This has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. This time last year I made the decision to start living and eating healthy. I started by cutting soda completely out of my diet. It was much easier than I thought it would be. I used to drink Sprite with every meal, and I also was eating fast food everyday. Once I stopped drinking soda, and combined that with working out every day, the weight just started coming off. I was looking and feeling better about myself within a few months. I drank only water and occasionally a glass of unsweet tea. I am happy to say that now I have completely cut sugar out of my diet. I have lost a total of 35 pounds and am still continuing on my weight loss journey. My advice to people who are trying to lose weight is to not give up, and make sure your expectations are realistic. Don’t expect to lose 40+ pounds in a month or two. That is not the case, and don’t believe anyone that tells you so. It took me an entire year to lose 35 pounds, and my weight still fluctuates from time to time. I had very unrealistic expectations when I first started, I thought I would reach my goal within a few months. At first I lost 15 pounds within a month, but after that month the weight was coming off slowly. Now I have hit a plateau, and am working on overcoming it. I am not going to lie, there has been days where I have looked in the mirror and felt like giving up. I recommend that if you are trying to lose weight find a friend or a partner to support you. It is much easier when you have someone there to encourage you, and help live this healthy lifestyle with you.