I will be the first to say I love soda. Like, love so much I used to drink 1-3 a day. It was obsessive. I had never been one to stress over how much soda I was drinking or how bad it made my face break out. I figured I was fine and I was going to keep drinking soda because I liked how it tasted. Dr. Pepper and Diet Coke are my two best friends, until someone said “I bet you can’t go a week without drinking soda” and I said “I bet I can go an entire month without drinking soda.” No one believed me, my roommate decided to join me in this month long hardship. I liked having a friend to support me through this, all my other friends like to go out to eat and get the biggest soda they could order off the menu-talking about your Route 44, Sonic- so having my roommate not drink soda with me has really helped me to actually stick to it.
Now, it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve tasted anything but water, coffee and sweet tea (only drinking sweet tea twice a week). The first few days were hard, I had some Dr. Pepper in my fridge that I had to avoid, had to remember to ask for water with lemon while I was out to eat.
Now that I’ve been drinking mainly water for the past two weeks, I’ve learned a few things and would love to share my experience with you!
Water actually does help your skin
I’ve always heard everyone talk about how much drinking water helps your skin, but I never believed them. I’ve never really paid attention to my skin, I broke out once a month with a few little zits in between. It wasn’t until I stopped consuming more sugar that I noticed most of my pimples were because of soda. Once I hadn’t had soda I realized that my face cleared up really fast. I had no idea that soda was why my face was never fully blemish free, until now.
More water, less eating
Since I’ve been drinking so much water, I haven’t been eating as much. I’ve read a million (okay, not a million) articles on how people drink a glass of water before a meal because it helps them get full faster. So, not even realizing it, I’ve been drinking so much water, I’ve stopped snacking throughout the day and eating less.
Even though my caffeine intake is waaay down, I’m not as tired. I haven’t been napping as much which means I have more time to do things throughout my day.
A fun water bottle is the key
I LOVE water bottles and cups/mugs. I buy a new one almost every time I’m at Target (it’s an issue). So I have a million water bottles, but I had never had one that I loved. I have Camelbacks and I’m really not a fan of them. But while at Target during my first few days of no soda, I saw this bottle and I had to have it! I’ve put some stickers on it to make it more personal and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it! Also, you aren’t throwing 4 plastic water bottles away a day, so yay for helping the environment!
Now, I still have two weeks left of this challenge, I’m going to write a post about my entire month without soda. Wish me luck during these next two weeks!