Thursday, August 21, 2008

My name is Shannon. S-H-A-N-N-O-N.


Dear Diet Coke,
You won. Yes, I am addicted. All those "scientific studies" were right. I was just a number. But I am taking a stand and as of todayI am 5 days clean of the "poison. "
My addiction to Diet Coke has affected me negatively in the following ways:
It has taken what was once a beautiful young woman and turned me into a monster that I barely recognize. I live for this stuff. I am willing to stop at whatever store or drive through that is around to order one. If I do not choose to accept this gift that is being offered to me today, I will no longer answer the phone when you call. I will no longer give you money. I will no longer drive by your house and make sure you are okay. And I will call Animal Rescue and take your cats away. **If you don't recognize this- than it will make no sense to you so please disregard the entire paragraph** If you do know what this is- I've decided I need an intervention. Maybe even an intervention for Intervention. Huh?? Ironic right? Like a tow truck, that has to be towed. Isn't it ironic. Don't you think?
It wasn't this article http://www.lightparty.com/Health/DietCokeAspartame.html that made me stop- although after reading it- I knew I was the " victim" they were talking about. I was at dinner on Saturday night with some friends and I ordered my usual Diet Coke like I always do. I noticed there was only one other person at the table that ordered it too. A 230 pound man who looked like he knew his way around the can. Bring it on I thought. The food came and I was matching this guy drink for drink. 1....2....3....4....they kept em coming! Just as dinner was coming to an end- the waitress brought one more. MINE!!! I thought!!! He looked at me, I looked at the Diet Coke and I wanted it. We decided to split it and right then and there as I watched him pour my half into the glass- I realized I was done for. I needed to get control of this addiction ASAP. I went cold turkey the next day and besides the headaches on days 2 and 3, I haven't been that bad off. I miss the fizz that would make my eyes burn and the barrell ice that you get only from McD's. (The BEST Diet Coke on the planet!) My goal is to make it to the Mud Run in October soda free (yes, I gave up ALL soda!) and I feel good about that. I patiently wait for October to roll around because you know I will be headed straight for the drive through right after! So long Diet Coke. So long.
Que music:
2 months later
Black screen:
"Shannon was kicked out of rehab a week later after she was caught smuggling Diet Coke into the facility"

12 comments:

4kids2luv said...

Wow! You know that means no re bull too!! HA! HA! Good for you..I tried doing that once maybe just maybe you are my inspiration to stop again. I am so sad I didn't get to go to Kody's baptism. I admire your ability to have the "whole" family together! I love you!

Jennifer Knight said...

I'm kicking myself off the stuff too...when we had the little Blixer in Irvine I knew Rob was my kind of people when he told the waitress, "Just bring two so you won't have to come back so much." I matched him drink for drink with the stuff. I swear I will save $30+ a month by giving it up. Hey...idea...you should save your diet coke money and buy something fun. Or save it up for the inevitable crash and burn. :)

Seriously, best of luck!

redstarmama said...

Wow. I am impressed and a little afraid. I have a close personal relationship with Cherry Coke Zero and I am not ready to end it. You are a better man than I. Good luck!

Craig said...

I have the same fettish with Sugar Free Red Bull. I FEEL, that they help my metabolism speed up which burns food faster, which helps me maintain my weight. I go through 4 - 5 of them a day.

Occasionally, I will go on a kick and stop drinking them for a while and then start up again. A couple of excedrin will help with the headaches.

I changed to Cherry Coke, but I noticed that the weight does not come off, as a matter of fact a few pounds have attached themselves to me. So I also have stopped drinking all soda and Red bulls. I have my bottle of excedrin with me. Its only water for me for the near future.

Shalayna said...

HAHAHA!!! Please don't kick and scream if we have to get the police involved....

payneinthe... said...

your an inspiration to all of us! but if your like me there is just nothing else that even looks good on the soda dispenser. do i have to drink orange juice every time i go to McD's?

Justin said...

I had that same problem but mine was eating my weight in food every time I smelled some. Good luck. The desire does go away.

Juli said...

Let's have a Coke party after the Mud Run! (Coca Cola that is)

Shandie and Bryan said...

Nice work!! I can't say that I have that ability to quit my soda. It loves me too much... or I love it so much. I don't know which. But yeah, I am a blogger now, can you believe it? I gave in. But I'm very new to it and really don't know what to say. oh well. So you may catch me stalking your blog... I hope you don't care. I'll add you to my peeps. :)

Stephanie said...

you need the "off diet coke shirt" here
http://www.seriouslysoblessed.com/t-shirts.html

franberi said...

coke zero has got me hooked....

Jaimee said...

Shannon, Seriously hows it going? I am trying to cut back to 2 diet cokes a day and I am failing miserably. Did you actually succeed?