A Break-Up Letter

Well, it’s been a month.

Sometimes, I still see you and miss you. Sometimes, I think about you. Sometimes, I wonder if I could have you back in my life, just a little bit, just every once in a while.

But I know that’s not the right choice for me. I know it’s not a road we should go down again.

And that’s not to say we didn’t have good times. We had GREAT times. Hell, we were so attached to one another, you became a significant part of my identity. When people thought of me, they thought of you.

But, we’ve broken up now. And I’m moving on.

Still, there are times I’ll always remember of us:

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And yet, I know it’s right we said good-bye.

So long, Diet Coke.

Okay, now for the non-dramatic/creative-interpretation version…

I don’t know the exact date of my last soda. I know it was between my birthday (August 17) and the day I got my Fitbit Charge HR (August 23). But since the only for-sure date I know is August 23, that’s what I’m counting as my “break up” date with soda.

Diet Coke was the worst of my addiction. Yes, I was one of those people who could easily down a two liter or a six pack of Diet Coke in a day. I used to joke (though it wasn’t really a joke) about taking “Diet Coke breaks” that way that people take smoke breaks. I had people buy me Diet Coke-themed merchandise because they knew how much I loved to drink it (at least one piece of which, I am still keeping, but I promise, I’m not tempted to actually drink it just because I own it.). When I went to visit people, even if they weren’t soda drinkers, there would be Diet Coke in their fridge because they knew I was coming.

I tried to curb it by ordering both Diet Coke and water whenever I went out to eat, which helped some, but the water glass was always only refilled once (if at all) and the Diet Coke was still refilled two or three times.

Once I started drinking Shakeology more regularly, I did notice that I unintentionally cut back on how much Diet Coke I was drinking, because I didn’t really want it any more. But I continued to drink it, mostly out of habit (and because, well, I really did like Diet Coke. I liked the taste, I liked the fizz, I just liked it).

It was about a week into owning my Fitbit that I realized I hadn’t had any Diet Coke – or any soda – since buying it. So I thought “well…let’s keep this going and see how I do.” After 2 weeks, I realized I really could just end it. I didn’t need it, and even though there were (and are and probably will be) times when I thought “Oh, I could have just one…” I’ve stopped myself (and will continue to stop myself).

I’ll do other check-ins in the future to see how I’m doing without it in my life. And, despite what Ross/Rachel and Barney/Robin think, this isn’t the kind of thing where you can just “hook up with your ex just once” kinda thing. 😉

So, I’ve broken up with drinking Diet Coke.

4 comments

  1. You can do it! I remember bad “friends” (nice reference btw) I've broken up with. It's always hard. I always miss them, but I know I'm better off for it. The longer you last, the easier it gest- but for fair warning there will always be those moments. Whatever Diet Coke memorabilia you're keeping, it may help to think of it as a trophy. I know a lot of people who quit smoking keep a nice Zippo lighter for the same effect.

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  2. You can do it! I remember bad “friends” (nice reference btw) I've broken up with. It's always hard. I always miss them, but I know I'm better off for it. The longer you last, the easier it gest- but for fair warning there will always be those moments. Whatever Diet Coke memorabilia you're keeping, it may help to think of it as a trophy. I know a lot of people who quit smoking keep a nice Zippo lighter for the same effect.

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