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Dealing with Peer Pressure in Regards to Food

I know there are some people that get offended if you don't take the food they offer you. There are others who simply don't understand healthy eating and will criticize the foods that you're eating. Some people expect you to eat junk food or they won't stay your friend.

Peer pressure is usually tied in with talk about drugs, but can very easily be applied to food. There are relatives or co-workers who will beg you to eat certain food and when you tell them you don't eat that, they don't let it go. They hound you and hound you, as if they will convince you to partake in the food. I remember one job a while ago where I was pressured to eat junk food all the time. "Rich, have another candy..." "Finish this bag of candy..." Of course, I would always eat the food offered as I was obese and didn't care or think about the effects of eating too much junk food.

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The Dangers of Aspertame

The Dangers of Aspertame

Doctor Oz did a segment about aspertame on his show recently. I'm happy he finally acknowledged some of the problems with aspartame, but I don't think he went far enough about the dangers of this chemical.

That's right, aspertame is made of chemicals, nothing natural about it. Do you know how aspertame was discovered? A scientist was working on a new medication back in the 1960's and accidentally had a taste of what would become known as aspertame when it landed in his mouth. Doesn't sound too good for you, does it?

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Week 1 Weight-Loss/Wellness Challenge Results are in! - In the Lead for Now...

I had my 2nd week weigh-in and lost an additional 2 lbs. So currently I am down 12 lbs overall since the beginning of the challenge.

I won the most weight lost for the first week of the challenge and I think I am in the lead. My weight-loss has slowed as I expected for the second week since I got back my carbs.  Next weeks weigh-in will be the real signifier as to whether or not my diet is kicking in gear as it should.  If I do not lose then I will have to make adjustments to my carb load as well as pick up on more activity.

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From Fat to Athletic

From Fat to Athletic

I feel a lot stronger and athletic after my weight loss. It's not perfect, but I do see improvements in my muscles. I'm able to do things I never would be able to do before with the extra weight.

I've been practicing doing chin-ups. I use a weight-assisted machine and eventually I won't need the assistance to do them. Push ups were always difficult for me. I can't do them properly just yet, but I practice daily. Push ups are such a good work out that I want to be able to do them correctly. I do the modified version and gradually, I'm getting closer to doing the traditional push up. It's a good sign of strength and physical fitness to be able to do them.

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If these hamsters can do it... then so can I

If these guys can do it... I know I will!

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