seven days without coke?

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:

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

Conclusion:

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.

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One thought on “seven days without coke?

  1. The 2nd Lt. and I were talking about the whole jittery thing yesterday! See, M and I have a bet where I am only supposed to consume 200 mg. of caffiene a week, but I was still feeling jittery. The 2nd Lt says that in his Behavioral Psych class they were talking about how when your body is going into withdrawal from a drug, it dumps a whole buch of the same reation chemicals into your system– so with stimulants you would have the same stimulant effects. But then he admitted that they had been talking about hard core drugs like meth and stuff in class, so he actually has no idea if the same would be true of caffiene or not. But it’s fun to think about. Good luck on the upcoming challenges! I’ll have to go think one up while I make my decaf coffee…

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