No Soda Equals No Motivation #DietBet

Some people need coffee to get through their day. I, however, need Pepsi. To be honest, I’m a bit of an addict. Before starting the DietBet Challenge, it was not uncommon for me to drink 4, 5, or even 6 cans of Pepsi in one day. Seriously. I craved the sugar and the “high” that Pepsi gave me to get through the day. With 6 kids, I am always exhausted. {Sorry kids, I love you all to death, but some days you just wear me out.} Add to that the fact that Parker and Gage do not sleep through the night, and when it forces me to live on 2 – 3 hours of sleep per night {if I’m lucky!}, I need a kick in the pants from my Pepsi.

So, I’m sure you can imagine how I’m feeling right now. I haven’t had any soda – in fact, I haven’t had anything but water and one 8oz. glass of low fat milk – since early Tuesday morning.

I am slowly going out of my mind. Seriously.

At least that’s how it feels.

I knew this would be the most difficult part of the challenge for me, but I also knew that cutting out soda would make a world of difference. I don’t even want to know the amount of sugar I was consuming day after day after day. Shudder. No wonder my weight was so high.

I’ve steadily increased my exercise. Day 1 I walked for 20 minutes on the treadmill. Day 2 was 25 minutes, day 3 was 30 minutes… So, slowly but surely I’m increasing the things I should be increasing, and I’ve completely cut out the things I shouldn’t be eating. No desserts, no junk food, no chips. I don’t put anything into my mouth without checking the calorie and fat content first.

But I have to be careful.

Some of you may already know, but for years I was an anorexic. Actually, I flip-flopped between anorexia and bulimia a lot. It was bad. In fact, when my husband and I met, I was at my lowest weight of my adult life: 90 pounds. At 5 foot 9 inches, I was nothing but skin and bones. The only time I was ever able to “shut off” the disease was when I was pregnant. So, obviously, with 5 pregnancies in the last 9 years, I’ve had to “shut it off” a lot. I guess I’ve gotten used to it, and discovered that I really like eating and not bringing it back up. Ok, so I really like eating.

But, I also know how easy it is to fall back into old habits.  I think that’s why I’m so determined to do this right. I want to eat right, exercise, and just get to a healthier me. If that brings the weight down in a good way, then so be it. I have way too many people counting on me now, and I can’t fall back into the trap of not eating anything.

Ok, so I totally rabbit trailed there. Sorry. Let’s get back to the post…

Anyone got any tips on what I can do to increase my energy since giving up soda?

Angie Vinez (2893 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.


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    Angie, I feel for you. I am totally addicted to Diet Coke – it’s BAD!!! I know it’s diet, so no calories, but it’s SO unhealthy. I want to quit drinking it, but honestly I’m scared that I will have zero energy. Maybe you could get used to coffee? I also don’t like coffee, but I wonder if I could make myself like it somehow LOL.

    I need to lose around 40 pounds, so I sure am going to watch what you’re doing! Good luck to you, sweet friend! I think you’re gorgeous no matter what the scale says =)

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    Angie, I too was addicted to Diet Dr. Pepper, I am down to one a day sometimes I can even skip a few days, I started out by drinking hot teas the one I like is Tazo Awake . It gave me the extra boost I needed. You can try the teas with stevia, its not to bad once you get used to it. Now I mostly drink coffee. Hope this helps some.

    I need to lose about 40 pounds , so I am going to stay up with you and your progress. 🙂

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    He, Angie. I was recently able to see a trainer for three sessions over

    meals a day and never be hungry or full. You have to find that consistent “satisfied” middle ground between the two. It takes a lot of mind over matter.

    He told me to avoid all caffeine, but whatever, you can’t always do that. A better alternative to sodas are the no doz or “Stay Awake” pills. They are just straight caffeine without all the sugar and chemicals in sodas.
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    Your story is inspiring I was once a sever bulimic and I was extremely obsessed with exercising all the time, like you , pregnancy knocked me out of the habit, but it also cause me to get overweight. I’ve been so scared to start a diet and exercise because I know how easy it could be to fall back into that habit. knowing someone else is going through the same thing is positive for me. I will be here watching through you progress and hopefully making some of my own.

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    I love iced tea. I used to drink pop (diet pepsi) everyday too and gave it up one year for lent. When I gave it up, I dropped in my pant size from an 8 to a 4 or 6 depending on the pants and I was drinking diet pepsi. I still drink pop, but not everyday. Pop causes bloating so if you quit drinking it everyday, you will see a radical difference in your waistline even if you drink diet pop.

    Try iced tea. I buy caffeine free Lipton and brew iced tea at home. We love it. I used to drink it with a small amount of sugar (tsp. per glass), but now I love it unsweetened.

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    I agree with some of the other comments that tea can be a great way to go when you need the caffeine without a ton of sugar. Have you ever heard of Teavana ( I’d never been much of a tea drinker, but I love some of their teas! My Morning Mate tastes a lot like coffee, but I really like the Samurai Chai Mate and there are some fruity maté teas too. Plus, a lot of them are sweet enough that you don’t need to add any sugar.

    Another suggestion is Crystal Light drink mixes – the single-serving packets have 2 flavors (citrus and strawberry) with 120mg of caffeine each but but only 10 calories. And I’ve seen some places with store-brand versions too 🙂
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    Lanamae Byler says:

    I don’t know what to tell you to eat but I do know that when I was working out everyday (this has been a couple years ago) that increased my energy…..a TON! Give it a week or two and you will have more energy than the kids do! Now if I can get back into that habbit……lol

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