A few days ago I decided I needed to take back my health and begin making some healthy lifestyle changes — sort of a preemptive strike before the holidays hit in full force. I have this idea every so often — usually coinciding with the tightening waistband of my jeans (from too long in the dryer), the extra breakouts on my face (from the make-up, of course) and darkening circles under my eyes (from, uh, the same bad make-up that makes my face breakout?)
Then, after I achieve some level of success in whittling my middle, eating right and feeling good, WHAM! something unexpected happens and my motivation and healthy habits get derailed until the next time. It reminds me a bit of the stock market cycles, but as they say, if you make even small investments over time, they can add up to a big pot of gold in the long run. (Actually, promising big or small pots of gold is kind of a no-no, but you get the idea.) So, I’ve decided now is as good a time as any to start my arbitrary lifestyle changes. The first:
NO MORE DIET COKE/PEPSI
Note: Diet Coke will not be replaced by excessive use of alcohol, recreational drugs or drug equivalents like Diet Mountain Dew. Water is Susan’s new beverage of choice!
(See my NJ influence in using”soda” instead of “pop”?)
It doesn’t matter what the hell you call it — soda, pop, caramel carcinogens in a can — but I’ve given it up… maybe not for “good,” like I’ll never let it touch my lips again good, or I’d rather die an agonizing, parched death in the desert if only a Diet Coke oasis is available good, but “for the most part” good. In this Freakonomics blog post, Steven Levitt reviews how the ingredient consumers once chastised in Diet Coke is now part of the company’s ad campaign. Regardless of which side you’re on — soda kills / soda’s a food group! — I don’t like the way it makes me feel all bloated and such after the can is empty.
Last night I had my last drink — well, probably not my “last-last,” but my “for the most part” last. I’ve been drinking lots of water in the past 2 days, and even ordered water when I went out to lunch today — remarkable! But right now if you were standing next to me with an open can of Diet Coke, I might beat you with my keyboard, grab the can, run into the powder room and lock the door to guzzle it down. But I don’t know how I’d get blood and hair out from between the plastic keys.
I’m planning more changes, and your suggestions are welcome if they worked for you. Remember, small changes = big payoff. Maybe I should start my own healthy habits countdown, like a type of advent calendar? Frankly, praying may be my best strategy.