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5/26/13 12:13 A

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Me, I never could get past the bitter aftertaste from the artificial sweeteners. I also found that if I did drink diet soda, I usually felt not well in my abdomen shortly after. So it just wasn't worth it to me, I just would rather drink water or unsweet tea.

In my mind, I am sure that ALL of the artificial sweeteners are not good for you at some level. They are chemical trickery. Certainly saccharin has been proven to be bad; and aspartame isn't good for you either. Splenda might be a little better - but with as much talk about GMO produce, I think splenda is like that -- it is a modified sugar that the body doesn't really recognize and process. Stevia is at least natural, but I don't like its flavor in sodas.

There is also research that indicates that diet sodas sort of give the sweet taste, but they actually cause you to crave more sweet, which you will then choose other sugary foods to satisfy. And people who drink more diet soda actually lose less weight.



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5/26/13 12:03 A

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I am not a soda drinker at all and don't even remember when I quit. I love water and call this my 'drink of choice' emoticon and like to drink eight beautiful glasses per day. I take bottled water with me everywhere, even to church. But all this talk about soda has made me crave one. emoticon

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5/25/13 7:17 P

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Why is diet such a problem?

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5/25/13 6:27 P

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I haven't been much of a soda drinker since I don't know when. I probably liked it in college, but it's kind of just for birthdays and holidays now. Still, this tip got me thinking about how extra calories add up over a year. The trick with such changes is whether you make up for them with increases elsewhere, or bundle them to make an impact.

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5/25/13 5:31 P

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I carry mine around too
I want to make sure before I get home I have all ingredients for dinner

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I have pretty much given up my Diet Dr. Pepper too, other than a rare can of decaf. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm finding the meals really good and not wanting a lot of extra food. I'm pretty much carrying my book around with me in the car wherever I go, lol. I'm down from 235 to 222 lb.

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5/25/13 5:10 P

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I still have to have my diet coke in morning
Now I buy a 6 pack of bottles and that's all I get!
I'm trying, but it's so good

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5/25/13 4:43 P

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Used to drink a lot of diet coke, but gave it up and now have an occasional can. Enjoy water or tea more.

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5/25/13 2:32 P

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Today's menus were great! I enjoyed my Diet Rite Cola with my 1/2 C. No sugar added Vanilla Ice Cream! What a treat!

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5/25/13 1:43 P

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Gave soda up years ago, but I was having trouble with sweet tea before I started Spark Solution. I would like to have one once in awhile, but I guess I stick to unsweetened & use artificial sweeteners or try using fruit pureed in it.

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I have been away from home since Thursday afternoon, I drove to So FL 4.5 hours with my granddaughter to my youngest daughter's home for my other granddaughter's HS graduation.
I cooked Meg's Pan-Fried Chicken for the trip and I packed apples, oranges, bananas and plums to have on hand. Instead of stopping for dinner I ate the chicken and a banana for dinner. I also made 2 breakfast cookies for my breakfast yesterday and today.
Yesterday my fitness minutes was nothing to brag about it, but I did 10 minutes on my daughter's elliptical. This morning I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and some strength on her Jillian M Body Shop machine another 20 minutes, pull-ups and machine squats....she also have stairs and since I'm not use to have bedrooms in the 2nd floor I keep forgetting things that I have to keep going up for them. I'm taking full advantage of the stairs.
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5/25/13 8:57 A

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I love soda, and I've limited myself to one a month, usually diet. I enjoy the fizz, so will drink flavored water when I "get that urge." Now drinking more flat water or unsweetened iced tea. That's helpful.

With my travel schedule, it was almost impossible to eat the meals this week. I did make good eating choices and really tried to watch portions. The scale's not loving it (gained this week, vs the loss I had last week), but I'll keep going.

