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Give Up Soda Right Now!

Last month I went to my doctor for my high blood pressure. Of course, as I knew it would be, it was extremely high. Given the fact that I'm only 28 years old, my doctor was clearly quite exasberated with me about my poor health. He basically told me that medication alone won't beat this thing...they can't do all the heavy lifting. I need to make a change on my end too. I could either get serious about my health now while I was still relatively young or I would most likely have a heart attack or stroke by the time I was 40. His words really got to me. I tried to be healthier several times before but something snapped in me that day and I didn't look back. He told me to just give up one bad item from my diet and that it would make a world of difference. I thought about it and decided that I could give up soda and not feel too bad about it. I drank about one or two sodas a day, usually with lunch and dinner. Instead of drinking soda I replaced this with water. I thought it would be harder but it was surprisingly easy and I didn't even really notice the absence much. Well, just yesterday I went back for a follow up visit and to my utter shock I had apparently lost 15 lbs in the short 4 weeks since my last visit! I didn't exercise more or cut anything else out of my diet. I literally just gave up soda and lost the weight of a bowling ball off my body! It felt so great and now I'm inspired to slowly start dropping other bad items from my diet like fried foods and start increasing my trips to the gym from 2-3 times a week to 4-5 times a week. Moral of the story is: You don't have to give up all the foods you love. Just give up one thing and see how easy it is. I gave up soda because I didn't want to drink my calories. I would rather eat a nice meal and pair it with a glass of water than to continue drinking soda and end up dead at 40.

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