Eight Months of Swearing Off Soda

For my 2011 New Year’s resolution, I swore off drinking soda pop for a year. This has been hard for me, but not as hard as I expected. Please know that I’ve never been a pack-a-day pop drinker, but I did enjoy a can of Mt. Dew with lunch on a regular basis … or Dr. Pepper … or Pepsi … Never diet sodas, because those are bad for you 😉

I love this family circus comic that was in my Sunday Oregonian yesterday. The kids are hoping for pop, but mom gives them water. Smart Mom!

After the first month, my cravings diminished a lot, but I have to admit that I’m anticipating drinking the bottle of Mt. Dew that is in the back of my fridge with “Do not open until 2012” written all over it. Guess that means I should toss it, huh? It’s hard to truly beat a bad habit when the temptation is still lying around.

What kind of habits are holding you back from reaching your full fitness potential? What if you tried to kick the habit just for a day, a week, a month? This was called “fasting” in ancient times, but fasting is gaining popularity again as a spiritual and physical habit of self-control and awareness. Eliminating negative health habits that aren’t “fit to be” in your life for just a little while can really open your eyes to your dependence on them, but it’s important to fill the hole with something that is “fit to be” in your life.

I would love for you to leave a comment and share what healthy fitness and wellness habits you would like to put in place of old, bad habits. How can one accomplish a fast in today’s busy, addicted world? It is even possible to “go without” for just a little while? Dare you even try?


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