As for cardio, this week wasn't stellar. I ranged from 10 min when that's all I had, to 45 min walks. I'm pleased that even though life and work got busy, I maintained my commitment to DO SOMETHING... feels good. I'm adding a-little pop to my walk - sprints, light jogging - to increase my stamina. I'm feeling a difference and my knee isn't bothering me as much as it usually does.



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5/25/13 8:11 A

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I'm 66 and I gave up soda at 16 because my dentist told me that I would be toothless by the time I was 30 if I didn't. I switched to black coffee and never looked back. I used to drink A LOT of coffee, but now I have two or three cups a day and a lot of water (10 to 12 cups a day).

This week has been very difficult for me. It was hard to stick to the menus. I, for various reasons, had to switch things around, but I managed to at least stick to the Solution recipes. I got very exhausted and depressed toward the middle of the week and had to skip my workout. Spending most of the day gardening did wonders for lifting my spirit and getting me back on track. As for fitness gains, maybe a little stamina.

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5/25/13 7:36 A

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I don't have much of an issue with soda, although coffee is my drink of choice. I tend to use ff half and half, and have even began to enjoy skim in it. If I do drink soda, it is 99.9% of the time diet, because regular just makes me gag from the sweetness. Doesn't shock me about regular soda either. Most of those cans are 140 or more calories! I also enjoy my water bottle ( I have two) and try to always have it on me.

Cardio has always made me happy. I like the way I feel after completing it. I didn't get the full on 30 on the elliptical yesterday, but did get an hour walk in, so I hope that made up for my missing 10 from the elliptical, lol.

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5/25/13 2:27 A

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I have a shot of diet coke in the morning if I miss my coffee. emoticon But the majority of the time it is water that really is the only thing that will quench my thirst. I also occasionally drink a Zevia from Whole Foods.

My cardio is doing great I have more energy and move a lot more. My dancing has improve I am not stopping as much. I have went from 20 minutes to hour. emoticon

I do not know if I have lost weight but the way I feel is tremendous so if I have not it will come. I had to get a new scale the old one the scale was off sometimes 2pds to 5 pds (compare to gym, doctors scale, and putting weight on the scale). emoticon So now I have this new scale I hope to get a correct reading.

I enjoy this program and the camaraderie. I hope we can continue as a group to continue farther together. emoticon emoticon

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emoticon I drink soda rarely so that's nt hard for me to give up.

I got in 15500 steps which included 11 mile and 13 flights of stairs after I got off of work today. My pants are very loose.

I stayed within my nutritional ranges and turned down ice cream with no problem! Progress!



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5/25/13 12:32 A

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I'm not much of a pop drinker. I used to drink diet pop it quite a bit, probably at least daily but that has been years ago. I would have one whenever we would go out to eat but the last year it has gotten to where it would hurt my stomach so I stick to water or ice tea when we go out now.
My fitness hasn't really changed with this challenge. I've been sticking to a schedule for a while now. I do my strength/circuit training on M/W/F so today was that. I also went for a walk this evening. My eating has definitely changed though!
Food today was great, loved all of it. I actually think that I have found my new favorite banana bread recipe now! DH and all but one kid wouldn't eat the Buffalo Chicken Casserole. The one son that would eat it loved it, so did I. emoticon

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5/24/13 11:25 P

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My normal is about 2 diet sodas a week, usually only if I am
eating away from home.I logged 15,400 steps, did farm chores,
and started placing stepping stones in the front yard.
Halfway done just before dark. I'm off to plan my meals for tomorrow.

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Day 12- I swap meals out because I really don't eat much if any meat, so didn't get enough protein today, didn't really exercise much either- bad day.

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5/24/13 11:08 P

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Day 12 check in...
I used to love soda, especially working at a convenience store I could have it from the fountain whenever I want but I was more worried about what it did to my teeth at first so I switched to diet but as it got more expensive and I started watching calories a few years a go I just gave it up. I don't really miss it, sometimes I will have a sip but it's not like that triggers me to want more.

