Hello hello :)
Off the bat of sharing one of my 57 (I’ve modified it from 58) goals for 2016, I wanted to
share another that is very much health related.
In 6 sleeps, I will no longer be a Diet Coke drinker.
That’s right. One of my goals for this year is titled “Stop drinking Diet Coke.”
I am a total addict. I'll explain just how much, in a moment.
You’re not experiencing déjà vu by the way; I have absolutely declared this before.
In 2012, around this time in fact, I reduced my intake and was very close to stopping.
That attempt was so successful that I forgot that I even tried until I searched my blog for my Diet Coke posts. (ie. I don't recall it, because I failed. That reduction didn't last).
Then, close to this time in 2013, I did it again: I stopped. This time, Attempt #2, I went completely cold turkey. The aim wasn't to quit, but to stop drinking it for a decent amount oftime, and then once I'd rid myself of the overbearing addiction, allow myself to have the occasional can. (I was trying to stop the addiction yet not feel deprived.)
I was successful: for a while. I 100% quit for about 6 weeks. I thought I'd rid myself of the addiction, and I bravely allowed myself to have a can after the 6 week mark. I didn't really have markers set, but I guess I didn't want to have any more than a couple a week.
Well I made my own rules that day, and had a second can that very day. That wasn't exactly the idea...
Within a few days, I was already craving it as soon as I woke up. I could literally feel the
physical cravings moreso than the mental ones. It didn't take me long to steadily increase my consumption back up to where I was before stopping, and since then, for 3 years, I've continued to be one of Coca-Cola's most highest spending individual customers. :/
Before I go on, please no hate mail about how bad Diet Coke is. I know.
many I had a day, for 1 week, late last year. (I used a cool app called "ADDicts" by the way - that's where I got this graph). It's so simple to use and very handy.
|Measuring my intake|
times a week. They order a flat white, I get a Diet Coke. It's not really the social thing though; it's the caffeine. I was trying to explain it to my Dad the other day, and he mentioned how my Mum gets cranky if she doesn't have her regular coffee. I said to my Dad, that is what it's like for me! Think of how other people drink coffee, and just replace it with Diet Coke. It's just my drink of choice. A pick me up, a wake me up, a break, a caffeine hit, a social thing - Diet Coke does for me what (I assume) coffee does for others.
humungous weight loss journey, to me, Diet Coke has always been a pretty good substitute to make me "feel full" in between my meals and snacks. Please don't misunderstand this by thinking that I skip meals or drink Diet Coke instead of eating. I NEVER replace food. I love it too much. And I'm absolutely not a shakes or replacement of any kind type of person. But sometimes, I'll think I'm hungry, and I'll be at my max calories for the day, or in between meals and snacks and want something more, so I crack open a "DC". I then feel satisfied for the cost of zero calories. Again, I know it apparently does the opposite on the inside long term; but for me, it fills me up in the moment.
personality. I used to use cigarettes as my comfort, my reward, my habit, my whatever. And I'm still on the battle of trying not to use food the same way. But throughout, Diet Coke has been my friend, my crutch.
it's just as easy to have none, isn't that even better again?
decreases each day.
|Trying different types|
Even though I'm completely quitting Diet Coke, I'm not going to be silly about it. As in, I'm not going to treat it like smoking, in that I will never let myself touch a cigarette again, because that's all that my addiction would need to reignite. I don't think soft drink is as quickly addictive or as dangerous as nicotine. I plan on never choosing to drink DC or any soft drink after next week, and in my mind will not be a "soft drink drinker". But if one comes with a meal combo once a year, or Ifind myself on a hot summers day in the middle of the desert and my friend buys a round of frozen Cokes to refresh us, I'm going to have one. ;) I would hope that the taste once in a blue moon would not cause me any trouble. Nicotine, however, I think one is all it takes.
and I feel confident. I think I've been getting rid of the habit well since the start of the year. The hard bits I think will be going from 3 a day straight to 0.... I didn't plan that too well. Also, I think it'll be hard to forgo the first can in the morning: that's the only one I'm really really enjoying still.
|Who is this person?|
at 9am. Umm, yes honey, you think this is bad; this is my third for the day....
just me. Some people don't get it, and that's ok. My addiction is mine, as is my health. And therefore, it's mine to take control of. And that's what I'm doing. :)