In the past, I wrote on the fact that I was losing weight. The best thing that has helped me along the way is the book, Four Hour Body. However, I have figured out that I have one major obstacle that is most likely keeping me from progressing the way that I would like. Now, this obstacle is of my own doing. I have come to realize that. The obstacle is….soda.
I am addicted. I have been known to drink three or more sodas in a day. That might seem like a small amount to you but it is alot for me.
There is no shortage on videos, TV shows, books, blogs, and magazine articles on quitting or giving up bad habits. When it comes to quitting soda, most advice talks about weening yourself off of soda. Therein lies my problem.
I have tried the weening thing. One week you drink three or four and then you decrease by one a week. Then at the end of the fourth week you are supposed to be free of the soda.
I don’t work that way.
Weening just doesn’t work for me. If I drink two sodas, I want three. If I drink three, I want four. I just think that this weening process is flawed.
It has been said that it takes 21 days to break or change a habit.
Instead of weening, I have decided to go cold turkey. Yep. I am giving it up all at once. Not a little at a time, I am giving up the whole enchilada.
Here is my process of thinking on this:
- Soda tastes good. If I try to ween myself off, I have already failed because I will seek to find more soda. I will get to the point where I will almost crave it. I have to cut off the cravings before they start.
- It takes 21 days to change a habit. This means that I should be soda free by the end of this month.
- I will be healthier. There will be less sugar, salt, and artificial sweeteners in my body. Part of this whole quitting soda thing leads to another goal I have. I hope to be off blood pressure medicine by August.
- After the 21 days, I hope to have lost the taste for the soda.
- I am replacing the soda with water. While soda dehydrates you, water hydrates you.
- I will save some money. At the rate at which I drink soda, it gets kind of expensive. I could do better things with the amount of money I would save from not drinking soda.
As of today, I am four days into quitting soda. It is not easy. However, I will continue to push on until I have changed the habit. I will let you know whether I have succeeded or failed and I will tell you some of the challenges I came across along the way. Four down, seventeen to go.