A few months into this blog I started doing different monthly challenges. For example, I would challenge myself to finish an article, go to the gym, etc. You can read some of them if you would like. However, I got away from them because well I just didn’t feel like posting them anymore. While those challenges were often about personal finance they were often about health and fitness as well.
The truth is that I am an overweight, 43 professor, who needs to lose a few pounds (more like 50). Even though I go to the gym 4-5 times a week my problem is I overeat. I am working on cutting back on my caloric intake, but I am/was also addicted to soda. Specifically, diet soda.
It didn’t matter what kind (coke or pepsi products) I would drink it. In fact, one my signatures of my students would be to walk into my 8am classes with a 32 or 44oz fountain drink that I had purchased for $.69 at the local gas station.
I also have some problems with my gastrointestinal tract. So much so that a couple of months ago I had a colonoscopy before I needed too. Luckily, everything was fine, but my doctor really laid into afterwards about my health.
One of the things that I always get a bit of ribbing from my colleagues and students is my soda habit. In fact, it is truly an addiction. An addiction that I needed to get rid of.
I have tried to quit before and it was in fits and starts. But for some reason three weeks ago I just decided enough was enough. So I quit. I haven’t had a drop of soda since then, even though I have a craving for it.
Today, I just drink a lot of water, Snapple, or some other form of iced tea. I have not and probably will not give up alcohol (I don’t drink much alcohol). But I am fighting my soda addiction and so far I am winning.
It is also helping in my weight loss so I have that going for me.