28 May 2014

Saying goodbye to the little red can.

I don't drink coffee, never have, can't stand the stuff. However, I've never been shy about my passionate love for Coke. The soda, not the drugs, obviously. But in all seriousness, it might as well be crack, because that's how much I love it.

I'd say that for the past 5 years, I've probably had at least 1-2 servings of Coke, or sometimes Dr. Pepper every single day. EVERY day. That's kind of crazy when you think about it, right? Well, with the exception of when I was pregnant (both times), didn't drink a lot of soda while pregnant.

I have tried on many occasions to kick my Cola habit, but guys, have you ever had an ice cold Coke out of the can? So thirst-quenching. And oh my gosh, don't even get me started on the fountain Coke's from McDonald's. I swear they put something special in their fountain soda's to make them 67 times better than anywhere else. It's ridiculous really.

Let me get back on track.... my point is that it's been very hard for me to stop drinking the stuff. I'm sure some part of me craved the caffeine, but in reality, I just love the taste of it. So needless to say that all of my attempts have failed miserably.

I have recently decided to just quit drinking Coke cold turkey. I haven't had a sip of it in almost 2 weeks. Woo hoo!! Man, I sound like I belong in a Coca-Cola Addicts Anonymous group, don't I?? lol.

Okay wait let me be perfectly honest, I didn't quit drinking ALL soda. I did purchase some of those TEN calorie soda's to try and satiate my cravings for a bit. They hardly have any sugar (2 grams) and the ones I've been buying are caffeine free, so they've been good in that way. But I don't really drink that many of them and I'm not planning to. My main concern is to just rid myself of the super sugary, caffeinated soda's. And eventually, I'm hoping I will be satisfied with water. I basically have to make it ice cold and dump lemons in it to want to drink a lot of it.

I realize that to some, this might all sound so silly. But for me, it's kind of a big deal. If you're a chronic coffee drinker, imagine giving up coffee?? It would be awful, right?! That's kind of how I'm feeling right now. I really miss my Coke.

But the bottom line is that it just wasn't good for me. And if I want to be healthier and more physically fit, I needed to let it go. Just another step on my fitness journey, and really, I can only handle baby steps when it comes to diet changes. So I'm actually impressed with myself because this is more like a massive step for me, considering how much of it I was drinking before and how hard it's been for me to stop drinking it.

Ugh. Sometimes life sucks when you're doing the right things for yourself. Just hoping that in a few more weeks, I won't even miss it!! So give me your stories!! Tell me how you kicked your soda habit! I could use the encouragement! :)

40 comments:

jen said...

Good for you! Sugar has a stronghold on so many! Pop has a high sugar count so getting it out is great! Beware of those low cal, diet pops for they have many more artificial sweeteners in them - aspertain. You don't want those! Water w/ lemon and lime is our go to. Again, good for you!!

The Reedy Review said...

So proud of you! I quit drinking Diet Coke/Coke Zero cold turkey several months ago in an effort to cut out all artificial sweeteners from my diet. I was surprised at how easy it was after about 2 weeks- after that I had no desire to have one. I've been substituting my caffeine cravings with unsweetened tea, and also drinking lots of water instead. You can do it!

Laura Railing said...

If you miss the carbonation adding soda water can help a little! I'm a huge lemon water fan with lots of ice!! Good for you for quitting the habit!! Have you felt better cutting it out?

Adventures with Little man said...

I can totally relate. I ashamed to admit 6-8 diet cokes are consumed every day. And yes, I had my large mcdonalds soda today already. I also hate coffee and need to kick to habit.

Jess Beer said...

So proud of you! It's definitely no small feat, but you'll be SO much healthier for it!

Linds said...

Good for you! I tried to give up sodas when Connor (my 2nd) was born, and decided that trying to wean myself off of both caffeine and carbonated beverages during the infancy stages of parenthood was not a good idea :) I'll probably try to drop them in the next year or two.... MAYBE. ;)

Life with Amberly said...

I have never had this issue because I just don't like soda of any kind, but I know so many people who do! Good luck! You can do it! :)

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

I phased out by replacing cokes with mojitos sans rum..the bubbly water helped me not miss coke so much!

MeaganMusing said...

