Breaking up with Coke

COKE

Dear Coke,

We’ve had a good stretch you and I.  When I felt down, all I needed was a sip of your highly carbonated goodness, the pleasure center of my brain would light right up, and all would be right with the world for a moment.  I know you’re bad for me, but I’m addicted to you.   I want you to know that I’m making better choices for myself, Coke, and that leaves you out.  I’ll miss meeting up with my dealer, McDonalds, to get “the good stuff”, size large.

In order to cement this decision to let you go, I’ve decided to make a list of all the ways you’re bad for me, so that, if I decide to wimp out and go back to you, I need only look here to renew my resolve.

It’s time we take a break.  You might see me around with water and your old friend ice and some sassy limes.  Don’t be jealous.  Just be happy for me.

Love,

Rachel

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What happens to your body within an hour of drinking Coke (from www.mercola.com):

Within the first 10 minutes, 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.

Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.

After 60 minutes, you’ll start to have a sugar crash.

One soda per day increased your risk of diabetes by 85 percent.

Soda drinkers have have higher cancer risk. While the federal limit for benzene in drinking water is 5 parts per billion (ppb), researchers have found benzene levels as high as 79 ppb in some soft drinks, and of the 100 brands tested, most had at least some detectable level of benzene present.

Soda has been shown to cause DNA damage – courtesy of sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in many soft drinks, which has the ability to switch off vital parts of your DNA. This could eventually lead to diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s disease.

 

To prove Coke does not belong in the human body, here are 20 practical ways you can use Coke as a domestic cleaner (from collective-evolution.com):

  1. Removes grease stains from clothing and fabric
  2. Removes rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil. Also loosens rusty bolts
  3. Removes blood stains from clothing and fabric.
  4. Cleans oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off.
  5. Kills slugs and snails; the acids kills them.
  6. Cleans burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
  7. Descales a kettle (same method as with burnt pans)
  8. Cleans car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of Coke over each one.
  9. Cleans your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
  10. Makes pennies shine; soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.
  11. Cleans tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
  12. Dissolves a tooth; Use a sealed container…takes a while but it does work.
  13. Removes gum from hair; dip into a small bowl of Coke, leave a few minutes. Gum will wipe off.
  14. Removes stains from vitreous china.
  15. Got a dirty pool? Adding two 2-liter bottles of Coke clears up rust.
  16. You can remove (or fade) dye from hair by pouring diet Coke over it.
  17. Remove marker stains from carpet. Applying Coke, scrubbing and then clean with soapy water will remove marker stains.
  18. Cleans a toilet; pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.
  19. Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.
  20. Strips paint off metal furniture. Soak a towel in Coke and lay it on the paint surface.

 

That’s it!

What could possibly motivate me to start a blog (never done it before) to document my life journey going forward?  It all had to do with the scale.

I have to say that I’m not one of those gals who steps on the scale every morning (not that there’s any problem with that).  I’m more a “when-my-pants-feel-tight-I’ll-stop-my-bad-habits-and-kick-my-Weight-Watchers-knowledge-into-gear” type people.  And I’ve reached that point.

You know that phrase “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”?  Well, my road the last year was paved with a good intention that sounded a bit like this: “Yes, I can feel those pants getting tighter and the saddlebags getting wider.  But I’m not THAT much heavier yet.  It’s just a couple of pounds.  No biggie.  I’ll do something about it when I get to xxx lbs.”  A couple of pounds became 5 lbs then 8 lbs, and the jeans are tighter and the butt is wider and I can’t make excuses anymore because I reached xxx lbs (the weight I was not willing to cross; the weight I had never really defined for myself, but saw it on the scale last night…that weight).

Quick assessment of where I went wrong this past year: didn’t exercise daily, ate high calorie foods with impunity, and drank gallons of soda instead of water.

I’m 43 years old, and my weight last year July was 128 (I know because I was being careful to fit into a very tight bridesmaid dress for my dear friend’s wedding)…and now it’s close to 137 which makes it hard to fit into my size 8 jeans.  This may not be a huge weight gain in some people’s books.   But to me it’s a significant enough gain to merit a serious late night visit from the ghost of Weight Watchers meetings past.  It’s time to make a change: move more, eat less (and eat healthier), give up Coke (uggh, really?) and drink more water.

“Healthy living” for me needs to be a 24/7/365 way of life.  I know that.  I can do this.  (and if I fail, you’ll see me fall down on my big old butt and saddlebags and have a good cry…but that’s not going to happen, right?)