Post # 1
I am absolutely dependent on Diet Coke. I don’t drink coffee at all, so when most people at work have a cup of coffee in hand, I have a bottle of diet coke. I’ve tried multiple ways of at least slowing down, if not reducing my intake, to no avail. I’ve gone cold turkey, I’ve tried drinking more water, I’ve tried telling myself I can only drink it as a reward for certain things like going to the gym, but inevitably I fail and end up jumping right back in.
Financially, it is an expense we could definitely do without. Added to that, I went to the dentist and have a number of cavities. And, there’s lots of back and forth about potential problems with aspertame and caramel coloring. So, I know the reasons I should stop drinking it, but I can’t seem to pull the trigger.
Instead of losing weight before the wedding, I’m trying to focus on building a healthier lifestyle. I’ve already started a routine at the gym, we’re eating better at home, but this is my one big stumbling block.
So I’m wondering, do you have any advice, suggestions, alternatives? I could really use your help.
Post # 3
How much are you drinking a day?
Post # 4
@jpr: Read the ingredients. That should do it.
LOL no I’m being silly. Try to reduce slowly, as if you were trying to quit smoking. How much do you drink ? If it is at each meal, try to do 1 out of two, and also at the same time reduce the quantity in your glass at each meal etc. and replace with water.
Post # 5
On an average day, 36+ ounces. Not normally with meals, but spread throughout the day.
Post # 6
@jpr: You just need to tell yourself that you don’t need it anymore, and that drinking it is just a road block you’re throwing in your own way. Decide that you’re going to stop…and stop it. I know that sounds remarkably simple, but its actually the most complicated and difficult thing to do.
Remind yourself of all the reasons its bad and all the reasons you want to stop, set yourself up for success and get rid of all the coke in the house. Make sure you have something with you that you can feel good about drinking and don’t beat yourself up if you stumble a little and have one, just get back on the horse and keep going.
Post # 7
I used to love regular Coca Cola, so to cut down I bought the cases of cans, and limited myself to one can a day. Not going to lie, some days I cheated and had more, but having the case run out ahead of schedule was noticeable, so it helped me be accountable.
I’m not sure if it would work for you, but it helped me. 🙂
Post # 8
@jpr: I used to be like you. I had an apartment, and it was LITTERED with Diet Coke cans – I was so addicted. Honestly, the best thing for me to quit cold turkey was to VISUALIZE what DCoke was doing to my insides. Just picture yourself drinking this chemical and how it’s ruining your organs, ect..
Another thing I noticed is that all the older/middle-aged women I worked with that were on constant diets to no avail also drank Diet Coke. I started to wonder if the fact that they could not lose weight had something to do with that.
Once I quit cold turkey, I went down two dress sizes. I was also working out and eating well too, but just working out and eating well wasn’t doing it for me. The minute I quit DC, the weight dropped right off.
You really just need to mentally convince yourself to stop. Any tricks that I tried just didn’t work for me.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Another idea for trying to reduce slowly, if you normally say buy 12 oz bottles and drink 3 a day, you could start cutting back by buying the smaller bottles of soda and limiting yourself to 3 of those a day, then maybe 2 a day..
Also you mentioned trying to drink more water, have you tried making the water more “interesting” like drinking more sparkling water, adding lemon, etc? That could help for something to drink instead. I know some people who just don’t like drinking plain water and adding something to it helps.
Post # 10
Rather than telling yourself that you don’t NEED it, tell yourself that you don’t WANT it. That should help to keep you from feeling like you’re depriving yourself.
When I was 13, I told myself I wasn’t going to drink ANY soda anymore, just to see how long I could do it. Well, I’m 27 now, and still haven’t drank one sip. I mostly drink water, but every now and then will have some tea or coffee. Maybe you could try doing something similar, just to challenge yourself?
Post # 11
Slowly ween off of it and replace it with sparkling flavored water. Having that fizz replaced with another fizz really helps.
Post # 12
@jpr: I recently dropped soda (and fast food) back in October. It was the BEST decision I have made, I seriously feel so much better. It was hard at first, but I always made sure to have juice, sparkling flavored water, or those crystal light packets on hand. Everytime I had an urge, I would drink something else until my mind was off of it. Now, I don’t even like the taste of soda. It’s amazing how your taste buds will change! When I quit I actually made a pact with my sister, we decided to try two weeks of no soda, and if (we were) successful we rewarded ourselves to a pedi! I never went back to drinking the soda after two weeks, but at the beginning the two week time frame made it seem more managable/realistic.
Good luck! You can do it!
Post # 13
Crystal lite is a good alternative. I enjoy carbonated water, too. I love soda, but not for the taste/caffiene/sugar — It’s the fizzy I crave.
Post # 14
@jpr: I RARELY ever drink soda. One of my co-workers health is bad and her doctor told her she HAD to stop drinking diet Coke. It was literally one of her favorite things but after hearing what sugar and all the chemicals were doing to her insides she quit cold turkey.
I quit smoking cold turkey too. Once you convince yourself that you have no need for something so bad in your life you are just done. You have to be ready though. If you aren’t ready to mentally give it up no tip or trick alone is going to help you.
Good luck and I admire you wanting to cut the diet soda from your life!
Post # 15
@jpr: I used to be that way with Diet Coke or regular Pepsi (like 3-600ml bottles of Pepsi a day – i think 600ml = 12oz but I’m not sure, plus a can or 2 of diet coke). Fizzy water helped, I really like the fizz. Try adding a little spash of juice or lemon if you want more flavour.
Post # 16
Both my FI and I had to go absolutely cold turkey. It was the only way. It was such an expensive habit! “Pop is on sale! Let’s stock up!” was a common phrase but good lord we went through a lot a week. We just had to stop buying it and suffer through the insane headaches.