Honestly though, I know how nasty the stuff is. I know that it can clean a car engine and that artificial sweeteners can cause cancer in lab rats and that it can actually add fat to the belly exactly like sugar and and and and. I've forced myself to read every link posted on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes it keeps me from drinking diet soda for a day or two, sometimes it doesn't even phase me. My biggest crutch is that we're always on the go without an actual schedule, so I can never just settle in and get rested up. So of course, I turn to easy caffeine.
I do know that I can drink coffee. Or that I can "try to replace it with something healthy and bubbly!" I have tried, believe me. This is my stock pile of attempts at quenching my thirst/caffeine addiction in other ways:
Teas, electrolyte drinks poured into bubbly water, coffee, espresso, and protein drinks. I do actually end up drinking them all, but I follow them up ashamedly every time with a diet soda. Why the hell can't I do this???
So there it is. My addiction is caffeine and artificial sweetener. I know, it could be worse. And honestly I'm totally fine with having the caffeine addiction. A girl's gotta have a vice, dammit! But I am serious about getting serious on the quitting of the sodas. Or something like that, but maybe not so absolute. Shit, I just want to make it through a day without more than one soda. I've tried to instill healthy habits into my children, and I feel horribly guilty when they see me drink a soda and tell them to eat right. They look at soda like beer (and even interchange the words) that it's a "grownup drink, bad for kids", and I want to show them that I can be an excellent example. Well, except I'm not going to stop drinking beer. Beer is good.
Anyone else been in my shoes? What did you do? Should I start some sort of a challenge? Maybe a "stop your unhealthy vice" sorta thing? Let me know what you think!
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