Today is an example of the incredible difference in how I feel after just 2 weeks of giving up diet soda's. Spent the better part of the day planting water lilies in the two ponds in front of my house. For starters I have the energy and drive that had been missing for so long. Even my back help up (had triple lamenectomy 2 months ago) and that was after slogging in mud up to my knees while planting. Heck I then caught up with my brother in law and we loaded the kayaks and drove to another lake on the ranch for a little sunset/night fly fishing. I am tired at the end of the day but feel great with no pain to speak of. Two weeks ago I could not walk 20 yards with out horrible pain. The most exciting part is that I look forward to enjoying my passions in life again and that is priceless.