For today's work out I did 30 mins on the stationary bike and I have found that switching how 'fast' I go makes the time go faster and I am not always looking at the timer. My NEAT exercise today was packing and loading the car for camp this weekend.

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5/24/13 10:18 P

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I don't drink regular soda but either iced tea or Diet Coke is my choice for summer caffeine. I know either one sweetened with artificial sweeteners isn't the best for me but I'm in a place where caffeine is just part of life.

When I tried October Unprocessed last fall, I did switch over to honey and while I liked it, I didn't like the number of calories I was consuming. At the moment, I'll take the health benefits of less sugar over the detriments of artificial sugars. Maybe I should go back to Truvia...

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5/24/13 10:11 P

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I feel bad, I haven't been commenting every day. I have been using spark coach to to fill in my trackers and have been closely following the diet. I have changed up and traded days menus to better suit my schedule. I don't usually drink soda. I choose water or tea when dining out. I'm happy with the results I feel mentally from following the program. I feel like I have learned how to pick the right portion sizes and what I'm supposed to have on my plate. Some days I follow the fitness plan and other days I do my own thing like dancing, yoga, gardening or walking. Some of the strength exercises hurt my knees so I use weights or bands for strength training I also like doing push ups off a walk. I'm thankful for SparkPeople and Spark Solutions. I'm thankful for my support team on here, since my "real" world one isn't very supportive. I'm also excited for my kayaking trip tomorrow. I packed a healthy lunch and snack. Got breakfast ready and will be spending 4-6 hours on the Missouri Black River tomorrow Kayaking. Woohoo for motivation and energy. Hope everyone has a great weekend and let's finish this week strong! emoticon



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I'm not much of a soda drinker and have always preferred water to anything else...even as a child. So giving it up isn't really that hard.

I have definitely found the program is getting easier to follow. I find I'm subconsciously starting to calculate what to start planning for next week. I also have been working out more in the morning than waiting until my littlest one goes down for her nap. She's even been trying to work out with me.

My cardio today was a lot (and I do mean a lot) of yard work. Spent 1/4 the day raking up all the grass clippings and bagging them after my husband mowed the lawn. With an acre of land, that was a lot of grass clippings. But it helped burn off the few extra calories I had when my mother gave us an impromptu lunch invitation.

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5/24/13 9:30 P

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I admit I rarely like soda so at least these are calories I've been able to avoid. For my cardio today I just finished 45 minutes of mowing the backyard with our reel mower (its push powered emoticon ) I definitely feel better since starting this almost two weeks ago, and I may do it again for the next two weeks.

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5/24/13 8:40 P

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That's awesome
Can't do without my diet coke in the morning

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Day 12 For years I was addicted to Coke but I stopped drinking Coke 18 yrs. ago when I quit smoking. Now I drink diet vernors but have cut down drastically. I drink distilled water, I keep two gallons in my refrigerator and sometimes add a herbal peppermint teabag.

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Dinner tonight, because it was perfect grilling weather and I had just mowed the lawn, we had the inside out burgers finally. I stuffed them with mushrooms instead of onions, but they were yummy!

My 'snack(s)' today is liquid ... a margarita emoticon

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I made the Carolina-Style Barbecue Chicken with Lemon Roasted Cauliflower and a small baked potato for dinner, it is actually the Day 14 dinner but it sounded better to me than the Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken meal when I planned them all last Thursday.

The chicken was great! Calling for dark meat, it was jucier than chicken breast and the Carolina-Style BBQ sauce was great, the perfect amount of sweetness and tang. The cauliflower was tasty and I understand the idea is to get veggie haters to indulge in this dish but it seemed like a awful lot of work (and dishes) for someone like me who loves cauliflower so I probably wont make that again, I'll just buy a steamer bag of frozen and squeeze some lemon on after it cooks, that'll even save a few calories from the olive oil in this dish. And, of course, the baked potato was a nice treat. My biggest complaint about the meal was that, however tasty, the finished plate was unappatizing looking. Everything was the same color! The chicken with the mustard based sauce had the same sickly pale yellow tint as the golden potato and the lemon cauliflower. I thought we were supposed to eat a variety of colors at each meal to maximize nutrition? Next time I make this chicken I think I will pair it with the carrots, Hot & Sweet Slaw and toast with honey, the calorie count is only 30 of from the Pan-Fried chicken we had last Sunday.

