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For the duration of May, stay off soft drinks entriely, in support of dwlt.


 

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DesJune 20 is almost here

Of course, I’m looking forward to June 20th for other reasons, for instance this and this, but June 20th is also the day that I can stop worrying about what I’m drinking and mark this one done. I ate a french fry today and had a moment of panic, and then remembered that I’m done with the goal of giving up french fries, it’s pop/soda/etc that I’m currently avoiding. I then proceeded to turn down a glass of rootbeer, so at least I remembered in time. 8 years ago


Deni HOkay...

This has been a good goal, even if I did forget I created it. I’m going ahead and marking this one done, because I don’t plan on consuming soft drinks again unless it truly is my only option. Which means, if there’s no way to get water, tea or coffee or no other way to get caffeine on the road if I’m driving. I want everyone to hold me to this!!! 8 years ago


Deni HDone pretty well this month...

with staying off them. Saturday I drank 16 cups of water even. (Part of the reason was I was out in 80 or 90 degree weather for 6 hours.) There have only been a few times when I considered myself in the grey area with non-carbonated drinks. Definitely will continue on with this next month. 8 years ago


Deni HLess than one week left...

I’m so proud of myself. It’s been about 2 months or more since I’ve had a caffienated dark carbonated soft drink, and almost a month since I’ve had clear carbonated soft drinks. I’m also doing really well with the non-carbonated soft drinks, too. I’m impressed it’s been as easy as it’s been. Although, sometimes I do still think, “I’d like to have…” sometimes. Thanks for coming up with this goal, Des! :) 8 years ago


Deni HStill...

going very strong on this goal! My plans for after this goal ends is to continue it on. If I can get along with it for a month, I can get along without it forever, right? I might have something on a rare occasion, but really soft drinks are evil, I believe. (especially the carbonated type) 8 years ago


DesI messed up

We went to the school carnival tonight. They were selling pizza and pop, together as a package. I didn’t even think about it, since there weren’t any alternatives offered, I just took my slice of pizza and my cup of pop and sat down. It wasn’t until I had finished drinking the entire cup that I thought OOPS! (I did then fill an empty cup in the water fountain for my second slice.)

I’ll start the month over, beginning tomorrow, and go until June 20 instead. 8 years ago


Deni HFinally...

last night I was in the company of a couple of people who actually are thousands of times healthier eating and drinking than I am! I didn’t have to avoid soft drinks at all! :D They fixed a wonderful orange icee for us all. It was orange juice icecubes blended with apple juice and some honey. It was better than anything I’ve had lately! I have an alternative to ice cream now for this summer when it will be soooo very hot. 8 years ago


DesStill...

...no problem with this goal. :) 8 years ago


Deni HStill doing well with this...

but I’m beginning to get bored without the soft drinks. I’ve found an alternative by adding lemon and lime juice to water. I know that with this goal, I’m allowed milk, juice, coffee, and tea as well. I’ve also been doing a lot of fruit/yogurt smoothies. What alternatives should I explore? 8 years ago


Deni HStill going strong on this...

even though it’s been very tempting to get a soft drink at times this week. I’ve been really wanting flavored drinks beside tea and coffee! So, I’m putting lemon and/or lime juice in water to drink. So far, so good. This goal is almost equally difficult as the give up caffeine goal last month! It’s worth it, though. 8 years ago


Deni HHey, Des, I've got a question:

Is it okay to cook with soft drinks? A recipe I plan to be making next week calls for some as an ingredient. I just want to know if this is okay or not. If it’s not, I’ll have to do some research into an alternative, because I do want to make the recipe for lunch for the coming week. Just let me know. 8 years ago


Deni HI was offered some punch today...

that had ginger ale in it. I turned it down because of that factor…plus I generally don’t drink sugar sweetened drinks, anyway. Go me! :) 8 years ago


Deni HAdding another element onto this...

because I really am having conscience issues with as much sugar-free non-carbonated drinks as I’ve drunk this month. All that stuff is, is a bunch of chemicals that really doesn’t have any positive nutritional value. (Yes, it can count as water according to medical staff I’ve consulted with, and it’s not totally terrible.) But, my “drink healthier” goal does call for me to cut artificial sweeteners out of my life. So, I’m going to say that I’ll abstain from them in May, too. (My sugar-free hot cocoa stays, though…plus it’s not a soft drink any way.) 8 years ago


DesIt shouldn't be overly challenging...

...but I will have to be mindful of it nevertheless. 8 years ago


Deni HPublic accountability:

Yikes! This may prove challenging, though. This goal is for carbonated soft drinks only, btw. My Crystal Light and similar products stay! At least this will help me break the cycle for good. 8 years ago


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