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4/1/13 4:32 P

I drink a lot of water and keep telling myself how much healthier it is for me.

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4/1/13 3:10 P

I know exactly how hard it is to stop the pop. To be honest I was drinking between 60 and 80 ounces a day. Oh it was diet, but that doesn't make it any better, in fact maybe it's worse. There were entire weeks that would go by with me drinking nothing but diet pop!

Today marks my 4th full week without having a pop, diet or otherwise! I would love to tell you I didn't crave one ALL THE FREAKIN' TIME, but I won't lie! I will tell you the things I've noticed

1. My beyond painful joints are not hurting as bad!
2. My complexion has completely cleared up!
3. I am sleeping better!
4. I have more energy!

What do I fill that huge vat of space all that diet soda used to go into?

1. I keep water in my fridge COLD!
2. I allow myself 1 or 2 glasses of Green Tea everyday (or regular if I can't find green)
3. I use SPLENDA sweetened water flavor enhancers when I need a bit of a change!
4. I keep lemons and limes sliced up and ready to go into my water! Makes me feel special!

Hope any of this helps!

NOTE: Lastly I got myself some pretty cool glasses, bottles etc to drink my water out of!!!! It actually helps!!

Edited by: BECKYGC at: 4/1/2013 (15:12)

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4/1/13 12:14 P

I never really liked soda to begin with so it was easy for me to quit. I haven't drunk a sugary soda in over 10 years I think.

A friend of mine had a tough time making the switch, though. For the carbonated effect that a lot of people like, try seltzer water. It's basically just carbonated water. Add an herbal tea bag, a slice of fruit or fruit puree, a squeeze of lime or lemon, or get flavored (but not sweetened) seltzer water.

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4/1/13 7:31 A

I went cold turkey for about 3 weeks at the beginning of this year because I felt very out of control. I had to have diet coke all the time...I don't even want to think about how much I was drinking! Once I broke the habit, I no longer felt like I was out of control, and now I have diet coke on occasion but drink mostly water and tea. Tell yourself you can do it and work toward gaining control. You can do it!

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3/31/13 12:28 A

To be honest, I have been unable to stop drinking pop; I have been drinking it ever since college bout 15 yrs ago. I did switch over to diet several yrs ago but I just cant stop. The longest I went without drinking it is 2 months and couldn't do it any longer. I do sometimes go a day or two without but no more. I drink a lot of crystal light which has lower my pop consumption quite a bit.

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3/30/13 11:31 P

Flavored sparkling water. They're carbonated and the fruit flavor gives them a bit of sweetness. But there's no calories or caffeine. Since I started drinking them, I rarely miss soda and I was very addicted.

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3/30/13 9:07 P

Half juice, half sparkling water

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3/30/13 6:26 P

Try flavoring your own water. Add lemon to your water, or mint leaves and cucumber, or fresh raspberries, etc. Cut up, let soak in pitcher of water then just drink the water. I'm sure you could try just about any flavoring with this method. I think Dr Oz had some ideas for flavored water on his website too.

Edited by: CYNDIRELLA1 at: 3/30/2013 (18:26)

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3/30/13 9:41 A

I never used to drink pop but when I started college I started to drink pop on a daily basis (because the Dining Hall had tons of it). After the first year I had gained about 10 pounds and knew I needed to lose it. Cutting out pop wasn't as hard for me as it is for a lot of people but I admit that I had to fight of the temptation. It was hard at first, and I'd often treat myself to one or two pops a week, but by the end I simply stopped caring for it again. I had gone without it for so long that I didn't crave it anymore.

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3/30/13 9:35 A

Good for you! I think it's great when people set positive goals for themselves. Breaking habits can be so hard to do.

Years ago I gave up biting my nails but I still pick at my cuticles, I want to quit so bad. Not to thread hijack but any suggestions would be helpful. I do it without even realizing.

As for pop, carbonated beverages make me burp, which I hate because I think it's gross. So I don't drink them.

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3/30/13 9:23 A

I'll be honest, I used to have 1-3 diet pops a day..... which is NOT good for you at all. Anyways, how do you guys stay away from pop? It's a struggle for me but I made it one day (yesterday) without pop for the first time in years. I just want to continue this streak for as long as possible.

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