30-Day No Soda Challenge

No Soda Challenge

SkinnyMs. has heard so many of you mention personal struggles with soda addiction.  We know it isn’t easy to simply quit. For one month SkinnyMs. challenges you to eliminate soda from your life. This means no soda or diet soda!

Not sure you’re ready to give up soda?  Check out these two posts to learn more:  Soda’s Side Effects, More Reasons to Cut Out Soda and Battling Soda Addiction.

This challenge will be done on a “good-faith” basis. Do this challenge for yourself and we will help motivate you and provide support along the way. We want you to participate because you want to, not because you have to. There are no contracts involved. It is simply a deal you make with yourself.

Even if you don’t have a problem with consuming too much soda, you can still benefit from this challenge! Most sodas contain empty calories, refined sugar and/or and artificial sweeteners…so if you drink it, why not challenge yourself to cut it out for just one month and see if you notice any health benefits? What could it hurt?

If you’re wondering how you will get by without soda, you aren’t alone. We gotcha covered, try these SkinnyMs. Natural Soda Alternatives or other SkinnyMs. Drinks to help fill the void soda leaves behind. More on the effects of soda here.

GUIDELINES

NO sodas allowed – Diet or regular.  See Q’s & A’s below for tips!

Start a Soda Bowl – Grab a bowl and each day add the money you would typcially spend on sodas to the bowl.  If you normally buy a case, six pack or 2-liters when grocery shopping…add that amount of money to the bowl.  Anytime you find yourself craving a soda, add the money it would cost to purchase one, to the Soda Bowl.  You can’t spend this money for the entire month of August.  Buy yourself something special with your Soda Bowl money.  You will deserve it!  Let us know how much money you’ve collected for the duration of the challenge.

Stock up – If tap water isn’t your thing, buy several gallons of distilled water and drink it in place of sodas.  You can usually find distilled water on sale for about .79 cents per gallon. We have other tips for making naturally flavored water right here at SkinnyMs..

Check in Daily – Take a minute each day or every few days, to leave a comment below and tell us about your progress.  If you are struggling, let us know and ask for tips.

Try having a cup of peppermint tea or make an entire pitcher.  If peppermint tea isn’t your thing, have another kind of herbal tea, the possibilities are endless.  If you must sweeten your tea, be sure to add a touch of honey or maple syrup rather than refined sugar or artificial sweeteners.

The possibilities are only as limited as your local grocery store, orchard or garden.  Remember that fresh fruit is a great way of naturally sweetening water without the empty calories. This also helps with getting the sugar you might be craving and will help make your challenge successful.

DURATION

The challenge lasts for 30 days from the day you start.

Questions & Answers:

Q:  I’ve tried so many times to kick the soda habit, but I get a terrible headache that lasts for several days. Any suggestions?
A: If you think headaches will be a problem, start lessening the amount of soda you drink each day…starting today!  Here’s how it works:

For example, if you normally drink 3 sodas a day begin to reduce your intake by doing the following:
Day 1 – Drink 2 3/4 sodas
Day 2 – Drink 2 1/2 sodas
Day 3 – Drink 2 1/4 sodas
Day 4 – Drink 2 sodas
You get the idea. Continue with this pattern until you’re down to zero sodas…then on with the challenge.

Q:  My grandmother drank a six pack of sodas everyday since I can remember.  She lived to be 96.  Come on, do you really believe sodas are all that bad?
A:  We’ve heard similar arguments.  There are exceptions to every rule, including living to be 100 and eating unhealthy on a daily basis. Or, maybe your grandfather smoked a pack of cigaretts every day for 50 years and lived to be 90. These are the exceptions. We focus on eating healthy as a way of life, not as a temporary fix.

Q:  If I slip up and have a soda does that mean I’m out of the challenge?
A:  Of course not!  Slip ups are just that and we want you to continue with the challenge regardless.

Q:  Haven’t you heard that anything in moderation is okay?
A:  True, a lot of things in moderation are okay. On the other hand, many things in moderation are not okay. Can you think of any? We’re not opposed to drinking a soda on occasion. We decided to make August the ‘No Soda Challenge’ month because of the overwhelming requests from so many of you to go forward with this challenge.  Addiction of any kind is typically unhealthy.

Q:  I drink sodas because I like them…they’re refreshing, especially when the weather is so hot. Why should I do this challenge?
A: You should do this challenge only if you want to. We’re inviting you to take this challenge if you have a difficult time going one day–or even two days–without having a soda.  This challenge is for those who want to incorporate more healthy alternatives into their diets but have a difficult time doing so.

Q:  I drink about 2 – 3 diet sodas a day.  I have to be honest, I don’t think there’s a thing wrong with drinking sodas.  Why should I take this challenge?
A:  If for no other reason than to prove you can do it.  What do you have to lose?  Maybe you’ll save a little money along the way and feel the benefits.

AFTER THE CHALLENGE

The goal of this challenge is to break the soda addiction. This is not to say, “never have a soda again, ever”!  Having a soda ever now and again, is not the same as having to have 3 and 4 sodas each day. We want to help you get through the first month so you have the motivation to continue on your own, if you choose too. Whether or not you decide to continue living soda-free after the challenge is completely up to you. So what do you say?  Will you join us?

GET SUPPORT!

SkinnyMs. will serve as a source of motivation and support.  You can interact with us on our Facebook page or leave a comment below. Feel free to ask questions throughout the challenge. You can also find recipes for drink alternatives here, and we’ll keep updating them throughout the month. Put your best effort in and we promise, it will be worth it.  Get started with us and beat the soda addiction!!   Are you in?

NOTE: SkinnyMs. does not make any health claims about drinking soda one way or the other. We personally do not drink soda and have not for several years. We recommend you do the research and decide for yourself.  Here are 7 reasons you might consider giving up soda once and for all.

318 Comments on "30-Day No Soda Challenge"

  1. Audra Alexander  July 28, 2012

    I stopped drinking soda earlier this year and while it took me several weeks to get rid of the caffeine in my body and not feel the effects of not having the soda, I did it! Problem is I started drinking blended mochas recently and now have to go through the withdrawal all over again. But, in the long run, its all worth it…so while I dont drink soda as much as I used to, I will be joining this challenge with you. Good luck to everyone!

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  2. Pam  July 28, 2012

    I wish I COULD break the soda habit! It's destroying my teeth, because of the acid, and I've put on SO much weight! I've tried to give up soda before…I did pretty well, and I really started losing the weight! But, when that time of the month comes around, I crave…and I mean "CRAVE" coca-cola, BIG TIME!!! And, it doesn't help that I really like coke!!
    I know all the pop I drink is not, at all, good for me. But, even the fear of what it may be doing to my insides, isn't enough to help me stop drinking it!!
    I have never smoked, did any type of drug, and it's extremely, extremely rare if I have any alcohol to drink. You would think, being as strong headed as I am about those common habits, it would be easy for me to give up drinking pop!!
    It's crazy to have to admit that I'm going to need all the help i can get with this!!! 

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    • deb  July 28, 2012

      pam, i feel just like you do–it sounds like i'm reading my own story.  i am going to try this.  no, i am going to DO this…this time, for good.   i'm hoping to have lots of support and encouragement here.   i LOVE dr. pepper (southern girl here!)  and i expect this to be difficult, but not impossible.  we're all going to be here for you if you decide to come on this journey with us.  good luck!!

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      • Skinny Ms.  July 28, 2012

        Deb, I love your comment…how kind of you to be so supportive! We will provide support by creating more recipe ideas as an alternative to sodas, motivation and more. We're truly happy you will be joining the challenge!!! 😀

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 28, 2012

      Pam, We really want you to take the challenge and succeed. We absolutely know it won't be easy…but we're here to support you. Tell yourself you will do this and succeed…and mean it!!! Are you in? 😀

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    • Jennajinkies  July 29, 2012

      I am a diet coke addict, but I feel ya!  I am with you on this!  lets do this!!!

