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July 3 = One year without Diet soda

Monday, June 30, 2014

In 3 days I will have gone one whole year without any diet soda or colored soda for that matter. Now I had sprite here and there but mainly because I just had to have something different with bubbles and not a big bubbly water fan.
When I first started this I was drinking upwards of 6+ cans of Diet Coke a day. I knew I had to change and a few years ago I had made it to almost 100 days. The first 8 months this time were very hard. But I just stuck to my guns and finally have beaten the cravings. I think the biggest change was that I had to make up my mind that I didn't need it anymore and then had to get through the addiction. (I completely believe that Diet Coke is addictive as hard drugs).
If you are a diet soda drinker and have wanted to quit for years, one word of advice. Only tackle one thing and that is this. Don't try to diet with it or stop eating something else. You have to focus on this first. And give it a year because even after 6 months you will sometimes just get hit with a craving and it takes everything to get past it without having a diet soda.
My newest is going to be clean eating for a year. My husband and I both have weight to lose. (me way more than him) We plan on walking every morning but start eliminating so many carbs and try to eat clean. Will keep everyone posted!!
Happy journeys
Sarah

  
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COOP9002 6/30/2014 2:22PM

    Awesome job

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PHATPAT18 6/30/2014 12:57PM

    emoticon Congratulations!!!

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JAROL7 6/30/2014 12:07PM

    What I've learned about weight loss?
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JAROL7 6/30/2014 12:05PM

    Good for you! Not only is it healthy ... but it will save you a ton of money over your lifetime.

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GENIABEANA 6/30/2014 11:51AM

    Whew girl!!! Congrats! Diet Coke is my biggest addiction! Kudos to you! Keep up the good work!

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GEORGE815 6/30/2014 11:47AM

    Good job on the Diet Coke discontinuation. It really is tough on your system, and despite all the up beat ads, doesn't quench your thirst.

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Day 3 of counting calories

Friday, December 16, 2011

So I am starting Day 3 of counting everything that goes in my mouth. I did a few days before I started really changing my lifestyle and I was mortified to realize that I was eating upwards of 4,000 to 7,000 calories a day. Now mind you I am tall and active and have never felt that I was obese just heavy. When I would tell people what I would weigh they are shocked because they all guess me about 50 lbs less than what I truly am. I carry it well but it is there. The tables say that I need to lose 75 lbs to be at the high end of my weight category and I just feel that it is completely unrealistic. I will be ecstatic with 50. I am down 2 on day 3's weigh in for the morning. Yes I know you should do it slow but when I eat within in the calorie range and do my activity I know it will just melt off because eating is my weakness.

  
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SPURSELL 5/25/2012 5:04PM

    Birgit
I actually am doing something similiar to that. I am following Bob Harper's rules. And I have had those symptoms along with some other that just happen. But I am on Day 4 this time and already feel better in the moments that those symptoms don't take over.
I agree with you and thank you so much for the support!!

Sarah

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HOUNDLOVER1 5/23/2012 11:54AM

    Sarah,
I know where you are coming from. I haven't been overweight for a long time but I ate up to 4000 calories easily on many days last year, far more than my body needed, but I was able to keep the weight off just by being very active. Of course I was still not happy about the constant need for food. Since I went on a low-carb (for me that means no sugar no grains) and high fat diet I can eat 3 times a day in moderation, have virtually no cravings. The first week it was hard to give up bread and other starchy foods, such a strong habit, but have found the reason is that for most of us carbs of types, incl. whole grains, are addictive. You might want to give it a try.
I have to warn you, though, that that first week I had serious withdrawal symptoms, incl. low energy, headaches, even while eating all I wanted of protein and fat and veggies. After that it became very easy and now if I have to skip a meal for time reasons it's no longer a big deal. I can "think about food like a thin person", it makes a HUGE difference.
Many people are insulin-resistant without knowing and/or grain or gluten intolerant without any gastrointestinal symptoms. Just having a hard time losing weight makes this quite likely. Doing an elimianation diet without grains and other high-starch foods like beans for even 30 days will show you if this might work for you.
Hope you don't mind the long comment.
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Birgit

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Day 77 with no Soda

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

All I have to say is if I can do this than anyone can. It was a struggle and the first two to four weeks were a nightmare but I took it one day at a time and I am so glad that I did.
My skin looks better, I feel better and I know I made the right decision to quit my addition to Diet Coke. For those that don't know, I was drinking upwards of 6 to 10 cans a day in addition to water (I never have slacked there) and when I found an article about Diet soda on the internet it was what made me quit.
I have not noticed any weight loss but the article said to not change anything else during your initial 30 days or even 60 if you are struggling. It was completely right because I would have failed if I had tried something else as well.
I hope this motivates someone else because if you knew me this was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.

  
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CHARGER25 9/21/2011 11:44AM

    I have read that Diet soda's actually promotes weight gain. I have no idea whether that is true or not; but anything we do in excess can't be good.

Stay strong!

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JENJI_RUNNER 9/21/2011 11:39AM

    Congratulations! That is a gift to your body. :)

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Day 13 with No Soda

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

So I have made it to Day 13 with no soda and a majority of the cravings have gone awa. WooHoo!! I can't believe I have made it this far. It has been hard but worth it already. It is amazing how addicted that I was to the stuff because it was a real struggle somedays. I still think about it everyday but I am such a strong-minded person that when I make up my mind about something there is no stopping me.
So here is to my life with no soda from here on forward!!

  
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PTREINER 7/26/2011 10:23AM

  Awesome - keep it up!

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TMW54812 7/19/2011 5:07PM

    Longest I've gone is 65 days and it was winter so I have to give you props for doing so well in warmer weather!

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JENB149 7/19/2011 3:58PM

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SWEETMOMMY41 7/19/2011 3:57PM

  here's to your life with no soda from now on! woo hoo!

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Giving up Soda

Monday, July 11, 2011

So I tried this back almost 2 years ago and fell off the bandwagon sometime and it got even worse than it was before. Diet Coke is my addiction and I am starting Day 5 of no soda. Really more of the diet drinks but since I am not a huge fan of regular soda it falls in there by default. This past weekend was the absolute hardest so of course I slept most of yesterday away to take my mind off the cravings. I read a few studies about Diet drinks and how addictive they are and I am a total believer of this as I was drinking anywhere from 4 to 10 a day depending on the day and couldn't seem to get down to 1 at all. Due to this I am going cold turkey and plan on making it a lifestyle change.
My main issue is that I am not a milk, juice, lemonaide, tea, or pretty much anything else drinker. I am not even a fan of alcoholic beverages (to my mother's dismay). So this doesn't give much option on things to drink other than water. Which yes we need but it gets old pretty quick when that is all you really like. I don't even like flavors added to my water. After talking to my father, I inherited this from him but he like beer so he has me beat.
I will try to keep my blog updated on my progress but when I have made up my mind about something like this there normally is no changing it.
Thanks for taking the time to read this as I know they aren't always interesting. Just needed to make it public what I was doing again.

  
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PINK_TEACUPS 7/11/2011 1:46PM

    Good Luck!!! I am know you can do it!!

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