Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ch-ch-ch-changes . . .

On Wednesday, December 16 I was driving to work and getting ready to make my daily stop at the gas station to pick up my 44oz fountain soda and I decided it would be the day I stopped drinking soda. The first few days were rough. Truthfully, as corny as it may sound it was facebook that got me through. so many of my friends were encouraging and kind when I would whine and moan that I wanted a soda more than life. And, to be honest, I really didn't want to go on facebook and admit I gave in and drank a soda. As of today, it has been 12 days and I am done with the wicked headaches from withdrawl and I don't think about drinking Coke every waking moment. It is not easy, but it is much easier than it was.

I didn't really give up soda because of the caffeine, and I am currently drinking a peppermint coffee. Soda is just so terribly bad for you. I had a really, really bad habit and it cost a LOT of money. I decided enough was enough. This ad is what did it for me . . .



I have also decided to eat healthier. After reading Cindy and Christine's blogs I really want to make an effort to change the way we all eat. It seems so terribly overwhelming, but after reading Christine's post it confirmed that what I was thinking about doing would work. I am slowly substituting bad things for better things. I have nearly given up my wonderful smooshy white bread that I adore for wheat or oat. I have substituted regular flour for wheat. We have not been to a fast food restaurant in well over a month. I am going to try doing a meatless meal at least once a week. I am going to try simple things like making dumplings without the chicken (not necessarily vegetarian, as I am using chicken broth, but they don't really miss the chicken and Robert actually prefers it) I figured we can do tomato soup and grilled cheese at least once a week also.

Today for lunch I did something that I have read about on Cindy's blog. I grilled up some whole wheat tortillas and made burritos with beans, brown rice, and hot pepper cheese. Harrison LOVED them and I could definitely eat them all day. I think this summer with tomatoes from our garden they would be fabulous!

Truly, I feel tons better just not drinking soda. My body doesn't have nearly as many aches and I am certain it is due to less sugar in my body. I am digesting food better and I have only had heart-burn once this week as opposed to daily before!

We shall see what other changes this year has for us and our diet!

6 comments:

Lisa said...

Yahoo for both of us. No reason but I stopped on Nov. 30th. I'm scared to watch the video. The first week was not fun but I'm glad I didn't give in.

Lee said...

Congratulations! I gave up soda too! It was the diet coke so i am not doing anything calorically better for me and like you I still drink coffee. But surprisingly I have only had one migraine in 55 days so I suspect the aspartame was triggering them. I still miss them with every fiber of my being (laughing) I drank diet soda since 7th grade. Sigh.

Linda B said...

you may have put a bug in my bonnet now with this post. I had quit coke (soda!) for a year, but then during a sleepless period and needing to drive I gave in. I really want my kids to eat better, actually the whole family. They are such picky eaters it is hard. Please keep us updated. I may follow what you are doing, just be a week behind so I can copy you!

MomInTheTrench said...

I gave it up too. It helped a lot with weight loss. Congrats!

I gave you an award. C'mon over to get it.

marythemom said...

I gave up caffeine when I was trying to get pregnant with my first biochild (she's now 13), then I was nursing, then I was trying to get pregnant, then I was nursing... next thing I knew it was 5 years later and I didn't see much point in starting again. I'm very sensitive to citrus fruits so Sprite, which was one of the few drinks that wasn't caffeinated, and many juices bothered me. Not sure when I gave up soda completely. Probably 3-4 years ago. Now I only drink water (and milk on occasion).

I'm proud of you! I hope it has the effect you're looking for.

Mary in TX

Marla said...

Oh yeah. Giving up soda is DIFFICULT. I went back on it but now I'm done with that crap again. So glad to be off it.