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    • Kimberly Kinney Devereaux  August 1, 2012

      ditto what Deb said….we could be twins..LOL

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    • Nancy  February 28, 2014

      Pam, I was the same and excited to say over the last two months I slowly weened myself from drinking soda. I was addicted to coke also, and my teeth are a nightmare from the acid in the pop, but I haven't had any pop over the last two weeks, I'm now drinking flavored water and body by vi protein drinks now! You can do it!

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    • Robin  March 7, 2014

      Pam, you must be my twin. I am exactly the same as you-word for word!! I only quit drinking Cokes(2 Liters per day at least) while I was pregnant and actually lost weight!! But then after the babies were born, I went back to the sodas. I gained back the weight plus more each time, now I'm at least 50 pounds overweight!! I have so many health problems due to the sodas, I am going to take this challenge and do my best to quit the soda habit for good.

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    • Jordan  June 13, 2014

      Pam, I struggled (and am still struggling) with the same addiction. It's been about 2 weeks since I decided to give up pop. I only caved 3 times, but it's much better than the 4/day I was doing!
      Try giving it up a little at a time. Just don't go cold turkey like I did 😉

      Good luck!

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    • Cheksea  December 26, 2014

      hey Pam! im 23 years old, and i LOVE LOVE LOVE coke, and ginger ale, its funny you say so, because when it is my time of the month I am desperate for ginger ale, if I don't have it during those few days I get very cranky and I feel on edge. And on a regular daily basis I drink a little less then two liters of Pepsi or coke a day, i was 108 pounds and in the past 2 and a half months I am now 132 pounds… and i am only 5 foot 1. I had abs and a rock hard body before this from being a competitive dancer, and every time I see myself i feel disappointed. i know its still a pretty small weight size, but to me, i was happier before. And now I feel tired and out of shape when I am at dance class. I've tried SOOOOO many times to not drink any pop, 3 of 4 days would go by and I would be so proud of myself, but then we either go out to eat or get take out and i cave… and it doesn't help that m boyfriend absolutely hates any kind of pop, he only drinks milk, chocolate milk or water. ( I AM SO JEALOUS ) so I said f*ck it! it has been 39 days since I have had ANY kind of pop, was hard on Christmas but I made it! my bags under my eyes are disappearing , my little pimples are completely gone, my teeth are getting whiter and im down to a 114! i am perfectly happy at that weight and I am so so happy I made it through this, the first week was the toughest but I did it! and I know you can do it 🙂 I have faith in you, you sounded just like me, do this challenge, you will feel so happy you have no idea! GOOD LUCK TO EVERYBODY!

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  3. Nannet  July 28, 2012

    I'm trying to lose weight for a wedding in September. Soda was actually the first thing I decided to give up….just stopped cold turkey. I'm drinking plain old tap water with a squirt or two of lemon juice in it.  There are times I crave the soda, but I'm determined to lose the weight!!

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  4. Sandy  July 28, 2012

    I haven't had any soft drinks in over 11 years!!  they are just too sugary… I don't miss them at all….. and the pounds they put on……….

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  5. Cindy  July 28, 2012

    I'm up for the challenge!!

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 29, 2012

      Cindy, GREAT!!! Keep us posted. 🙂

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Cindy, Keep us posted…we would love to get continued feedback!!

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  6. Jayne  July 28, 2012

    I am in!!! I have been trying on my own with little luck!! Maybe now I can do it!!

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 29, 2012

      Jayne, Yes, you can!!!

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Jayne, GREAT!!! Any special requests before the 1st? We're working on some drink ideas for everyone.

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  7. Jlamfo  July 28, 2012

    I have had diet soda since high school. I have found I need the bubbles to get going. Coffee doesn't do it. It doesn't help my teeth & hurt my fertility. I can drink water but need non-sugar alternatives. Water, tea, & coffee do not make much options. I don't drink a lot of tea & coffee.

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Jiamfo, We're working on recipe alternatives now. They'll all be healthy and won't contain refined sugar.

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    • Melissa  March 12, 2015

      You could also try carbonated water for the bubbles

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  8. alex  July 29, 2012

    I am in!!! Looking forward to seeing the benefits!!!

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    • jenna milner  July 29, 2012

      Me too.  Curious to see how much money I will save too!

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Alex, Will you keep us posted?

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  9. Ronda Kristen Wood  July 29, 2012

    My biggest issue is the caffeine, not the sugar. I drink diet because high sugars bother my stomach, but I have cut WAY down from my high school life and only drink one of those mini-can at lunch at work (so roughly 5 days per week depending) and have switched to ice teas, etc. for at home. The headaches from having zero caffeine though are the only thing keeping me from stopping right now 100%…

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    • jenna milner  July 29, 2012

      Sounds like you have made great progress!  Way to go! 

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    • Charlene  July 29, 2012

      I have the same issue. I get major headaches when I don't have caffeine.

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      • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

        Chalene, In that case, gradual withdrawal is best. I'd recommend reducing your intake by 1/4 cup each day.

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Ronda, The secret to the caffeine fix…each day have less and less. Within a week you'll be off the caffeine and no headaches. I went cold turkey several years ago and had a headache for a few days. The gradual reduction will help with that. Are you in?

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  10. Jerii  July 29, 2012

    I'm in!!  Diet Pepsi, my friend, I will miss you!!

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Jeril, Ahhhh…give it a big kiss and say goodbye! 🙂

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  11. Kendra  July 29, 2012

    I'm in! I was able to drastically reduce the amount of soda I drink earlier this year but have been drinking more and more here lately. 

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Kendra, YEAH!!!

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    • Bailey  September 15, 2015

      You should try NO soda for a year, I started in August, and I have been successful ever since, also for a harder challenge, try NO sugary drinks for a month, or a year. Thats hard!

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  12. Susan15022001  July 29, 2012

    I'm in!!!!  I will miss you, Pepsi!! 

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Susan, In a few days… you'll forget you ever met! 🙂

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  13. Skr515  July 29, 2012

    Water, coffee, tea, wine, beer or milk…that's all I ever drink. Use to drink an occassional diet sierra mist but gave it up a long time ago. I don't understand what so many people like about it soda.

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Skr515, I can't explain it…was once sooooo refreshing. I was addict but gave it up almost 5 years ago. Thank goodness!

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  14. Skwilie  July 29, 2012

    Its kind of hard to commit to this challenge when at the top of the page there is an advertisement from Coca cola 
    Coca-Cola Summer Memories
    Picture the Perfect Cookout – 24 Free Prints with 24 Pack Purchase.

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  15. Chandlergirls2  July 29, 2012

    I'm also in! I'm already a week into the challenge. I've been loving the drinks you are posting. it gives me other options to consider. what is your feelings on seltzer water? I love soda for the carbonation and seltzer water has been a nice fix for that, especially in the mornings. my husband quit about two months ago so now I'm trying it. I have a 7yr old daughter who is hooked on soda as well. mainly because of me lo ing it so much. she has been drinking to.s of water and juices this past week and has not mentioned missing soda at all! I look forward to this challenge and hearing everyones progress!

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  16. hbo1213  July 29, 2012

    I am in too. My husband and I decided to give up diet sodas and he has done great…me, not so much! I am in…need a good motivation to get rid of the 1 a day I have cut down to.  Soda's got to go!

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  17. Valerie Lepage  July 29, 2012

    I don’t drink soda often, but every once in a while, I get this overwhelming craving for Pepsi. The worse is when my mom comes to visit, which is planned for next week. I will do this challenge to try to work through these weight loss challenges. 

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Valerie, Good for you!!! Please keep us posted. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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  18. Margohir  July 29, 2012

    I'm in! I have been focused on this all summer, but once school starts it will be much harder! So thanks for the motivation!

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  19. Jennajinkies  July 29, 2012

    I know that I am an addict, i am looking forward to this challenge.  It sure will be just that – a CHALLENGE!  I would like to accept, and think instead of a soda bowl I will use an empty 2 liter bottle of diet coke and put whatever money I save that usually goes toward sode in there! 

