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Update – No Soda For A Month Challenge

It has been exactly one month for our “No soda for a month challenge” in our home.  Out of the four members of our family, two went without soda the entire month.  The additional two cheated, twice.

For me, I didn’t cheat.  I craved soda for the first three weeks.  The headaches for the first two weeks were terrible.  Drinking soda is an addiction.  The caffeine and sweetness fed the need for me to get through my day.

By the third week, the headaches were gone.  The scale showed an 8 pound weight loss and I knew that I could get through my days without soda. I had regained some of my energy and I didn’t seem to need that extra pick me up in the afternoon.

For my husband and son, both also suffered headaches as well.  We went through three small bottles of pain reliever during the month.  The guys came home from school and work and took naps a few times over the first three weeks.

Both guys cheated.  My husband took pain reliever the first week and by day 8 he couldn’t stand his pounding headache.  He had a soda at that point.  In about a half an hour his headache had subsided.  The second time we were out for dinner.  By mistake, he ordered a soda.

My husband lost 7 pounds over the course of his month without soda.

Our son, he was truthful.  He cheated once while staying up studying for two school tests and the second time was when he went out for a ride with his friend who had just got his license.  At least that is what he states 😉

I don’t believe he lost any weight for the month.  Although, he is so fit due to his fitness routines I am not sure where he would loss the weight from.

For our daughter, she didn’t suffer the headaches because she has been drinking caffiene free soda for a little over 9 years.  She noticed weight loss of 5 pounds and that she wasn’t craving as many sugary foods after dropping the daily soda habit.

All together we dropped 20 pounds between the family in one month.  Instead of purchasing soda for the home for the week, we saved the money for a trip.

1 Month Benefits
$44.00 in savings toward a trip –  (2 – 12 packs of soda)  x 4 weeks  = $44.00
20 pounds of weight loss

Are we going to stick with this plan?  We intend on not purchasing soda to keep in the house.  Opting for healthier choices like Infused Water.

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