Eat Better Forever

[caption id="attachment_2025" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="A minor league baseball team in Michigan offers this at the concession stand. If you finish it, you get a t-shirt. That you can be buried in. This is called The Fifth Third Burger. It's made with nearly 2 lbs of beef, cheese, chili, sour cream and FRITOS. This is not part of the eat better forever campaign. "]This is called The Fifth Third Burger. It's made with nearly 4 lbs of beef, cheese chili, sour cream and FRITOS. This is not part of the eat better forever campaign.[/caption] It's been six weeks since I confessed that I needed to drop a few pounds. And guess what?

[caption id="attachment_1541" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="This burger, (a real menu item at Mel's Country Cafe in Tomball, Texas) consists of five pounds of beef, one pound of bacon and a quarter pound of cheese. This would not be on the menu for Eating Better Forever. "]This burger, (a real menu item at Mel's Country Cafe in Tomball, Texas) consists of five pounds of beef, one pound of bacon and a quarter pound of cheese. This would not be on the menu for Eating Better Forever. [/caption] If you'll recall, I've been looking to drop a bit of poundage. Nothing radical. I'm just trying to skim about ten to fifteen pounds off my frame. Thing is, I want it off permanently. I've been losing (and gaining back) the same 15 pounds since I was a senior in college. At 35, I want to set a goal weight and then actually maintain it. I want to Eat Better Forever. I know that as I get older, a pound or two might stick around from year to year. Considering that, I'd like to march into middle age at a comfortable weight, leaving a little wiggle room for the inevitable. It's been a week or so. I haven't had ice cream in bed while watching Will and Grace. I haven't had ice cream at all. I've made it my business to make my lunch in the morning: a turkey sandwich and plenty of snacks to get through the day. And I'm trying to do better about drinking plenty of water. Sidebar: I hate the taste of water. I always have. We have a Poland Spring dispenser in the kitchen. So I have no excuse for not drinking plenty of water. A few days ago, I bought a box of these joints... 200 I threw a few packets in my desk at the office, put some in my glove compartment and put the rest in my kitchen. Instantly, I doubled my water intake. The lemonade satisfies my sweet tooth with like, five calories. Yum! Except not. Two days after I started my Crystal Light project, (keeping in mind that I only had one packet  a day), I had a horrible, dull headache that would not go away. I'd take three Tylenol. And it would lessen but not disappear. A few hours later, the headache was back with a vengeance. I Googled "crystal light" and "headache" and got 20,000 hits. The aspartame in the drink seems to cause massive headaches for many people. I shudder to think what this poison is doing to me if it affects me this way. I'm now squeezing lemon and a drop of agave nectar in my water bottle. Damn that Crystal Light mess. Stay away! Here's what I do recommend if you've got a taste for junk food but don't want to junk up your body...