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12/7/09 12:30 P

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I work for a company that keeps the cooler stocked with free soft drinks. To avoid letting that be a stumbling block, I keep a water bottle at my desk within reach at all times. Having it in sight helps as well. Best of luck to you.

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12/5/09 3:00 A

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oh and chery coke zero tates great, one of my favorites!

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12/4/09 6:07 P

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diet dew tastes identical, and thiers no calories

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12/4/09 5:37 P

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One other side note: I can totally see where you are having an issue with it. At one point in my jaded past, I used to go through 2-3 2 liters a day of Mt Dew and/or Coke regular. Computer geeks around the world know how easily this happens. Just like chain smoking in front of the screen. You guzzle. It buzzes you up. And in my case, it was very comforting. And sadly, a replacement for too many meals.

It is not easy to see past an item that you feel compelled to have in your life. I just hope you find a path to ditch this unhealthy obsession.

Be well and the rest just falls into place. Sometimes that really is the difference. Think of it as a wellness point and maybe what is helping to cause this obsession will come clearer.



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12/1/09 1:58 A

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I just want to add that its not the soda making you fat, its the multiple servings that are doing it.

I've done it myself, id buy a 2 liter and drink strait from the bottle till it was all gone, or worse yet, those gallon of fruity drinks, like blue rasberrie. I could finish an entire one in a day. That's well over 1k calories.

diet rootbeer or crystal light is just as good. even when I'm in my bulking phase ill drink diet. I don't miss it. That's calories I could use for real food instead.

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12/1/09 12:37 A

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I'm a soda addict who doesn't drink much of it anymore. Addiction is made from lots of things mate. The fact you aren't walking etc speaks volumes of deeper issues at hand than simply making soda a center point of the discussion.

How do you quit drinking the full boat sugary sodas??? Drink diet sodas until you find one that you like. Sure, they are full of crap too, but it has no calories. The effects of diet soda causing "metabolic syndrome" are at best bad science if you even want to classify them there. The studies left out a lot of factors. Specifically that their sample was on people with problem weight issues in the first place and not just regular folks. I digress.

Soda has many things that make it a nearly trillion dollar industry world wide. Yes, Trillion. All the side money from the things they produce and the like adds up fast.

First off it is a sugar high for many. People love sugar highs. "Natural" highs are okay in our messed up society. High is high. Escapism in micro doses is okay. Just as long as the substances, even though highly addictive, are approved by some f-ed-up federal group of lobbyists protesting a large corporation. Like all the Xanax zombies around, etc.

Next comes the active ingredient: caffeine. Perfect stimulant and both physically and mentally addictive. You will go through withdrawals no matter what trying to "just quit" drinking soda. You will also crash mentally as you are used to stimulants at this point. Stimulants come in a variety of shock value names. Meth, cocaine, speed to name a few. Caffeine is no different really in it's dependency level. Just not as extreme as some others in some ways. Problem is, a drug is a drug. Most people just dont consider caffeine to be one thanks to our efforts to segregate "good" versus "bad" drugs.

Okay the last part is fuzzy on the whys here. But there is so much freaking input from the companies that peddle this crap about it being a happy thing. A wondrous experience. A real boost, etc. etc. that people are drawn into using them as drugs to stimulate those pre-programmed messages. This re-enforcement has been the one thing keeping me from ditching my occasional spurts of drinking Diet Coke with Splenda for instance. There are times when I can totally see the pattern developing emotionally and next thing I know I'm downing a cold one it gives me a little boost. Not all bad there really. But if you're drinking 1200+ calories a day of regular soda, that is just not healthy.

Long story short, soda is engineered and legal crack. It will kill you. You dont need it. You *can* live without it.

Problem here is that you have a ton of other things going on and you fell back onto this one and being more sedentary etc. Take a long look at your support structure and consider how to help yourself straighten out some of what is causing the situation instead of focusing on this one part of the equation would be my advice. We are social creatures. We do not solve all our own problems. We reach out and ask for help constantly in our interactions. Sometimes you just need to be reminded to start looking for more help than you think you may need.

I hope you find some comfort in knowing it is not simple to break any addiction that is formed from emotional responses. It is bloody difficult. But with some help usually it is possible to find out what is driving it forward and you can beat it. You may never break this addiction fully (they tend to be a part of you from then on) but you can keep it from killing you.

