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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: If it tastes so good it’s probably oh so bad

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

No carbs and a lot of protein – welcome to my new diet.

By Josh Peterson, editor

Proudly, that one sentence netted an 18 pound weight drop for me over a three week period. Well, a little diet pill I picked up for $60 from Slim Now helped, too.

Eighteen pounds over three weeks – didn’t lift a finger to exercise. Imagine what I could do with a little less lazy in me and actually used that shiny white rec center pass dangling from my key chain.

I have managed to hold steady at my 18 pounds for a couple of weeks without moving in either direction. I could probably keep going down but I’m out of pills – Christmas is coming before you know it and $60 isn’t cheap – and I find myself more and more tempted by … sweets.

Always my Achilles heel of a diet and they still make me turn my head at the checkout line. Eight cupcakes and a cake sitting in the fridge after a 6-year-old’s birthday party just isn’t fair, either – granted I only ate two, on separate days.

But it’s those things that have this entire country obese. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all coming up, the Amen Corner for a dieter if you will, it’ll be a miracle if I can keep things in check.

Why do things that are so bad have to taste soooo good? And why do things that are good have to taste like cardboard? Or be so expensive, for that matter.

That’s the will-power dilemma we face on multiple fronts, not just in the kitchen. Temptation is strong to grab a cupcake here and there, maybe take a shortcut or a low resistance path when we know the only way to really get what we want is to put down the cupcake, grab some nuts, a bottle of water, and stop watching the food channel.

I’ve kicked around the idea of starting this column for about a year. It seemed like a way to lighten this ever-so-serious page up just a little bit.

But every time I got ready to do so I found an excuse – busy, tired, unmotivated – take your pick.

But I guess it’s time to put down the cupcake, and write this every week.


-Josh Peterson is the editor of the Manchester Times. He can be reached by email at or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105