So I started my 30 day water challenge and I have to admit that the first couple of days have been pretty difficult. I am at least a 1 soda a day kind of girl, and it was usually in the mornings because I don’t drink coffee, and if we would go to dinner I would have a soda there as well (plus refills). I was out of control with the sugary beverages, and shocker, they were not making me feel very well. Yes I think I was getting a boost in the morning from the caffeine but in all reality I was only getting a sugar high to help me make it through. My skin suffered, my back would often hurt, and without that soda I would get really bad headaches. I was borderline addict, ok so not borderline I was hooked; my body craved that caffeinated combo of sugar and carbonation. I knew I had to make a change, and therefore decided that I needed to get rid of it, and if I was going to do it needed to do it cold turkey, none of this weening me off stuff I had to rip it off like a band aid and get it over with. I had researched a few other people’s experience with letting go of sodas, so I could try and prepare myself for the long road ahead. While reading a few of the effects hat soda has on a person I was shocked that companies are allowed to even sell it to consumers!
The brain part really got me; it can dull the part of your brain that tells you when to stop eating!? I never knew some of these listed on here. Obviously a soda addiction can become costly one, medications, dentist visits, and not to mention the price of soda as it is. I broke down the cost of my addiction, 5 day work week with a soda every morning and then another run to the vending machine around 2 – 3pm was costing me an average of $3.00 a day, $15.00 just from work sodas! Then if we decided to go out to eat, the average cost of a soda with dinner is $2.25. I will say we probably ate out twice a week there is another $4.50, bringing my Monday – Friday cost to $19.50! That is $1,014 a year, not including my weekend sodas! I can think of a million fun things that I could have done with $1,014 instead of drinking a soda! Clearly that dulling of the part of the brain also stopped telling me to not spend money on these caffeinated crime mobs.
After I realized that I was going to give them up I needed a little bit of motivation, as if getting healthier and saving money wasn’t enough! I decided that I was going to purchase all the necessities that I would need to look cute while drinking my water. I started with a bottle I found on EBay, you can purchase the same one here, it really isn’t anything fancy but I liked the color and it is functional as well as affordable. I told myself if I make it the 30 days I will purchase a cuter one as a reward to myself, I am thinking this one. 30 days doesn’t seem like it will be that long, so I hope I can stay strong!