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Biting on Cough Drops

So these things have become an essential aspect of my daily diet. Even though my cough has faded, I continue to eat them because they’re just too addicting. They taste like candy – and the package clearly promises its healthiness too, namely that each drop contains 100% daily value of vitamin C.

But is it still considered healthy to eat more than five Halls Defense cough drops a day? What about ten? The pros are that each one is only 15 calories and 4 carbohydrates, so they’re not a problem in that department. However, the suggested use the cough drop’s website states is that one drop should be taken four times a day. I wonder if these seemingly harmless little drops are actually drugs, as my friend said (I do not know if she was serious at the time), because it contains echinacea root and should not be eaten for eight weeks consecutively.

This is one of the many things I ponder in my free time.

As an ending note, I will explain the title of this post, even though it is obvious – I bite on cough drops. I attempt to suck on them and let them sit idly in my mouth, but inevitably I chomp away and reduce the candy to smithereens.

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What Not to Eat After Losing Five Pounds

Have you ever succeeded in a dieting goal before? Do you know how it feels like to walk on that scale and wait in anxiety as the number appears before you, indicating whether your hard work and perseverance has paid off? Have you ever felt the happiness that comes with losing undesired weight and fat?

Do you know what it feels like to mess it all up?

If so, you’re not the only one. Let me share with you my “victory” lunch today:

1) Three original drumsticks and one chicken breast (520 calories, 215 calories from fat)

2) Three bags of Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop Butter Mini Bags (300 calories, 45 calories from fat)

3) A Neapolitan mini ice cream bar (90 calories, 15 calories from fat)

4) A handful of M&M’s (Roughly 512 calories, 198 calories from fat)

Total – Calories: 1,422, Calories from fat: 473. That’s probably more than what I’ve consumed in the past two days.

On the upside, I bought one of these to help me even things out!

*I just read a startling statistic from The Innocent Lam’s recent blog post… Key’s bmi is 18.7! That’s only .2 above underweight! For me to get to that bmi I would have to lose 10 pounds… well, it’s good to set challenging goals. (:

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Eat this, not that! (but really, it’s up to you)

I’m about to make a meaningless profound connection between my weight objective and America’s current trend of mindlessness/obesity. Prepare to be amazed.

My new goal is to lose ten pounds. That’s manageable, right? In other words, decreasing my BMI from roughly 21.3 to 19.7. It’s not like I want to become solely the skin and bones that frame my body, I just want to lose a little (or a lot) of fat. It might be hard because my current fat percentage is already 8.0%, but like they say, you have to risk it to get the biscuit. I have no idea where that saying originates.

Anyway, I decided to research some strategies to make my pursuit of weight loss more achievable. By research, I mean asking people who are skinny/look skinny/my friends their opinion. This is a list of things I have learned (I guess I have a thing for lists):

1. Exercise a lot.

2. Don’t eat more than you need.

3. Various dieting methods.

4. Read Eat this, not that!

… wait a second. Read a book to lose weight? Surely this is some form of chicanery designed for those corpulent individuals who cannot comprehend that reading books does not result in a shedding of pounds! Even the cover seems too colorful and artsy for its own good:


But as the popular saying goes (and no, I don’t know where this one originates either) – never judge a book by its cover. So I won’t. I’ll judge it on its content, which I decided to read through recently.

The one problem I had with this book was the complete obviousness of almost 90% of the things it suggested: do people really think ordering a full rack of BBQ ribs would be healthier than getting a chicken salad? Do fruit loops really look healthier than cheerios? Are Americans really too lazy to simply look at the nutritional information provided to them?

Okay, that last one was a little harsh. I understand some restaurants to attempt to beguile customers by carefully contorting their entrees to appear healthy, slimming, etc. Still, the simplicity of some comparisons bothers me.

Now I’ll try one…

Eat this…

Delicious mango.

Not that!

Fattening cups of chocolate.

One last note: it’s not as if society should feel bound by the instructions in Eat this, not that! In the end, it’s up to good old perseverance and willpower to determine whether one will really lose weight or not.

I think this will help me lose weight, and quite a few others as well… (or at least make them more determined, if you catch my drift)



The Key to success.

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Heaven in a Cup

(taken from the Cinnabon Newsroom)

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