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30 Days Without Soda (sigh)


sodaThis has been a long time coming.  I’m actually trembling as I type these sad, sad words: 30 days without soda.  I do love my Diet Pepsi, Diet Mountain Dew, and Apple Beer.  I remember a line in Supersize Me where Spurlock says something about feeling happier after getting his fast food, even though it doesn’t make him feel good.  I know where he’s coming from. For the last decade, I’ve drank between 44 and 150 ounces of soda every single day, give or take.  I should look at that and think about the money I’ve wasted, but instead I look at it and think: “Wow I love soda.”

And it’s true.  Boo hoo hoo.   I always assumed that I was addicted to caffeine so I was scared to get off of it.  But then I’d quit for a week or two and wouldn’t have headaches or side effects.  If anyting, I’m addicted to the stupid bubbles.  I’ve never been addicted to anything that I can think of–that’s one of the reasons for this 30 day furlough.  I don’t like it when I can’t control things, and I cannot do this in moderation.  I’m going to be reporting on Fridays, unless I need to do it more often.

I have too many goals, both financial and health-related, to keep this up.  The main problem with soda is, there is nothing of value in it.  Diet Soda might not have much in it, but it still has sodium.  No matter what, I’ve always drank more soda than water, and I can’t help but wonder how that has effected my body.  We’re going to find out…starting now…no…wait for it…


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If you’ve had similar thoughts, come try this out with me.  We’ll all have a good cry in the comments section and talk each other down from the ledge when we want those bubbles.

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  • Ben Owens April 24, 2009, 8:36 am

    It’s going to be hard, but not too hard. I’ve done this a few times for varying amounts of time and it is always the first 3 to 4 days that really suck. Besides the headaches (which I unfortunately have) I just really miss the taste and, like you said, the bubbles. After the first few days though, it just isn’t that bad. I never want to go completely off the stuff though. I keep my diet pretty clean. No sweets and very low amounts of non-whole grain carbs, so I don’t think some diet soda is asking too much.

    Good luck. You’re gonna hate it!

  • Josh Hanagarne April 24, 2009, 9:01 am

    Oh….I think I’m about an hour away from dying…

  • David Cain April 24, 2009, 2:08 pm

    At least it’s diet soda that you’re addicted to. I’ve heard of people drinking 6-12 cans of regular Pepsi, daily! That’s 1 to 2 thousand extra empty calories. Terrible for the teeth, too.

    Not that diet is all that great for you. Well, good luck and keep us posted.

    If you just crave the bubbles, what about club soda?

  • Blaine Moore April 24, 2009, 2:13 pm

    I carry a water bottle with me everywhere, and other than an occasional glass of ginger ale in the evening with dinner (more frequent right now since I haven’t been drinking beer) I almost never drink soda.

    Then, I don’t like sweet foods or beverages, so water usually satisfies me.

  • Al in Vancouver April 24, 2009, 2:15 pm


    I quit sugar in 1992. Don’t know about the bubbl thing but you can do this for as long as you want.

    Want bubbles? Buy bottled water or get an aquarium.

  • Josh Hanagarne April 24, 2009, 3:15 pm

    Thanks for ganging up on my everyone. David, I actually lost over 30 pounds and most of my body fat after letting go of regular soda. You’re absolutely right. I also have the teeth to prove it.

    Al, I’m never quitting sugar. Never. Why did you quit it, and how?

  • Al in Vancouver April 24, 2009, 3:23 pm

    Why did I quit sugar you ask? Well, several reasons come to mind.
    At the time I was vegetarian and I heard the stories about “animal bones being used to process sugar.” I also came across stuff about bone degeneration (and teeth yuck), effects on mood, effects on energy levels, etc.

    I just plain quit. Ate hippy food. When I craved or desired a treat I would look for something with rice syrup, barley malt, or maple syrup so that I would metabolize them more slowly. After 17 years it’s just second nature. Biggest challenge is that there is sugar in everything (I was supposed to buy BBQ sauce for a recipe the other but couldn’t find any, even after visiting two health food stores). Anyways I am happy now, struggle is long over. No real secrets for those who want to try this. Willpower, resolve, alternatives to your usual treats. If I had to do it again I might phase out one type of sweetener at a time instead of all at once!

  • Greg Fedderson April 25, 2009, 4:58 pm

    My biggest weekness is energy drinks. I know better, it always leads to an energy crash later in the day. But I still rely on my energy drinks ( Monster is my favorite) to get me through the day. I am sure I could save money and improve my health buy quiting, but I have never made a serious effort to kick the habbit. I still do not know if I am ready to quit but you got me seriously thinking about it. Keep up your hard work and resolve, it just may be the inspiration I need.

  • Josh Hanagarne April 25, 2009, 6:05 pm

    Greg, I’m wrapping up day 2 of no soda. I drank a ton of water today, but I can’t lie–I thought about it all day long…

    You could do it. I’ve seen you do 27 pull-ups. You can do whatever you want to, if you want it badly.

  • Megan Horton April 27, 2009, 7:59 am

    Good job Josh! I rarely drink pop, and I used to all the time and now I don’t even miss it. I don’t know what to think about the sight of you though, without a pop in hand, and is this the end of our delightful trips to Holiday for Apple Beer?