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Jenna, Love that I idea too. Please let us know how much money you save!!!

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  20. Ktmommy  July 29, 2012

    I am in! I've already been telling my friends and family that I want to get rid of my Coke Zero habit next month! Now I won't have to do it all alone!

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  21. kabrumm  July 30, 2012

    I am excited about this challenge – it will keep me accountable.  I really have already broken the soda cycle but it never hurts to have a challenge to do.  I just want to say that I used to drink at least 3 diet sodas a day but when I started eating clean this year I knew that I had to rid myself of them.  At first it was no problem at home because I felt in control but when we would go out with friends or family that is when I felt it was more difficult because everyone else was ordering them and I thought no big deal I will order one too but then it turned into refiill after refill.  But now after I made the choice to stop it is getting easier to just order water with lemon and I even got my husband to do the same!  So I know that those that are going to participate in this challenge can do it!  We are all here for ya!  The way that I feel now with just drinking water is AMAZING.  And when I did happen to have a diet coke not too long ago – I didn't even like the taste!

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  22. Becca Heflin  July 30, 2012

    I'm IN!  I am a caffeine-free diet soda junkie.  I've been on this challenge for a couple of weeks now, but I don't think my whole heart was in it.  I blew it on a few occasions.  I'm completely out of soda at the moment, so I'm not buying ANY more! Let's DO this!

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  23. Marlo Mccoy 1974  July 30, 2012

    I am going to try this. I must end my Diet Coke addiction (or as I like to refer to it liquid crack).

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  24. Angelaechard  July 30, 2012

    I am in!  I am going to recruit my husband and my sons to join the challenge, too!  My oldest son gave up soda and has lost almost 20 pounds in 3 months, with that being the only change.  Diet Coke is my weakness, but as long as I have the carbonated water I am ok.  It's not the caffeine it's the carbonation I crave!

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  25. Leslie  July 30, 2012

    I'm in!! I've been losing weight and have limited myself to one a day, but this is just what I need to help me drop that last one. It can only help me lose the weight faster. So NO soda for me for the next month! 

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  26. Gigi  July 30, 2012

    I think this is a great idea to take this no soda challenge! Now if I can get my family to stop with me.  Okay, one thing at a time. 
    By the way, I love a product called True Lemon. I add a pack or two to my water. It makes it very refreshing. They also make a True Lime and a True Orange. There is no sugar in them and little or no calories.  You can even cook with them; add the lime to your guacamole or lemon on your chicken. Check them out at truelemon.com  I am in no way affliated with this company except a lover of the product.  I hope that helps you non-water drinkers. 

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  27. Jennifer Hoover  July 30, 2012

    I’m in!  I wouldn’t necessarily say that I am addicted – but I’d love to challenge myself 🙂

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  28. Sdspires  July 30, 2012

    I am!  Thanks for the inspiration to change!

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  29. Hollyl2000  July 30, 2012

    Don't know if I can do it, but I'll sure try!

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  30. charlie  July 30, 2012

    I am in, I had already planned on doing this and then saw ur post

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  31. Tina  July 30, 2012

    I'm in. I've been trying for a couple of months to give up soda. This should be my motivation!!

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  32. Susan  July 30, 2012

    I'm in.  I need to kick my diet coke habit.  Thanks for doing this!

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  33. Kmtjapkes  July 30, 2012

    I am in!  Love the idea of saving the money to buy yourself a treat!  I'm a total diet pepsi addict so this is great for me.
     

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Kmtjapkes, YEAH!!! Let us know what treat you get. 😀

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  34. Christine  July 30, 2012

    I am so in! This is just what I need to do something I have been needing to do for a long time. I will stock up tomorrow on all the alternatives and be ready Wednesday! (and I will be so thrilled if I lose a few pounds too!)

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Christine, Smart thinking!!! Welcome aboard!

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  35. Christy  July 30, 2012

    I am in! I was doing really good not drinking soda, but then summer hit and I can't get enough of icee's from 7 eleven.

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  36. Kim Crisler  July 30, 2012

    I'm in! I kinda started a few days early…but I think I can do this!

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  37. Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

    Charlie, Safety in numbers! 🙂

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  38. Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

    Holly, Of course you can do it!!! I know you can! 🙂

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  39. Michelle Switzer Mis  July 30, 2012

    I'm going to TRY to do this! I surely do love my Cokes though!

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Michelle, FANTASTIC!!!! Tip: take the word try out of your vocabulary and replace it with, "I'm WILL to do this"!!! And you will Ms. Michelle! 😀

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  40. Hcpclawson  July 30, 2012

    I am ready to start this challenge.

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 30, 2012

      Hcpclawson, We're ready for your to join in!!! Welcome!

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  41. Annie  July 30, 2012

    I just kicked my diet soda habit.  I was a big old addict, and I still miss it, but I feel so good having stopped.  Good luck to everyone taking this challenge.  

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 31, 2012

      Annie, Thanks so much for your support to everyone!

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  42. Robin  July 30, 2012

    This is coming at the perfect time for me – I'm so in! 🙂

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 31, 2012

      Robin, Please keep us updated on how it's going!

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  43. LauraMcD  July 31, 2012

    I am in. I have been drinking Diet Pepsi since I was a teen and that was a long long time ago. Time to kick the habit. Perhaps it will help in my stalled WW plateau, as not much else seems to be working at this time.

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  44. Carmen Daniele Mims  July 31, 2012

    I'm in! I will definitely miss an occassional afternoon soda, but definitely worth it to get healthier and cut empty calories out of my diet!

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  45. Sara  July 31, 2012

    I am in for the challenge! Hoping to help lose more baby weight!

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 31, 2012

      Sara, Welcome!! Keep us posted on your weight?

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  46. Jlytle90  July 31, 2012

    II'm in. before my pregnancy i was so good all water or tea. When I cut soda out 29lbs dropped like nothing! Now 4months post baby and breastfeeding cutting down drastically… I need all the quik fasts to drop lbs! Back to school this month this can't be any easier.

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  47. Deryn  July 31, 2012

    Try water with cucumber, lemon, mint and grapefruit..or any combination of those..yummy, healthy, refreshing!

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  48. Penny Cross Broome  July 31, 2012

    Ok, I'm in. I like the mineral water too, so I can go without the cokes. I hope. 😉

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  49. Mel  July 31, 2012

    1 day left guys.  Enjoy your last soft drink for 30 days.  We can do this!

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  50. Frisco Mom  July 31, 2012

    I'm in.  I have hit a weight plateau but continue to lose inches.  Still am motivated and am still working out but want to see the number get smaller.  Am hoping this will give it a jumpstart!  Have a family wedding in 6 weeks so I am using that as my 'goal' date.  Extending my challenge until then.  Thanks for giving me the added motivation to try this!

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  51. Roon  July 31, 2012

    I have gone three days without a Coke.  Haven't missed it too much yet.  Going to try to make it the whole month of August. I do know that I feel so much better when I don't drink Coke but it is an addiction for me.

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

      Roon, If you feel much better, then you'll feel fantastic after the challenge!

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  52. bobbi318  July 31, 2012

    I really need to do this, so this must be the sign I needed.  I was just thinking how I need to stop @ the gas station in the morning to get my sodas & then I saw this.

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

      bobbi, You're right…it's a sign and you took it! 🙂

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  53. Dee  July 31, 2012

    I am in , I have been struggling to give up soda for over a year now, and so far the soda is winning!!

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  54. Emily Patin  July 31, 2012

    I'm in.

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  55. Lesliekuck  July 31, 2012

    Count me in!!

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  56. Hlth4life80  July 31, 2012

    I think this is great! Healthy habits are much easier to achieve one step at a time. I am definitely in! 🙂

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  57. Rbailey2129  July 31, 2012

    I'm in!  I've done this before, so I know I can do this!  But once I had one diet dr pepper, I was a goner!!  Good luck to all!!

