We made it to the weekend. Good job, world. That is always worth celebrating. I have something else to celebrate:
Baby news? Nope. Check back in 2-3 years.
Lost some weight? Sadly, I’m moving in the wrong direction on that one.
New job? Naw, dawg. I like being able to wear purple pants to work.
More importantly, I have won my battle with Coke (to avoid confusion, please note the capitalized “C”). It was a tough and lengthy battle, but like Britney Spears at the 2005 Grammy Awards, I won.
I took the Virginia bar exam in July 2009. It was a grueling summer and just like watching any recent Nicholas Cage movie, it is not an experience I want to repeat. I studied 12+ hours a day. The only way I stayed awake during prep classes so boring that they made soccer look exciting was by drinking Coke Zero. Sadly, not one or two cans, but five.
(Just kidding, soccer fans. Sorta.)
Four years later and I was still drinking five cans of that black and fake sugary goodness each day. I’m not a nutritionist and I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I do know that’s not good for you. So I finally decided to “quit” and today marks my one-month anniversary of semi-freedom from Coke Zero. How are you going to celebrate?
If you feel as though you are in the inescapable grip of an addiction, you’re not. Just like Michael Jackson, you’re gonna “Beat It.” Here’s how:
1. Don’t be dumb. Set a realist goal. If I tried to quit Coke Zero completely, I’d fail. Be smart, set reasonable expectations, and then go from there. Baby steps.
2. Find a good substitute. If you’re trying to rid your life of something, you’ve got to replace it with something else. For me, it was sparkling water (and rap videos). Sure, water with bubbles is not nearly as good as Coke, but it’s a lot healthier and does the trick.
3. Accountability. Addictions can crush us and we can’t fight them alone. Get someone who can support you. Amanda, of newfound rapping fame, was key. She stopped buying Coke Zero. That helped.
Good luck and TGIF!