Soda Challenge | Day 5 | September 28| Morning

Well, 4 pounds down on the scale this morning (back on the Just 10 Challenge as well), and slept thru the night again. One side effect: by not waking up to pee at night, you wake up stiffer after 6.5 hrs of sleep than when get up every 2 to 3 hours. Makes a warm-up before getting out of bed more needed. I actually think I am feeling better without soda ... I used to (prior to downgrading my soda habit from 24 cans a day to about 3) go off all caffeine for a week every 2 months and I felt better, but now think I am going to feel that good by just dropping the diet soda. As a scientist, I doubt those 72 ounces or so of soda could have made me feel that bad (especially when it tasted so good), but maybe?

Well, 4 pounds down on the scale this morning (back on the Just 10 Challenge as well), and slept thru the night again.  One side effect: by not waking up to pee at night, you wake up stiffer after 6.5 hrs of sleep than when get up every 2 to 3 hours. Makes a warm-up before getting out of bed more needed. I actually think I am feeling better without soda ... I used to (prior to downgrading my soda habit from 24 cans a day to about 3) go off all caffeine for a week every 2 months and I felt better, but now think I am going to feel that good by just dropping the diet soda. As a scientist, I doubt those 72 ounces or so of soda could have made me feel that bad (especially when it tasted so good), but maybe?

7 Essential Items to Have for a Pandemic Date, According to a Relationship Expert

Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert Vikki Ziegler says you should treat COVID-19 like an STD.

Just when we thought relationships and dating could not get any more complicated, the pandemic took this matter to a whole new level. Celebrity divorce attorney and relationship expert, Vikki Ziegler receives an abundance of questions about this exact topic, every single day. Her fans and followers message her via her social media channels, in the hopes of finding the right way to safely date during these times. So, if this topic has crossed your mind, rest assured you are not alone.

For those who used to "swipe left and right," on the regular, Vikki recommends slowing down for the time being, no matter what type of antibacterial wipes are being used between your swipes. Serial dating during COVID-19 can be dangerous and also very selfish at the same time. This might be a good time to either take a break from dating altogether, or invest more time in one relationship and being monogamous, at least for right now. "Everyone should treat COVID-19 as they do an STD, while dating and practice safe EVERYTHING, even beyond just intimacy," says Ziegler. "This will simplify the process and make the do's and don'ts much less complex."

She recommends that new partners keep the dating virtual prior to both being tested and or having the vaccine. "Screendating" can still be both fun and safe at the same time. She suggests that you still wear your favorite new dress, get that fresh haircut or blowout and act as though you are still going out, even if the date is happening in the privacy of your own home. She has suggested some ideas such as virtual movie nights, happy hours, cooking classes, and the most obvious, the at-home and virtual dining date. This would entail both partners ordering food to each of their respective homes, but using the same menu as if they were dining in person.

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