. “And it happened to me over time.”