Coke for the Holidays

I am a little late for my year without soda post – today is actually day 410. In the weeks before day 365 rolled around, I had decided to have a soda and write about how it felt to have one after so long. Why? There were two things I have missed over the last year and I believe I can add them back without impacting my progress. I also wanted to prove to myself that I have overcome the addiction I had and that I have learned how to manage my diet and still have an occasional soda.

What I Missed

So what were the two things I missed over the last year?

  1. Rum and Coke – I don’t drink alcohol very often, but when I do I like to have a Coke with Rum (Captain Morgan to be specific.) Over the last year, I have replaced that with Scotch as it is low in calories and doesn’t need a mixer. While I do enjoy a good Scotch, I would like to have a Rum and Coke back as a choice.
  2. Coke Icee – I occasionally go to the movie theater, usually to see the latest Marvel movie. When I do, I like to have a Coke Icee and a popcorn. For me, it is kind of part of the whole experience and I have missed it over the last year.

These two things are rare enough in my life that I am not worried about the impact on my diet. Over the last year, I have had the occasional milkshake, dessert, pizza, etc. and ultimately having a coke is no different. The problem I had was that I would have soda or sweet tea with every meal and often in quantities that would double my calorie count for the day.

Why I Was Late

So, why did I miss writing this post on day 365? There were two main reasons:

  1. I really didn’t want to have a coke
  2. I was scared to actually have a coke

Desire

I had been thinking about what I was going to do for a few weeks before day 365, and I was looking forward to having a coke and recording my reaction. I wanted to see what it tasted like after going so long without, but when the day arrived, I found that I didn’t really want to have a coke. I had found so many alternatives that it just didn’t seem like something I wanted anymore.

Fear

While I didn’t really wake up wanting a soda on day 365, I planned to just have one anyway. What I found though was that I was scared. What if I really liked it. What if I slipped back into my old ways and wanted more and more. I was really nervous about how I would react.

Having a Coke after 410 Days

Coke and Pizza

I finally decided today to have a coke and prove to myself that I had overcome this addiction. I was having pizza for dinner (Pepperoni and Jalapeno – my favorite) and it just seemed fitting to have a coke with it. I chose to buy a small can to limit my opportunity to have too much and I had alotted my calories for the day so that this meal would fit within my overall calorie count for the day.

The first sip was extremely disappointing. It tasted bland and sugary. It wasn’t the flavor that I remembered and, to be honest, I really didn’t like it. As I ate the pizza and had a few sips of coke to wash it down, it was better. I think there is something about the pairing with salty food that I like. Ultimately though, I finished the meal and did not want another. I don’t plan to add back soda or other sugary drinks – I’m going to stay with water. I am looking forward to having a Coke Icee and some popcorn once in a while though.

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