Have you joined the Make a Change Challenge yet? In this Challenge, you make one small change each week for 6 weeks. Participants are eligible to win each of the weekly prizes, and the more you enter, the better your chances are to win the $6,000 Grand Prize.

Here's the link to join the Challenge:

http://www.sharecare.com/static/make-a-change

Get Started Now- Week One

The Change Challenge for Week One is to find a way to cut calories. One of the easiest ways that I have found to cut an easy 100 calories per day is to make the desicion to not drink your calories. When you're drinking sugared sodas, prepared coffee drinks, and even "healthy" fruit smoothies, the calories can add up really fast. A 12-oz can of Coke has 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar, and some fruit smoothies prepared in restaurants can have more than 500 calories!

Make a decision to try low-to-no calorie drinks. I wouldn't recommend a wholesale switch to diet soda- diet soda presents a whole host of other issues on its own, which I have described in another blog. There are plenty of tasty options out there. Remember, your ultimate goal is to shoot for unsweetened drinks. If you feel you need to add sweetner, add as little as possible, and cut back on the sugar the next time.

Water. Yeah, I know, here I am telling you to drink plain old boring water. It's just one small change, maybe you could give it a try. Sometimes people find that they can increase their water consumption by drinking filtered water. Sometimes you can find a brand of bottled water that tastes especially good to you, and use that as a treat. For example, I find that vapor distilled water (such as SmartWater) seems to "go down easier" than other filtered waters. 

Carbonated Water. There are more and more flavored carbonated waters on the market. Look for a carbonated water that doesn't have added sugar, but has a touch of flavor. 

Fruit Water. It's easy to make your own fruit-flavored waters at home. Slice up some fruit and place it in a pitcher, then fill the pitcher with water. After letting it stand for an hour or so, the fruit infuses a light flavor to the water. Lemons, limes, and oranges are especially good options for flavoring your water. Frozen strawberries also work- they are flavorful ice cubes.

Here's a great recipe for a low sugar Cherry-Lime Flavored Water. This can be made with carbonated water or regular water.
http://andloveittoo.com/cherry-lime-flavored-water/ 

Tea. There are a wide vareity of flavors of teas availalbe in most grocery stores. If you are just beginning to kick a soda habit, you'll have some headaches and mood issues due to caffiene withdrawl. Black and Green teas have some caffiene, so they might be a good choice when you are just coming off of soda. Experiment with finding a tea that you like, or if you are really adventurous, make your own blend. 

More Resources:

•My blog, Kick the Diet Soda Habit:
http://www.sharecare.com/user/lisa-bradley-1/blogs/show/kick-the-diet-soda-habit 

•On ShareCare, How to reduce your calories from beverages:
http://www.sharecare.com/question/how-reduce-calories-from-beverages 

•SugarStacks.com posts shocking photos that show how many servings of sugar are contained in popular beverages:
http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm