I simply cannot believe that I managed to pull off this one. I love soda. But honestly, most of the time it wasn't too difficult. I got through every day by telling myself "I won't have it today." NOT "I'm giving this up forever," because I know myself and if I said that I'd want it more and eventually cave and have to start over. Once I was over two weeks I had no desire to start over, right? I had iced tea or sparkling juice for lunch every day, and I drank a lot more water. At first, the caffeine withdrawal every day after lunch was a bit much, but I got through it.
I didn't lose any weight. I think that's because I didn't drink it all the time when I started. Ten years ago, I'd nurse a 20 oz bottle of coke all morning, have some more for lunch and drink even more at home. Nowadays we don't keep it in the house much unless company's coming, and a can at lunch. Interestingly enough though, my pants fit better.
What surprised me was when it was hard....we're in the middle of doing a lot of house projects to get this place sold. Apparently, I drink a lot of Coke when I'm working on things like painting. I was used to drinking two or three cans during a remodeling project. THAT was tough. But I didn't crack, and I'm proud. Apparently soda is a "stress thing" for me, too. I drink more of it when I'm freaking out or obsessing about something.
So, where to now? Well, I had no intentions of giving it up forever. But now, I'm not going back to it every day. Only when I really, really want it, will I have it. And I think that'll make it taste that much sweeter. :)