Ok, to all of you who have encouraged me in my quest to give up the lethal substance, Diet Coke, I have a confession.... I fell off the wagon.
It happened. It was a conscious decision that I struggled with many times. Then the other day I tweeted that I was "Contemplating Diet Coke". My Twitter buddy, @JBrotherLove, answered "Why not? You only live once!" and I thought, "Not only does this man have a really sexy twitter name and a deep sultry voice that makes a girl giggle a bit, he makes TOTAL sense". I mean, why give something up when you are just going to die some day anyway? So, I took the plunge and cracked open a can of the evil liquid.
The first sip was a bit of a shock to my taste buds. It was tingly and lovely. I waited for that nasty sweet taste everyone said I would get once I'd been off it for so long. It never came. I waited, sip after sip, after sip, after sip.... and so on. I had a Diet Coke and I didn't even feel all that bad about it. Until today....
So, one Diet Coke turned into another Diet Coke the next day. Then two Diet Cokes set me back on the same path I had just jumped off of a month and a half ago. I didn't really think a Diet Coke here or there would really make a difference, but today I realized that it very definitely is making a difference. I went to grab a salad for lunch today at one of my favorite spots and decided I'd have a small Diet Coke. This was all good until I realized that I had also somehow purchased a cookie! A cookie! You know?? Those round sweetie things that I've been avoiding successfully right up until today!! So, all of the benefits that I had been experiencing from getting the garbage out of my system completely went down the toilet.
One of the best side effects of not having the nasty fake sugar stuff in my system was my ability to tame that crazy-ass "sweet tooth" that has plagued me all of my adult life. I am absolutely 100% positive that introducing Diet Coke back into my system was directly related to my almost zombie like attraction to the sugary cookie.
The good news is that I recognized it, tossed the Diet Coke in the trash can and only took a few bites of the cookie. Hello? It's a cookie... you don't throw cookies in the trash!