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Winning

Winning makes people happy, me included. Of course, when one person wins, someone else loses — but the pendulum always swings back the other way. Today’s winner could well be tomorrow’s loser. Only the lucky among us win more than we lose.

I don’t usually consider myself one of the lucky ones, but here are a few of the things I’m celebrating right now:

A win for the Thunder. I’m not really an Oklahoma City fan, but it’s frustrating — not to mention boring — to see one team sweep a series. That makes the Thunder’s victory a welcome one. Now, if only the Celtics can top the Heat. (Sorry, all you LeBron James lovers. I wish my Pacers had stopped the so-called dream team in the last round.)

A win for the people. A press release arrived in my email inbox at work hailing a “sweet victory” for consumer advocates. The FDA has decided the high-fructose corn syrup industry cannot market its sweetener as “corn sugar.”

The FDA says:

“The use of the term ‘sugar’ to describe HFCS, a product that is a syrup, would not accurately identify or describe the basic nature of the food or its characterizing properties. As such, using the term ‘sugar’ would not be consistent with the general principles governing common or usual names.”

Consumer advocates like Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League that put out the press release,  praise the decision. She says:

“This is an important victory as it upholds the principle of ‘truth in labeling’ for consumers. We applaud the FDA for acting as the ‘cop on the beat’ to ensure consumers aren’t misled by changing the name of High Fructose Corn Syrup to something it is not.”

I tend to agree with Greenberg. I’ve already mentioned on this blog how much I hate those “corn sugar” commercials. “Sugar is sugar.”

You bet it is. We eat too much of the stuff in every form, but especially that insidious HFCS. It’s everywhere — in ketchup, barbecue sauce, salad dressings … This article from Mark’s Daily Apple lists eight “health” foods that contain HFCS. Check it out. Some of them might surprise you. (I also found this fun related story, Corn is not a vegetable. Wish someone would convince the Boyfriend of that.)

A win for me. I’m down 1.6 pounds for the week. Yeah, yeah — I probably should have trumpeted that as my first “win.” But despite my pity party earlier in the week, the world does not revolve around me. I thought I should put others first this time. ;)

A win for Wendy’s (and me). I tried the half-sized Berry Almond Chicken Salad for the first time, and loved it. It’s reasonably low in carbs, and a nice change from the BLT Cobb Salad I usually get.

The stats:

With ranch dressing instead of the sugary vinaigrette it comes with, the salad has a respectable 9 Net Carbs. Not bad at all — and it tasted great.

A win for exercise: I’ve come to realize that if I don’t work out first thing in the morning, it’s probably not gonna happen. Thursday morning, I cranked out 2 miles in 31:30. It was mostly walking, butI threw in a couple of jogging intervals. Today, W4D1 of C25K is on my agenda.

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2 comments on “Winning

  1. loseitbig
    June 1, 2012

    Funny you mention HFCS. I usually drink black coffee but, on Fridays, if I stayed “healthy” through the week, I treat myself to some flavored creamer in my coffee. This is a treat so I am not really concerned with the “bad” stuff that is in the creamer. Anyway, I looked at the ingredients of the SUGAR FREE Vanilla creamer. The second ingredient right after water was corn syrup solids. It made me laugh. So much about it being sugar free!

    • Arlene Hittle
      June 1, 2012

      That stuff is EVERYWHERE — apparently even in “sugar free” creamer. Good to know. I’ll add it to my list of foods to avoid.

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This entry was posted on June 1, 2012 by in Day-to-Day, On the Scale and tagged , , , , , , .

Losing weight is easy …

... if you're in a coma, maybe. Most of us have to work at it — every day and every minute. It's not easy to make the right choices, to drink water instead of (diet) soda, pick the grilled chicken sandwich instead of a burger or choose to get up and get moving instead of lounging around in bed. After too many months of making the wrong choices under the guise of dabbling with paleo eating, I've re-joined Weight Watchers (online). My choices may no longer be low-carb or Whole30 or paleo, but the concept is the same: I'm still getting closer to my goal weight one choice at a time.

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