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Paul Chi
February 04, 2014 07:00 PM

Tom Arnold lost 89 lbs. last year by changing his diet and exercising, but continuing to keep a healthy lifestyle is a difficult task he faces each day.

“Every day I’m working at it. It can be challenging and some days I do better than others,” Arnold, 54, told PEOPLE at DirecTV’s annual Celebrity Beach Bowl football game in New York City on Saturday.

“Every other time I lost weight and got to my goal, I ended up gaining it all back. This time it’s a lifestyle change and it’s also for my wife [Ashley, 38] and son [Jax, 9 months]. So every day I work on it. I just have to be aware of it and it gets a little bit easier.”

But with Sunday’s Super Bowl game comes lots of temptation to eat chicken wings, potato chips, pizza and drink beer and soda.

“I know I’m going into this slippery area. I do watch the commercials, and it is brutal because the food looks so good in these commercials, and I’m thinking how am I going to not go off the rails,” said the comedian.

His answer is to plan ahead and make sure there are plenty of healthy dishes.

“For the Super Bowl, my wife is making nachos that are wonderful with flax seed, and pizza with a cauliflower crust that’s crispy on the outside,” said the My Big Redneck Wedding host. “It’s healthy and tastes great!”

Arnold admits he will eventually cheat, and that’s fine with him.

“I’ve been going through a lot of airports lately and they have Cinnabon and I know one day I will stop and eat one of those. They are so good,” he said with a laugh. “When that happens, I will get back at it and continue to eat healthy and exercise. It’s okay to cheat once in a while. I know it’s okay.”

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