If you know me- even in the smallest way, you know that I have one vice. One habit that has been with me for years. Years. One I have always passed off as "hey, I don't smoke, I don't drink alcohol, I don't gamble…. it really is not all that bad." Which for many people it may not be. But I feel as though this vice has been becoming an issue in my life.
It is time, my friends. And I have to say, I am really apprehensive about giving this up. But that apprehension is proving to me more that I really do need to give it up. Diet Coke. My sweet little bubbly friend. I am unsure when my addiction started. But really, it has gotten to the point that I need to give it up. I have been wondering if perhaps this is what is holding me back from losing the 20 lbs I have gained. Odd. I thought that it would help if I am drinking something diet. But, I really feel as though I may be hindering my weight loss and perhaps even causing other health issues.
So. I am scared out of my mind. I am so nervous about the side effect that come with giving up the caffeine. I am going to go about it in a gradual way. The one thing I am not going to do is replace it. The one thing I will allow a replacement for it is water. Plain. No crystal light tea or anything. I figure that I may just allow that to replace the diet coke- which will just bring us back to square one again.
For now, the game plan is- I will allow myself 1 large soda a day- and then water. And gradually I will wean myself off the one.
Big question. Can I do it?
I know I can. I know that this really is not a big issue in the big scheme of life. But I am feeling in my heart it is a stumbling block – not only for my health, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Silly. A soda has become an obsession and a stumbling block. And perhaps even an escape mechanism. And how is that different from any other drug? Hmmm.
I have to tell you I am excited about this challenge. But nervous. Hopeful. And perhaps going to feel a lot healthier.
So, blogland friends…..I plan on journaling on here how it goes. Pray for me.
** Alright folks. 1:02 pm central standard time. So far- 1 diet coke (can), water, water, water and excedrin at 12:00. I feel alright. So far.
*** It is now 5:34. I have only still had the one can of diet coke. Otherwise I have been drinking water- some with lemon, but straight water. I did take excedrin, and I feel a tiny dull headache, but I am alright. I really am so thankful. Prayers work wonders- and folks, God is indeed good. More tomorrow. Maybe it will be a tougher day??