I haven't had a drink of pop (soda?) since December 31, 2011. Even though I have been going through a rough time trying to stay healthy over the past month or so, I have not given in and still haven't had any pop. After calculating that I eat over 30 pounds (yes, I said POUNDS) of sugar per year just in pop alone, I knew giving it up was the right decision.
I can't lie. It really hasn't been easy. I figured by now I wouldn't
even want to drink it and, for the most part, I don't. Sometimes, though, when I
eat certain foods, it always triggers a craving for a certain sweet carbonated beverage.
I feel like I have been gaining and losing the same 20 pounds for the past year and a half, but I am starting to see some benefits to cutting out the large amount of sugar I used to get from drinking pop. My blood sugar has gone down dramatically.
Sugar has always been my weakness. On my path to becoming 294 pounds, I ate a lot of sugar. About a year ago, I started worrying about my blood sugar. I have a family history of diabetes and knew that I was eating myself into the disease. I bought a blood sugar monitor and starting testing my blood sugar every so often. Not surprisingly, it wasn't great. I didn't have levels high enough to be called diabetic, but my blood sugar was definitely in the pre-diabetic range.
I haven't cut out sugar completely, but just cutting out pop has taken me from pre-diabetic to completely normal. Not only is my blood sugar now completely normal, it's not even the high side of normal. It's normal normal.
I know I'm making positive changes in my life and becoming healthier. I just need to put everything together to finally lose this weight once and for all.