13 October 2014

Pass the soda, please.

In the interest of full disclosure, and because I like to stay real and acknowledge that I'm only human -- I have a admission to make. You know how back in May, I wrote a post where I was saying Adios to soda? Specifically Coke? Well first I should say that I'm happy to tell you that I did in fact mostly give it up for a while. Like... 6 weeks or so. lol

Truth? I am more than capable of cutting out soda. However, I don't want to. I'm glad that I experimented and gave myself the challenge to cut way back on my coke intake, because I sort of just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. But at the end of the day, I LIKE it. And even though I know it's not good for me, I'm okay with that. For now anyway.

I really don't eat that much in the way of sugary treats/desserts, so I'm allowing myself to make soda my daily indulgence. I kinda sounds like I'm making excuses, but I don't see it that way because I am fully aware that I could be a healthier person if I cut out soda. I'm making a conscious choice to enjoy it. I own my love for Coke. :-)

Here's what I've learned about myself throughout the past year or so since starting to try and be more healthy, "try" being the operative word there. I am not the kind of person that can thrive or succeed on strict eating plans. On the same hand, I can't and won't be the type of person that ever completely deprives myself of a food/drink that I love. I mean, I will definitely cut back when I feel the need to, but right now? I don't feel that need. So really, it's simple.... if I want a coke, I get a coke. I'm not going to beat myself up over it. 

I think that back in May, I was feeling like because I was trying to get fit and healthy (and being so public about it), that it meant I needed to cut out soda and if I didn't, that I would look like a fraud. Which is partly true. But I also think there's a balance to be found. 

Maybe the day will come when I just decide that sugary soda's aren't for me anymore. Maybe the day will come when I really decide to crack the whip on my diet. 

But today isn't that day. 

So I'm going to drink my $1.00 large fountain coke from McDonald's, and I'm going to do it with a smile on my face. And then, I'm going to go to the gym and burn 700 calories.

See.... this is me going to the gym...


15 comments:

Kelly Mock said...

ooh! I did that for lent one year, it was tough! lol Good for you!

Chastity Beene said...

I'm actually on day 1 of no cokes! I just started eating healthy and wanted to rid all the junk for awhile. My goal is to eat healthy until the holidays and then just treat myself to one sugary thing a day:) But I know this week is going to be a struggle without Coke!

M said...

I can relate to this. My vice are the large sweet teas from McD's (used to be the coke from there, until I discovered the tea). I used to have one every morning. I've cut it back to about 2-3 / week. Like you said, it's my indulgence and I could never completely quit it!

Leah D said...

That's totally me about my morning coffee AND I also love coke/cherry coke. Good for you for being so honest about it.

Laura Railing said...

You are so wise Mandy ;) Food was meant to be enjoyed and within moderation, yes, but still- there us no joy and pleasure to be found in vigorous rule following. To you I say- high fives girl :)

gillian claire said...

Love this and I totally agree! :) I try to be gentle with myself about these things as well!

Lovelyladyjb said...

I love soda, #sorrynotsorry :)

shelbyclarkeblog said...

Ha! You are so cute! Enjoy your soda and enjoy the gym!

Janet said...

I know coke is terrible for you but I refuse to give it up. Everything in moderation right? We are all constantly bombarded with a long list of things to feel guilty about throughout the day and enjoying your coke shouldn't be one of them! I try to drink a lot of water throughout the day as well, and that helps.

Coke drinkers unite!!

Olivia Grace said...

I love your honesty, Mandy!! We all have our vices for sure. Shawn and I do Sunday Funday: it's our day to just let loose and indulge in the things we love most. Yesterday, I made brownies and we each had a coke. Having that little treat on Sunday Funday makes the rest of the week go so much easier. You have to treat yourself, I believe it's the key to success in health and fitness. Deprivation always backfires for me. The good thing is, the longer you go living a healthy lifestyle, eating good and exercising, the more those cravings for the "bad stuff" subside. In other words, it gets easier and easier to wait until Sunday Funday for those brownies and the coke. Keep rockin it girl, you look great!

Julia Anderson said...

So love this post and your honesty! Totally refreshing in this blog world! Drink that pop and burn those calories girl! You look fab!

Tania T said...

Exactly don't beat ourselves up over it. It's only a coke,chocolate,pizza and life is so short!

April Lynn said...

Yes! I was never a soda drinker....until kids. It's like my Mommy reward now. I drink a lot....well, in my opinion. Like two a day. Oh well. I cut out energy drinks, so that's good? Right?

Amy said...

I think everyone has their thing. I've never been much of a pop person, so it's pretty rare I have some. The things I have a hard time avoiding and cutting for good? Chips and fries. I never buy chips because I cannot have them in my house. When they're around? I just enjoy them, no need to feel guilty. As long as we are making intentional choices and are happy with those choices then I think it's all good. The guilt and stress we give ourselves over indulgences here and there are likely worse for us.

Amanda Jillian B said...

Lol we are only human but it will be better once you give it up