It’s very hard for me to give advice about weight loss and soda because in my head, I know that drinking soda puts on the pounds and I feel it isn’t a healthy drink but, on the other hand, I would walk across hot coals for an ice cold Dr. Pepper right now. Kombucha satisfies my desire for something tasty and fizzy but it isn’t Dr. Pepper.
Many people have told me, and I believe it to be true – that if ever I completely stop drinking them, after a while, when I have one, it will taste syrupy and way too sweet. Right now . . I want syrupy and sweet!
When we committed to this new healthy eating challenge, I knew and accepted (as I have many times in the past) that Dr. Pepper must go. When I see the results on the scales, I know I’m doing the right thing. While I’m not comparing my Dr. Pepper addiction to alcoholism or cigarette smoking, I have a renewed compassion for anyone dealing with either of those issues. Soda drinking is NOTHING compared to either of those and yet, it controls me. The first thought in my mind this morning was this: Vince is going to work! I can have a Dr. Pepper and if Idon’t admit it, no one will ever know!
But, I would have known . . and so far, I didn’t do it.
Last night I had a bit of a headache. I told Vince I thought I would have a Dr. Pepper but then decided against it. I’m glad I didn’t do it.
I think the weight loss already tells me all I need to know.
With this plan we’re on through Omada Health, they send us a scale. The new groups begin on Sunday. We got our scales and our group and we were to begin on October 2 but because of several things we had going last week, we asked to be moved to a group that started yesterday. Part of the process is that we needed to weigh ourselves three times and our scale reading is submitted electronically. There’s no way to cheat. I submitted my weight thinking we were starting on the 2nd and that is what was recorded. According to them, a healthy weight loss for me over the next 16 weeks would be 12.8 pounds. According to me, I want to lose 30 or 40 pounds over the next 16 weeks. I understand that’s not a healthy goal . . my weight lose plans say 1 – 2 pounds per week but that doesn’t take into account that so much of my weight is from drinking soda so even without a formal diet plan, just giving up soda, I think I would lose way more weight than the average non-soda drinking person.
9/29 – My weight was submitted before knowing we were delaying our start date.
10/4 – In preparation for the new healthy eating, I cut myself to one Dr. Pepper per day.
10/5 – While at the store, I bought Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream.
10/6 – We had banana splits for our evening treat.
10/7 – I made cinnamon rolls and ate my fair share.
10/8 – We had hot fudge sundaes with bananas – or last night before the new eating plan began.
Nothing about what I did last week was healthy or “diet” in any way, except I cut back to one Dr. Pepper per day. Yesterday I probably ate more real food than I normally eat .. in a healthy kind of way.
As of this morning, I’ve lost 7 pounds. Two days last week we had a big amount of ice cream, AND cinnamon rolls. Remember . . the scale electronically sends my weight. I cannot manipulate the numbers.
This is what they say I have left to lose over the next 15 weeks, 5 days! I think I can lose that much in the next two weeks .. maybe within one week!
If these numbers aren’t enough to keep me from drinking soda, it’s hopeless.