Ever since this past January, I made the decision not to drink soda at all because of a serious dehydration issue that ended me flat out in a emergency room. And I persuaded my friends to try it. Half of them ended up going back to drinking it regularly which I was sad about. But seeing as you are all more commited to getting healthy, I want to encourage you all to quit the dirty habit of drinking it and trade it out for something much healthier like water, tea, real fruit juice, or WATER.
Please take it into consideration as I'd hate to see someone go through the same thing I did. (:
I totally know the feeling. I literally thought that I needed it. My friends would always try to tempt me and show me that it was okay to have it during the beginning, but now they have just given up. (:
Dr. Pepper Polar Bears were my weakness. I drank like one 32oz a day and started having sleeping and dehydration problems so I quit and now my complexion, endurance, hydration, and weight are so much better. It's kind of crazy.
It used to get really hard to keep it up because most my friends and family still drank it. But I figured if I could convince other people to do it, it would be a good impact on everyone. But now I don't have any problems replacing it with something better. (:
You will feel like you NEED to have just one sip for a week or so, but once you find good tasting alternatives --my favorite being powerade, apple juice, water, most anything V8-- you will get over it. I drank A LOT of powerade after my workouts and it helped keep me hydrated and replenish my elctrolytes as well as giving me the similar flavor of soda.
I'm going to start giving up soda. I've become sooooo addicted to coke cola that in the past few weeks i've drunk almost 4 pks of Sprite and Coke Cola.