I don’t want to jinx it, but I may have finally hit a resolution I can accomplish.
It is day 20 of my New Year’s Resolution and so far I’ve had just 1 bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper.
It was after I’d come in from a motorcycle ride on a warm January day last week. It had been a while since I had been on my bike. Just me, middle of the day out playing when the rest of the world was at work and school. It felt good. Like a long, refreshing stretch.
I felt calm, at peace with some crazy things going on in my life right now, if just for a few minutes, and I wanted that cold, bubbly fizz of a Diet Dr. Pepper to cap it off. You know that sensation of the bubbles going down your throat when you’re hot, dusty and thirsty. Every sip of that single bottle I savored as much as my ride that day with the wind hitting my chest, the sun on my back and the rumble of the bike going down Highway 1. It was as perfect as a Wednesday afternoon could ever be.
I never considered myself a person who drank a lot of soda but maybe I did. I’d tell myself it was a treat in the afternoon for making it through yet another stress filled, working late again, my boss sucks workday. Sometimes I would have two depending on the day I was having and what was going on. It always had to be in a bottle, not can, and if I wanted to be fancy I’d pull out a large glass and some crushed ice, slowly pouring it over the nuggets of ice for the full effect.
To be honest, it was one of those habits where you don’t even realize you’re doing it. I would not even realize sometimes I was drinking coffee all morning and switching right to a soda without a drop of water all day.
It’s not that I didn’t like water because I really do and would drink it but there was just something about that afternoon Diet Dr. Pepper and yeah…
It’s just that it was, you know … water.
Since New Year’s however, I have not touched but 1 of the 4 Diet Dr. Pepper bottles sitting in the garage fridge. I didn’t swear them off completely because I know that would just make me rebellious so I said I’d only have 1 a month and it would truly be a treat. The kind of treat like I had that Wednesday afternoon, enjoying a motorcycle ride, getting some fresh air, making myself have faith things will be alright in life and sitting down with a smile on my face and a nice tall glass of Diet Dr. Pepper.
In it’s place I am drinking water after my morning coffee and keeping up with it right through evening. Admittedly, it’s not as awful as I thought.
In the afternoon when I would once reach for the soothing fizz of Diet Dr. Pepper I’m adding a couple drops of essential oil to my water. My favorites so far are the Slim & Sassy, Lemon and Wild Orange. I add about 3 drops into a big 20 oz Yeti cup with lots of ice and drink up.
I can’t say I notice any changes in my weight, skin, energy or anything like that but there is a blooming satisfaction that I’m actually making progress on a goal I made. I realize it’s not grand or bold, but it’s my small step towards doing something healthy for myself.
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