Today In History
Today’s Workout: 30 minutes Intervals on the treadmill + 20 minutes walking
Today is a historic day for me. Let it be known that after 13 years of hardcore addiction, I had my last Diet Coke (Coke Zero, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Sprite Zero..et al) today. I’m proclaiming this because it has to be true and I have to follow through. Through the ups and downs of healthy eating I have defended my daily Diet Coke for years as my last vice, my longstanding and worthwhile vice.
The DC and I have been through a lot and I’ve never really demonized it even though I know it’s just straight toxins – but I still think that all things in moderation and all that, I don’t think it’s terrible to drink Diet soft drinks – well, any more terrible then soft drinks in general. There were times during my University days that I drank a 2 liter a day-sometimes more. And even though I’ve toned it down since, I still manage a 20 oz at least on most days.
This past Christmas my sister (an amazing Vegas Showgirl and super fierce dancer) and I were comparing health and beauty notes as we do, and she said that she gave up all diet drinks opting instead for a full sugar one on the occasion she really wanted a soda and in doing so lost almost all the cellulite on her body. AMAZING, buuuut somehow still not enticing enough for me to give up my joy juice. I kept guzzling, intending to “cut down” of course but never actually doing it. I always crave the familiarity of a Diet Coke, and I love having “sweets” whenever I want with “no consequences”.
My Valentines treats from Dan 🙂 He knows me so well – yes that would be a bag of chocolate chips. For some reason it’s the only kind of chocolate I really like. I’ll turn down a bar of chocolate for these babies.
Well, Dan got me to give up putting Equal and Splenda in my coffee and tea about 6 months ago and he’s been on me about Diet Coke for a long time. I of course feel like I give up too much already and a girl needs a bit of fun (allergic to nuts, sensitive to dairy, cutting down on sugar, keeping a “show-fit” diet, sparing alcohol consumption, no fried food…oy the list seems long!). But lately I feel like the Diet Cokes are attaching my stomach, actually not just lately, I’ve wondered if it was the carbonation for a few years now. Yesterday I felt like I had a hole in my stomach and when I sipped on my second Diet Coke of the day it seemed to make it worse. I had just bought 2 20oz bottles to keep in the refrigerator so I just decided then and there that they would be my last. I finished the last one off today before lunch, slowly and wondering if I should even drink it but, you know, I did. It may seem like a small thing after years of enjoying my Diet Coke but my stomach seemed like it may be working on an ulcer and I guess that’s finally reason enough to kick it. But I’m sure it’s going to be hard for a little bit – I’m going to just treat it like an allergy (I have enough of those to know what to do). Good thing I’m making a big change on Tuesday (traveling abroad with some lovely girls to dance for 4 months), sometimes big changes in environment are the perfect catalyst for major personal change. And stupid as it sounds, abstaining from Diet Coke is a major change for me. I keep thinking that a fringe benefit is the extra money I can put in my savings account, I just don’t even want to think how much money I could have saved if I didn’t drink it at all over the past 10+ years, I’m sure it’s similar to how much smokers save when they quit!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one who’s going to picket against Diet Coke, I really don’t think it’s to blame for Obesity or the plaque on my teeth. My over consumption of any substance is done through my own free will. I don’t think consuming an occasional soft drink is bad, but I do think my ability to keep it occasional…doesn’t exist 🙂 I guess I’ll have to take up with an old favorite – coffee (sans sweeteners)-to get my fix!
What’s your take on soft drinks, diet or otherwise? What do y’all drink or indulge in?