It happened yesterday. I was working away quite diligently when I realized I was thirsty. It happens. I drank a water bottle in the morning, then enjoyed my delicious Diet Coke (with lime, of course) at lunchtime. By around three pm I was really thirsty, specifically for a cold refreshing soda. What to do?
I could have taken a drink from the drinking fountain in my classroom (the one that all the germy little students use) but for some reason that just didn’t seem appealing. It was soda I was after, particularly soda with a little boost of caffeine.
You see, I had just come from a training session that was slightly less than exhilarating. It was nobody’s fault. The information was valid, it just a) wasn’t really new to me, and b) didn’t really have a practical application for what I do. That combination of factors, plus the sleep deficit that generally catches up to me by Friday afternoon, caused to be feel, shall we say, slightly drowsy.
I wanted a Diet Coke.
But the challenge. The “only drink one soda a day” challenge. What about it? Would I be able to live with myself if I drank two whole cans of soda in one day?
Turns out the answer to that question is, “yes.” Here’s why: I made a choice. It was a conscious decision to have a soda. I was thirsty. I was looking for caffeine. I thought over my options and decided that an ice-cold soda from the vending machine was the best choice at the time. Should I start bringing along extra water bottles as the weather heats up? Absolutely. But am I worried that I’ll fall back into my mindless soda guzzling ways because of one can of Diet Coke? No, I am not.
The whole purpose of the challenges is to help me change habits one step at a time. So far it’s been going surprisingly well. Since I began this nonsense, yesterday’s soda situation was the first time I’ve “broken” any of the “rules.” My one failure? An extra 12 ounces of soda. No biggie. My successes are way more important in my book.
Each week I’ve declared a new challenge and each week I’ve succeeded. Not just for the week, but for the long haul. So far I’ve quit Starbucks cold turkey (and saved a bunch of money), upped my intake of fruits and vegetables (and discovered that my sweet tooth is a demon), and curbed my soda habit (making me appreciate each one, but lessening my desire for it). I’ve also gone a week without a single trip to the drive-thru; any drive-thru. I did stop in to McDonald’s for oatmeal and an iced-coffee one morning, but I parked and got out of the car to do it. It was a deliberate action, not a mindless whim.
What are some of the health and eating habits you have that need tweaking or replacing? How are you handling them? What are some ideas for next week’s challenge? I’m taking small steps, but they’re all going in the right direction, and they add up. Come along with me, and share your successes, I’d love your company.
February 7, 2015 at 11:52 am
I’m trying to snack less and eat a decent breakfast more. When I eat breakfast, I find I want to snack less during the day. Not sure why I can never make those two things happen.
I have done a good job with bringing my lunch instead of ordering out or eating junk for this school year. The money I’ve been saving has been surprising.
February 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Oh, yes, breakfast… that’s a tricky one for me too. Good luck!
February 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm
YAY for you! It’s good to feel in control, isn’t it?
My two “thangs” for the year are to eat less crackers and chips (salty crunchy stuff) and to drink less alcohol. “Less” is pretty hard to measure, but I know for a fact I’m drinking less (and it doesn’t bother me at all) and I am pretty sure I’m eating less of the crunchies. I don’t buy potato chips for a reason. The tortilla chips are not that enticing to me, anyway, but now and then I have a few. That leaves crackers… Well, I’d say I’m eating less…
Besides that, on the GOOD side, my plan is to read a lot more books. On that I am doing very well.
February 7, 2015 at 3:31 pm
Good for you for making those changes. I do enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer, or even a nice glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream on the rocks… I would hate to give those up entirely. Good luck as you continue to make changes.
February 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm
I’m glad you’re feeling no shame, because you’re doing AMAZING. Also, another training seminar? Really? 😛
February 7, 2015 at 6:52 pm
Yes, we train and train and train, and test and test and test. I would love more time to plan and plan and plan and teach and teach and teach!
February 8, 2015 at 10:11 am
I have stayed away from the college cafeteria since classes started again and I’ve also not indulged in Dunkin Donuts before I pick up the kids all week! I feel pretty successful too!