This is week 57 in my series of Shape Up! The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.
All right everyone, I have sat here all day with a very sore right foot. It started to get sore on Saturday afternoon and this morning it became very sore! So today I have let my foot get some rest. I did some extra walking last week so that is probably the reason. One good thing is I stayed away from the Valentine’s Candy! Americans spend around $18 billion in Valentine’s stuff each year. And the average shopper is expected to spend $130.97 this Valentine’s on gifts, candy and cards this year. I did not spend one cent on Valentine’s this year! No I did not have a date this year. When you have been unemployed for 20 months; you don’t have any money to spend!
I also wanted to talk about this story. A 31-year-old woman from New Zealand died from a heart attack after she drank around two gallons of Coca-Cola a day! The Coroner said the large amount of Coca-Cola she drank likely led to metabolic imbalances that gave rise to her heart problems, adding that Coke was likely a “substantial factor” in her death. Now public health officials are calling for health label warnings to be put on soft-drink labels. Coca-Cola has run a commercial called Coming Together. This ad talks about the The well-being of families and communities. And it also says that soft drinks are not the only cause to the obesity epidemic.
In my opinion, I do see a city or state doing something to help people lose weight real soon. Most of the talk is about a “fat tax” on soft drinks and fatty foods. I don’t see a “fat tax” happening in Alabama anytime soon. But I would not be shocked if places like New York City does something like this in the future. I can see New York City doing something like this, they banned drink sizes over 16 ounces for one. The problem that needs to be addressed is the costs of food. If you have a family and earn really low incomes. You have to be picky on what you can buy.
So if you have food stamps or low-income and have lots of mouths to feed. What is going to be cheaper; fruits of veggies for around $10, or packs of cookies and chips for around $5? Alabama also has the issue of charging a sales tax on groceries which hurts the poor even more! There has to be a way to lower the costs of healthy foods for the low-income people to buy! I even have trouble buying healthy foods since I have been unemployed for 20 months. Food stamps does not give you a lot of wiggle room. So that means I have to buy $1 TV dinners and party pizzas. I wish I did not have to buy these things; but I don’t have much of a choice. And yes to save money, I only eat one meal a day. Someone needs to hire me!
Here is what I ate last week:
Saturday: Party Pizzas, Sweet Tea.
Sunday: Grilled Chicken and Hashbrowns, Sweet Tea.
Monday: Sausage and Biscuits, Sweet Tea.
Tuesday: Hotpockets, Sweet Tea.
Wednesday: Breakfast Pizza, Sweet Tea.
Thursday: Grilled Chicken and Hashbrowns, Sweet Tea.
Friday: Party Pizzas, Sweet Tea.
Have a wonderful week everyone!
- Coca-Cola addiction blamed in death, coroner says (myfox8.com)
- A Woman Died from Drinking Too Much Coca Cola (gizmodo.com)
- Coca-Cola ‘linked to woman’s death’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Woman Drank Herself to Death with Coca-Cola (news.discovery.com)
- Shape Up! – Week 55 (geekalabama.com)
- Shape Up! – Week 56 (geekalabama.com)