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I drink water and green tea, decaf. I stopped drinking sodas when I started my weight management program. Replaced a can of regular soda with a glass of plain water.

I did 60 mins: Zumba. Enjoyed all the meals today and thank goodness for the slow cooker buffalo chicken casserole. After Zumba, I went to the store for gas and milk and parked far away and walked from the garden center to the grocery section and back again.

Looking forward to the Root Beer Float. I used to have them as a kid! emoticon

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I stopped drinking diet soda a few years ago. Just sort of lost my taste for it. I would much rather drink water. I have a water bottle with me at all times, even on my nightstand so I can grab a drink first thing when I wake up.

Today's cardio was a walk on the treadmill since it is still cold and rainy here.



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I gave up soda more than 20 years ago when the kids were small so I have no cravings for it at all.
Today's cardio was walking.

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Thinking back to yesterday's topic about things not going as planned rang true today, but in an opposite way. I got an unscheduled walk in today after making a surprise visit to the auto repair shop... Sigh.



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I first met my step-granddaughter when she was 3 years old. She was just lovely...so fun, full of energy and personality. She drank water exclusively. I said....hmmmmmm, and started to try it. Hmmmmmmmm, it was pretty good. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, it quenched my thirst. Since then I truly begrudge giving my calories to soda. I don't need any empty calories in my diet...I love real honest to goodness yummy, healthy calories. I will have an occasional glass of diet soda (one per month, maybe) but I do drink coffee with skim milk only...

I'm happy about my choices. REALLY HAPPY! I never miss soda. I never miss carbonated water. I never miss fruit juice. I've arrived at REALLY HAPPY about my choices.

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I grew up on Kool-aid and Coke, literally. I was a sophomore in college when I drank my first bottle of water, like the entire thing. Then a year later when South Beach Diet came out I read it and first started to understand empty calories in drinks and decided to switch to diet pop. Only diet pop is NASTY. I couldn't stand it so I started drinking water exclusively. I can't remember if it was cold turkey or gradual but I know I can't stand the stuff now. My mom is still a coke drinker and if we're out to dinner I see her fizzy glass on the table and it looks so refreshing so I'll take a drink and gag on it. It's so think and syrupy and I have a major sweet tooth, really no food it too sweet for me, but sugary drinks I can't handle (assuming milk shakes aren't drinks...)

I guess I'm lucky that breaking away from sugary drinks was easy for me. My mom will actually get headaches if she goes too long without a Coke, I don't ever want to be addicted to anything in that way. Now I drink water and nothing but water, ever. And the occasional margarita...

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I kicked the real coke habit with Lacroxi soda, I am hooked on it.

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I usually drink Diet Coke but the last 3 weeks I have really cut back. I used to drink a large from McDonald's and a large from Subway and then drink a couple glasses from the 2-liter at home. I have not had any at night at home and cut down to just a small from Subway. On most days I only have 1 soda, some days I don't have any and some days I have more.

I am still not the best at drinking water, but I found I can drink more if it is in a cup and I use a straw.

Sorry I was so whiny yesterday. Everyone seems to be doing a great job, Way to go!!

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Good job Debbie! I am enjoying my cobb salad right now -- it is huge and delicious.


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Down another pound Double WooHoo! That's -5 emoticon

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I rarely drink soda and if I do it is diet. My fitness is definitely improving. I did 2 hours of gardening today which 3 months ago would have been impossible.