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

      RBailey2129, I understand…Dr Pepper is packed with caffeine. Glad you're on board!

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  58. Melissa Aymami McGra  July 31, 2012

     I gave up soft drinks 3 years ago.  I drink water and have recently
    started enjoying Perrier.  I can't imagine the damage I was doing to my
    kidneys when I drank Coke all the time.  I have also kicked the fast
    food habit as well.  In the past year and a half I have only eaten fast
    food twice.  

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

      Melissa, WOW…I'm impressed. Any willpower tips for our readers?

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  59. Kristen Collins  July 31, 2012

    I am in!! I am so addicted to Diet coke I have to make a change! 

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  60. Theresa  July 31, 2012

    I hope to be a former diet coke addict on August 30th! I'm in!!

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

      Theresa, You will be…total faith in you.

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  61. Renee  July 31, 2012

    I haven't had Coke in a week! The first few days were hard and I had bad cravings for it, but it's gotten better thanks to Shakeology, a drink from Beachbody. My cravings for Coke and junk food are gone!!! Lost 6 pounds this week!

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

      Renee, YEAH!!!! Congrats. Having a shake a day really helps.

      Reply
  62. Hkraus75  July 31, 2012

    I'm in!

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  63. Kimberly Kinney Deve  July 31, 2012

    I'm in!

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  64. Len-al  July 31, 2012

    I stopped drinking Pepsi for a year, out with family said it would be nice to have a pepsi as they were all having one and i knew i shouldn't have one but someone said one can't hurt. Well yes it can cause now I am drinking 2 a day, ths time I know I can never have Pepsi again once I stop this time.

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

      Len-al, We're so happy you will be joining everyone! I'll be working on drink recipes this week to help everyone stick to the challenge.

      Reply
  65. Jillian Tosh  August 1, 2012

    I'm in! I've just lost 30lbs without giving up my beloved full calorie Dr. Pepper but I've seriously plateaued so I'm going to give this a shot!

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

      Jillian Tosh, Congratulations!!! Good for you.

      Reply
  66. AmyRN5  August 1, 2012

    I actually made the decision to do this last night. Stop the diet coke and all of the aspertame drinks. Funny I decided that at dinner last night and you have this article today! I'm in!

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

      Amy, Hmmmmmmm…must have been a sign! 🙂

      Reply
  67. Joyce C Howard  August 1, 2012

    I gave up soda on May 21. My daughter, who had given it up on Easter Sunday convinced my husband and I do so. I feel so much better. And, yesterday, my boss told me that I encouraged her to do the same. She's been soda-free for 3 weeks now. So, I want to give encouragement to everyone who is taking this challenge! You CAN do it!

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

      Joyce, Thank you for encouraging everyone. That's pretty cool about your boss.

      Reply
  68. wetonia1  August 1, 2012

    Well, already had one today before I saw this, so I shall start tomorrow! I want to kick the diet pop habit for good. I've quit a couple times but always go back to the bad habit. I believe it is truly an addiction.

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  69. andrea9799  August 1, 2012

    I began this no sodachallenge on my own on July 12th of this year. I have not had a soda since then and have had clearer skin too. (I don't know if the two are related.) I drank two to three Coke Zeros per day and have replaced them with water. I don't necessarily like the non-taste of water so I add the Crystal Light Pure, or Walmart even makes a store brand made with truvia and colored with natural coloring. I'm proud of myself for beginning the steps to get healthier, oh and I've even lost 10 lbs since July 1st just changing the things I eat and walking 3x per week. Trust me, if I can do it ANYONE can!

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  70. Jessica Johnson  August 1, 2012

    Sodas are not my down fall and I don't have cravings for them at all, but chocolate is. So, I have decided to give up chocolate for the month of August instead.

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  71. Debbie Stout Metzger  August 1, 2012

    I am going to try this.  I have a Dr Pepper either once a day or every couple days, but I want to do this!!  Good luck to everyone else doing this!!

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  72. Debbie Stout Metzger  August 1, 2012

    I am going to try this.  I usually drink a Dr Pepper once a day or every couple days.  I want to do this though!!  Good luck to you all!!

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  73. Vicki  August 1, 2012

    Here we go. Day one!!!  No Diet Coke today.

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  74. Gkwinn  August 1, 2012

    Count me in too!!!!

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  75. Lindsay  August 1, 2012

    Great idea, I am going to join you! I've been wanting to try and cut out soda for a while, but I always let myself have one when I get a craving because, well, what's stopping me?  Hopefully telling myself I'm a part of this challenge will help give me the motivation to just say no to pop!

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  76. KimberRN  August 1, 2012

    I'm in too! I LOVE diet Dr. Pepper and don't have a problem quitting for months on end then I start with "just one today" and after a couple of weeks realize I'm having one almost every day. It's my go to stress reliever at work but I have a co-worker that will help me be accountable so hopefully that will help in the long run. I love plain old water too so that isn't even the problem, I just love the sweet, bubbly taste of my fix.

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

      Kim, Water will definitely help. Keep us posted on your progress…you'll do great!

      Reply
  77. Melissa Hiles  August 1, 2012

    I crave soda -everyday- and I WILL kick this terrible habbit. 

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  78. Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

    I agree! Tomorrow is fine.

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  79. Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

    Andrea, YOU ROCK!!! Love your story. Keep it up, I know you can.

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  80. Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

    Jessica, Fantastic idea!

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  81. Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

    Debbie, Good luck to you!!! You'll do it!

    Reply
  82. Skinny Ms.  August 1, 2012

    Lindsay,

    Good for you!!! We're soooo happy you are in!

    Reply
  83. bobbi318  August 1, 2012

    Day one accomplished.

    Reply
  84. candace  August 1, 2012

    My husband and I are in! However we have about 3-12 packs in the house.  Not all was for us, we had company

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  85. Tcasto62  August 1, 2012

    yesterday I drank 10 diet cokes, today I stopped at 2.  By the end of the week, tomorrow hopefully 2 * 3/4's and hope to be down to 1 by Sunday.  Next week the real challenge begins for me.  no headaches today though!  

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 2, 2012

      WOW…I'm betting you'll feel amazing by the end of August. I'm so happy for you and your decision to take the challenge!!! 😀

      Reply
  86. rmc  August 1, 2012

    sent my sister out at 10pm last night for my last coke…I didn't have one soda today:)

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 2, 2012

      Good for you!!! Now send your sis out to buy a gallon of distilled water ~ .89 cents! 🙂

      Reply
  87. Mama Michelle  August 1, 2012

    This is the day I STOP drinking regular Coke, with all that sugar and all that caffeine

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 2, 2012

      Mama Michelle, Fantastic!! Keep us updated.

      Reply
  88. Kellybettis  August 1, 2012

    I have been trying to give up fountain cokes for yrs. I can go a month or two maybe even three but I always slip and get back in the soda habit. How can I make it last? By the way, every time I make it a month or two without soda I lose a few pounds and every time I start drinking them again I gain a few pounds.

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 2, 2012

      Kelly, First….take the word 'try' or 'trying' out of you vocabulary, just stop using that word. Instead, replace it with these phrases, "I can, I will, I know I can". It's amazing the difference this one change can make in so many aspects of life. Don't buy it or have in your house. If you find yourself tempted to buy it, force yourself to buy distilled water instead. 🙂

      Reply
  89. Dee  August 1, 2012

    Screwed up on the first day!! I was doing great, hadn't had one all day long. Supper is my down fall. What can I drink at supper to get over the craving for one then? HELP!! Feeling so down.

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  90. leehart  August 1, 2012

    I have been thinking about giving up soda– and this is just what I need to get me started.  I am in!

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  91. Lenal  August 1, 2012

    Day 1 no Pepsi 😉

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  92. Tammy  August 2, 2012

    I can do this, but I gotta start tomorrow, since I have already had a dr. Pepper this morning

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    • Tammy  August 3, 2012

      I made it through day 1!

