I can look back on a lot of challenges that have come my way and smile knowing that with God’s strength, I have overcome them. I have been through a brain tumor, colon cancer, a divorce and bunion surgery. I have completed 20 marathons, an Ironman triathlon, and countless other events. I have quit smoking cigars, quit fast food, changed my eating habits to be healthier, and quit the partying lifestyle that once occupied my youth.
The one thing remains that I have tried to quit over and over again but failed every time is soda. I love it. I love the taste. I love the way I feel a little more relaxed when I drink it. I love the different varieties I can get, though Coke will always stand out above the rest for me.
What I don’t love about soda is how bad it is for me and that I’m addicted to it. I know that to say it’s the same as cigarettes is a bad comparison so I won’t. What I will say that if you look up the definition of addiction, it’s what I have for soda.
Addiction- compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance
Yep, that’s me. It’s astounding how much soda that I can drink in one 24 hour day. If it is available, I will drink it. When it’s not, I crave it. If I drank as much beer as I do soda, there would be a major problem going on here. The difference is that some people can drink soda and have one a week, or one a month. I’m not one of those people.
I have decided that the time is now to make a change. I have been having some hearing issues in my good ear. Yes, now you can make that same “what?” joke that everyone makes when I mention I’m having a hearing problem. One of the plans according to the healthy ear lifestyle is to cut out caffeine, soda and cut sodium dramatically. Yes, it’s all tied in to the ear also but I’ll save that for another blog. Anyways, the time has come to make a change.
So hear (get it) I am announcing that I am giving up coffee and soda. Yep, you read that right. My family needs me around for a while and this is a very negative influence in my life.
I have also started training again. My event calendar for 2013/14 includes the Chicago Marathon in October, the Milwaukee indoor marathon in January 2014, the Wisconsin Marathon in May 2014, the Racine ½ Ironman in July 2014 and then the Madison Ironman in September 2014. It’s a packed schedule but I have done this before and I am really looking forward to the challenge.
So please say a prayer for me and my struggle with soda. It may seem little to you but it is a big struggle for me because even though I can try not to have any here in the house, soda is available everywhere I go. I’m also going to be leaning on my prayer time and the Word of God when I struggle.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
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