Shannon started a cross blog conversation (CBC) on her blog last night and I’m excited to get started (you can read a bit about what a cross blog conversation is over on Shannon’s 1st CBC post). This conversation will go back and forth until Sunday so you’ll definitely want to check back to both of our blogs daily so you can keep up with it. And with that I will answer her first question to me.
I noticed on your blog that you have managed to give up soda. I’m really struggling with giving up soda altogether. I haven’t had a sugar-laden soda in 9 months, but I’m really having a hard time with diet soda.
Can you share any tips on how you managed to give up soda?
Great question, Shannon!
I’m sorry to hear you are struggling with the soda addiction craving. I have definitely been there so I understand. I’m happy to hear though that you went from regular soda to diet BUT you will feel awesome once you can let go of soda altogether because from what I hear diet can be just as bad if not worse than regular soda.
I personally gave up soda cold turkey so I really don’t have a story about how I did it. It was back in May 2005 that I just decided it was time and I have been soda free since then. There have been times I had some ginger ale but only when I was sick (it always settles my stomach) however after being soda free for so long even that is very hard to drink.
Soda addiction cravings can be detrimental to your health so I challenge you to start cutting back as soon as possible and I would love to hear in a few months that you were able to totally kick your soda habit. Your body will thank you for it!
Of course, it’s not going to be easy. As I said, I decided to do it cold turkey and although I’m glad I did, my experience wasn’t fun. I did get headaches for a while and and was just grumpy LOL I just started drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day and finally started to see a difference after a while with weight loss and my teeth & skin just felt better overall. So worth it!
Now it’s my turn to ask Shannon a question so here we go.
Shannon my question to you is
Have you ever read the Craving Secrets e-book?
I highly recommend it. I have the e-book and think you might find p. 39 helpful because it shares some examples of how to conquer your craving of soda but it has a ton of great info on how to help stop cravings for so many other things like fast food, salty and sweet things and much more.
We have discussed our struggles with weight loss and I wonder if you would care to share another struggle you might have when it comes to weight loss and/or fitness?
OK, maybe that was 2 questions in 1 ha ha! Now be sure to head back to Shannon’s blog tomorrow to read her answers to the questions I left above. This will go back and forth until Sunday so it should be a lot of fun to get to know us a bit better.
Now a question to my readers:
Do you you struggle with the soda addiction craving? If not and maybe have overcome it, what tips would you give to Shannon?
Certifiably Fit says
Yeah soda used to be a big addiction for me…not so much the sugar kind but the diet stuff was so addicting to me. I just had to give it up cold turkey and focus on drinking water and hot tea. I hardley ever have it now…maybe like once every couple of months and i find it kinda tastes too sweet and like chemicals.
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Karen McGreevey says
What a great idea to CBC with Shannon.
I appreciate your insight regarding becoming soda-free, although (fortunately) I haven’t drunk sodas for years. (Well, except a few times when, like you, I used Ginger Ale to calm my stomach. They’ve also developed a “green tea” version that’s now my choice.)
Having said that, I was a really heavy soda user years ago…many times as breakfast and lunch substitutes. Big no, no, I realize.
I’m looking forward to the rest of the week and your conversations with Shannon.
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Thanks so much for sharing your insights with me! My answers to your questions and my new question for you can be found here:
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I love a good fizzy beverage every now and then. I don’t generally keep soda in the house, but I grab them when I’m out shopping or running errands. I never really thought about cutting out the soda completely … but I should definitely cut back on my soda and caffeine in general.
I’m definitely a caffeine junkie, soda, coffee, tea, if it’s caffeinated I’ll probably drink it. I told Lisa if they put some caffeine in my water I would definitely switch from coffee to water in the morning LOL
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Jennifer Swain says
Great topic! I think a lot of people have this problem.
I tried to stop for 7 years. Coke was my only vice & it was so hard to stop. I drank it all day, nothing else. I would try to stop but never lasted more than a day.
In August I finally quit cold turkey. I was going to try the Body Applicator for the 1st time & wanted the best results. So I picked a day before it came & quit. You need to drink a lot of water to flush the toxins for 3 days so that’s what I did. Nothing else. After that it was just plain stubborness to keep me from drinking pop. Now when I try some it’s too sweet for me. I think I’ve finally kicked the habit!
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Well… considering I drank at least 3 diet Coke’s today… I can’t imagine a more timely topic!
Thanks for sharing how you were able to give it up – sometimes hearing how others are able to accomplish something (I consider cold-turkey to be a story – headaches and grumpy! Not fun! How did you ever get through it! :))
Now you’ve inspired me… probably won’t go the cold turkey route… but maybe one instead of 3 tomorrow would be a good start!
Great CBC! 🙂
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It’s easier if you don’t have any at home and you go on vacation. It’s not readily available that way. Drink water at the restaurant and you’ll save a bunch of money anyway. Really, that’s how I stop my cycle, by going on vacation and not starting up. Once I start up again, it’s difficult to go without for a day, though I usually only drink one a day. Unfortunately, I like coffeee too.
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