      Reply
  93. Shey  August 2, 2012

    While Im reading this page there is a small ad for Diet Coke.  Kind of ironic.  You might want to go with different advertising…

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 3, 2012

      Shey, The ads are based on the words in a particular post. Thanks!

      Reply
  94. Cacmagu  August 2, 2012

    I have given up soda for Lent for the last 2 years and I always noticed a difference after Lent (40 days). I don't drink sodas as much anymore and when I do, I feel really bloated and uncomfortable. This is a great challenge and I encourage people to do it. Of course, you will have cravings, especially because you know you should not have it. But in the long run, you will feel great at the end of this challenge.
    Good Luck!!!!

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  95. Vicki  August 2, 2012

    Day 2.  No Diet Coke yesterday and none today.  I'm subtituting green tea which seems to really help.

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  96. Hlth4life80  August 3, 2012

    Ok, so the very first day, I replaced my diet dr pepper with a no sugar energy drink because I only drink soda for the caffeine. Any suggestions? I really don’t care for unsweetened tea or coffee.

    Reply
  97. Sharon  August 3, 2012

    I have cut my diet coke consumption in half the last few days, although I have replaced it with another artifically (?) flavored drink, Crystal Light Lemonade, I figured at least I'm getting more water in my body this way. 

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  98. SheisWolff  August 4, 2012

    I'm not a huge soda drinker, but I do consume it at times and it's so not healthy! I just found out about this so today, August 4th, I start this challenge!

    Reply
  99. Mcamp766  August 4, 2012

    I am successfully starting day 4 of the challenge!! Hopefully this will be the first day without a headache. I am so excited that I made it this far. How is everyone else doing!

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  100. MerFowler  August 4, 2012

    I started on July 31st and went until yesterday without a diet coke.  I broke down and had one with dinner last night, but am back on track today!  Progress not perfection, right?

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  101. Roon  August 4, 2012

    I have gone a whole week without a Coke.  So proud of myself.

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  102. Skinny Ms.  August 4, 2012

    Right…exactly right!! Baby steps work for sure! 😀

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  103. Skinny Ms.  August 4, 2012

    Roon, You should be and we're proud of you too!!!

    Reply
  104. Neidra P. Dowe  August 5, 2012

    I have MS and stopped drinking pop for almost a month. I craved it more than food. Saw a great sale and stocked up. I was drinking 3 cans back to back then sneaking some. It made my body feel horrible. So I think I will try this. The support should help a lot. Good luck everyone!

    Reply
  105. Neelixntes  August 6, 2012

    Been very tempted but have made it through so far without even a sip of Pop. I didn't start the money jar as I have been about the same amount of money when out either for tea or water.  My DH isn't going completely pop free but he has committed to only 1 pop a day. Yesterday he had a snafu but we were gone for almost 12 hours so not going to worry about it.  Sometimes life gets in the way 🙂 

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  106. Nurselinds83  August 6, 2012

    Day 6…..going strong! I've eliminated all caffeinated beverages (even my zero calorie energy drinks!!!!) I feel pretty good!!!! 😀

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  107. Vicki  August 6, 2012

    I never would have believed I could go 5 days without a diet coke.  Today is day 6 and I'm  doing great.  First day I had a headache but have discovered that green tea with ginseng solves that problem. 

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  108. Alicia Brown  August 6, 2012

    I actually started on July 11th the no soda challenge for myself….i just started randomly and am proud to say that i havent had a sip, drink, Sonic Happy Hour, glass, cup, can, bottle of soda! And now that football has started for my son….he is doing it with me! yay!! So exciting!!  Its actually alot easier than alot of people think…..the last time i did a soda challenge i lasted 267 days (june 2011-march 2012) Good luck everyone!!! 🙂

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  109. Jennifer  August 7, 2012

    I am in, scared but I so want to break this soda addiction!!  Today is my daughters 18th birthday and I want to be healthier and live longer for many many more birthdays.  So my gift to her today is to start getting healthier by breaking this bad habit.

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 8, 2012

      Jennifer, Ahhhhhh….you're such a good mom!!! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

      Reply
  110. Debbied870  August 7, 2012

    I think that I will try to take the No Soda Challenge beginning this weekend. I need to lose weight and I also have high triglycerides. I am excited to try the challenge!

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  111. Kara  August 7, 2012

    I actually cut out sodas the beginning of July and am still going strong!! I was drinking about 2-3 sodas a day. I started to have bad back pain all the time so thought I would try to give up cokes to lose some weight. Its been about a month now and I feel great! I've lost about 10 lbs.!! I haven't really craved a soda either after the 1st week of  no sodas. I like the water flavor things from Hawaiin Punch, only 10 calories for 20 ounce bottle! If I can do it you can too!!

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  112. Debbie Tole  August 9, 2012

    I've seen this challenge on Facebook and didn't give it a thought until I realized that I haven't had a soda in a while.  And just yesterday I was thinking I would like a coke or something, but never did anything about it.  I've found myself passing the soda aisle at the grocery store so as not to get tempted and I ordered a water the last few times I've been out to dinner or some other function.  So I think subconsciously I've been thinking of all the reasons not to drink soda and I credit Skinny Ms for all the info that i'm reading but not even thinking about. It must be sinking in.  So now I will make a conscious decision to not drink soda for at least the rest of August.  thank you

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 9, 2012

      Debbie, That's great!! Thanks so much for letting us know about your decision! 🙂

      Reply
  113. Roon  August 9, 2012

    Went 11 days without a coke but broke down and had one yesterday.  Teacher in-service did me in yesterday.  Didn't have one today.

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 10, 2012

      Roon, You're back on track…that's what counts!

      Reply
  114. Stephanie  August 10, 2012

    I'm in! To be honest I switched coke to diet coke a while ago, thinking that was better but reading things on here made me realise that I should just not drink any! I do love water, I just get bored of it very easily as I don't drink tea or coffee, just water, all day at work, all evening…..zzzzzzz. BUT I am determined to do it. So far I have done 5 days, and I do feel better. Good luck everyone!

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  115. Tammysarver  August 10, 2012

    I am in!

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  116. Walker2037  August 10, 2012

    No more diet coke!

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  117. Lenal  August 11, 2012

    11 days now no Pepsi 😉 

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  118. Deb Robertson  August 12, 2012

    I have been soda free (coca cola) since July 28th.  It has been hard–really hard–but I have not slipped up–i have been drinking peppermint iced tea and just plain ice water.  

    Reply
  119. jul  August 21, 2012

    Didn't see this page till today..I'm on my second day,yesterday was very bad, headache,tired,today is a lot better,I have been drinking a lot of water..a ex coke-cola drinker

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 21, 2012

      Jul, Good for you!! Stick with it, you'll feel much better….this coming from an x-soda addict.

      Reply
  120. Tammie  August 21, 2012

    Day 21 and I’m still soda free! It hasn’t been easy but my husband is doing it with me and that has made it easier!

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 21, 2012

      Tammie, Thanks so much for keeping us up-to-date on your success. You're so right, it makes it much easier when a family member joins in.

      Reply
  121. Mel  September 15, 2012

    I'm definitely in!!!

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  122. Awheels20  September 16, 2012

    I am in!!

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  123. TY  September 16, 2012

    i haven't had a soda in 7 months and theres not a day goes by i wishing i had one.. it is a hella addiction…

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  124. Dawn Lang  September 17, 2012

    This challenge is great timing. Last Monday (9/10) I decided to kick my Pepsi habit. And now here I am one week later, still no Pepsi! I've never been able to do this before, but now I am ready. I have had some cravings, but when I do I get a big glass of ICE water instead. And bonus…i weighed myself today…down 2 pounds from last Monday! 🙂

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    • Skinny Ms.  September 17, 2012

      Dawn, Good for you Dawn…congratulations!!!

