I live in the midwest, and frankly speaking there are a lot of overweight people here. I know this because I'm originally from the East Coast and, also frankly speaking, there are a lot more skinny people there. I have also noticed that the West Coast sports a lot of skinny people too.

Please, don't get me wrong, the East and West Coasts have plenty of overweight people as well. I'm just saying on average it seems that there are more skinny people on the two coasts.

Who cares about that? Yes, it really and truly doesn't matter what a person's weight is. It doesn't matter if they are overweight or underweight or somewhere in the middle. It really does not matter, not one bit. Unless, and this is key, unless the person himself is not happy with his weight.

Sure, there are a lot of other concerns that go with excessive weight, such as a higher risk for heart disease, elevated cholesterol levels and more pressure on the heart to perform.

The heart itself is a muscle. Consider that the more weight a person has the more work that muscle has to do. I've heard it said that every pound of fat adds a mile more of blood vessels to pump blood through. That is Dr. Judah Folkman's estimate. Dr. Folkman is a Harvard Medical School professor. You have to love medicine for bringing us information.

Also consider that the heart never stops, under normal circumstances. It could be considered the hardest working muscle in the body. The heart is absolutely amazing when you imagine that it is busy working, continuously pumping blood through the body for your entire life.

I'd hate to think that I was giving my heart additional work to do every time I put on ten pounds of weight. I love my heart, it keeps me going. So I want to be kind to it. Life can be an enriching experience. So I want to cherish the health of my heart so that I can get the most out of life.

Anyway, back to weight loss. I love my body, so I'm motivated to care for it. I don't look at weight loss as a chore. I am a skinny guy, especially for the midwest. But, I do have times when I start to notice my belly expanding. That usually serves as a wakeup call for me.

So, what do I do when that happens? I start to cut way back on the junk food. I go to the health food store on Saturdays and I load up on organic strawberries, blueberries, celery, carrots, apples, other organic fruits and vegetables and organic skim milk.

Why do I choose organic? I believe, correctly or incorrectly, that organic foods are healthier and have less toxic poisons on them. I know that is up for debate, but I want to err on the side of caution. As I mentioned before, I love my body and want to care for it the same way it cares for me.

I once met a woman that worked for the EPA, she told me that apples have the most pesticides on them out of any of the food they monitor. Now I heard that second hand folks, so take it with a grain of salt. It may or may not be truth.

Oh, what do I do with all that organic stuff. Well, I whip out my high powered blender and start making fruit smoothies. I take sliced celery and carrots to work with me and snack on them all day long, instead of the junk food.

I also drink as much water as possible. I add minerals to my water.

Within a week, I have generally start to get rid of the extra pounds. I keep this up for as long as it takes. There is one notable exception. I pick one day a week, where I'm allowed to splurge away on whatever I want.

I'm 5 foot 9 inches tall and weigh about 165 pounds. Not bad. Not bad at all.

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