I didn't feel like posting anything about this earlier, but about three weeks ago, I decided to try giving up my one daily Mountain Dew. I was spurred to thinking about it because of my sleep therapist strongly advising me to avoid all caffeine. I don't actually believe the caffeine is affecting my sleep, but I am convinced that I really could use to skip that 46g of HFCS a day. Since that point, I've only had Dew on Sundays, when I pamper myself as part of my EFRC work day lunch. Instead of the Dew, I'm allowing myself a small amount of chocolate with my lunch at work. I've found it surprisingly easy; I don't miss the Dew at work. But the biggest surprise is that last week and this week, when I did have that can, it didn't even taste all that special. It wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't good enough to justify the evil HFCS. I will continue to include a Dew with my EFRC lunch for at least one more trip, but I think I'm ready to put Mountain Dew on the same list as hamburgers: "This food is really bad for me, so I should only have it if I really enjoy it, and I find that I don't enjoy it enough to justify the bad, so I no longer eat it.
Unfortunately, my weight is still stubborn, but it is down a bit, coming in at 238.6 when I saw Dr. B last week -- the lowest it's been this year. (I feel like I'm trying harder than I ever have to lose weight, and the lack of results has been frustrating me; this was a factor in stopping the Dew.)