      Reply
  125. Jo-Ann M. Peñ  October 3, 2012

    I want to try to eliminate diet soda.. Ill start on monday next week. This is a great challenge for soda addicts like me. Thanks in advance :))

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  126. sharnie  October 27, 2012

    Starting today!

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    • Skinny Ms.  October 27, 2012

      Sharnie, Good for you! Keep us posted. 🙂

      Reply
  127. Mel.  January 8, 2013

    I have broke this addiction over and over and once i cave in just once I crave it over and over on a daily basis so I need to cut it out of my diet and not look back.

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  128. zimms zoo  January 10, 2013

    I just found this via Pinterest. I decided to quit soda back in December. I am almost a month into it and have only had a sip once. It is so tempting still but I am determined. I want my kids to follow suit as well.

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    • Skinny Ms.  January 12, 2013

      Good decision! As your children’s role model, the will be more likely to follow suit. 🙂

      Reply
  129. TIMM  February 24, 2013

    im in!!! dont know how it will go though

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    • Skinny Ms.  February 25, 2013

      Congratulations on your decision!!! 🙂

      Reply
  130. Rebecca  February 28, 2013

    I have up soda for Lent, before I saw this challenge. I am still feeling the craving but I have noticed my stomach hasn't ached and I am sleeping better. I hope to kick it for good!!

    Reply
  131. Jenna  March 26, 2013

    I have clinical headaches where im on medication to help with them and im only 17, because of these headaches i cant drink tea or coffee but i have a pop addiction i would LOVE to get rid of! especially since im doing a couple of the other challenges to get that bikini body ready for summer any advice on what else i could drink to not make me want a pepsi! ??

    Reply
  132. Kelly Lynn  April 3, 2013

    I am nineteen. I just had a child seven months ago and have been doing my best to try and lose ALL of my baby weight before the summer. This would probably help. I really only drink sprite but it is still a soda. So I want to kick it. (:

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    • Skinny Ms.  April 3, 2013

      Kelly, Good for you!!! Also, congratulations and I know you can do this!!! 🙂

      Reply
  133. Pat Porterfield  May 20, 2013

    I am in and will need the support as Im trying break the soda addiction that I have had for almost 50 years. I would like to try the challange of going for a month without one, I know it will be a stuggle BUT I need to take control of my life somewhere and this would be like a new beginning for me.

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  134. Sharyn Bernard Mulqueen  June 6, 2013

    I am IN! Starting today! Also starting a no-yelling-for-365-days challenge, which might be a tad harder!! Good luck all!

    Reply
  135. Karen  June 20, 2013

    Starting this today…and realized that I haven't had soda in 2 days already. I'm trying to get my husband to join me as well!

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  136. Kelsey  June 21, 2013

    I know I'm really late into this, but I really want to do this. Today is my starting day, and it does not help that I will be in Disney World for the last week of this challenge! I always get a headache whenever I try this, but I know if I give myself a break or ration it out, I will lose it. Is there an alternative besides rationalizing it?

    Reply
  137. ralph  June 30, 2013

    I want to challenge myself to do this. Whenever it seems im thirsty I always want to go for a soda. When I'm at fast food places I will want a soda along with the meal

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    • Skinny Ms.  June 30, 2013

      Ralph, I understand completely…I’ve been there. Here’s a few suggestions:

      Replace soda with water, always. Keep a bottle with you at all times.
      Avoid fast food restaurants if possible. 🙂
      You will feel 100% better.

      Reply
  138. Barb  July 8, 2013

    I"m in for the challenge.

    Reply
  139. Brittany Scarlett Beach  July 18, 2013

    I have to say I only have a soda on the day I have a late-night class or early-morning class at my college campus. Usually it's 2 at the most…then I drink water the rest of the week.

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  140. kathy  July 30, 2013

    I'M IN!!! Great timing for me. I stopped drinking pepsi for many years but once I have one I am addicted again. Need this challenge to kick the habit again:)

    Reply
  141. Chancey  August 6, 2013

    I am 14 years old and where I live, in the South-having Cherry Lemon Sundrop is a big soft drink. Its basically a lemon lime soda mixed with cherry's and more lemons. It is very good-but it is terrible for my health. I have been thinking about totally changing my diet around. So, Today I googled "no soda challenge" and this is what popped up, it was the first web result so I clicked on it and that was at 11 a.m.
    Since 11 o'clock I have had NO soda and NO caffeine what so ever. I have had water all day long, That is a big accomplishment for me and it makes me and my parents proud. Going to do this and stay soda free!

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    • Skinny Ms.  August 7, 2013

      Chancey, GOOD FOR YOU!!! 🙂 By starting a healthy eating plan now, you can expect to reap many benefits. Most people don’t realize the importance of “Clean-Eating” until they are faced with an illness or obesity. Please keep us posted on your progress. 🙂

      Reply
  142. Nancy  August 7, 2013

    I'm in – I had quit drinking soda about 6weeks ago but reverted back a few times in the past week or so. Need to get back on the bandwagon!! What about Stevia for sweetener? Haven't seen any comments on this.

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  143. Adam  August 27, 2013

    My problem is, while my body "needs" the caffeine, I just simply like the carbonation sometimes… I'm totally addicted though. I have only been allowing myself one 20 oz. soda in a day.

    Reply
  144. Marisa Kay  August 29, 2013

    I stopped drinking soda cold Turkey about 11 days ago. My headaches were constant the first few days because of the caffeine withdraws. I do miss my Mountain Dew so badly, that I imagine an icecold glass every now and then. But, I've been strong for this long. I won't cave in. lol

    Reply
  145. James Eveland  September 5, 2013

    What about Pellegrino, or Perrier??? Or the flavored seltzer water?? Note I am not talking about the ones that have aspartame in it.. 2 ingredients H2O, and CO2… Pst.. Pellegrino contains calcium, naturally… That makes it taste better that any of them…

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    • Skinny Ms.  September 6, 2013

      James, I would recommend reading the labels first. Perrier should be fine. The flavored waters are often artificially flavored. I’m not familiar with Pellegrino?

      Reply
    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      Yes, those are good alternatives:)

      Reply
  146. Jojo Runke  September 20, 2013

    Hey! I just came across this, and I am going to start this challenge tomorrow! I will be cutting out coffee, frappes, and diet coke! I probably have at leave 5frappes a week, a few cups of coffee everyday, and between 20-50oz of diet coke daily! I am so excited to try this!

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    • Skinny Ms.  September 21, 2013

      Jojo, WOW…I’m excited for you. I created this challenge for myself over 5 years ago and I can honestly say, IT CHANGED MY LIFE!!!! Please, keep us posted on your progress. 🙂

      Reply
  147. Ashley Schaefer  November 13, 2013

    I'm going to try this! I've been drinking soda ever since I can remember. I'm 19 and have gained so much weight from it because between working at a grocery store and starting college it's everywhere. It's so at reach you would think that we as humans forgot that water even existed!

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  148. LippyMoo  January 5, 2014

    4 and half days without any form of soda. 🙂

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  149. Audra  February 11, 2014

    I was addicted to Dr. Pepper. I quit it several times, but always craved the caffeine. I also got massive caffeine withdrawal headaches. The headaches turned into migraines on several occasions. Last April I decided to stop drinking Dr. Pepper. I honestly didn't think I could do it. I had slowly weaned myself to one or two a day and then I decided to not buy another one ever again. I did really good for a month. The headaches came and went but I was feeling so much better. I still craved it, I still do, but I went a whole month and I was so proud of myself. Then on May 15th I had a large Dr. Pepper at McDonald's. I wanted it, I craved it and I drank it. Exactly three days later I got THE worst migraine. I was in bed for 2 days. I decided then and there I would never have another Dr. Pepper again. Well it has been 9 months and I haven't cheated once! I see it at restaurants or stores but I never get any. I did keep drinking Sprite or 7-Up but I decided in January I would give up all carbonated sodas. I also stopped drinking milk. Now I only drink ice water or Powerade Zero. It has been amazing how my headaches have stopped or when I get one it is manageable. I hope to teach my kids to stay away from caffeinated sodas. So they don't have to suffer a pop addiction the way I did.

