Isn't it funny how sometimes we don't realize the progress we have made until one day we think back to the last time we had or did something? I found that keeping a diary caused more than a few woo hoo's in my past :-)
Money was the determining factor for me, too. When I moved here where it's $7 for a 12-pack, I just stopped buying it. Like you, I drink it on road trips sometimes, and once when I had a really hard day (visitor with a head wound, nearest Ranger with paramedic training 50 miles away on a horse!), I went out and bought a $1.50 can of Diet Dr Pepper and slugged it down like some people would chug a beer. But for the most part, once you kick it for a while, you really don't miss it.
However, IMO you owe yourself the money. Keep track of what you're saving, and squirrel that amount away for a vacation or a cute outfit or something else that you've been putting off getting because "we don't have the money." A penny saved is a penny earned, so you get to spend the money you earned on yourself, no guilt.
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6/10/13 11:34 P
Yes! Also, way to say you'll enjoy it as a treat in the future instead of going all militant-extremist SODA IS THE DEVIL! about it.
To be frank, the tap water around here tastes like a dank swamp, and I'm strongly opposed to buying bottled water (both due to cost and packaging). Even the Brita wasn't cutting it, so I've recently started keeping a giant pitcher of iced tea in the fridge. I drink a lot more of that, and a lot less soda, if any. I am going to have to buy a second pitcher for decaf though!
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6/10/13 9:46 P
Over the past month I have gone from drinking about 1,000 calories A DAY in soda to drinking about two cans of coke zero. I know the diet is not much better but cold turkey has never worked for me. This month, going to take it down to one can a day. Good for you on stopping it altogether. Wish I could be so strong.
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771 6/10/13 6:38 P
CONGRATULATIONS after 4 days without soda, regular or diet. But you haven't broke your addiction yet. Come back in two weeks and let us know how you did.
(I broke my diet soda addiction a few months ago so I know that 4 days doesn't stop the crave.)
6/10/13 5:06 P
I broke my diet soda habit too, once they started thinking they were going to charge me more than $1.25/2 liter bottle as the regular price. I just decided that I'd rather keep the money than pay them that much for soda. It's not worth it...not that good/tasty and certainly no health benefits are to be had from consuming it.
Now, they try to get us to pay $1.99/2 liter bottle (regular price), LOL. They've absolutely lost their minds if they think I'm going to pay $4 a gallon for something that has no nutritional value.
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2,732 6/10/13 4:51 P
Awesome! And thanks for the reminder. Just put a kettle on to make some iced tea. I should really get a big mason jar for making sun tea. It's definitely hot enough here!
6/10/13 1:38 P
Well done! Tea has served me VERY well over the last few months - so many varieties, and over time i've learned not only to tolerate but (depending on the type of tea) PREFER it without added sugar/milk. Now it's summer and I'm going to try whipping up some home-brewed ice tea (rather than the "ice tea" sugar-crystal drink mixes) to keep in the fridge...
I stopped drinking soda months ago now; I still have a sip of Coke Zero from time to time if someone else orders/opens one.... my "fizz fix" can be satisfied with a couple ounces now, instead of a couple cans.....
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9,707 6/9/13 7:30 P
I wasn't really trying to; we've been on a tight budget lately, and honestly I didn't want to spend the money. I've also been working outside a lot, so I've been drinking a lot of ice water when I come in (like I usually do when I do physical activities.)
I've been drinking hot tea a lot (I keep a kettle of english tea on the stove pretty much all day) with some stevia, but otherwise? That's it.
It occurred to me that I haven't had any soda in about four days.
And I don't even miss it.
So I told my husband not to bother getting me anymore.
It's not like I won't ever have it; I like to grab a bottle of Coke Zero or Diet Dr Pepper on road trips, but why keep it around the house? I'm happy with water, tea, and the odd glass of milk now and again. :)
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