Wow, I haven’t felt sore like this in a long time! Sure, I get sore after running and all that jazz, but I haven’t been sore in other parts of my body for awhile. My abs and hips are sore, along with my glutes, and my legs are tired. It was a struggle to do the burpees this morning. I am now up to 33! I can’t believe that I only have 17 more to go before I hit my goal. I’m ready for you, June 15!

Have you seen the news about Bloomberg’s proposal to ban large sugary drinks in New York City come next March? Details:

The new rules, which could take effect next March, would prohibit cups larger than 16 ounces of any liquid that contains more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. That targets sodas, sweetened ice tea and energy drinks. Diet sodas and milk-based beverages — even calorie laden milkshakes — will remain lawful.

“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’” Bloomberg told The New York Times. “New York City is not about wringing your hands; it’s about doing something.”

The ban will extend to food carts, delis, even concession stands in stadiums and arenas, but not supermarkets and grocery stores, according to the administration’s proposal.

Cups bigger than 16 ounces would disappear from self-serve fountains in fast-food joints, although refills would still be allowed.

I think this is a ridiculous. I feel like it’s an ultimatum that one would give someone else, and we all know those never work. People have to WANT to lose weight. They have to want to be healthy! You can’t sit here and ban drinks from them because they will work their way around it. So, I can’t get a 20 ounce soda at a food cart — oh wait, let me run into this grocery store that is three doors down. It is New York City, after all. In the end, this ban really is only hurting the businesses that can no longer compete with the places that do sell the sugary drinks.

The idea that diet sodas are not covered under this ban is just as ridiculous. Studies have shown that diet sodas can increase the bulge more than normal sodas.

If we want to combat obesity, we need to invest in our education programs, which should be sponsored by the big drink companies (much like the “smoking is bad for you” campaigns that the cigarette companies had to do in the 1990s). The only way we can combat obesity is to educate people from a young age. People need to understand what it means to eat healthy, how many calories are in the food they are eating and why they need to exercise. They need to start healthy habits early so they are just part of their everyday life. Parents need to start this at birth and it needs to continue through school. People need to take control of their lives and realize that only they can make the right choices for their body. It’s up to YOU and you can’t sit here and blame the beverage companies for clever advertising, or store owners for selling the drinks, or even the government for allowing people to sell you those drinks.

It’s funny because I feel like every time I talk about running or exercising, someone asks me when I run. When I say I get up and do it before work, they think I’m crazy. But, is it crazy to wake up an hour earlier so I can live healthier? So I don’t huff and puff as I go up the stairs? So I know that I don’t have to worry about health issues from being lazy and overweight? No, I don’t think so. We don’t think it’s crazy to go out until 2 or 3 in the morning on the weekends to hang out with friends or to work until 8 or 9 p.m. on a week night. So why is it crazy to dedicate some time — just an hour a day — to our health to make sure we are eating right and exercising?



What do you think about the soda ban? Do you think there are better ways to combat obesity? 

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