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My dear friend, I think you're killing me.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I’m starting to think crazy. I have a few women in my life, friends and family, who can take a short walk and lose 20lbs. They eat chocolate ice cream by the gallon and lounge in front of the TV and somehow manage to hang onto those hot little bodies that can throw on a bikini at a moment’s notice and look like GQ cover models (I exaggerate, but not by much).

I, on the other hand, bike, run, take long walks, hike, etc. and nada. I have eaten so many carrots, I’m getting hate mail from rabbits about the shortage. And yet every morning I wake up in the same body and when I measure myself, the numbers are always the same.

But there is one comfort, one vice, one hold-on that’s stuck by my side since my earliest childhood memories…Pepsi. I have single-handedly kept that company in business. While I did switched to the diet variety several years ago, I still consume around… 7 cans a day (give or take). It’s the first thing I reach for in the morning.

On rare occasion I’ll drink milk, someone times I’ll make a pitcher of lemonade, and if I’m working out I’ll have a few sips of water. But Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Root Beer, those are my go-tos, always.

But my stubborn inability to drop weight has led me to start questioning my oldest and dearest friend.

The funny thing is, if I’m really, really honest with myself…I mean REALLY honest...I don’t really like the taste of soda. I mean I don’t dislike it, but I’m just so used to it, I don’t really taste it anymore; I just drink it. But it’s been my security blanket, of sorts, for so long, I can’t imagine just walking away.

I’m going through a lot of self analysis recently: financial, emotional, lifestyle, etc. and this is just another of those things:
Why do you drink soda? Because I always have and I can trust it.
What would happen if you stopped drinking it? Well, I’d have to try new kinds of drinks. I’d probably be healthier. My grocery bill would drop by around… $40, or so, a month.
So why don’t you give it up? Because I’m afraid of the caffeine withdrawal. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to quit. I’m afraid that I won’t like any other beverages. I….Ok, so I really don’t have a good reason other than, afraid of change.

Well if you keep doing the same thing, you’ll keep getting the same results, right?
*sigh* Maybe it’s time to shake up my world.

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  • _JULEE_
    OH, how I know this feeling! I used to drink a LOT of Diet Mountain Dew every day. And I think it helped really injure my health.

    Dr. Mercola has dozens of articles about the destructive effects of HFCS as well as artificial sweeteners.

    The Food Renegade has a new post about Soft drinks here:

    Wishing you MUCH success! emoticon
    1875 days ago
    you definitely will drop weight once you stop drinking soda even if it's ' just' diet. keep up the good work!
    1875 days ago
    it's good you are aware of this problem so you can change it. have you ever tried the 0 cal flavor packets in bottles of water? they are actually really good.
    1875 days ago
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