Over the past nine months, I have managed to implement some positive lifestyle changes, all with relative ease.
I decided to quit drinking. Easy. I haven't had a sip in 9 months.
I decided to exercise regularly. Easy. I've worked out 2 - 4 times a week, every week, for 9 months.
I decided to eat a better diet. Pretty easy. Aside from the occasional scoop of ice cream, I eat no junk and 90% of my carbs come from fruit and veggies.
I decided to try Intermittent Fasting. Easy. I can go without food for 20 hours at any time without a problem.
I decided to stop drinking diet sodas. UH OH.
This is NOT easy. I simply have not been able to shake them. I have attempted to gradually decrease my intake, by replacing it with water, or even coffee. I have attempted to decrease consumption by not entering the convenience store, so as to have less opportunity to purchase soda. I have quit cold turkey, twice. Both times I suffered bad headaches and was very irritable and tired for several days. Then, soon after those physical withdrawl symptoms were gone, and I was in the clear, I'd start up again.
Let me give you an idea of how bad it is. I've usually had 4 liters of Diet Mountain Dew within 3 hours of waking up. Then between lunch and dinner I'll ingest anywhere from 90 - 135 ounces of diet coke or diet dew. Yes, I'm averaging about TWO GALLONS OF DIET SODA PER DAY.
I'm really concerned more about the dangers of aspartame than I am about caffiene. And having failed while attempting to use coffee as a substitute, I'm thinking that aspartame is my real addiction. Maybe it's my stomach that has to have it.
At any rate, I hereby resolve to quit, this time for good. In fact, I'm going to throw out the rest of this Diet Dr. Pepper right now.