It has been a week and a day since I had my last soda. THIS IS A BIG DEAL! :) :) :)
Although I've had cravings every now and then (usually after a meal, particularly if it was something salty), it hasn't been that bad. For whatever reason, I didn't have caffein withdrawl headaches the way that I have in the past. Maybe it's because I've been drinking tea?
I've had 16oz+ of tea every day (I think) since I cut out the soda. Last night I brewed myself a little tea pot full of tea twice-- which was about 4 small mugs of tea. So yea, I've been drinking my fair share of tea.
I feel so much better since I've stopped with the soda. I don't have the heavy, bloated feeling from drinking soda anymore. I also haven't had headaches... which I was having routinely before, probably from all the sugar.
AND BEST OF ALL.... I've dropped fom 153 lbs to 149 in less than a week! The last time that I cut out soda, this happened as well. This is great... it already gets me a third of the way closer to my goal of 140lbs.
The running and extra activity doesn't hurt as well! Last night we went on a meetup hike with about 15 other people and their dogs. It was great and so funny to see all the dogs together. The hike was 1-2 miles long, at a pretty slow pace due to being with all the dogs. But there was some up and down action going on, so it did feel like a mini workout and a nice chance to get outside.
Today it really feels like fall here. I have on a sweater dress and boots for the first time. It is very cozy! For now, I am really enjoying the crisp weather, though I hope that it doesn't get too much cooler so that it doesn't disrupt our running schedule.
I'll have to decide if I want to join a gym again for this winter. I miss doing group exercise classes, particularly dancing. Starting in January, I will have a free membership to the UT gym, though I'd have to pay extra for group excersize. Definitely worth a try though, if I can find any parking around there!