So my mood was bad and I was self-medicating with soda. Around 3pm I started to feel really awful. Headachy and just off. I wondered if I was getting sick and headed to get a glass of water. After I drank some and started to feel better I did some quick math. It turns out I had over 60 oz of soda already that day and that was my first glass of water. Um, that's not so good.
In fact it was really bad. (not to mention expensive).
Then and there I decided that it was time to give up soda. My ability to drink it in moderation seemed long gone and it just wasn't helping. So on Tuesday I began my first official soda-free day. It was hard. I am am doing two things in conjunction with this new soda-free lifestyle. 1. I am making sure NOT to give up caffeine right now so I don't withdraw on both the soda and the caffeine at once. I've been allowing myself a iced cafe latte a day so far. I'll also explore teas (and chocolate as needed). 2. I am trying to avoid artifical sweeteners in general so I don't re-trigger my addiction. That means that flavored waters and stuff are already out. Tomorrow I'm going to explore some sparkling unflavored water with some juice to give me a little placebo soda, but all the real stuff - regular and diet is off limits.
I've only had two days of soda-free living but already I am noticing changes and I'm going to document them so that I can remind myself that this is a good thing in case things get harder before they get easier.
- I am more focused. I've been more productive at work the last two days than I have been in a while. This is good because VBS is coming fast!
- My mind seems clearer too.
- I have more energy - even being sleepy from getting baby goat adjusted to his "big boy bed" crib.
- I am more cheerful.
- I've slept better
- I am drinking a TON more water. Like 80-100 oz more water.
- The more water I drink the better I start to feel.
- I seem to be eating less.
- I also am more in tune to when I am hungry and when I am not.
- I think I'll save money in the long run, especially if I can find a caffeine source that's not Starbucks or Caribou.
So the diet coke, and other sodas are out. Maybe someday I'll be able to have a soda in a drink without getting addicted, but I think diet coke and I need to be done for good. It is just too addicting to me, but I'm washing my hands of it. It's time.