Saying Goodbye to Soda

Posted: September 21, 2015 in Fitness, Nerd
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Saying Goodbye to Soda

 

So I know it may not be a huge deal for everyone, and some people might say it’s not much of an accomplishment, but I haven’t had a soda in a month.  Now to put this into context I used to drink 4-6 Dr. Peppers in a day.  So in one day I would get roughly 900 calories just from drinking soda.  So here’s a little back story on my journey with soda.

I didn’t really get addicted to soda until after graduating High School.  While in school we didn’t have a whole lot of money so I was mostly drinking water, milk, Kool-Aid, and the occasional soda when we went out to eat.  Well when I went to basic training we had soda machines in the chow hall, so every day for dinner I would get some soda.  Then when I got to my first duty station I had my own money, so I would buy a bunch of soda.  So for the last 10 years I had been drinking soda every day.

Now as a personal trainer you would figure that I would know the negative effects of drinking so much soda, and I mean I did, but I was addicted and my body had come to rely on soda to make it through the day.  The thing is as I have gotten older, my metabolism isn’t what it used to be, and I started to feel real sluggish.  It got to the point that halfway through the day I would feel real tired, so what would I do?  You guessed it, pop another soda and chug down that liquid energy.

Feeling sluggish isn’t the only side effect that I was having though.  As you may know from reading some of my previous posts, I love to run.  I have been a runner for a long time and it’s one of my stress relief methods.  I would get home from work, throw on some running clothes, and go run a few miles.  Well it got to the point that after every run I would get a massive headache for the rest of the day, which made me not want to run anymore.  So by not running or working out for fear of a headache I was throwing that 900 extra calories a day right at my body in a negative way.  Now before I go any further I want to clarify that I’m not nor have I ever been fat, but I had gotten way out of the shape that I am used to being in.

Once I started to realize that soda was a detriment to my heath I took a long hard look at how I was going to quit.  Caffeine is just like any addiction, in that your body is used to having it.  I know some people say it’s all in your mind, and in a way it is, but when you cut off an addiction cold turkey it can have some real negative effects on your body.  In my case I would get headaches throughout the day which just made me want to drink a Dr. Pepper, but I knew I couldn’t do that.  So my method for the first two weeks was wake up and drink a cup of coffee through the first hour of my day.  Then throughout the day I would drink sweet tea (has caffeine in it), and Gatorade.  These last two weeks I have gone to just drinking my morning cup of coffee with Gatorade and Water the rest of the day.  I plan to keep this plan, but just decrease my Gatorade intake and drink more water.

So like I said the past month I have been soda free, with only one time I felt the temptation to drink a soda, but luckily my wife was there to tell me no.  I hope everyone enjoyed this post.  I know I said I would post something about fitness every Sunday, but since today is exactly one month for me I figured this would be a good day to post this.  Even though it may not be directly fitness related, nutrition is related to fitness so I would say if your drinking a lot of soda like I was maybe you could use a similar plan to help you get off the soda train, because in the end soda is really bad for your body.

As always thank you for reading, and any comments, likes, and follows are greatly appreciated.

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