Iím 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 momentís 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, Iím 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 thatís stuck by my side since my earliest childhood memoriesÖPepsi. I have single-handedly kept that company in business. While I did switched to the diet variety several years ago, I still consume aroundÖ 7 cans a day (give or take). Itís the first thing I reach for in the morning.
On rare occasion Iíll drink milk, someone times Iíll make a pitcher of lemonade, and if Iím working out Iíll 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 Iím really, really honest with myselfÖI mean REALLY honest...I donít really like the taste of soda. I mean I donít dislike it, but Iím just so used to it, I donít really taste it anymore; I just drink it. But itís been my security blanket, of sorts, for so long, I canít imagine just walking away.
Iím 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, Iíd have to try new kinds of drinks. Iíd probably be healthier. My grocery bill would drop by aroundÖ $40, or so, a month.
So why donít you give it up? Because Iím afraid of the caffeine withdrawal. Iím afraid that I wonít be able to quit. Iím afraid that I wonít like any other beverages. IÖ.Ok, so I really donít have a good reason other than, afraid of change.
Well if you keep doing the same thing, youíll keep getting the same results, right?
*sigh* Maybe itís time to shake up my world.