Be well and take care.

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11/29/09 10:41 A

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I know soda is/was a significant element to my weight gain. I loved the 'full' feeling it provided after downing a can or huge bottle.

I usually had a can with lunch and dinner and some as a 'pick-me-up' at other times (i.e. when boredom struck).

I gave up soda pop cold when I started Spark People and went nearly 4 months without ever drinking a drop. I sure missed it for a few days and went through caffeine withdrawal. (I took an extra Excederin in the morning to counter that.)

For the first few months I drank 8oz of G2 with meals - It kept me from feeling deprived of drinkable flavor, yet broke the carbonation 'fullness' cycle. Eventually I preferred water and gave up on G2 too. (Anyone want a couple cases? heh)

The big thing I noticed is I was far less hungry when I skipped the soda, and ate much less overall.

Looking back at my recent 'bad' days on my tracker, I find a Mountain Dew, Pepsi or Coke had crept in there.

Can you transition into better alternatives? I can't drink aspartame, so G2 worked well for me. I also make hot tea when the boredom trigger strikes. The act of dispensing hot water, waiting for it to brew and cool works very well counter the mini-mood I'm going through.

Try to analyze your triggers for drinking soda - is it boredom? Stress? A response to a social setting or interaction? Develop a reaction to it: drink alternative, go for a short walk, brew some teas, make some phone calls etc.

Good luck to you!

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11/29/09 2:55 A

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Thanks everyone for your replies. I think the reason I drink so much soda is it makes me feel good. I actually go into a panic if I don't have any. I will try the suggestions you all have brought up and see how that works. Alot of things have happened to me over the past year and I believe I've turned to the soda to calm me down. I know that sounds strange. I don't know the reason I stop losing weight it just happens and the next thing I know I'm back to the way I was before. Just this summer I was up to walking 3.5 miles a day I was still drinking the soda but I wasn't drinking as much, now I'm not walking at all and back to drinking alot of soda. I don't know what happened. Thanks again for all your replies.













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11/25/09 9:40 P

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Yeh, I think you need to think about the why a bit. Obviously there are alternatives, but if you keep reaching for the soda maybe there's some kind of psychological addiction there. I'm no psychologist and probably live on a different continent so I can't go much further.
My strategies:
- drink water ... yes, I like it, it IS refreshing when you are used to it
- drink water with a twist of lime juice, for a bit of variation
- occasionally make a fresh juice
- eat lots of watery fruit: melon, mango, papaya, citrus, etc.
- carry a mental picture that fizzy drinks are for teenagers
- remember that soft drinks are mainly full of artificial rubbish so why would I put that rubbish inside my lovely body?
All the best,
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11/25/09 4:41 P

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I make refrigerator Tea. I fill a quart jar with water and put in 4 tea bags. It take about 2 hours to brew. Then it already cold. I add Stevia (a natural Herb sweetener) for sweetener. There are many flavors. I like the herb teas the best for health benefits. Fruit flavored ones are the sweetest tasting. Drink all you want. Get two different bottles going and you always plenty on hand. It's cheaper than soda.

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11/25/09 4:25 P

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what my wife and I do is buy a case or 2 of water and buy a varitey of those single serve drink mixes. I think those are way better than soda and 0 calories.

on the rare occation I buy soda its always diet soda, even if im not dieting. cherry coke zero tastes just as good as the sugary version.

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11/25/09 2:54 P

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oh, I am sorry. Welcome back.


"The future ain't what it used to be"
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Life is full of obstacle illusions.
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Why all the soda? it is one thing to gain your weight back and still fight to lose it again, but did you just give up and figure "what the hell, who cares" or is there another reason? Losing weight is not simple, it takes a life style change and a desire to succeed at any cost, sweat and portion control and will power seem to be the tools needed to win.
I believe in never giving up, stay positve and you can do anything you believe you can do. it is not easy but it is worth it.


"The future ain't what it used to be"
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11/25/09 2:37 P

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Its been along time since I've been on here. I've actually gained all my weight back. My problem is that when I fall off the wagon I start drinking and drinking and drinking soft drink after soft drink after soft drink. I've been told and I've said this to other people before and that is "All you have to do is to choose not to drink those soft drinks or to lose weight, its that simple." Is it really that simple? For me it has not been that simple. I'm at a loss at what to do. I would like to know what you all think. Hope you all have a great day.

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