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Friday, January 23, 2009

Now that the NYSE is closed...

Diet Coke Free

I have an unlikely announcement to make. I'm glad that the New York Stock Exchange is closed because I would hate for this announcement to cause anyone's stock to plummet (including mine).

It has been 10 days, 9 hours and 17 minutes since I've had a Diet Coke.

Gasp! Can you believe it?

I didn't start out with an intention to give up my most favorite form of bubbly caffeine. True, I did reduce my consumption a few days before Tuesday, January 13 in an attempt to boost the iron in my blood so I could donate platelets. Despite my efforts, my hemoglobin (isn't that the iron measure?) was still too low to donate. So I left and immediately pulled into the nearest McDonald's for a large $1 fix.

At work we have bottled water, so it's pretty easy to drink that most of the day. And I've been packing my lunch more often, so that cuts into my Diet Coke intake as well. We recently implemented a "milk or water" rule for dinnertime beverages, which cut out another daily hit.

And then before I knew it, I'd gone 30 hours without a Diet Coke. And then 48. And then 60. Incredibly, I didn't get a killer headache. And I didn't have any other side effects like extreme fatigue (other than my normal level of fatigue) or irritability (other than my usual impatient self).

Then it became a personal challenge. Self-denial is not exactly a strong suit of mine, but I'd made it almost three whole days without one of my chief addictions. Sadly, that was a bit of an ego boost.

The idea that I might be doing my body a favor was only a fringe benefit. I never really believed those people who claim that something in Diet Coke turns to formaldehyde in your body. Even if it is true, I figured I'd be so well-preserved that my family might get a discount from the embalmer on the occasion of my demise.

Anyway, back to my newfound freedom...Amazingly, I don't even miss it that much. I do get cravings for the bubbles from time to time. So I indulge in caffeine-free Diet Coke from time to time (which means I can be friends with Chick-fil-A again!).

Now, while I offer my apologies to the shareholders of Coca Cola, let me assure the Ben & Jerry's corporation that they have nothing to worry about.


Eternal Lizdom said...

Good for you!!! I think the best goals to achieve are the ones we suddenly find ourselves accomplishing. That's where I am with my Wii Fit. After a week in... I decided to just keep going and strive to do the Wii Fit every day for the month of Jan. So far, so good!

Joanie said...

That's terrific Amy! Now if they would make Diet Coke with Lime in caffeine free, I'd be a happy girl.

Eternal Lizdom said...

I've given you an award over on my blog!!

Annie said...

Wow! Good for you!! I, too, love my diet coke. I only drink the caffeinated kind when we eat out and have the caffeine free kind at home. I need to cut it out all together, though! I'm inspired!

Nate's Mom said...

Good job Amy! I am a Diet Pepsi addict. And at the moment have no desire to cut that one. Baby steps. Right now, my goal is to eat healthier and get moving. And I NEED my bubbly caffeine in the morning. It's my coffee, most days. But, way to go you!!

Sheri in CA

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

I actually prefer caffeine free diet coke if I am gonna drink the soda, but my choice beverage is Crystal Light Iced Tea! My family calls it "Mommy crack!"