I’m Going Off Soda

giving up diet cokeI’ve been threatening to do it for year.

And now is the time.

Today is my 5th day completely soda/carbonation free. It’s actually day 8 in the process, but I caved to a can of Diet Mtn Dew when I had a headache on day 2.

There are a lot of reasons why I needed to give it up. First, it was an addiction, pure and simple. I couldn’t get through the day without a McDiet #PDR, or a “Route 44 Coke Zero with vanilla” at Sonic. I would wake up thinking of how bad I wanted a Coke to get me going in the morning. I wanted a drink to get me through the lull of the afternoon. I wanted a drink to help me focus at work. It was overwhelming.

Second, it was expensive. Many days I drank well over 100oz, much to the chagrin of my wallet. My husband called my daily need for soda my “pack a day” habit. Even trying to get the cheapest refills, it was easily costing me over $100 per month. I can think of a lot of things I’d rather spend $100 on a month.

Third, it was not good for my health. I’ve been taking mega-doses of Vitamin D and Calcium to make up for the mineral deficiencies that diet soda causes. Plus, it was stretching out my stomach. I can down a 32oz drink in no time, which made it that much easier to overeat. Although I got to the point that I would choose a soda over a decadent dessert…it still was a little messed up to be thinking that way. After watching this video, I knew I needed to do it:

I’m getting ready for a big change in my life that I’ve been preparing to undertake for over a year. If all goes as planned, it will happen sometime in February. It will change my life and my health for the better. I’m even working on a separate blog to document the process, which I will announce shortly. I’m even going to VIDEO BLOG on it, which I haven’t every ventured into before. I’m scared and excited at the same time.

So raise your glass (of water) and congratulate me on 5 days “sober” from soda. I’ll need support on this one. Just the sound of carbonation is a temptation.

  • Good luck!

  • Emily

    Go you! Although are you sure cold turkey is the way to go? I’m sure you’re getting massive lack-of-caffeine headaches. . .

  • Cold turkey is working so far. I did have all that dental drama this weekend, and my endodontist strictly forbade carbonation so my mouth could heal and the bone graft would set correctly. If I had any headaches in any of those days, they were blocked out by the Lortab I was taking for my mouth.

  • Emily

    Hmm. Massive dental work as a way to deal with caffeine withdrawal? Probably not a popular solution. 😉

  • Jen

    It gets easier… I go off and on with soda throughout the year. I find that when I only provide myself with water, it is easier to drink water… If I have soda around, then that’s what I’ll drink. After a while, you will stop craving the soda and you’ll get used to ordering water with your meals. And you’ll be healthier for it! Good luck!

  • Janelle

    You can do it! Not having to drink soda will be so liberating for you! I watched that video as well and it makes sense why people gain weight even when drinking no calorie soda. I’m excited for all you are going to make a reality soon 🙂

  • Yay! Good for you! You can stick with it!

  • I totally get your struggle, I went through it myself a while back. It’s tough at first, but after a while it gets easier. I blogged about walking away from my habit here: http://iamboymom.blogspot.com/2008/09/im-movin-on.html

    Good luck, you can do it!

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  • Katie

    Way to Go on the no soda. I don’t drink much of it buy my hubby did a while back and finally got him to go off it. It’s been 3 years now. He did it cold turkey with a little help from iced tea, but I heard that switching to OJ for a while really helps especially if you didn’t drink diet sodas, giving you the sugars your body still craves. Gook luck. You’ll do great.

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