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I've had success with this method replacing some of the bad food I ate; ice cream, doughnuts, spaghetti - all gone without much problem. But I could never get it to work with soda. I always found a way to cheat - some excuse for having just 1 soda (which then became 2, etc.) I think the difference was the slightly addictive combo of sugar/caffeine.
To beat sodas, the only method that's worked for me is to totally and completely stop. I don't drink only 1; I don't drink a small one; I don't drink them on special occasions. I haven't had a soda since December 23, 2009, so that method has worked very nicely for me.
I eat baby carrots and raw celeries instead of those crunchy snacks, yogurt instead of ice-cream, and I drink sparkling water plus a little bit of OJ instead of soda... Sometimes I get bored of my substitutes, but then I refuse to go backwards on the healthy diet route. I start hunting for new creative healthy diets to make myself (and my stomach) happy.
On the other hand, I found whenever I was writing or programming, my mind became so focused that I forgot about hunger. That proves one thing: the hunger of the stomach, reallly, is the hunger of the mind... (not always, but sometimes la~~)=P
One of the things that's been really cool for me here at the blog is watching the crowd that hangs out here develop.
The big thing I set out to do with the site was create a place I'd want to hang out online. I hang out at some pretty good places, but I wasn't able to find anywhere that was unabashedly pro-victory, pro-winning, very expansive, practical, pragmatic, and says it like it is. There's plenty of places with good people online, but not too many where people are willing to take the heat for saying it like it is. I try to do that - say it like it is, even though you sometimes suffer for it.
The community's really responded - I think there's a lot of people who've been looking for something like this. I know I searched for it, couldn't find it, and that's why I started building. So it's been thrilling having all sorts of smart people write great letters and emails to me, great comments, great stuff happening.
I love it, I feel so blessed. The site's my site - it's got my name on it. But the community can transcend that, and that's why I'm so thrilled that I can feature great comments and letters.
One such talented person is Jess, our resident merchant marine. She's left a number of really insightful comments, and it's a joy to read her thoughts. She's talented writer and talented thinker. Here's some of her latest insights from a letter, reposted with permission -
It’s not enough to do what coach tells you to do. It’s not enough to simply put in the time. If you’re not giving it everything you’ve got on any given day you’re never going to make it big. Rest and rejuvenation are important, but on the days you go to the gym you can’t just be going through the motions. You have to push the envelope and see how far you can possibly go.