Well, actually 207 days as I sit and type this.
August 1st, 2015 was the last day I had a soda. I didn’t know it would be my last soda, it just happened that way. Many people have asked me about going soda free so I thought I would share my soda free journey to date.
In the beginning, it was absolutely a day-to-day goal. I had to think about not ordering a soda if I was eating out, or buying soda for home if making one of my favorite I-need-a-soda-with-this meals. One day turned into two and when I hit three days, I set a goal for a week. Once I hit one week, I aimed for two. At two weeks, I shared my soda free decision with the interwebs. Then I aimed for one month. From there on out, it’s been month to month goal. When I hit six months, on my 44th birthday, I knew I could make it to a year.
I never really had headaches or other withdrawals when I gave up soda, which surprised me. I gave it up because I was drinking it too much again so I thought there would be headaches or that I would be super grouchy. I’m so glad that wasn’t the case…. Hubby is probably thankful for that too.
Since day one of giving up soda, my go-to beverages are water and unsweet ice tea. For some people, drinking soda is a carbonation thing. For me, that was not the case. It was the flavor of Coca-Cola that I loved and craved. I did not feel the need to drink a carbonated beverage in it’s place. I’ve always loved unsweet ice tea, with or without lemon, and I’m certain this was helpful in the transition.
Some people have asked if I was also giving up caffeine and the answer to that is NO. I still have coffee and ice tea, and I am positive that giving up coffee would be much harder than giving up soda. Caffeine is not an issue for me, so it stays.
Do I miss soda? Every once in awhile I will eat something and think that an ice cold Coca Cola would be perfect with it, but that is very rare now. I momentarily thought about having a Sprite on Monday when I was home sick, but I didn’t want it enough to end my soda free streak.
If anything, I drink more water now and I thought I drank a lot before. Soda has a tendency, for me, to make me feel dehydrated. It does not quench my thirst like water does. It served no purpose other than flavor. When I started craving it more and more, I knew it was time to kick the habit.
I have my eyes on the one year mark for no soda and I know I will make it! I am really proud of myself for giving up soda and I can’t wait to celebrate one year soda free on August 1st!
If you have given up soda, what was the biggest challenge for you?