Yet Another Fun Adventure With Self-Torture

Well hello there! How’s it going? Me? Oh, I’m swell. I am on day 4 of no diet Coke. I was told drinking lots of water would aid with weight loss (I think it’s a crock of shit personally) so as of Monday when I took my Arctic cup filled with ice into the office with me I have not had a single diet Coke. I do flavor the water with Crystal Light packets. Currently I am obsessed with the regular lemonade, but I also like the peach mango. If anyone wants to tell me it needs to be straight water and/or that Crystal Light is as bad for you as diet Coke you can fuck off right now. I’m in no mood.

Tomorrow is weigh in day so I’m getting a little cranky. I set my alarm for six to get up and run today but my asshole dogs have been waking me up at 4 in the morning to go out these past two days so I did not get up. I slept in until 7. I did not run when I got home either. I did get up at six yesterday morning. I even ran hills. I don’t like hills. But I did it. I had read that changing up your course would help your body from becoming too comfortable with what you were already doing. So, I ran the hills which I normally avoid.

My plan is to get up tomorrow morning at 6 (for real this time) and do about 2.5 miles before work.

Back to the diet Coke… The mobster has been trying to get me to quit drinking it for a while now. He likes to send me articles about how bad it is. I so appreciate that. However, I do realize it’s not a healthy habit.

I’ve been drinking diet Coke practically since it came on the market back in 1983 (I think). I remember being in New York City that summer when they were releasing it. I can still recall the commercial with all the celebrities walking the red carpet, being introduced to diet Coke at Radio City Music Hall. And then, of course, the jingle that promised, “Just for the taste of it!” Yes, it was so good you’d drink it even if you didn’t need a diet beverage.

I most certainly did. I loved it. I love it still. But I’m trying to be healthier and I know the mobster worries about me so…

Honestly, I didn’t even start out this week thinking I was going to be going without my diet Coke. I just wanted ice! I was tired of drinking lukewarm water. Now here I am on day four.

I don’t know how this is going to play out. I haven’t resolved to never touch another drop of soda (or pop, as we call it here in the Midwest) again. Really I’m trying to drink more water in the hopes that it will spur on weight loss once again. I’m trying to cut back on the amount of diet Coke I put into my body. The mobster tells me I have a healthy glow but I’m pretty sure he just wants me to quit drinking it. I’m not doing that bad, which is kind of surprising. I haven’t even brought in coffee the last 2 or 3 days. It’s been strictly water (well, flavored water).

We’ll see how this goes. I may have a diet Coke tomorrow. I may write again and tell you I’m on day 10 of no diet Coke. It’s a big surprise!

3 thoughts on “Yet Another Fun Adventure With Self-Torture

  1. I think the reason they say water helps with weight loss is that it doesn’t cause inflammation (which can show up as weight gain) the way processed drinks can. I use to drink a lot of diet soda and now I find sweetened drinks cloying. It really is a weaning thing – sweet things cause us to want more sweet things. That’s why they add sugar to everything – things that our grandmas would never add sugar to, and their food tasted better and few people were o erweight. I quit smoking several years ago and I put that need for Diet Coke in the same group. It’s an addiction to something tha5 is probably harming us. With all the good you are doing with your lifestyle and exercise (yay you!!) you will want to continue to be healthy. I’d rather have a piece of spectacular homemade dessert every once in a while than a constant grazing of whatever is sweet. And I live with sugar lovers – I cant keep up with the baking chocolate chips that disappear without ever being baked into cookies. You’re not weak – sweet things are meant to make you want more. And they don’t spoil. And they’re cheap. The food industry has been fucking with North Americans for a long time, making convenience the easier option. Why poor neighbourhoods have no healthy options, but tons of shit on every corner. It’s not a coincidence. I love water with ice or cucumber or mint leaves or lime or lemon or a few blackberries. Trust me – if you can run a few miles a day after not being able to and I can quit smoking (and not miss it at all), you can quit something you don’t want in your life.

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    1. I’m hoping that if I go without it long enough I won’t want it, or even like it, if I try to drink it again. I used to be able to switch between Pepsi and diet Coke; now regular Pepsi is way too sweet for me. Maybe the same thing will happen with diet Coke after a few days or weeks of not drinking it.

      I bought some more Crystal Light lemonade and then some grape Propel and a store brand liquid flavorer of pineapple and mango. I’m loading up!

      Great job on quitting smoking. That’s the other reason I’m trying to quit diet Coke. The mobster started smoking the day he found out about his wife’s affair back in 2010. He continued until he met me in 2017 when I told him it was a deal breaker. He quit pretty much on the spot. I figure if he can give up smoking then I can try to give up diet Coke. I’m on day 7.

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