To each his own. To me my own.

My Soda Addiction

I love soft drinks. Not just any soft drinks – in particular Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper. As bad as I hate to admit, I consume an overwhelming amount of them. I’ll go so far as to say it’s a big part of my daily life. Because I adore both brands equally, I consume each in equal amounts – adding to my list of many quirks.

For many years, it’s been my morning coffee, my ‘get through the morning’ pacifier, my lunch drink, ditto the afternoon pacifier and into the evening. If my stockpile goes below two 6-packs of bottles (I prefer cans though lately bottles have been more economical) I get anxious and start thinking about natural catastrophes and being caught without them. It’s a must to have them cold – if my current one dips above what I consider to be cold enough, it makes a temporary trip to the freezer and out comes a new one. POOF! Cold once again. Life is good.

I’m starting to classify this as one of many addictions I may have in life.

After being told for years that I need to cut back, I believe I’ve been in denial. In my experience, denial often spawns rebellion. I’ve ignored the old ‘put a rusty nail in a glass of coke and watch it eat the rust off’ and ‘pour a glass of coke on battery acid to eat the acid off’ fables. Well, I guess they’re not really fables.

This weekend, I came down with my very first bladder infection. I can report that it’s debut was not welcomed. The doc prescribed me some kick-butt antibods and after weathering the storm I’m feeling better now. I can only assume that since I’ve never had one, could it possibly have to do with the massive amounts of soda I consume every day?  I’ve been almost three days without soft drinks, aside from an unconscious order of one for Mexican dinner out night last night (it really was habit – I didn’t even realize it until the waiter sat it down in front of me). I’m not even missing them that much. But I can still feel residual traces running through my veins – it’s gonna take awhile. When all is said and done, I still want to be able to enjoy one every now and then.

Does anyone else have a soft drink addiction?


13 responses

  1. I try hard to limit myself as I hate diet versions, I like full fat Coke 🙂 I usually drink water in the week, luckily I hate coffee so allow myself a glass at the weekends!

    September 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

    • Bonnie

      It took me a while to adjust to diet drinks, but once I did it was full-on and I craved them. That’s great that you like water – it’s the best!!

      September 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

  2. Mom ~

    No, but I do have a coffee addiction! I do enjoy a regular coke once in a while, but it has to be the regular kind, not diet. For me, the diet kinds leave a weird after taste.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:12 am

    • Bonnie

      You do love your coffee, Mom! 🙂 My soft drinks have been the equivalent of that all these years.

      September 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

  3. No soda addiction, but I recently let go of an addiction to cigarettes. I was thinking about it earlier this week. 36 years’ worth of smoking approximately 10 per day …. that’s 13,400 days and 131,400 cigarettes …. not counting the few thousand more I smoked during the “toughest” times when I smoked a pack a day. Blows my mind.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

    • Bonnie

      I’m proud of you for that E! It’s a hard habit to kick – after all the times I’ve quit for years I’m back at it. Guess I’ll tackle one problem at a time, or two. 🙂 One of the best things about kicking a habit (because any habit costs $$) is considering the cost savings we get from quitting it!

      September 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm

  4. Aw , Butterfly lady. diet coke and dr pepper? Rather drink swamp water. I thought you drank only flower nectars.

    September 29, 2011 at 1:07 am

    • Bonnie

      hahahahaha!!! Carl, you give me further inspiration to kick the habit! 😀

      September 29, 2011 at 8:48 am

  5. I prefer coffee than coke.Perhaps both of them are not good for our health but I often drink them. 🙂

    September 29, 2011 at 9:35 am

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