Go Mandy! I've had one diet coke in the last three weeks and miss them. :( But I know giving them up was the right thing to do. I've been drinking La Croix and while I didn't like them at first the bubbles are really nice and they've grown on me. :)

Courtney said...

2 weeks is HUGE, Mandy. Give yourself a ginormous pat on the back. You have got to be getting to a point no where it will start being easier to give up soon.

Baby steps for sure. I've been trying to integrate more and more in that is healthier, before I go cold turkey on cutting the things I love out ;)

Miranda Myrabev said...

So proud, 2 weeks is a big deal. I have not yet kicked my fanta habit maybe one day I will but I just don't like water so will see x

Rebekah Clarke said...

You've got this! I've been 'off coke' for a little over a month now (minus the odd cola slurpee) and I used to drink 3 cans a day. I found that soda water with a splash of fruit juice really helped curb the desire for 'picky drinks'

Logan Cantrell said...

Soft drinks ARE crack. I'm convinced. Way to go! I'm impressed you've gone 2 weeks cold turkey. That's impressive. :)

Trisha B said...

Good for you! Keep it up! I've found that putting cut up fruit in my water helps flavor it and makes me drink more.

sschnitzler said...

I've never posted, but this one really hit home for me! First let me say yay for you!!! I was a diet cherry coke and diet Dr. Pepper drinker/addict for years. Consuming 3-4 a day and my goodness I loved them! I decided 10 weeks ago to give up artificial sweeteners which meant my beloved soda, too. The first month was so difficult. I'm a night nurse and totally missed middle of the night cold drink, but found coffee and ice water could work.
I feel so much better now and I believe it's because I no longer consume artificial sweeteners. The craving is still there sometimes especially on a warm day, but I'm proud and can't/won't break my streak!!!

Sarah said...

sounds just like me with dr pepper. the fountain dr pepper from mcdonalds IS TOO DIE FOR. I've been doing really good at not buying it, but its when we go out for dinner that it gets REALLY hard to resist! water is so blah. I've found that i LOVE it in my mug from the hospital with a butt loads of ice, but anywhere else its so boringggg to just drink water!

Taneja's Bride said...

Good job! I remember how hard it was to give Coca Cola! I now have a SodaStream, and still don't use it very often, but I do like having it and making "fresh" soda when the craving arises. Good luck and you can do it!! <3

Starr Joy said...

Congratulations! Baby steps! I'm not a huge soda drinker. I'm addicted to iced coffee though, I just can't quit it! My other passion is water. Sprinkle in a little crystal lite and that's my favorite!

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Julie Danielle said...

Good job! I have tried to give up soda so many times but it is hard.

Rachel said...

My husband was very much addicted to pop (any kind, he wasn't particular), until he decided in 2013 he wanted to really cut back. Now I make iced green tea by the gallon with just a little bit of local honey in it to sweeten it up--it's cheaper than pop, way less sugar, and he gets the antioxidants of the tea and the pollen-allergy-fighting elements of local honey, so it's the perfect alternative for him. I'm one of those weird people who really likes drinking water...

Jessica Kalieta said...

Great for you! I drink diet soda - A LOT. I've tried to stop drinking it a few times, but I always went back to it. I'm trying to hard to just get myself used to drinking water - I'll have to try adding lemons like you do!

Wendy said...

keep it up! Soda (whether regular or diet or 10 or whatever they are calling it now to keep people addicted) is a serious science project, and not food. You are way better with bubbly water or plain water with lemon (or lime, orange, cucumber, watermelon… I can go on)-- keep it up!!!!!! Keep the science projects in school, not your body! :)

Loyal RUN said...

I had a problem with soda as well. It's not easy!!
But now I have the same problem with coffee lol

Lara Becar said...

Quitting coke was so hard for me. Sometimes I get a headache and justify drinking one and then I'm stuck on it again. Iced lemon water is what's getting me off of it!

Jodi said...

I love Coke too but the fountain stuff is by far way better and I will drink that over a can anyday. I hardly ever have soda. When I do it is a special treat. I also love sweet tea and that is like my crack. I try not to drink my calories. I would much rather eat than so I stick mostly to water. But I feel your pain it is hard. I just think you will feel great b/c you won't be putting all those chemicals in your body. Google the bad things about Coke and you may never want to drink it again! haha. Oh and congrats. You are doing great!

Devon Quinn said...