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  150. Pauletta D Schmitt  March 21, 2014

    I'm in! I kicked cigarettes for almost 3 years now, I can do this too!

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  151. burraak  April 7, 2014

    I'm in lets see how far I can go …..

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  152. abbi  April 15, 2014

    Day 2 no soda no headaches and Im thrilled. I'm feeling emotional but thats about all. Kind of excited that I am doing it!!

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  153. Steven  April 26, 2014

    I gave up soda and fast food 32 days ago. I ate soda and drank fast food everyday. I've never felt better in my life! I only drink water and replace fast food with salads! I've lost 20lbs! Anyone can do it!

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    • SkinnyMs  April 28, 2014

      That's so great Steven! Congratulations!!

      Reply
  154. Jordan  June 13, 2014

    I decided to give up caffeine and pop 2 weeks ago. Since then, I think I've had 3 total. The headaches and withdrawals weren't fun, but it only took about 3 days. I've tried going to flavored water, but I have to admit I do miss the carbonation.
    I'm hoping to leave this addiction in the past and start to live healthier.

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  155. C McD  July 11, 2014

    I give it a try, 88kg ,1,73

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  156. Brenda  July 15, 2014

    Hi! Wondering if you are going to do this challenge for this August too?

    Reply
  157. Virginia Gronow  October 4, 2014

    Im doing this challenge now, 10 days so far and no fizzy drinks. Drink Coke all the time, 600ml a day sometimes. just became a habbit. got thirsty just grabbed a glass of soft drink. Still have a Bottle of Pepsi in the fridge for a week unopened.

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  158. John  November 16, 2014

    I'm about a month and half on the challenge and Fiji Water is now my new favorite drink. I used to drink 4 to 6 cans of a day of Sprite or Sprite Zero. I told myself that since it was clear and didn't have any caffeine that it wasn't as bad as other sodas. I decided to go cold turkey and gave away all the soda I had to my co-workers. I set a quota of at least 1 Liter of water a day. Have I slipped up? Sure. I went out for a pizza a few days ago and had 2 small glasses of Sprite. Last week, I had a few rum and cokes at the bar. I can accept having a soda once in a while, but at least I'm not living on it like I was for years.

    I'm always going to like soda and I really don't see myself ever being one of those people that ONLY drink water. But I have greatly reduced my soda addiction, I feel better, and a few people have asked me if I've lost weight. I have a dental cleaning scheduled next month so hopefully there's not as much gunk on my teeth as usual since I'm not constantly drowning them in soda.

    IMO, the key is to find the right water for you and if you find regular water too boring, try adding lemon or cucumber. Good luck!

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  159. Constance First  December 1, 2014

    I love Canada Dry Gingerale and Mexico Cola….stopping the Cola, but making my own gingerale. Boil powered ginger in water, add honey for sweetening and lemon juice. Strain and put in sealed jar. add 1/4 cup of mixture to bottle and use a soda carbonator. Tastes just like gingerale and it is delicious and healthy for you. Delicious!

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  160. Deloris  December 3, 2014

    I quit soda's over 9 years ago. Best thing I ever did! You will feel better when you do!

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  161. Amy  December 10, 2014

    My husband would go through a 24 pack of sodas in about 2-3 days on average. He gave them up COLD TURKEY about a year ago to get back into shape for his Army PT test. Now, he thinks sodas are nasty so he drinks nothing but water and tea. I need to kick this habit as well because it's ruining my teeth, and I've gained some weight (especially in the last 2 years or so).

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  162. Susan Szabo  December 20, 2014

    I cut soda down quite a bit for about going on to a month and a half. It really is bad for you. Don't get me wrong it taste wonderful and quenches your thirst any time but, I haven't been feeling too healthy lately so this is what I have decided to do. Once in a while I will have some soda in a cone cup maybe 2xs a week
    but that's it. My depression seems to be better but occasionally I get dizzy and I was dizzy all the time my
    manager told me to change my eating habits. I have cut Mcdonalds out a lot. Used to have that every nite.
    I hope I see more improvements that I have dropped soda.

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  163. Mary Garcia  December 31, 2014

    I'm in. Had been doing well at not drinking it, but lately I've been drinking it again. And the weight gain is coming back with it.

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  164. MermaidJay  January 3, 2015

    I HAVE to do this! I easily drink a 2 Liters worth or more a day- it's all I drink. I don't really eat but one or two meals at most a day, they're relatively small. I'm not a sweets eater at all, and I love salads. But I realized recent;y that now my two young sons keep asking to drink soda (I won't let them) and my oldest who's nine said "I should be able to drink soda because you do." And he's right, I'm being a total hypocrite about it!! It's really hard though, but I'm going to try this. I was off soda for a month post surgery and felt great, immediately dropped fifteen pounds. I'll be checking in with you all soon- wish me luck!!

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  165. Amy  January 4, 2015

    I was a fan of Mt. dew for years. I have had a 1 diet cherry limeade in one year. Haven't effected me at all and I'm not going back.

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  166. crystal  January 7, 2015

    how do we do the challenge

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    • SkinnyMs  January 8, 2015

      Crystal, You just start the challenge yourself, following the tips. There's not a group to join or any sign up or anything.

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  167. tiffany  January 20, 2015

    so do we actually join somewhere or do we just say we join? just a question 🙂 im not sure if theres a real way to sign up or anything

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    • SkinnyMs  January 21, 2015

      Tiffany, That is a common question from readers :). No sign up is available/required. You can leave any comments or feedback while you are doing it here though! We love to hear about positive results!

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  168. Charles  February 1, 2015

    Friday was the last coke zero I had in an effort to stop drinking soda all together. I don't recommend the cold turkey approach though. I have been dealing with confusion, anger and headaches since! The only caffeine intake from this point forward is the coffee I drink in the mornings!

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    • SkinnyMs  February 2, 2015

      Charles, That is excellent. Unsweetened Tea, hot or iced, (Green, Black, etc) is also a good option if you are missing the caffeine.

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  169. Teslin  February 8, 2015

    I love Dr. Pepper but I have been realizing lately that I drink too much soda (up to 3 a day sometimes!) and my brother always told me how terrible it was and made me feel bad for drinking it…so 18 days ago I stopped drinking it, I have had lots of cravings and almost went and got one in the first week but I didn't do it! I was also worried because usually when I quit cold turkey I get a terrible headache but that didn't happen this time! 18 days and going strong, I've lost a couple of pounds, I have more energy, my sugar intake is way less and I've been working out more trying to get healthy! I plan on having one soda every now and then but I will not let myself to go back to having 3 a day!

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  170. Sam  February 19, 2015

    I gave up soda for months last year, I was doing great on a diet then summer came and the only really cold drink we had available at the time was Pepsi, ended up giving in and one drink turned into two etc. After a week, I wanted to give it up before I ruined anymore progress with my diet and found that when drinking water or sugar free squash I wasn't refreshed and barely felt like I was drinking anything because that 'fizz' wasn't there. I plan on giving the stuff up soon, once and for all!

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  171. jlause  March 6, 2015

    I started this challenge March 1, 2015. I admit I have a Diet Pepsi problem! I workout regularly, watch what I eat, and never smoke or drink alcohol. Yet, I still struggle in this area.

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  172. Wilton  March 21, 2015

    I haven't had a Coke since January 1st, and the cravings are getting more and more spaced and weaker… It certainly feels great!! =D

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  173. Hollyanne  April 15, 2015

    Okay, I'm taking this challenge. I had been drinking 1 liter of Diet Mt. Dew a day (sometimes more on the weekends). The last 2 weeks I cut that down. Cut down to 20 oz per day, and making sure those 20 oz were before noon each day. Today is my first day trying to go soda free!

