Help me quit my Coke (a-Cola) addiction
November 29, 2011 7:05 PM Subscribe
I need to stop chugging 8+ cans of the vile (wonderful) liquid a day. Multiple previous attempts have failed.
I need (1) motivation and (2) a plan
posted by kreestar to grab bag (71 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I'm pretty sure I'm in addiction territory. My heart beats a little faster when I see the red cans, I get a sense of sinking disappointment if I reach our office fridge and there are only Lights and Zeros.
On one level (much like a smoker) I have this unreasonable belief that it makes me happy. But with my weight up over 40 pounds and the constant mental self-beatings because all my attempts to quit have failed, I know it's not.
I'm up to over 2l a day, starting at 6 in the morning when I arrive at work. Lately every morning, I come in with fresh resolution not to touch the sauce. Sheer willpower alone is not working.
Firstly, I need englightenment. The "it's bad for you" isn't making it less appealing. I laugh in the face of obesity. I think the kind of thing I'm looking for is info (video, articles, investigative pieces) that call me a sucker for buying into the marketing hype or exposing exactly how their conglomerate is taking me for a fool. Or some unethical stuff that the corporation has been involved in. Anything to get me indignant and quit it.
Or, if there are compelling shock stories about just how bad it is for me (the urban legends about it dissolving rocks or cleaning forensic crime scenes make me side with the Cola and shake my head while cracking open a cold one [isn't that crrrrrshhp sound of a freshly opened can a.maaay.zing? ;)].
Then, once I have the righteous indignation and/or repulsion, I need a plan that has least likely chance of failing. Quit cold turkey? Allow myself a token drink once a day/week? Slowly come off it? If anybody has done it before (I've tried) there are some pretty yucky side effects of headaches and crazy mood swings. How do I weather them and not just go for the hair of the dog.
I've decided that December 1st is my red (!) letter day. I'm going to do it!