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One Week Without My Crutch

Monday, October 29, 2012

Last Monday my niece popped up on Facebook and said, "I'm going cold turkey - no more Diet Coke for me."

I was so proud of her. About two years ago, she lost about 130 pounds. And then she had a baby. And then she kept off her weight loss. So dang awesome of her! So when she announced she was going to give up Diet Coke, I thought it was only fitting that I join in in a show of solidarity and I announced I would, right then and there, give up my Diet Pepsi habit.

Yikes! What was I thinking?

I have tried many times before to do this, because there is absolutely no redeeming quality about drinking artificially concocted beverages. None! And, I truly believe they do our bodies harm. But, for me at least, drinking diet soda is an addictive process and I had never been able to really kick the habit. My daughter has been hounding me for a long time to quit, too.

So here it is, one week later, a full seven days and two hours, and I have not had a single Diet Pepsi!!! Yahoo! There have been several times when I really, really wished I could have one. But I don't have any in the house, and I'm not about to go out to Search And Find my addiction. So, I just had water, or a glass of fine wine. Hmmmm.....maybe that's the key. The fine wine!

Anyway, I have not really missed it as much as I thought I would. And I actually feel liberated. So I am heading into another week where I will again have to test myself - I'm traveling - but I really want to hang on to this new habit of NOT drinking Diet soda. I can do it!

Now if I could just apply this mental concept to my eating and exercising, I'd be much happier with the scale. One step at a time, I suppose.

Have a good week!
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    emoticon Loved the comment about the fine wine Barb -- especially after our Sonoma trip earlier this year!

    I am with you. Have been holding off for a while now from diet soda - I love my fizz but this has been a good thing. I have found that iced green tea is good for me.
    2031 days ago
    Good for you! I really should kick my Diet Coke habit . . . maybe you will be the inspiration for me to do that!
    2031 days ago
    Awesome I need to do the same but I keep going back to it !
    2033 days ago
    I feel your pain! I gave up caffeine for 30 days! Diet Pepsi doesn't taste as good any more! I do have one once in awhile, but nowhwere near the quantity that I was having. You can do this! I'm proud of you!!!
    2033 days ago
    Good for you! emoticon
    2033 days ago
    Good for you. I gave up Diet Coke when I started my journey, for 8 months not one. Then I bought a small bottle, I sipped it a couple of time. Threw out the stale coke after a week. I continued to do this for a couple months. then I bought a can, love it cold in the can. Before I knew it I car buying cans every time I went to the grocery store, I finally bought a case, That has been my decline into a habit that I can't seem or don't want to break. I panic if I find I am down to one left, I go and buy a couple more cases.
    I have been trying to limit myself to 2 a day. Not very successful.. As i sit here I have a cold Diet Coke next to me.
    I know I could quit. We can do anything we make up our minds to do. But I know I am not ready.
    I gave up smoking, drinking, 2 out of 3 ain't bad. My one addiction. Diet Coke. I will work on limiting the amount I drink per day. Will I quit? Don't know.
    Happy you have won the first skirmish..
    Be strong, stay positive.
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    2033 days ago
    Fabulous, you can totally do this. I am so glad I quit it has been 8 months & best choice I have ever made. I rarely miss it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2033 days ago
    Good for you! And think of the money you will save! Add it up for a full years saving and you will be amazed. I drink water, water and water. An occasional diet coke is a treat.
    2033 days ago
    Good for you!! I gave up my diet sodas several weeks ago (although I do allow myself one on the weekends if I'm out) - I miss it a little, but not as much as I thought I would.

    Just think of how much we're helping our bodies and brains by not putting that garbage into them.

    2033 days ago
  • AJB121299
    good luck
    2033 days ago
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