So the first major thing I'm trying in my epic battle to lose weight is to cut out soda from my diet. All the Internets say it is the best way to start losing weight. Something about the high fructose syrup goes straight to fat. Damn it Jim, I'm a physicist not a chemist! We shall see.
If only soda wasn't so delicious and gave me blinding migranes when I drank too much of them. No seriously, some diet drinks make me go blind in one eye. It isn't just diet soda, any diet drink does it to me, probably a reaction to aspartame. So that's the real reason I stopped drinking soda.
It took me a while to find my substitution, but I have found my pseudo-heavenly nectar in the form of Snapple's "Lightly sweetened" tea. So far I have only found two flavors, Peach Passionfruit and Pomogranate Cherry, and I have only seen them in my local safeway. I wouldn't recommend drinking them like they are going out of style as each bottle is 80 cal. But one a day is enough to curb the craving for something sweet and not water.