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Follow-up to my last blog

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Wow, so my last blog "My Ode to Coca-Cola" was really popular. I got over 40 comments, and I've never had that many. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to share their thoughts on the subject. I can tell it is a common theme, maybe not everyone loves Coke like I do, but it seems we all have something bad for us that we love so much.

I do appreciate every single comment. Thank you for the support, ideas, suggestions, and everything else. I don't agree with all of them, but then again there were so many, how could I?

I know that I won't be giving up Crystal Light. I know it still has some bad fake sugar in it, but for now it is a working substitute. I also don't think I'll be trying any of the SodaStream or other carbonated suggestions. Mainly because I always feel so bloated with the carbonation, so I figure if I am going to drink something carbonated it might as well be Coke, so I'll stay away from it all.

I also know that, while I am not a mother but hope to be one day into the distant future, that I want to try and keep my kids away from junk food and soda. I saw some comments about how as teenagers they'll do what they want anyways, and while that may be so, I don't want to enable them. I want to have a frank discussion/understanding with them that this is bad for their bodies. I don't think I ever got that as a child. Instead, I got soda and little debbie snacks whenever I wanted sugar, which at a young age grew and grew as I got older. I want them to make the conscious decision that if they are going to eat poorly then they know the consequences (bad health), and that I will not be a part of enabling them. Now, this is easier said that done I am sure. I am still working on my own bad habits, but my goal is certainly not to enable my children to one day inherit them.

I guess what I am getting at is that, with so many suggestions, it seems to me that the most beneficial thing to do is find a balance that works for you and your body and your life. Right now, I am happy with water and crystal light and the occasional tea and coffee. Sure, at some point maybe I'll skip the crystal light or drop the coffee (all that caffeine!), but for now, the balance I have is fine. It normally, with the exception of a few days like Thursday, doesn't leave me wanting soda soooo bad that I can't take it. And in fact, Thursday I could take it, I was fine, the urge passed.

I do appreciate you all taking the time to stop by and give me some suggestions. So thanks again!

On a different note, I went for a hike today with my boyfriend. It was fun. I wanted to do a long hike (7-8 miles), but instead we did a 3 mile and part of another one for 1 mile. I started getting headache and didn't want to push too far past my limits. I am still proud though. After all, with no training, I can't climb a mountain in one day, but I can climb to some bluffs like I did while hiking! I'll take that as a win. I hope we go back in a week or two, it was a lot of fun, and a good workout.
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    emoticon Water with Crystal Light is better than Coke any day! You are absolutely right, you've got to find what works for you and it sounds like you are doing just that! My kids are 4 & almost 6 and they never tasted soda. To this day they won't drink it, they say YUCK. I'm a firm believer to start your kids out young on good foods. Mine have always eaten wheat bread and won't eat white. Because it's all they've ever known. Anyway, you are headed in the right direction! WOOHOO.

    BTW...can't find your Ode to Coke blog?
    1650 days ago
  • NHES220
    Good for you for giving up the Coke! I was a bit Diet Dr. Pepper drinker back in the day. I would go through 6 or 7 cans a day, but then just gave it up. Now I just drink tea or water. I did give up most of the artificial sweeteners, but understand that you may not want to and if the Crystal Light gets you drinking more water - go for it. I like the Tazo Zen tea - it is a green tea with a little bit of a peppermint flavor and I make it over ice. Also, my sister never gave her kids soda when they were little. They did drink it when they got older, but not a lot of it. They are mainly water drinkers or healthy drinks. Also she has 2 daughters that are vegetarians.

    1656 days ago
  • SKY214
    I love all the support and suggestions you received!!! Yay Sparkers!!! You really have to do what's best for you. Congrats on the hike. Keep up the good work. emoticon

    Yay Sarah!
    1660 days ago
    I also won't give up on Crystal light. I am awful with getting water in me and they helps a lot. I make 3/4 gallon with one of the 2 liter packs so it is not as strong for me.

    I loved your comment about keeping young children away from junk food. I wish that would have been how my granddaughter was raised. When she comes to visit we have to fight to get her to try vegetables. She eats what she wants and that is it. That is way she is 10 years old and weighs over 200 pounds. it just breaks my heart.
    1660 days ago
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