That's the number that my scale happily flashed at me last night. How did I get here? Well, I can assure you, in no uncertain terms, it was not clean living. I have gone up and down(mostly up) over the past decade. There are many factors involved here. Not the least of which is somewhere along the line I took on full couch potato mode. Now, not all of that was voluntary. If you've followed me for any length of time, you know I've had health, strength and mobility issues. Bad back, bad knees etc.
Admittedly, I could have done more and chose not to. There was also the bout of extreme agoraphobia where I couldn't leave the house. Thankfully that's gone bye bye.
In recent months, I've been out more, walking more and eating better than I have for the better part of my adult life. Plus, the beaches of SoCal are rather enticing and make you feel the need to get out and visit them.
Lack of places to walk is never going to be an issue. As I said, I also started eating better. The food is good and the ingredients are fresh, and mostly healthy for you, in moderation. So, it isn't that either.
One of the main culprits is something I have yet to be able to kick the habit of and the meaning of the title.
I am talking about, the seemingly innocent cans of soda I can't seem to pass up. I knew it was bad for me. I've read the stories and articles. It didn't matter. I knew the health issues, didn't matter. I was able to give up the sugar in my coffee.(Although, I don't drink that by the gallon anymore either). That trick saved me hundreds of calories a week. Sadly, the soda negated that. But, it was a positive step anyway. There are roughly 16 calories in a teaspoon of sugar. According to one site, there are 237 in 2 cans of coke and I was drinking several a day sometimes.
That doesn't include all the other detrimental effects.
Then there is this lovely visual aid. To be honest, this didn't deter me either. I know I know... It's an addiction and we can always find ways to justify addictions.
Today is day 0. I will be drinking mostly water from now on. I went a year without once. I'm hoping I can do that and more this time around. I cannot really help naturally occurring sugars in the fruit I eat. It is what it is.
I will track weight loss and other, not so easily measurable things as well going forward. Anyone feel like taking the no soda journey with me? There are no weigh ins, no locker checks. We are adults and can hold ourselves accountable and be honest, right?
As always, just my .02¢ worth. YMMV