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Just say no.

Just say no.

It’s been a week now since I gave up junk food.  Several people have questioned what exactly falls into that category.  I like to say the “c” words:  candy, cookies, chocolate (gulp!), cake, crackers and chips. Oh, and pretzels (cretzels?).  I added fast food to that group also – burgers, fries and that ilk. I kept pizza, although I might forgo it this week. I’ve done pretty well so far and I’m down 2 pounds. Well, technically more, since I started trying to lose weight on Jan 1 when I found I was heavier than I’d thought. Too much partying on New Year’s Eve. Sigh.

I rarely miss the salty snacks. I’ve struggled the most in giving up sweets.  I suppose that’s no surprise. The other night while watching TV, out of the blue I started thinking about licorice.  “Ooh, Red Vines!”, apropos of nothing.

I’ve been sneaking in 2-mile brisk walks, here and there, weather permitting. That seems to help the waistline as well as to ward off the winter blues. My mood has improved greatly.  I find myself focusing on the positive things in my life, past and present. My face has cleared up considerably.

I ran three miles this morning.  I did 2 slow miles on the treadmill, talking to a gym friend.  He’s been to Italy and seen St. Peter’s Cathedral.  I’ve been to Paris and seen Notre Dame and Sainte-Chappelle.  Great way to pass the time, sharing our adventures.  Then my leg started to cramp up.The last mile I hopped off the machine and went outside.  Overcast and 40 degrees, it was great running weather.  I accidentally ran it very fast.  My bad.  But hello, calorie burn.

How are your New Year’s resolutions progressing?