This is Lauren Beckham, a fitness competitor. The photo is dated 2007. Just a little motivation for you and me!
I am a Diet Coke junkie. I have been drinking the stuff since about 1982. I have a six pack a day habit--or more, depending on the day. About 4 years ago, I gave up Diet Coke--the caffeine was killer. I drank 6-10 cans a day of this lethal stuff. So one day, I just quit. It was really hard. I had headaches from hell for about 3 days. THEN...I foud caffeine free Diet Coke. I loved having something cold and fizzy to drink. Water was/is just not my favorite. I have been drinking this stuff now, feeling pretty good about myself for not having caffeine. I don't drink coffee, either--never have.
I have read all the articles, heard all the reports about aspartame. I understand that our bodies really can't tell the difference between a sweetener and real sugar. I realize that this may be why I have had such a hard time losing weight. BUT...I have never really had a GOOD reason to quit.
Monday night my hubbie came home with a six pack for me as usual. I was sitting on the couch watching TV with him, and out of nowhere I told him that I did not want him to buy me any more Diet Coke. He looked at me like I had just told him the sky was falling! I said, "REALLY Mike. Please don't buy anymore. I just feel it is time to quit. When this sixpack is gone, I'm done." Well....the sixpack is gone--it was gone yesterday. No more Diet Coke for me--decaf or otherwise.
I couldn't wait to come in and tell you of my new challenge! This is going to be a tough one for me. I will really need encouragement. This is a 26 year old habit, but it needs to die!!
I have a bottle of water on my desk so I will have something to sip on. Please don't tell me to put lemons in it. That is just too gross! I can't stand lemon, unless it's on fish. There must be other ways to make water more palatable. I thought I would use a little Crystal Lite, but it has aspartame in it also. This stuff is in everything! Even in those fitness waters! So....it's cold turkey or should I say, cold water for me!
Cheer me on!!
1. I am drinking enough water for MY body
2. I no longer feel the need to drink Diet Coke, (insert your vice here)
3. I am eating according to my plan