Diet Coke, or “The Test of Will”

It’s almost 3 in the afternoon, and I have not had any Diet Coke to drink yet today.  For the people who have been following my blog from following my comment links over at Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income blog, that may not seem like a big deal.  Anyone who knows me personally is probably gasping right now, though.

I am addicted to Diet Coke, and I’m not saying that lightly.  I drink about a gallon (4 liters) of Diet Coke every single day.  I drink it right from 2-liter bottles, and I have a callous on my left index finger where I hold the bottle.  During the winter, I have to trim the callous down so that it doesn’t get too thick and split open.  Last year I made about $12,000 at my job, and I (conservatively) estimate that I spent about $1,200 on soda, or 10% of my pre-tax income.  I have a problem.

When I woke up this morning, I was out of soda here at the house.  To go along with leaving my job, I decided to make another rash decision this morning.  I am going almost cold-turkey on Diet Coke.  I am not quitting completely, because I know damn well that it wouldn’t work, but I am going to cut back so drastically that heads will spin.  My hastily-laid plans consist of this so far:

  • No soda before 11am.
  • No soda between meals.
  • No more than one unopened bottle of soda in the house at a time.
  • I have to walk to the store to buy any soda that does not come with a meal.

This is already killing me.  I am downing iced tea like a madman in an attempt to fight off the caffeine withdrawal headache I have already.  I will have to lean pretty heavily on acetaminophen for the first two weeks or so, which is unhealthy in itself.  Once the caffeine withdrawal subsides, though, I will be much, much healthier.  I just need to make sure that I’m not putting so much sugar in my iced tea that it will counteract the health benefits of quitting the soda.

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2 Responses to Diet Coke, or “The Test of Will”

  1. Jeanmaire says:

    However much caffeine you get from the iced tea, it will not begin to rival the amount from the soda. People take caffeine addiction so lightly in this country, but it is a serious drug. I gave it up a number of years ago, and now when I say I’m on “coke”, I mean coke-a-cola. But when I really, really need to be awake, caffeine is there to really help out, because I’m not addicted to it, like so many of my friends.

    Also, remember that drinking alcohol while on acetaminophen is a very, very bad idea. (It’s nasty for your liver.) I’d recommend ibuprofen instead, if you can tolerate it.

    • Cory says:

      I only drink one night a week, and I know not to mix it with acetaminophen. I really do hate ibuprofen, though, as it often irritates my stomach and doesn’t do a thing for my head. I take it only when I need an anti-inflammatory for my knee.

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