There are two things you will usually see in my hands: my iPhone and a diet pop. Usually diet Pepsi but on occasion I go wild and have a diet Coke. I drink them because I like the taste, it gives me a bit of caffeine in the morning and it’s relatively inexpensive when you compare it to individual bottles of fruit juices, etc. and most importantly? It has no calories.
Sure, I know the downfalls of drinking diet pop. The artificial sweeteners that have been linked to cancer, the phosphorus that robs my body of calcium and the fact that instead of drinking diet pop, I should be drinking water. I get all of those reasons and yet I still drink on. And on, and on.
A few weeks ago something hit me. Maybe it was the fact that I had created a wall of pop cans in my office or maybe it was because I looked liked a homeless person on the train with my Walmart bag full of empty cans, either way I knew it was time to cut back on my bad habit.
When it comes to food and beverages, I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. For people who can eat just once Reeses Peanut Butter cup, I applaud you. If I eat one, you can bet two, three and four are sure to follow. Even foods I don’t like get 2-3 bites just because I have to make sure. So cutting down wasn’t really an option for me. Not if I really wanted to make a change.
I decided on Sunday that I should do a 30 day challenge and give up my beloved diet pop. It wasn’t specifically planned, it just happened. I woke up, didn’t have any diet pop in the house and wallah, decided to go for it. And to seal the deal, I posted my quest on Facebook putting it out there for all the world to see (or at least 3.5% of my fans – ha!).
So now I am almost done with this journey. There are only three more days and I will have made it the full 30 days. Do I feel different? Yes. I’m not as bloated at the end of the day and I don’t have that artificial sweetener after taste in mouth. And even though I’ve only worked out a few times since starting this challenge, I’ve maintained my weight. Has cutting the diet pop curbed my appetite? I would say somewhat. I don’t late night snack like I used to and I’ve abandoned some of the habits I had (diet Pepsi and Cheetos – yum).
Ideally when I finish this challenge I’ll never drink another diet pop again but let’s just be honest. I can tell you that won’t happen. There are just times that the only thing that will satisfy is a nice, refreshing carbonated, caffeinated drink. But, what I hope to accomplish is instead of reaching for a can of whatever, I will more often go to the water cooler to quench my thirst.