Saturday, May 27, 2017
It’s been 10 days and counting since I stopped drinking diet sodas. I must admit that I have not just loved to drink them but have been truly addicted to them for well over 20 years. I have tried many times over the years to quit and have only been successful for short periods of time.
In the last 2 years since I have become very serious about getting healthier through exercising and eliminating the bad foods and drinks that I consume, I have found that diet sodas was the ONLY thing that I have not been able to stop completely. I have prayed many many times for God to help me to get over the addiction to them but it seemed to no avail. I have never been one to be addicted to anything except this one thing called soda which had such a hold on me that on more than one occasion when the cravings was so strong, I would get up in the middle of the night to go to the gas station to buy one if I didn’t have one in the house. I don’t know what anyone else calls it but I call this a full fledge ADDICTION.
Ten days ago today, I got paint transfer on my car and I used the diet soda that I keep in the trunk of my car to get it off. As I was watching how easy and effortless it was to get the paint off my car with the diet soda, I started thinking to myself that if it was so easy to get the paint off my car, I could only imagine what it was doing to my body. I decided right then and there that I was going to stop drinking diet sodas. I decided to take one day at a time and see how it goes. Although my desire was to stop all together, I keep telling myself if it got to much to stop cold turkey that I could always go buy one and try and stop gradually even though I‘ve tried that in the past and it didn’t work for me.
As I was giving myself a pep talk telling myself that I can do this, I could hear a voice in my head say that if I didn’t get a diet soda that day that I would die (figuratively speaking). It might sound funny or crazy to some but the struggle to eliminate bad foods and drinks for some people is real. The first 5 days of not consuming any sodas was hard because I had daily headaches and I just felt really bad but I am determined with God’s help to keep going and to never pick up that that bad habit of drinking diet sodas again.
I can say that since I’ve stopped drinking the diet sodas that I feel much better and I consume a lot more water and my pants are getting much looser. The craving is still there some days but I will not give in.
For me, I'm writing this blog not to debate or bash sodas, but more to have something to refer back to just in case I try and slip back into that habit of consuming diet sodas again. Anything that I find hard to put down and/ or walk away from is bad for me.
I thank God for giving me the grace to do this.