Over one month ago was my last post about eliminating diet soda from my life. Full disclosure: I have continued to drink it on occasion, just not nearly as much as I used to. And definitely with the intention I used to, which was of dependence.
In light of that, I’d say I was less successful than I could have been, but am very glad I persisted with breaking the dependence. I’m still drinking my green tea in lieu of the soda and feel great for this replacement.
When I have partaken in the faux sugared soda, I have noticed a sense of familiarity. When I first drank it, it felt like a treat and something rare. Perhaps due to more times of drinking it, that sense went away. Thankfully, I’ve got the awareness to know I could fall back into drinking it regularly again.
As noted before, removing the soda from my diet has coincided with less fast food. I’m still making more meals at home and improved my nutrition as a result. I’m considering doing another challenge in which I truly abstain from diet soda… to further emphasize its importance on my health. At least for now, I’ve moved beyond the dependence.
To help drive home the benefits of no longer drinking diet soda, I’ve been reading articles about how how harmful diet soda is to our health. This article on Psychology Today’s website was from a woman who quit drinking diet soda after years of it being part of her lifestyle. She describes how addictive it was for her and how much she consumed during various parts of her life. This led me to reflect on how “important” soda has been in my life as well.
I’ve been doing alright with this challenge, although I did fall off the wagon again this weekend. Only once though. I was tempted to drink more, and heard the rationalization in my head, “You’ve already relapsed and drank some pop yesterday, why not again today?” Or, “You could just drink diet Pepsi on the weekends.” Good thing I was able to see those thoughts for what they were and abstain.
Towards the end of this week, I started noticing some changes in my body. Continue reading
Sometimes I take advantage of my time on the treadmill to reflect and reinforce healthy habits in my mind. Today was a great day for this. I play a constant loop of ocean waves on my iPod, which helps me zone out and tunes out the other noise at the gym.
Days 6 and 7 were a bust. Saturday, I went for it and drank a 20-oz. of my drug of choice, diet Pepsi. Yesterday, I was at a family gathering, saw the 2 liter and gave in before drinking it.
Why? It’s not that I needed a caffeine boost. This makes me think there is more to the addiction than we realize. Maybe the ingredients in soda/diet soda are worse than portrayed. I had some shame on Day 6, but not enough to pour it down the sink. And yesterday? I had no shame whatsoever.
Surprisingly, I’m not even beating myself up about it today. Today, I have done well (none at all!) and not even had a craving. I realize the mistake I made and how giving in to the craving really didn’t amount to anything. Drinking that crap didn’t even really give me a rush or make me feel any different than usual… which leads me to see that it really isn’t necessary and is pointless.
So here’s to more progress! I fell and I’m back up. No worries.
The replacement: tea.
I inadvertently stepped into this 30-day challenge. Last time, I was adding something into my life: meditation. This time, I’m eliminating something: diet soda.
"Meditation," watercolor painting by Jess Tice. To purchase or see more of her art, click the image to go to Etsy.com.
Yesterday marked the end of my 30-day meditation mission. I’m glad to say I stuck it out and it’s been quite an eye-opening experience. Continue reading
Last night, I had my 9-year old niece over to stay the night. She’s quite energetic and easily stimulated, so before her bedtime we meditated together. I’ve done it once with her to help her get centered, although it was months ago. This time, I wanted her to unwind enough to fall asleep easily.
First, we did a few minutes of slow, deep breathing. Then, I guided her through some relaxation in which she focused on the various parts of her body relaxing. This started with the feet and ended with the head, followed by some more deep breathing. After she opened her eyes slowly upon my instruction, she got up, I tucked her into bed… and she was out like that!
I need to do more meditation with her in the future. She’s so absorbent to things, so I think if she knew to meditate (even just the breathing form) on her own, it could do her a great deal of good.
Not too much to update on since the last blog, but I’ve had some enlightening moments and realizations. I do believe the regular meditation is allowing me to be more of a channel for such moments. I liken them to intuition, which I also consider to be a gift from a higher level of existence, or God. Continue reading
Today marked the midpoint of my meditation challenge, while yesterday marked the first time I used my newly sewn meditation rug. Continue reading