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5/24/13 12:45 P

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I kicked the soda habit 5 years ago. My brother in law who was living with us was just diagnosed as being diabetic, he was a pepsi addict. So to not enable him I refused to bring soda into the house and I quit it cold turkey. I craved it for a few weeks. I allowed myself to have one after a few weeks and I noticed I did not like it. I don't like the fizz. I have always had it over ice and I would let it sit for awhile. After not having it for awhile I noticed that the syrup was too sweet. I think just stepping back and not having it and then having one it just clicked in my head that I never have liked it.

I have really struggled the last few days. I have had different functions that I attended with food. I have tried to keep it in moderation, but I don't think I have done so well. I have also struggled with the cooking. I admit, I am not the main cook in my home, my husband is. The last 2 weeks I've taken it on. The meals seem to take me 3 times as long as they predict. So I think I'm not very efficient in the kitchen. I also noticed, although from the SW, I don't like hot spicy food and the dinners seem to all be spicy. So I am trying to find tasty, low fat, low salt foods that are not spicy. I've tried not adding the hot spice, but it is pretty bland. Like the chile. I do love the breakfast and lunches though!

Just my struggles this week. I am trying to figure out how to make it all work. I want to keep it up. Changing habits take time.

Edited by: TAVNKATE at: 5/24/2013 (12:46)
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5/24/13 11:55 A

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Way to go Toni! I love that list of 'don't miss' -- mine is very much the same.

I went from sugary coke (never could stand the diet stuff), to carbonated water with a twist of lime (sometimes a splash of juice). Then I increased my 'water' consumption by drinking unsweetened brewed iced tea. Now I will occasionally make the tea, but mostly I just drink plain water. Once in a while I will add a twist, or a drop of Crystal Light liquid. I find that a full tube of the powdered Crystal light is way to strong, the drops are nice, more control, less chemicals. Even the Crystal Light I now use only as a treat.

Now once in a blue moon I will have a coke, but mostly I find them to be too sweet and not really a flavor I like anymore.


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5/24/13 10:09 A

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It is actually day 3 for me but I would like to feel like part of the team so I am going to follow along here as well. I used to be a diet Pepsi, and then diet coke addict. I quit a couple of years ago when I became concerned about all those chemicals irritating my bladder. I do drink seltzer water on occasion and used a lot of it with a squeeze of lemon or lime when I was first breaking the habit. I now only have a soda once or twice a year.

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5/24/13 9:56 A

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For day 12 I'd like to talk about the things I don't miss:
I don't miss Lean Cuisines for lunch.
I don't miss indigestion.
I don't miss being bloated.
I don't miss eating in my car.
I don't miss the 4.2 pounds I lost.

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5/22/13 12:03 P

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I was addicted to diet soda for years. Although no calories it is bad for your health with all those chemicals. That was in the day when I replaced my hunger with diet coke. I was not eating enough calories and was hungry a lot of the time. Eating a healthy calorie count helps. I started buying carbonated water and it seems it was the carbonation more than the taste of diet coke that I liked.

Now I no longer crave carbonated any thing. If I go out to lunch I will have a diet coke as a treat instead of a dessert.

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5/22/13 10:03 A

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Do not post in this thread before Day 12 (May 24)

Soda is a bad habit that many of us have a hard time breaking. Today you learned that skipping a daily 20-ounce regular soda for a diet one cuts enough calories to amount to a 31-pound weight loss in a year. First of all, did that number shock you? Second of all, do you struggle to limit your soda consumption? If you've broken a soda habit, how did you do it and what tips do you have for others? If you love soda but not the calories, consider investing in a soda water maker. It will pay for itself within a few months, and you can flavor carbonated water for few calories with a few berries, citrus slices, or even fresh herbs like mint.

You're up to 30 minutes of cardio today! Congrats! What did you do, and how did you feel? Is it getting easier? Have you noticed any fitness gains since starting the program?


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