Kashi PilafHello my name is Carli, and I’m a soda addict!  The first step is admitting it right? I already have enough addictions (food and shopping) and now I get to add soda to list. Ugh, I can’t believe it. I knew I liked soda, and I knew I drank it pretty much every day, but I didn’t realize I was addicted to it. Not until those ladies called it Liquid Satan in their book and I continued to drink it. I thought I was safe and I proudly declared, “I drink diet.”  But nope, diet soda is just as bad, if not worse with all of its cancer causing agents. It was such a wake up call. So I decided hey, I’ll just quit drinking that crap, no big deal right?

Day 1 being clean and sober was Sunday, no problem, I even drank water with dinner.  But yesterday whew! It was awful. I had a headache, I was grouchy and sluggish and irritable. I said no way can this be from not drinking soda. So I Googled caffeine withdrawal, and found that my issues, among others were side effects that occur when you stop drinking coffee and soda. I was still in disbelief, so what did I do? I drank a soda after lunch. My headache went away and I was more alert and awake.  That’s when it really became real, I’m addicted to caffeine.  I also read online that caffeine addiction is one of the most acceptable forms of addiction in our society.  The mandatory morning cup of coffee has become common place for many people.  I felt this was something I had to conquer.  Roni (my blogging & running role model) only drinks water, and my Mom quit drinking soda a couple years ago.  My Mama said her doctor told her to stop drinking soda to alleviate her knee pain. When I asked her yesterday, she said it worked, her knee doesn’t hurt anymore! I had no clue that was why she stopped drinking “Liquid Satan.”

Anyway, I went the gym after work. I forgot my knee brace (which maybe I won’t need any more since I’m kicking the soda habit.) I went up to the track and put on my Week 3 podcast. The first half wasn’t too bad at all, and I laughed that I actually put the 80’s hit “Push It” by Salt N Pepa on the play list. One of the ladies who was walking around the track, slapped me a high five during one of my running intervals, and later told me she was doing the Couch to 5K plan. Of course I had to let her know where she could find a much cooler podcast than the one she was listening to.  The last half of the routine was a little lot harder, I kept saying “Talk to me, Miss Carli, tell me it’s time to walk.”  Then finally it was over. I took a 10 minute break and then hit the elliptical hard and heavy for 15 minutes.  Now, I’m moving on to Day 2 of Week 3.

What Did Carli Eat Today? NO SODA! Yay!
B- Fiber One Muffin & Low Fat Yogurt
L- Tortilla Soup & Side Salad
S- Apple
D- Weight Watcher Smart One Pizza (not nearly as good as the Lean Cuisine Pizza) and ½ cup of Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf. I used to laugh at people who ate food that looked like bird seed, now I’m one of them. I boiled the pilaf in fat free chicken broth instead of water for flavor, and mixed in some salsa when it was done. It was kind of like Spanish Rice. It was very filling.

S- Skinny Cow Ice cream sandwich

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