It's now day 6 of my 24 day challenge. Eating good foods is still pretty easy but staying off the Diet Cokes is killing me. I don't know what it is about them but I sure do miss them. I've thought about what's so difficult about staying off them and I have come up with several things:
- I have a habit of drinking them at certain points during the day. It's hard to break an old habit even though its a bad one. I started drinking just plain water instead. At least this quenches the thirst.
- I like a Coke when I eat something salty. The two just compliment each other so deliciously well. Solution - eat less salty things even though I don't have a salt problem.
- This may seem ridiculous but I really like the design of a can of Coke and I like drinking my drinks out of cans. Yes this is stupid, but at least I'm honest about it. I have always found a can of coke more tempting than a bottle. I don't know what it is. Of course most people don't like their beer in plastic bottles either so maybe I'm not that crazy.
- I like the fizz. I started ordering a club soda when I go out instead of Coke. It works pretty well and like that I get something a bit more exciting than water.
I've also found that reading about the adverse effects of Cokes helps me. There's just nothing like getting motivated by articles about depression, kidney damage, cell abnormalities, obesity etc.
Anyway, the bottom line is that I'm still off the 'juice' and I expect the urge to decrease with time. Other than my Coke cravings I feel really good. I feel my body responding positively to what I'm doing although I'm only on day 6. What's even more clear at this point is that I feel really good about the stuff that I eat and that I'm making the best choices I can throughout the day.
I promise to complain less about my Coke addiction in my next blog. Thanks for stopping by!