Most people wouldn’t believe I could do it…which is why I didn’t tell anyone when I started. You see, I’m a serial coke drinker. One a day, every day, minimum — but usually more like two or three. And if it was a long day? Five. Easy. Which I knew was bad for me, but I didn’t really care. I knew coke was addicting — but it didn’t really bother me. And actually, it still doesn’t. But I still did the challenge!
The rules were something like this: Do not, for whatever reason, drink coke. The only exception to this was in fast food restaurants, for I absolutely hate the taste of tap water…but I only gave in once, when I went to McDonald’s. So I survived seven days without coke. My days went something like this:
Day 1: I can do this!
Day 2: Man, is it this easy?
Day 3: Okay, not easy. I want a coke.
Day 4: Must…not…drink…coke? (I was home this day, and it was hard to resist the large stack of cokes my mom had bought just for me…).
Day 5: So close!
Day 6: Oops…
Day 7: SUCCESS!
So on day 6, I did cave in and have a coke — but in my defense, I’d just found out something really bad and worriesome, and I was incredibly stressed and upset. So I had a coke, as a pseudo-comfort-food thing. And then, of course, I had a coke to celebrate my SUCCESS!
So here are my thoughts:
- I will, theoretically, lose weight if I keep this up! At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. Not that I’m fat — I just realize that with the weight side effects discovered in high-fructose corn syrup, it would probably be good to jump the gun.
- I’m saving a lot of money. I mean, a lot. If you consider that I had, on average, 2-3 cokes a day at $1.50 – $2.00, then the minimum amount I was spending a month was 2 x 1.50 x 30 = $90. But in reality, it was probably closer to $135-ish. That’s a lot of money. Like, a lot. A scary big amount.
- I miss the sugar. A lot. It’s not even the caffeine so much. To subsitute for coke, I found myself drinking really sweet drinks: fanta, some of the Vitamin waters, and lemonade. Or I’d eat candy, because that’s another good sugar substitute. You get the idea.
- I keep forgetting my water bottle. I mean I forget it everywhere. I haven’t lost it yet, but it’s only a matter of time before I have to replace the damn thing…
- I’m wired at night. I mean, I sit at the ceiling and stare. Which is strange. I don’t know if it’s a side effect of not drinking coke, but it’s definitely obnoxious right now. And I’ve been getting jittery / tense other times for no apparent reason. This might be the theoretical withdrawal side effects…or it might just be a result of my super-busy, super-hectic lifestyle. I’m holding my judgment for now.
I will not stop drinking coke entirely — I didn’t find it disgusting, like some people do after they stop for a little while. Also, I might still need a pick-up in the mornings before class, or when I still have to go to Biscuit’s practice after a 12 hour day. But I do plan on eliminating it as a daily drink — less because of the potential health benefits, actually, and more because I’m desperate to find ways to save money on a day-to-day business (for example, I’m also packing my lunch, since I tend to eat two meals on campus, and that’s just absurdly expensive). The goal, actually, is to eliminate purchasing drinks entirely from my budget — ordering water whenever I’m out (unless I’m indulging because tap water is nasty), carrying a water bottle, and completely eliminating the purchase of drinks from vending machines as a strain on my wallet.
This challenge, I give myself a 8/10: I cheated on Thursday and had a coke. Despite the stress, that was counter-productive.
And in the end, I can live without coke. Not that many people believed it would happen.