Thursday, October 14, 2010
Yesterday I admitted out loud, well in writing that I have a soda habit. I do. I stop at the Circle K every morning and get a 32 oz Big Red Fountain soda. My love of Big Red is well established in my Indiana roots. It's a southern Indiana soda and for a long time you couldn't find it outside the state of Indiana, in fact for years when we went to Florida to visit family, we would have to load up the trunk with Big Red to take down to them!
I even like the Diet Big Red. It pretty much tastes just like the Big Red and I have no problem drinking it. The only problem is that the Diet is getting hard to find anymore, in fact Big Red itself is getting hard to find. The Circle K is the only store I know of that has it on it's fountain machines, and that is around here. I know if you drive north it is not in the machines there.
So I have admitted to the problem, but how do I deal with the problem and keep my weight loss on track. I do not want my soda habit to be my downfall, but I can see it happening. I thought I was doing good, by putting a goal and limitting myself to only ONE soda per day. But the other day I realized that my 32 oz Big Red habit, while not costing much money, is costing me 400 calories a day! And what is that going to do to my diet!!!
I am going to have to take this in little steps, because there is no way in the world that I can just go cold turkey! I can't do it! I tried, when I was pregnant I tried o avoid all soda, but I couldn't do it, I would feel so sick, so I allowed myself the one Big Red a day. I just can't keep up the habit.
The first small step. No more Circle K. Since they do not care the Diet Big Red in the fountain or in bottle in the coolers, I am going to have to avoid the Circle K at all costs for now, at least until I break the hold it has on me.
I still need my daily soda, but I will go to the grocery and get the Diet Big Red, and I will allow myself the one in the morning. I am not a coffee drinker, so I have always said I needed my soda to get me going in the morning, but that is no entirely true because I usually don't even get my soda until after I get done at the gym. But if I switch to he Diet, I avoid those calories, although I still know it is not goo for me to have even it. But I will start slow, then slowly wean myself off the soda for good.
This is going to be hard, but I am really thinking that this is something that I need to do if I ever want to see real and lasting results on this journey.