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Learning Liberty's Limits

Liberty V JusticeSwitching from soda to water helped heal me and keep my extra weight off. I had to stay away completely for almost 2 years.

I’m at a new point in my journey now. I trust myself. I have the occasional soda and I can cut myself off after one or two at the most. I know I have a bigger, better, more worth goal. That’s key in quitting anything, or keeping it in moderation. It tastes great, but I know it is bad for me. I also treat it with more gratitude when I do it less. It’s more of a treat now. Back then it was just a commodity.

I’ve learned that sometimes “I can’t have that” is far too limiting and can also cause me to gain or lose weight. I don’t want to be boxed in. It’s sort of like my commitment issue. I don’t want to say “I’ll do that” if I’m not sure.

I thank God I’m able to do certain things in moderation. I can stop because I know how bad it will end for me if I don’t. I do think that I should never put soda or a lot of other foods and drinks into my body, but I also know that if I limit myself, it inhibits me mentally and spiritually. I don’t want to stifle my creativity or my strength. Maybe that’s my story for drinking the occasional soda, but I’m sticking to it!

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liberty
2/11/2016 10:51:47 AM

Nebraska Dave, Thanks so much for reading! I really appreciate you! Have you seen my Facebook or Twitter pages? Please contact me through those venues so we can share more and you can read more of my work. I am thankful for another person who has kicked some bad habits such as soda! You're right about losing weight too, it really is just exercise and small dietary changes that d up. If you contact me on facebook I'll send you my article about losing 200 pounds from a newspaper. I am so proud of you, you’re a strong man! You really uplifted me by giving me all this love-- giving me the positive feedback about my work and then about your own experience. I will be praying for you. I’ve already thanked God you commented! Keep loving others, that’s the most beautiful quality in another human! Liberty!


nebraskadave
2/6/2016 8:03:05 AM

Liberty, in my youth years, I was totally addicted to cola type sodas. Many a day I would lose track of how many I consumed. They were in 12 ounce glass bottles back then. In my middle 30s, thanks to Prevention magazine and Organic Gardening magazine, I discovered a healthy lifestyle and what soda was doing to me. I went off the soda but still to this day continue to drink coffee and tea. Once the sludge from soda was cleansed from my body, I couldn't believe the difference it made in how I felt. I, like you, still have an occasional soda but never will I go back to uncountable in a day. I'm convinced that mega fountain sodas are the root of obesity. Well, and lack of exercise. All diets seem to come down to just two things, calorie control, and exercise. I'm glad you kicked the soda habit and are still doing good. Have a great occasional soda day.