Anyone who has ever had a vice understands one simple statement: They are tough to give up.

Some vices may not seem too bad, such as watching a particular TV program and listening to too much music from the 1980s.

While others — drugs, alcohol and gambling — are considered dangerous vices that can lead to bigger problems down the road.

In other words, vices are bad habits that most people would like to break.

Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight understands that food can also be considered a vice.

Food is important and everyone needs to eat to stay alive, but it’s all about making the right decisions.

Some people eat too much, while others enjoy sweet and salty treats a little too much.

I fall into the latter, as sweet and salty treats have always been my vice. It was before my weight-loss surgery, and it continues today.

In other words, weight-loss surgery didn’t curb my desire to eat sweet and salty snacks. It’s a vice that I will continue to battle for the rest of my life.

Lay’s potato chips had a popular slogan “betcha can’t eat just one,” and that can also work for other parts of my vice – M&M’s, Hershey Bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Pringles potato chips.

But all of those treats pale in comparison to a candy that comes out only once a year – Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs.

Growing up, I always looked forward to when Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs would start appearing on store shelves because I knew those yellow and orange delicacies would appear in my Easter basket.

As I got older, my Easter baskets disappeared, but my cravings for Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs didn’t.

During a 2008 vacation to Hershey Chocolate World in Hershey, Pa., my brother, Rob, and I even got on our hands and knees and paid homage to a giant display of Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. That’s how much we enjoy peanut-butter eggs.

Of all the candy out there, many people have asked one question. Why are Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs my favorite candy?

All I can say is that it is the perfect balance of peanut butter and chocolate. Reese’s other holiday treats – hearts, pumpkins and trees – can’t match the perfect combination of the peanut butter eggs.

As with Lay’s potato chips, I could never eat just one Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg, so that’s where the problem comes in. I wanted to eat all of that type of candy I could find.

Today, that is no longer an option.

Since having weight-loss surgery, I am more aware of what I am eating, but I still reward myself with occasional snack. One day it could be a few potato chips, while other days, it is a sweet treat.

But with Easter around the corner, my rewards are limited to one treat — Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs.


Starting weight (April 1, 2014): 401.2 pounds

Surgery weight (April 15, 2014): 383 pounds

Current weight (as of March 7): 302 pounds for a total weight loss of 99.2 pounds

Brent St. Germain is the sports editor of The Houma (La.) Courier and The Thibodaux (La.) Daily Comet. He can be reached by e-mail at