I’ll give you a minute to let that soak in.
And now I will tell you how this broken relationship started in the first place:
I never ever never liked cola my whole entire life forever cross my heart. UNTIL: I was pregnant with baby #4 in 2009. I was crafting late at night with Andrea D. and Kris B. (hi, ladies!). Kris offered us Coke of some form. It had me at hello! It tasted so refreshing and I fell in love.
And then my Obstetrician told me that I really shouldn’t drink anything caffeinated while pregnant. So I didn’t drink anymore of it. UNTIL: I pushed that little darling baby boy OUT and drove through McDonald’s on my way home from the hospital- ordering a large 32 ouncer. Just kidding.
But basically, yeah, ordering a large Diet Coke from my McDonalds every afternoon is how I dealt with fatigue after having the baby. I hate to admit that I was there almost every day. Sometimes more than once, if I happened to be driving past again later in the day… Or if I decided to run an errand that coincidentally put McDonalds right in front of my face.
This is when I also fell in love with McDonald’s oatmeal. And became life-long buddies with Nana, my drive-through friend.
Me to the manager: I just love your oatmeal.
Manager: Thank you!
Me: Also, I just love having Nana in the drive-through. He makes me smile and I probably order more when he is working the window. You should give him a raise! And NEVER take him out of the drive-through.
And then they promoted him to assistant manager, sent him away to another franchise for training, and when he returned, looking all handsome in his tie, he was never in the drive-through. And he hated his job. What the? I haven’t seen him in over a week and I know he is probably thinking that I’ve died.
Anyway, back to Diet Coke. I never buy it from the grocery store. Never in cans. Never in liters or 2-liters. Always from the McD’s drive-through. Think of how that has impacted my wallet over the past 18 months. Don’t tell my husband about that thought you just had.
I will say this: I am addicted. But not just to the caffeine. (I did the math: A large Diet Coke has the equivalent amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.) I am addicted to the habit of hoping in my car every afternoon and rolling on through my friendly neighborhood McDonald’s, shooting the breeze with Nana and his buddies, catching a quick snack for the kids, and sipping that lovely fiz-tastic drink until I feel energized and ready for the rest of the day! It’s a routine. And then I pee a lot.
That’s why it’s been so hard to quit the juice. I have to quit a habit. And basically cut way back on a fun friendship. Nana, we have to break up! I convinced you to quit smoking and that was good. Now I have to quit the juice. Don’t cry! I have my reasons.
REASONS TO QUIT DRINKING DIET COKE: (click links for great articles)
Aspartame: Read this article on artificial sweeteners. Rocked my world.
No-calorie FATNESS: This drink makes my gutt look big. MUFFIN TOP.
Carbonation: Bloating? ph balance off? Yes and Yes.
Hyper-Aging: My skin is saggy and my body is flabby. This last 18 months has KILLED me.
Money: Spending $5 day at McD’s is dumb.
Basically, I had finally read enough articles detailing reasons why this soda thing was harming me and not helping me in any way at all that I finally decided to give it up.
I believe my last drink was last Wednesday or so. It was a ROUGH weekend. I was very tired, had terrible headaches, no energy, etc. But guess what happened on both Sunday and Monday mornings?
I woke up.
Isn’t that great? I have always been a morning person, but for the past 6 months or so, I have had the hardest time getting out of bed and feeling energetic in the mornings. Duh- my addiction to the cokey had me weighed down.
Oh, and I have also started to exercise almost daily. My food cravings are down, my energy is up, my self-control is up… I’ve lost 5 or so pounds. BOOM! 10 pounds to my goal weight!
All great reasons to stay away from the fizz.
What’s your fizz? Are you a fizz-lover? I know… me too.