Monday, October 11, 2010

A New Challenge

I love POP.  A lot.  I drink it by the bucket full.  I've always said that I will not give up my pop due to the fact that I drink diet soda.  There have been times in my weight management journey where consuming a large cup of cold diet Mt Dew has saved me from a cookie overdose.  I use soda as a tool to avoid foods I shouldn't over consume all while sipping on something I enjoy.

In my side bar I have a link to PriorFatGirl.  I really appreciate/relate to her writings for several reasons.  She lost her mother at a young age.  It was sudden and life altering.  She has lost a lot of weight and is trying to balance health and self image in a skinny obsessed society.  She's a runner and I've enjoyed reading her journey from the 1st mile to her recent 10 mile run.

Today she posted a reader question.  "The Truth About Diet Coke." It's telling that the shear title makes me feel defensive.  Jen (PriorFatGirl) simply posted the readers comment and asked for responses.  I read through multiple opinions and rants about how bad pop is for you.  Until now all those tirades have fallen on deaf ears.

What's sparked the change of heart?

While at the ortho doctor for my stress fracture he recommended that I start taking supplements.  He wants me to take Calcium and Magnesium separately as well as a multivitamin daily.  At 33 I am already showing bone density issues.  I broke my left foot 18 mos ago, I currently have a stress fracture, and he mentioned 2 other spots on my X-ray of healed stress fractures.

Not to mention my peptic ulcer nightmare this summer. I was on 3 different acid reducers for months to allow the holes in my gut to heal.

I would be embarrassed to actually write down how many ounces of soda I drink on a "bad" day.  I also have thyroid issues and have always felt that I struggle more than the average bear to keep my weight gain at bay.  While reading through Jen's readers' comments someone posted a video.  I really think I just needed to see the "how" verses just hearing people's alarmist opinions.

Check it out:

So, here's my challenge. For my bones, my stomach and the scale I hereby give up pop for a month. Some may say, a month? That's it?

Small steps...I'll keep you updated on my progress.  If you want to join my challenge comment and we'll keep each other accountable!  Your thirty days will start from the date of your comment.


Christi said...

Try the Sobe Lifewater. It's 0 calories and has a natural sweetener. It's really good and there are a ton of different flavors. Best part? Walmart has them for $1 and when you think about it, that's pretty comparable to QuikTrip (factoring in ice).

Shannon said...

My mom loves that stuff. I've had several different ones and I like them a lot!

Jen said...

I will join you.

Cindy Coker said...

Ok...not only did that gross me out, but the ph of the pop and battery acid being so close is scary. I'm sold. I'm going to try this, but I'm definitely going to need help. I just handed my 1/2 full Pepsi to Chris to chuck in the trash.

The Lane's said...

Too funny to read this today. I stopped drinking cokes (us southern girls refer to all "sodas" as coke) a year ago and dropped almost 10 pounds. I admit it is my weakness and little by litle it crept back in my diet. I just told myself TODAY that I was done with cokes unless eating Chinese food. . . but now I feel like your challenge was made just for me. So consider me in on the challenge. . .let the fun begin!!!!!

Shannon said...

YAY Ladies! I'm so excited! Hopefully we'll have a few more join in. Today is day two for me and I really miss it. Kinda like an old friend :) I had to run errands and I always get a pop and I had to keep reminding myself not to.

Alisa said...

ok~ I know this is my BIGGEST problem. Not diet, but regular McDonald's cokes. I think they put crack in there...I'm kidding...I think.

Anyway, I've tried MANY times to give it up and it hasn't worked yet, but I'm up for another try.

I have found the key to running errands, etc is to take a bottle of tea or water with you so you have zero need to stop and get anything.