Pay attention to how you are feeling now that you stopped drinking soda. I quit drinking it 6 years ago on the advice of my doctor, due to some health problems. I have never went back, the way I feel now is so much better it is worth it. Diet sodas are the worse, although the calories are gone, the carbonated water is acidic and can wreck havoc on your digestive system.
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Just one more thing - when I made the decision to cut out soda, I couldn't do it cold turkey. I started by switching to Coke Zero (not sure what the Pepsi equivalent would be) and only allowed myself a glass, then 1/2 glass a day. After about a month or two, I was able to go without. And there were some bumps - some days I just HAD to had another glass; other days, I was able to just go without.
And I do agree that support is absolutely essential when trying to being and maintain healthy changes - it's a COMPLETE lifestyle change. Support from your loved ones makes it easier.
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I've totally been there too. I used to love soda, fast food, basically everything that was horrible for you and I finally told myself one day that I was done with it. It would be nice if your hubby didn't give you that "if you go two weeks then I'll join you" and he just joined you now, that would be very helpful. Support is imperative when it comes to this journey.
Why do you find it hard to eat your recommended calories without soda? Are you working out at all? I'd be happy to help out, I've been there and I know how hard it is.
You got this! No doubt about it.
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Hi there! I used to be a 3+ soda-a-day drinker. It's hard, but it gets easier. Sometimes I'll get a tiny craving for it, but I had to train myself to reach for water or iced tea (unsweeted) instead. I've been soda free for about 5 months now. In the beginning, I would slip and order a soda when we went out to eat - but now I just ask for water or iced tea. My fiance still buys soda, but the soda that I don't like, so I'm not tempted! Once I cut out soda, I just started feeling better, so that's my motivation to stay soda-free. I like the way my body feels without it.
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I know the feeling about some cravings. I gave up coffee and beer for about 9 months and never stopped wanted either of them. :) I eased back into drinking both with the goal of moderation, but it didn't take long before I was back up to 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning and 2-3 beers at night.
I don't know exactly how to do it, but I KNOW I'm going to resist that temptation this time. :)
Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.
~From the poem "Salutation to the Dawn" generally attributed to Kalidasa ~
So, I've been on and off ... and on and off ... never got to the weight I wanted to be because I couldn't commit to doing what needed to be done. So I'm here again, trying again. I think I can commit this time. I'm going to give it my best shot. My #1 challange is soda. I've not had any for 4 days now. My last one was on Dec 29th. I was able to get off soda for 2 months a few years ago, but the craving never went away and I caved.
My hubby said that if I could go 2 weeks without drinking any soda, he's stop drinking diet soda as well.
Without drinking 2 or 3 Cokes a day now, I find that it's almost hard to eat the number of calories that I need!
I'm going to try to keep track of my food and participate in the forum here. I hope we all can get to our goals this year!
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