This time, I am doing it because I want to - not because someone else told me I should. That's why I did it last time. But - I am thankful that I did give it up before, because I learned how I felt without it.
And, when I started to "dabble" in it again, I swore, I would only occasionally drink it.
I started out with just one a day. And I justified by saying that it was "my coffee."
But, there is something about Diet Coke. It's like potato chips, and crack. It's nearly impossible to have just one, and after a few, I am completely addicted.
So soon enough, I was pounding them back, like a good Irishman on St. Patrick's day.
And then, I noticed how horrible I felt. The middle of the day, I was dragging and yawning like crazy. So, I thought that the answer was to have another Diet Coke. And then I realized... Aha!!!!...when I wasn't drinking Diet Coke, that high and low energy roller coaster hadn't happened.
Hum...interesting. Perhaps, Diet Coke is an evil liquid... (insert sound of menacing Diet Coke Can - "Bwaah Haa Haa!")
So I decided to give it up again. But it took me a couple of months, after realizing how much better I felt, to actually commit to do it.
About three weeks ago I quit. Cold Turkey quit. To reduce the caffeine-withdrawal headaches, I have been drinking tea. But, with tea, I can stick to a cup (2 at the most) in a day.
And yes, I feel better. Much better.
It is amazing, that for years - YEARS - I loved Diet Coke. Loved it! I poo-poohed all the people who suggested that it was bad for me. Where ever I went, a Diet Coke was with me. Like a best friend, by my side.
Well, I kicked that friend to the curb (insert my menacing laugh "Bwahh, Haa, Haa!") BFF's no more!
Little did I know how toxic that friendship was!
What is something (or dare I say someone) that is toxic in your life?
I double dog dare you to kick it to the curb!