Several years ago, maybe five or six, I gave up Diet Coke. To be honest, I’m surprised Coca-Cola survived the downturn given how many I drank each day.
One day I simply decided that I was done, that the drinks weren’t healthy and that I needed to stop. I stopped mid-20-oz. bottle. That bottle sat on my filing cabinet for a long time reminding me that I had won.
And then the long afternoons set in and I’d get sleepy or brain-fuzzy without the stimulating effect of all that caffeine. So one day my friend gave me a Diet Mountain Dew. Then I had another the next day and so on until I was hooked again, this time on antifreeze-hued nectar.
I’ve been a DMD fan for years now but realized, caramel coloring aside, that i simply traded one habit for another. That ended on Friday. I drank my last DMD and said goodbye.
It’s day three and the caffeine headaches haven’t been too bad. (Probably a good idea to quit in sinus season when I already had a headache anyway!) Still, I have to admit that this afternoon seemed longer without my favorite soft drink. But, I think I’ll say no if a friend offers me an alternative.