Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Real Thing

So, I have this addiction and it's been going on for a long time. I keep trying to quit but I just can't seem to do it. When I was in highschool I started off every morning with a Coke and a Snickers bar. While I can hardly eat a Snickers these days - and no way am I having one with a Coke - I have not been able to drop the drink.

When I went away to college there was no Coke in the vending machine. Well, maybe there was a caffeine free Coke, but let's get serious here! I know I didn't buy a lot of Coke while in my freshman year but I do recall calling up a local sandwich shop that made deliveries at no minimum order fee and having an ice cold fountain Coke delivered right to my door. Now that is customer service.

I always cut back on the Coke drinking while pregnant, even though I did have people joke that my kids would be born with the shakes from caffeine withdrawl. While I was breast feeding my daughter I rarely had one as well - I drank a lot of water. This is when I came up with my label "social drinker". I didn't buy Coke to have at home but I certainly wouldn't pass one up at a party. LOL I'm currently at this stage again - or trying to be anyway. The problem with this is I'm also a Coke snob. Since moving to England I have become aware that not all Coke is created equal. I can NOT drink British Coke. It is made with sugar, good old American Coke is made with corn syrup. This makes British Coke actually taste more like Pepsi and I do NOT drink Pepsi. I also do not drink Coke out of a bottle unless there is absolutely no other option. In the convenience store I pop in to now and then they have American Coke in a 12 pack or British Coke in a bottle. NO WAY! That means if I want a Coke I buy an entire 12 pack. And then I'm back to drinking way too much of it. What a vicious cycle.

So, today begins a new day. Well, not really as it is already 12:28 but hey, I can only do some much. Anyway, I have decided as of 12:30 today I will not buy anymore Coke. I need to quit. I need to drop at least 10 pounds, 20 would be awesome. I can NOT do this drinking Coke. Let's see how long this lasts.


Em said...

Best of luck on avoiding the devil's drink. And best of luck on losing 10 ("20 would be awesome") pounds.

And now, I have a huge urge for a snickers and a coke! Gotta run!

Christie O. said...

Good luck to you! I'm a Coke snob too. Love Coke. I don't normally drink soda, especially now being pregnant, but if I treat myself, it's an ice cold Coca Cola. Yum. Man, now I'm craving me some Coke and a Snickers. I haven't had a Snickers in a long, long while. Yum.

Anonymous said...

I totally understand that soda thing - it's so hard to give up!

It's amazing how much weight you can lose by taking out soda completely. It's just SOOOOOOOOO HARDDDDDDDDDD!


alisonwonderland said...

i'm a Coke snob too - but it's Diet Coke! and although i've never had British Diet Coke, i have had Mexican Diet Coke, which isn't the same as American Diet Coke (but i don't know why - and being diet, it can't be sugar vs. corn syrup, right?).

good luck with your attempt! (just don't ask me to do the same with my Diet Coke. hehe)

Christine said...

I drink diet pepsi, but the other day I tried diet Coke plus with B Vitamins. It has to REALLY COLD, but I really liked the taste.
I'm the same way, I have at least 10 pounds to lose, 20 would be better. I didn't realize there was any difference between British and American Coke. Learned something new today!

Moving Mama said...

Okay - I cannot give advice on giving this habit up. I actually visited the birthplace of Coke and the building it was first made I have a recipe for Coke Jello. Seriously.

Mom not Mum said...

I checked the ingredients in their diet coke today and it is sweetened with aspertame - Isn't this the one we don't use anymore in the states? I can't keep track. LOL

ciara said...

i have a coke addiction, too *sigh* not easy to get rid of when i actually enjoy the TASTE of it. it's the only caffeinated drink i coffee, no tea...and the artificial sweetners? no can do...they make my head hurt, dizzy, stomach ache. crap, now what? lol and guess what? steve bought 4-12 pks b4 we went on our sep vacations cuz they were on a good sale lol