Personal preference on the Stevia. This is when they argue with me about how one can lose weight without exercise and with all natural stevia. I just smile a smile that says, "How's that been working for you? I know it didn't work for me." And this is when "exercise or do not exercise it's your choice to make" comes out of me. This is when I feel like I sound like Yoda's famous quote, "Do or do not... there is no try."
I know where they are coming from. No one... NO ONE didn't want to exercise more than me. I did it to prove that exercise wouldn't work for me. I wanted to knock that off my list of things I really tried when I talked to my doctor on what I could do next to lose weight. I even hired a trainer to tell me how exercise, so I'd have a witness to "she exercised so hard and it didn't work for her."
What I found out was exercise did work. It worked probably immediately. The first month I lost 2 pounds without changing my eating style. The 2nd month I lost 2 more pounds. I did this through Thanksgiving and Christmas. January came around and my trainer gently suggested I might want to stop drinking diet soda. This is when the weight loss really took off. I stopped diet soda originally just for a month. Liked the way I felt so much I never when back. I started adding healthy fats to my diet. My trainer suggested I make sure I was eating enough protein and I wasn't even close to eating enough until I started watching it. Even though I didn't add salt to my food there were things that were high in sodium. Salad dressings high in sodium. The Seasoned Rice Vinegar I used to replace salad dressings had a lot of sodium. My diet has evolved a lot over the past 2 1/2 years really with just little changes. I knew if I made big changes and big restrictions from my normal way of eating I'd never be able to stick to it.
Exercise is my baseline. I don't ever sway from doing it. It is what keeps my body and my eating on track. Who wants to mess up a good workout with bad food. I don't. So, as Yoda so profoundly said, ""Do or do not... there is no try." You decide for yourself how you want your future to look. Mine looks fit and trim.