Tuesday, April 7, 2015

goodbye to my favorite doctor

Today marks my fourth week soda free (minus a little sprite I drank when I was sick) which is actually and pathetically one of the biggest accomplishments in my life so far. If I had to describe myself in a few words, dr. pepper would definitely be in there. However I have gone the 21 days that it takes to break a habit and then some. Why? Why. Still asking myself this. There wasn't really a rhyme or reason for it.
Quiiiiite a while ago I read this post on Brielle's blog. When I first read it, it didn't strike me as the usual "quit soda!" post. I dunno, I have read a lot of them in the past and this one just struck me as different. It seemed like her suggestions were doable, sincere and would actually work. However ,I felt like I was SO stressed from student teaching and teaching for the first time, I felt like I needed soda. Which I now see was a crutch, but I realllly needed that crutch. That said, Brielle's post was always in the back of my mind.

So flash back to almost a month ago. I had been sleeping terribly for weeks. I would wake up in the middle of the night a billion times worried about my kids, a lesson plan, a bunch of stuff. I was starting to get really frustrated. I was so tired almost all of the time, so I would drink more dr. pepper. 

One day Mark drank some soda right when he got home from work and then couldn't sleep that night. I was like "Well, it's because you had soda! Duh!" Then I realized that maybe this was why I wasn't sleeping very good. So I thought I would do an experiment for a few days. Totally go off soda and see how I slept.

I didn't sleep any better. Stress is stress, I still wake up in the middle of the night. I get the same headache about 3:30. I don't feel any different.

Except that I do! Not physically, mentally. I went two days without soda. Then I was like "what if I went one more day" and then one more day became two, became four. When I would get the craving for soda, I drank half my water bottle and I usually wouldn't want soda anymore. When I reallllly craved soda, which I did in a really hardcore way for most of the second week, I would drink sugar free lemonade or something that wasn't water but had no sugar or caffeine. 

After the first week, I felt weirdly empowered. I realized that most of the time when I drank dr. pepper it was because A. it came with a meal or B. I got a soda whenever I did something. For example I usually got a soda on Saturday's when I run errands
The amount of time I got a soda because I actually wanted to taste it was slim to none, even though I really do love how it tastes. It just became SUCH a habit and I didn't even acknowledge before. 

So I feel like a freaking rockstar, for no reason at all. I feel like i'm actually in charge of myself, my cravings, my body. Though I don't physically feel any better really*, I just feel like I could kick any bad habit! It's super empowering and refreshing. 

Today I thought about getting one. I know that I could have one and not be addicted, just as a treat. However I feel like, what's the point now? I've come so far I might as well not go there. 

Any suggestions for healthy drinks that aren't water? Sometimes you just need something a lil different, ya know?


* For the past year I have been getting tiny sharp pains in my left chest area. They will come and leave me breathless for a few seconds. I actually had an EKG for them today and my heart is normal, so it's not that. However when I stopped drinking soda the little chest pains stopped! The doctor has no idea why this happened, she said it doesn't make sense but to "keep on keeping on" so I will do that! :)*
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3 comments:

  1. hot chocolate... or if you want something cold oregon chai caffeine free mixed with milk! so good with a little bit of canilla. there's always vanilla milk that is good too. or flavored lemonade. i guess none of these are really healthy though. haha! wait, passion tea. i think that might be healthy.

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  2. Way to go! That's awesome. I keep thinking I need to do this with sweets because man. I love me some sweets. But then there's always something with treats coming up! Easter, my birthday, a cruise . . . so I keep putting it off. But someday, Riley! Someday I will follow your example and give up or at least cut back on treats haha :)

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  3. Awesome!! You need to teach my mom, she drinks diet coke from morning till night hahaha. As for other drinks, I know lots of people drink sparkling water! You get the fizziness of soda and everything. You can also drink iced herbal tea (super easy to make!) or infused water (just slice up fruits and put them in water - my favorite combo is strawberry and mint! I also like cucumber and lemon)

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