Let me preface this by telling you this: I was a coke drinker to the max. Two or three 20 oz bottles a day. A can in the morning. One after my work out at the gym. I drank maybe one glass of water a day and I craved Coke all the time. It was truly an addiction. It really was not easy to kick it, but a few of these things worked for me.
1. I told myself that I did not drink soda instead of tell myself I could not drink soda. It became something that wasn't disallowed, but something that was simply a part of my daily life. I didn't do that just like I didn't smoke.
2. I didn't make allowances for anything even similar to soda. No energy drinks, no non-caffeinated soda like Sprite, no sparkling...whatever. It made it so I couldn't make excuses to drink a soda.
3. I found something flavored that I liked instead of soda. I drank blue Powerade when I wanted something sweet or ordered lemonade at restaurants. The key to this one, is not completely replacing the old vice with a new one. I didn't drink half as much Powerade as I used to drink coke. I just drank it every now and then when I really wanted a coke.
4. I drank a lot more water. When you aren't thirsty, there is no reason to look for other things to drink.
5. I told myself there was no choice in the matter. I'm not a coke drinker anymore. I hope I never will be again.
I'm going to be completely honest with you, blog, when I wrote on my list that I wasn't going to drink soda anymore, I thought I'd crack after a few days. Well, it has been an entire month and I haven't slipped once. I can run faster. I sleep better. I have more energy. I lost weight. I saved money, and I drink twice as much water as I ever did.
A part of me still misses the Coke...I even have a shirt with the Coca-Cola Logo on it...It's my favorite. Unfortunately, for me, Coke is now just a Fashion Statement.
Stay tuned for a review of how my other goals went this month!