I’m Going Off Soda

giving up diet cokeI’ve been threatening to do it for year.

And now is the time.

Today is my 5th day completely soda/carbonation free. It’s actually day 8 in the process, but I caved to a can of Diet Mtn Dew when I had a headache on day 2.

There are a lot of reasons why I needed to give it up. First, it was an addiction, pure and simple. I couldn’t get through the day without a McDiet #PDR, or a “Route 44 Coke Zero with vanilla” at Sonic. I would wake up thinking of how bad I wanted a Coke to get me going in the morning. I wanted a drink to get me through the lull of the afternoon. I wanted a drink to help me focus at work. It was overwhelming.

Second, it was expensive. Many days I drank well over 100oz, much to the chagrin of my wallet. My husband called my daily need for soda my “pack a day” habit. Even trying to get the cheapest refills, it was easily costing me over $100 per month. I can think of a lot of things I’d rather spend $100 on a month.

Third, it was not good for my health. I’ve been taking mega-doses of Vitamin D and Calcium to make up for the mineral deficiencies that diet soda causes. Plus, it was stretching out my stomach. I can down a 32oz drink in no time, which made it that much easier to overeat. Although I got to the point that I would choose a soda over a decadent dessert…it still was a little messed up to be thinking that way. After watching this video, I knew I needed to do it:

Giving up the soda was one of the hardest changes for me in preparation for gastric bypass. Although the approval process dragged on for endless months, I decided to take charge and give up my beloved Coke. Three days later, the surgery approval came through. This cannot be a coincidence.

So raise your glass (of water) and congratulate me on 5 days “sober” from soda. I’ll need support on this one. Just the sound of carbonation is a temptation.


  1. That’s awesome. Tony gave up caffeine this January…it’s made such a huge difference. Way to go. I know it isn’t easy. I’m excited to hear about your success along your journey.

  2. I’m with you on this one – I’ve known for years that soda was not healthy. I’ve gone in stretches where I’ve quit drinking soda but I always seem to go back. Now, I don’t drink one a day but I do drink 2-3 a week but even then, I know that’s to many. Great video

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