Friday, September 23, 2011

Pop-less Culture


Here I go begging for trouble: I *think* I'm tee'd up for another good numbers week again.  Now, it could be that I'm reaping the benefits of my kicked up workouts from the prior two weeks, it could be that I've been eating more produce, it could be that Jupiter is in the Seventh House...but I'm wondering if it MIGHT be that this is week two of "No Soda in the House."

I love Diet Coke.  I have loved it since I was 8 years old & I saw a friend's mother drinking it.  I thought she was the bees knees, so I wanted to drink Diet Coke, too.  One sip & I was hooked, I just loved the taste.  The rest is history.

I'm the only one in my family that drinks soda (or "pop" since I'm from Iowa).  While I'm pretty good at watching for sales, it's still a ridiculous expenditure, especially when I had started pushing 2-3 cans each day.   

So, having nothing to do with my goals or my health (I know, it's terrible & the artificial sweeteners should have been what drove me away...blah blah blah) I decided that I would no longer keep pop in the house.  I can have it when we're out, but I don't need to keep it on hand.  Because I stopped drinking it for fiscal rather than physical reasons, it didn't occur to me to even mention that we were going pop-free at Casa de Hurler, until now.  As I was pouring my glass of MILK (wha-ha?) for lunch today, an article I read (& dismissed) a while ago "popped" into my head.  This isn't the exact article, but it's the gist of it. 

Perhaps I've inadvertently been sabotaging my efforts with diet soda?  I'm not saying that I won't ever drink diet sodas, I'm not advocating for others to be soda-free, but I am pretty happy that no-soda-in-the-house is not only good for my bottom line, it's apparently also good for my bottom.


  1. Well, I'll tell you I have been a diet coke addict for about 25 years. I too have battled my weight since the age of 7. I've counted calories since I was 11, and have done that religiously since then.
    In 1998, I stopped drinking diet coke for one year. I didn't lose a pound. I know all the arguments about the artificial sweetener, etc. But I didn't eat any more sweets during that period than I normally do. And I believe if the belief that it affects insulin levels, etc., then during that year I would have lost at least 10 or 20 pounds. In 2008 I tried again. Stayed off for one month. No difference.

  2. Thanks for sharing your blog! You've worked hard and had amazing success, CONGRATS! I was looking for some motivation and your blog is inspiring. And an Iowan to boot, oh how I miss fall...colors that is!
    ~The Climb

  3. Thanks, "Climber!" I'm just a regular girl talking about what works for me (& all of the ways I forget what works on a daily basis!). The idea that other people might want to read about my journey blows my mind EVERY DAY & that motivates me...we're all in this together!--sara
    PS: I love that you're jumping in with two feet to your own journey! Can't wait to keep reading about your success!

  4. Wait, you're from Iowa? I grew up in Akron, IA. What a small world! What part of Iowa are you from? I'm also going to give up diet soda...again. I go back and forth between banning it from the house and buying a pack after visiting with friends and family who drink it. I just have to remember that I should model behavior that I want my kids to exhibit. They're not allowed soda at all. Excellent work! (P.S. I've been secretly trying to beat your first 5k time.)

  5. Rhonda,
    I love that you're using my time as inspiration...I am too :) I've got my next 5K on the 9th & I'm look to take myself down! Can't wait to hear how you do!