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I weighed myself this morning and I wasn't pleased with the result. No, I'm not getting fat, but I'm also not losing any weight either. It's been said by many that the last ten pounds are the toughest to get rid of. This is true.

I've been able to cut out most of the bad stuff, but there are times when I slip. More on that in a moment.

My high school weight was 165 lbs. Right now I'm at 178. Considering the fact I'm 31, that's darn good. Some people just completely let themselves go after the age of 30 - but fortunately I haven't fallen off the wagon. Hopefully I never will.

I know that at 170 I'm happy, so essentially I'm looking to get rid of 8 pounds. Although I exercise, it's keeping proper good eating habits that I need to pay more attention to.

Some good things I've done is that I've almost cut out soda and sugar 100%. The only things I drink these days are mainly Dasani water and coffee (made with Splenda and a small amount of 2% milk).

But.. then there's Monster LO-CARB.

The Monster drink is the reason I "almost" gave up soda but didn't quite make it. 🙂 When I spot one of these I always grab one. Everyone I know hates it. I'm one of the few that like it.

The "fortunate" part (if you could call it that) is that it's over two dollars a can. Granted, it's a big can, but still.. two bucks for a soda is insane. This keeps me from buying it often, which is good.

And for those interested, one can of LO-CARB has two 8oz. servings. Each serving is 10 calories and 3 grams of sugar, for a total of 20 calories and 6 grams of sugar consumed per can. If you think that's bad, it isn't. Take a look at a 12oz. can of any other major soft drink brand that isn't labeled "diet" and watch the calories and sugar soar into the stratosphere. It's amazing what you learn when you read the labels.

Then there's cartoon food. I, like everyone else I know, grew up on this stuff. Know not what this is? I'll explain.

Kids in the 80's we were all glued to the television, especially on Saturday mornings. I was one of them. In the midst of all the television commercials for toys, horrible food was advertised. It was food that either made you fat or high on sugar. Sometimes both. And we all wanted it. And we all got it. It's part of the reason why America is full of fat people now.

As an adult later in life, it takes a long time to wean off the ideas that advertising in the 80's told us to think concerning food. We were all programmed to believe that all this sugary fatty food was "fun". Then you eat it so much that you become used to it - and therein lies the trap - and you get fat. It is up to you as an individual to pull yourself out of the trap.

Giving up the sugary breakfast cereals is easy. Needless to say, I'm not "Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs" any longer. Actually, I never was. I liked Cocoa Pebbles much better. Mighty tasty. And mighty bad for you. Some people liked the Fruity Pebbles, I liked the Cocoa ones, because, after all, it was chocolate in a bowl.

Why is the cereal easy to give up? It's because when your pallet finally develops completely, you realize that Pixy Stix, Nerds, Sour Patch Kids and sugary cereals make you sick. As in really sick. Enough to throw up.

Giving up the fast food is tough because it's convenient and cheap. If you're driving to a friend's house and only have three bucks in your wallet, you can get something relatively filling and quick at any fast food place. Of course, after you get to your friend's house you immediately hit the bathroom and take a dump of biblical proportions, then think to yourself Why did I do that.. again?

What I do these days that helps me out is to have food at the ready that is better for me - so when I go out I'm not tempted to swing by the fast food places for a quick fat fest that turns into a crap storm an hour later (literally). My fridge is normally stocked with healthy stuff (rice, corn, fruit, pasta with light sauce, etc.) so when I get hungry I just eat that. It's better for me, digests better and doesn't make me feel like there's a lead weight in my stomach.

As long as I can stay away from the fast food places and avoid chocolate (I admit I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups), I think I'll be able to shed off the eight pounds I want to lose. It's all about willpower. 🙂

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