When I first started to lose weight back in whenever, I made a commitment to myself that by age 40, I wanted to be at an even 200 lbs. A lofty goal but I’d say it’s within reach.

To underline the seriousness of my goal I’ve made a few more adjustments to my daily grind.

First, I’ve wished away all soft drinks into the proverbial cornfield, whether diet or not. I had noticed that when I started to drink them I began to eat more, and the result was a wonderful gift of gaining 10 lbs. over the holidays. Hooray for zero calories!

Second, I’ve replaced said soft drinks with green tea. While Ann will be the first to tell you that the green tea I’m drinking isn’t exactly what she’d consider pure, it’s a start. And I won’t lie to you–I hate tea. With a passion. But with all the supposed benefits green tea offers, it’s something I can live with.

Third is more exercise. I’ve once again added sit-ups to the routine, which also includes walking a mile during my lunch hour at work and at least 30 minutes of Wii Sports in the evening. I figure that by adding that one activity to my routine I should shed some weight even faster, as I did when I was in high school. Oh, and in case you’re wondering why I’m not using the Ab-Lounge, well…it’s under a pile of stuff in the shed and frankly there’s no room for it in the house.

And finally, I’m done with fast food for good (unless I get a salad instead of something greasy). That was another bad habit I fell back into recently. Since crappy foods came back into my life not only have I gained weight, I’ve also felt like crap. And that needs to stop.

Why all this now? Because I will be 39 next Thursday, and that’s when the clock begins to tick.