Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Am I Trying To Kill Myself?

A few weeks ago,  my mother-in-law asked if I would save my soda cans for the
youth group at her church.  Why was she asking me this?  Does she know I drink
a little soda?    Does she think I have a problem?  I told her I would...but it slipped my mind
and I finally thought of it yesterday.  Not that it matters...she would never realize that I
just started collecting.  I got out a garbage bag and filled it with our cans.  We put out
our recycling on Tuesday I had exactly one weeks worth of cans.
Seeing the soda in the bag, made me feel half sick...although not sick enough...
because I drank two more before the night was over.  

All the soda I drank last week.

I know I'm not setting a good example for my son.  He tells me often that I need 
to drink more water.  It seems the only time I drink water is when I am at
the gym or playing tennis.  We allow Brady one caffeine free soda a day...and I 
drink all the Diet Moutain Dew I want.  I know it's terrible for me.  I'm not a complete
moron....I have googled and read all kinds of awful things about diet soda.  I will give it
up for a couple of weeks...and then one day I have one and then it's right back to
6 or so cans a day.   

I've tried seltzer water...I can't even bare the taste of that!  I've tried cutting up
fruit in ice cubes to make my water more appetizing.  I'm not a fan of hot tea
or coffee....cannot stand milk.  So, it doesn't leave me with many options.
It seems like if I give up DMD ( it's what my husband and son call it) it's all or
nothing.  It seems I can't handle the responsibility of having just one or two a day.
I want to be healthy...I mean who really knows the affects of diet soda and all
that aspertame and nutra sweet.  I only know it can't be good...and I want to be
around a long time for my family. 

 So, starting tomorrow I will limit myself
to two DMD's a day and that's it.  No matter what.  I will do this until
my caffeine headaches subside and then I will start having just one a day and
then go from there.  I thought by telling you guys might make me a little
more accountable.  
I will do it for my family because I love them too
much not to take better care of myself. 

 I can do it!


Bringing Pretty Back said...

Kerri, I HEAR YA SISTER! I was addiceted to diet coke! I KNEW it was awful for me .. yet I couldn't get enough! I am the same way, if I decide to give it up... and if I have one sip... I am back to drinking it like crazy. I am proud to say i have not been driking it for the last few months. I have been drinking more water and coffee. You can do it!
Have a pretty day!

Jen said...

Ooooooo....I hate milk too!
Over here it's Diet pepsi, at least one a day.
Good plan you have there!
Love your tower! Did you let Brady knock it down?

gabe said...

You can do it. . .put the picture of the tower on the fridge so you can have a visual!

Good luck!

Kimberly {Yep, they are all mine} said...

Good for you!!! We're rooting for you!

Nicolle said...

I know you can do it!!! :)

I have 2 Coke Zeroes a day. I have to limit myself or I would drink many more. Of course, I have coffee as well. I have been feeling crappy lately though, so I am pushing more water and it's helping some!

Barb said...

Way to go!! Your body will thank you for it. I, too, had a diet soda habit for many years; I drank it all day long. Until I read how acidic they are and how harmful the sweeteners are, esp aspartame. Not to mention that all that caffeine (you already mentioned that). Hang in there, it's worth it!!

Barb :)

sloan said...

Geez, that tower of DMD's that was just one week's worth really IS impressive - you should let that photo serve as your motivation as you try to kick it - YOU GO GIRL!!

Susan said...

Not to fret Kerri. I fell off the wagon too. I just couldn't give it up. I start getting headaches and actually feel nauseated if I don't get a Pepsi or Diet Pepsi a day. Hey, I'm not picky....either or will suit me just fine.
I know it's an addiction of some sort. Caffeine, sugar, soda water...I don't know, but it can't be good on any level, however, I think I would need some sort of medication help to get me off the soda water and I'm being serious here. I feel icky now. My only justification is that there are worse things I could be addicted to than soda water. Isn't it easy to see how people become addicts though, of any kind? I think if my life depended on it, I could give it up and I certainly wouldn't dsell myself for a Pepsi, but you know what I mean.

Cindy said...

I guess the first step is admitting you have a problem right?!?!?:)
That is quite a tower you have going for yourself.

Ok...thinking of the example i am setting for my girls always motivates me when sometimes other things don't, so it is good you are thinking of Brady.
I think your plan of cutting back is a good one. Start with that and see how that works for you.
Once you have kicked it, don't let it back in the house. I know that is going to be tough, but allow yourself a soda while you are out to eat or even shopping if you need to, but don't let it come into your home. That's how I have to be with chocolate. I let myself buy a small bag of M&M's or something while out, but if I had a bowl of them in the fridge...bad news!!!
And you must replace an old habit with a new one. I know how hard finding something else good to drink can be. I don't like seltzer, or Crystal light etc. Even tea is not up there on my list. I mostly just drink juice at breakfast, soda while out and water water water!
I will say that I can only drink water when it is ICE COLD! I have one of those stainless steel thermos' and I fill it with ice and the water stays super cold all day. Give that a try and see if it helps./
I am so glad you fessed up and put it out there.
We'll be checking back frequently for soda updates!!
Enjoy the night...with your ice cold water!:)

jen said...

Hi, I'm Jen, and I'm a DP addict.
And I've given up sugar, and that's all I can do right now.
But I agree, and deep down, I know you're right.
Let me know how it goes.

Cherie said...

YOU really can do it!
The reason I know this is because I did it and that's saying something.
I was a die Hard Coke (not diet) drinker for the past 30 years. I am talking multiple trips to McDonalds everyday so not only tons of soda that I was drinking but lots of money I was spending.
Over the years I tried SO MANY times to stop but I always went back. I don't love water, I don't like juices at all (whole other story), you can only drink so much milk - this was my argument - What would I drink?
But January 1st I decided I was going to do it once and for all- For my health, for my husband, for my family, for alot of reasons. I quit on January 1st.
I got the headache. I got the body aches.
Once those were over I craved it EVERY SINGLE DAY for 5 months - Not a physical craving but in my mind I would think "I need a Coke". I thought about it EVERY DAY but I resisted. It was hard.
Then on day at the end of May I realized I hadn't thought about Coke at all in a couple days and that is when I knew I had done it. It literally took that long.
I don't want it anymore. I do drink water alot more, I drink some milk and if I go to the movies I treat myself to a Rootbeer.
I want you to know it was totally worth it. TOTALLY!
If you would have asked me last year at this time if I could do it I would have said "No".
We are all stronger than we think.
Good Luck I know you can do it!!!

Jenny said...

Oh Kerri, I was right there with you. I drank so much Diet Dr. Pepper I was afraid my insides were becomming pickled. The turning point for me was the day I drank an entire 2 liter, not realizing it at the time. The next morning when I was taking out the recycling, I realized what i did. That day, I stopped. Haven't had one since. That was Memorial Day. It's tough, I still want them especially if I see my hubby having a Diet Coke or at restaurants when they just keep bringing you refills. But you can do it. I took a lot of Tylenol, to get over the headaches. I was so bad addicted. I feel better knowing I am not drinking them. I had to go cold turkey. I can't do just one or two a day. No will power. Good luck, you can do it!

Karen said...

Kerri, Is it bad that your tower of DMD's made me chuckle a little? And, is it bad that the abbreviation DMD immediately made me think of WMD (weapons of mass destruction)? Instead it's drinks of mass destruction.

Ok. I'll answer my own question, that probably is bad & maybe a little warped. Sorry if I offended you. Anyway, I have faith in you Kerri! You can do it!

I'll hold you accountable for the sodas you drink if you hold me accountable for all the sugar and fat that I eat.

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