The other day, after a rugged morning of shopping with three of my kids, I treated them to lunch at Atlanta Bread Company. Peanut butter and jelly kids meals for them; hot pastrami on rye with spicy mustard for me. And of course, drinks and chips all the way around.
At the drink dispensers, there were multiple drinks that I would consider health(ier) options: water, light lemonade, light pomegranate lemonade, regular unsweet tea and unsweet green tea. I went with another option – Coke Zero. At least it doesn’t have sugar in it.
I love Coke Zero! Have been drinking it for years (maybe one or two a week – nothing outlandish). Regular. Vanilla. Cherry flavor. Doesn’t matter. I even got turned on to Sprite Zero in the process.
But something odd happened when I sat down at the table and took the first cool sip.
It didn’t taste good. “Something must be wrong. What’s going on here?” I thought. This has been my go-to soda. Why didn’t I like it? It reminded me of the first time I tried it years ago (didn’t like it initially then either). I couldn’t drink half the cup and eventually dumped it out in favor of some green tea.
In that moment the reason dawned on me. I hadn’t drank any in the last six weeks. I had forgotten the commitment I made at the beginning of my training schedule six weeks ago to drink less soda leading up to the October marathon in Baltimore. Evidently I had been really drinking less – as in none.
I didn’t intend for my abstinence to turn into a total detox situation. Seems like it has though. It’s interesting that my body does not miss it. In a way, it makes me sad because I love it so much (especially vanilla!). But I know in the end it’s healthier for me if I don’t drink as much.
What drink would you have a hard time giving up?
Now, for five great reads from this past week for your Saturday enjoyment:
Sam discusses the process he took in Overcoming the “One More Year” Syndrome to Do Something New. Great advice from the Financial Samurai in overcoming fears and pursuing your dream.
How Much Financial Information Should You Share? Catherine Alford at Young Adult Money shares her thoughts on the subject.
Can Couples Work Together Successfully Without Killing Each Other? I did for years but it wasn’t always easy. Sydney at Untemplater shares some things to think about if you are working with your significant other and want to reduce the stress it may put on your relationship.
It’s not always easy to give when money is in short supply. Laurie at The Frugal Farmer show us How to Help Others When You’re On a Tight Budget.
Looking at selling your home? You can do many things to make it more attractive to a potential buyer. Sicorra at Tackling Our Debt gives some great tips in Curb Appeal: How to Sell Your Home Fast.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Summer is quickly coming to a close. 🙁
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