Talk about accountability. I’ve been telling people around the office that I’m not drinking any more coke (for you Yankees, that would include all forms of “soda,” “pop” or even “soda-pop”). About 5 years ago I gave up regular coke. Within a short time I lost about 10 pounds. Since then I’ve been a diet drinker. Let me tell you, I love my Diet Pepsi. But no more. First of all, Sara I realized that we’re spending somewhere close to $30 a month on coke for the house. So, at the beginning of the summer we stopped buying coke for the house. This was for a purely financial motivation. We still drink coke if we’re eating out, but around the house we’ve been drinking Kool Aid! OH YEAH! Actually we’re too cheap for Kool Aid. We’ve been drinking “Flavor Aid.”
But I’ve had enough. Sure we’re saving money, but I don’t feel healthy. Due to my height and build, I carry my weight very, very well. Most people are surprised by how much I way. Believe it or not, but I way more than that average Sasquatch and I don’t want to weigh more than a Sasquatch. I got on my scale the other night and it went all the way around and touched the zero. I don’t know that it matters what number my scale actually goes to, but what really matters is that the needle did a full circle. Scale needles were never meant to get that kind of movement.
So, I started by eliminating the sweet junk. No more sodas and no more sweets that seem to be stashed everywhere around my office. No more Marshmallow Mateys. In addition I’ll be running in the evenings. It’s been a while since I’ve had a healthy exercise routine. So, I’m looking forward to making that a regular practice in my life again. In a few months I’ll be heading off to a very nice vacation with my wife and I’d really like to enjoy some hiking and other outdoor activities. I believe that getting healthy now will help me enjoy my time off much more.
So if you see me sipping on a Diet Pepsi, you have my permission to punch me in the neck.
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I may come to Austin and hang out just for the opportunity to punch you in the neck! LOL!
BTW…the ‘flavor-aid’ has more sugar than the soda’s…get rid of that first!
I made the switch to decaf unsweetened tea a few years ago… it taste like dirt water but it’s got color to it so I can trick my brain into thinking I’m not drinking water.
Uh – have you heard of H2O????????? Good ole’ God breathed water! The new single serving drink packets that you add to a bottle of water come in about a zillion flavors – Peach Tea – Green Tee (very good for you, BTW) – lemonade flavor. . .we keep a case of bottled, spring water in the fridge all the time – I even have the boys weaned off sodas (well, most of the time!). The one thing I have not been able to do is give up my coffee! Yikes, I still drink about a pot a day! !
I was going to mention water too…..BTW, a high level Pepsi executive was on the mission trip to Uganda with us. He says he would never drink Diet Pepsi (or any diet drink) He talked about all the chemicals and stuff in the drink. He gave some specifics which were really gross and which I can’t spell, but it has made me go back to good ole water. Purely from being grossed out.
I’m so happy to know I’m not the only sasquatch making needles do turns! I just yesterday made the same vow. NO MORE (delicious, throat tickling, sweet tasty) SODAS! I love the flavored water idea. But plain water? C’mon!