Congrats! It's so hard to kick sugar habits for me it's sprite

Amanda Jillian B said...

Trust me it will be so much better for you once you get off the soda and it will taste horribly sweet and icky once you been off for a while.

Becky Goerend said...

Way to go! I really lack self-control in the eating/drinking area. I have been trying to consume less soda (diet) and I really want to reduce my carb intake, but I haven't been able to yet. I'm cheering you on and hoping I can join you some day!

xo
Becky
@bybmg
bybmg.blogspot.com

Karri said...

good for you!!! i'm only a 1 cuppa joe/day and never was much of a soda drinker, so i can't figure out what it is about soda that makes people want it so much. but my husband just gave up his 2-3 can/day habit a few months ago and i can understand how hard it is. mad props to you!

Chad and Joanie Raiche said...

Yay for you. Do you feel a lot better? I gave up diet coke and replaced it with LaCroix sparkling water. Still,get the fizzy super cold drink with no bad stuff. Try it!! Also, I read a study of McDonalds coke products and they are better tasting. Look it up!!

Katie said...

If you should be in coca-cola anonymous I should have been there a while back! Rarely did I have less than two in the past year until a couple months ago. Now only on a bad day do I have two. I'm pretty proud I've cut it back to one. I can't handle the 'fake' stuff so I'll stick with one, hopefully some days none and am drinking a lot more water. Ice cold, sometimes with lemon, strawberries, other fruit in it as well.

Jessica Dimas said...

2 weeks is awesome! I'm a Coke fiend as well...like I will drive to certain fast food places or to Quik-Trip ONLY BECAUSE they have styrofoam cups, and you know how amazing Coke tastes in a styrofoam cup. I sound like one of those addicts on Intervention. Good luck!

Aileen Johnston said...

This post could not have come at a better time for me! I am the same as you, I don't drink tea or coffee and in all honesty I don't really like many soft drinks, however I absolutely adore coke! I never used to buy it for the house as I loved it so much so it was just a treat if I went out for lunch or something. Then I stopped smoking and decided as a treat I would buy a can of coke. Well I have now stopped smoking for over 2 years but my coke/pepsi habit has increased to 2 cans a day sometimes 3. Yesterday I decided I had to give it up. Like you I am going cold turky and I am not going to lie, yesterday was hard. I would say it was harder than giving up the cigarettes but I am determined. I genuinely love water (you can't get better than good Scottish Cold Water haha) and want to get back into the habit of drinking that all the time as it's not only good for my skin but I have so many digestive problems and water really seems to help it.

Well done on going 2 weeks and keep up the good work!! :)

Deidre Miller said...

Coke. The soda. Not the drug. You crack me up! Good for you on giving up something that is like an addiction to you. I am doing the same thing right now with treats. It sucks at first, but it gets easier. I am finally at the point where I feel like I have a control over my eating habits.

Lindsay Stewart said...

ok... seriously bravo! I have quit Coke as well...... I know it is SO Bad for you but MAN it is hard to quit - so BRAVO for you!!!!

Laura Toeniskoetter said...

Ugh! I am so guilty of this with my dr pepper! especially during school, when i need that extra caffeine to keep going during late night study sessions.
Laura
The Laura Way

Alessandra Ferguson said...

Ouch. This post hurts. Do you know how many times I have tried to give up soda (my love is Dr. Pepper) in the last month?! Let's just not even go there. I keep giving in. I REALLY need to stop it though. It is SO bad for me. I am sure if I can go a month, and drop a couple pounds (since most people do) that could be a HUGE motivator. Lasting a month is the key though...well good for you!

Jesse Blair-French said...

I just gave up Coke a few months ago (that sounds so much more serious than it is... COCA-COLA!) and I TOTALLY feel you. I still drink it on rare occasion, but it just sort of happened when I moved in with my boyfriend and he simply just didn't buy coke, and neither did I. I do feel much healthier so it is worth it, and you can always have one once in a blue moon once you're over the initial "withdrawals" and not feel bad about it! :)

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

Baby steps works just fine! You go girl!

Mimi said...

I'm a soda drinker for sure and I like you and making the hard decision to step back. Step one is I stopped buying it. I realize that I love the fizz and have been trying to get that sensation with sparkling water. It has worked fine until I get that after taste. I'm going to keep trying! I'm in this with you!