    I'm struggling. I'm tired, I'm cranky, and I'm craving. Bad. Any suggestions?

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  174. Fantasia Utsukushii House  April 22, 2015

    This is day two of my no soda challenge. I have a horrible caffeine addiction, to keep from getting chronic headaches I have had one cup of sweet tea other than that i have drank only water. My goal is weight loss and to break my dependency on soda.

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  175. jennifer  October 11, 2015

    Tomorrow will be day 28 for me. it never occurred to me how much the restaurants actually push soda until I stopped drinking it. I was at taco bell last night and had to drink water because there were no healthy options.I also had to drink water at the olive garden because I don't drink alcohol and our server gave me a dirty look because I was only drinking water.

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  176. ervin  December 27, 2015

    Im on 14 days now

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  177. Sasha Rae  January 11, 2016

    I have recently been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, I know that caffiene doesn’t help with sleep patterns so will attempt to give it up, I only have 1-2 mostly 1 a day as I’m
    Not a thirsty person at all.

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    • SkinnyMs.  January 12, 2016

      Be sure to drink enough water, and let us know how it goes.

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  178. ervin  January 21, 2016

    well i passed i started Dec 13,2015 and now its januray 21,2016 and still going

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    • Gale Compton  January 22, 2016

      Ervin, YAH!!! Congratulations. You can do it. I’ve been soda free for over 8 years and love it. Water is now my favorite drink. 🙂

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  179. Ali  January 25, 2016

    Hi, I am trying to give up Soda. my problem is that I don’t remember a day in my life of me not touching Coke – although I rarely drink more than a can a day. Anyway … I am also a smoker and I only smoke when I drink Coke, in the evening 2-3 cigarettes. So now..I have 2 addictions I am fighting against. wish me luck..I am in day 4 and having a very rough time.

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    • Gale Compton  January 25, 2016

      Ali, WOW…I’m proud of you for doing this challenge and including cigarettes. Keep this in mind, You are in charge and
      not the cigarettes or soda. You’re the boss! Create a mantra as you do the challenge and repeat often. Keep us posted! 🙂

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  180. Amanda gama  February 3, 2016

    Started this challenge since August 3,2105 and going 7mths strong ☺️ headed my way to 1year!

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  181. Courtney  February 24, 2016

    I cut soda out 2 weeks ago, without any problems surprisingly! I feel a lot better, mentally, physically. Im just waiting to see the pounds drop now…

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    • SkinnyMs.  February 25, 2016

      That’s great, Courtney! Keep us posted on your progress!

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  182. Mel  February 25, 2016

    I drank 5 to 6 sodas a day. I am 4 weeks completely caffeine free. I also started jogging 4 weeks ago. 3 miles every morning. Currently I have lost 21 pounds. That’s incentive enough that I will never drink amother soda =)

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    • SkinnyMs.  February 26, 2016

      That’s awesome, Mel! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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  183. rebecca  March 2, 2016

    i quit smoking and drinking sodas 3 days ago…. i want my mt.dew more than a smoke… been drinking water and juice….now just water but instead losing weight or staying where i was i am now gaining weight. i don’t want that….i am doing a few other things to help with the weight loss but I’m also trying to have a baby and want my body in better health for the two of us…. i need support ,wisdom, strength, etc…..

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    • SkinnyMs.  March 2, 2016

      Congratulations on taking the first step, Rebecca! Try to think of this challenge as a gift to yourself, as opposed to something you feel you “should” do. Remember, you WANT to give yourself this gift because you deserve to feel good about what you put into your body, your health, and what you see in the mirror. 🙂

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  184. rebecca  March 2, 2016

    I am in…..I drank red bull for breakfast and all day I drank 20 oz mt.dew till I went to bed for well over 10 years now. 3 days ago I stopped smoking and deceived to stop drinking sodas at the same time so I don’t gain weight. I want a soda more than a cig. so I like that my idea is working but I have started gaining weight…. I have been drinking water and fruit juices but now just water….. I also came up with other healthy ideas to help me because I’m trying to get pregnant and I want both of us to be healthy. I need help, support, strength, wisdom, etc….

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    • SkinnyMs.  March 3, 2016

      You’re doing such a great thing for yourself, Rebecca. Keep it up! We’re here for you.

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  185. Kathy  March 10, 2016

    I haven’t drank a pop in a week and a half wish it would start showing on the scale cause I drank a lot of pop

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  186. Jessica  March 21, 2016

    I’ve been drinking soda since childhood. To say it’s an addiction would be an understatement. I’ve lived off the stuff for twenty years. Rather than grabbing a water, I would grab a coke. Rather than drinking some juice, ID grab a pop. I always struggled with my weight. Over the past five years my waist band has exploded. I’ve decided it’s time to stop…

    I quit drinking soda three days ago. To help with the headaches I’ve been using crystal light energy- which has caffeine to keep the headaches away. It also helps avoid the plain taste of water…

    I work in a convinent store, so avoiding pop is incredibly hard. What else can I drink to keep my mind off the bubbles?

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    • Gale Compton  March 21, 2016

      Jessica, I would recommend making drinks that don’t have added sugar or artificial sweeteners. The possibilities are endless.
      You can find tons of great drink alternatives here.

      These drink recipes are some of my favorite. Make one of these and refrigerate before going to bed. Add the drink to a thermous and take to work.

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  187. Brittany Friedlander  April 28, 2016

    I have decided that I am going to try to go soda free. I know I drink way to much of it, and I want to start trying to lose some weight, so I figured this is a great way to begin. I am going to buy myself a water infuser bottle and also stock up on flavor seltzer (ones that are not artificially sweetened) I know this will be tough at first, but I think I can do it!!!!

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    • SkinnyMs.  April 29, 2016

      Congratulations on taking the first step, Brittany! Keep us posted on your progress. 🙂

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  188. Cherry  May 17, 2016

    I was drinkin 6 cans of mountain dew a day i quit 4 days ago i feel the head aches comin but i know i can make it i just found this site after i started my challenge to lose 40lbs by my wedding next may with no soda or sugar an workin out i hope this works

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    • Kym Votruba  May 17, 2016

      Congratulations on taking the first step and on the wedding! We’re happy that you’ve found us and have accepted the challenge. Please keep us posted on your progress! 🙂

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  189. Lindsay  July 19, 2016

    Just recently I went 5 weeks without drinking any soda. Unfortunately, I gave in to a craving one day and messed it all up😕 But I have taken on the challenge again and am 3 days without soda. wish me luck!!!

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    • Gale Compton  July 19, 2016

      Lindsay, I understand, it’s not easy but definitely doable. About 10 years ago, I typically drank 3 diet sodas daily. I gave it up “cold turkey” and haven’t had, or wanted, a soda for all those years. You can do this, I have total confidence in you! Keep us posted. 🙂

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  190. edward bonds  August 3, 2016

    after reading this I’m up for the challenge and excited to see the results!

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  191. Baylee Ridley  August 16, 2016

    I’m thinking about starting this challenge now lol, is it true that you can lose up to 20-30 pounds for not drinking pop for a month??

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    • Gale Compton  August 17, 2016

      Baylee, Highly unlikely, unless you’re drinking several 6-packs of soda daily.

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  192. Lalita  August 21, 2016

    I’m sooo taking this challenge.. But is it just me? Or soda really can make me skinny?? I know people say the opposite but I hv been trying to put some pounds on and it didn’t work and then I thought maybe it’s because i drink much soda the problem is it started when I was like 8 so now it’s time for me to figure this out!!

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  193. Asif  August 24, 2016

    Quit soda (pepsi, dew, all). 5 months ago.
    Still have same weight. Any one experienced this situation?

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  194. Tumi  October 31, 2016

    Love my coke-its time to quit!
    Started my 30 days off soda today.wish me luck.

    Reply
    • Nichole Furlong  October 31, 2016

      Good luck! Trust me, it’s gets easier then longer you go without soda and you’ll feel so much better!

      Reply

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