Monday, October 18, 2010

The No Soda Challenge - Day One

This past week, I had the pleasure of getting to spend the week with my mom and my little brother Kurt.  It was a great week, filled with new memories, and lots of wonderful food.  Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately :), my mother is addicted to the doctor shows... for example the Doctors tv show and Dr. Oz (formerly on Oprah).  So this resulted in my also watching the shows with her, which then turned into me surfing their websites (I'm an internet surfing addict... lol).  I came upon where Dr. Oz has a page strictly for challenges.  The second one listed was a "No Soda Challenge".  My first instinct was to as quickly as possible scroll past it... I've tried one time to cut soda out of my diet - I lasted two days.  Two days.  That's not even enough to say that I tried.  It was more like we didn't have soda in the house and I didn't have time to run to the store and buy more!  Well, in the end, I did click on the link and read about the challenge.  There are four different steps involving drinking sugar free soda, sugar and caffeine free soda, cutting down on your soda consumption by 50%, and then completely not drinking any soda at all (it sounds like trying to break a cigarette addiction... lol).  Jon and I decided that if we were going to do a challenge, that we needed to do it cold turkey. 

Here is our plan:

We will not drink any soda at all for 28 days. 

We will weigh ourselves each day.

I will blog about our days (including our current weights... ahhh!)

Our goal is to see if cutting soda out of our diet will affect how much weight we lose.  We won't be changing our lifestyles - no extra working out (not that we do any now... lol), no change in the foods we eat (yes! no cutting out the chocolate!), and no other strategies to try and lose weight.  This is completely and fully just cutting soda out.  We can still drink juice, gatorade, sparkling water, and of course, water.  I'm looking forward to seeing how much weight we lose, if any. 

Here are our beginning weights... (I can't believe I'm posting how much I weigh on a public blog... oh the joy)

Jonathan:  169.0
Gina:  140.4

Here's to not drinking soda!

1 comment:

Jacobs Family said...

I'm so glad you're doing this! I've been wondering if my addiction to cherry coke is a major contributor to my extra weight, or just a minor one. Now I can see if this works for you before I give it up :)