Hey, on Dec. 24, I completed a 30 day trial of not drinking any sodas and not eating any candy bars, chocolate, or junk food for snacks.
I had tried it back in September (here)
, but did not succeed. Each week I kept drinking more then previous until I was back to drinking 3 cokes a day by the fourth week.
So, the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), feeling so bloated and quite unhappy with feeling so lethargic, I made a huge psychological shift to do this trial again. This time, I didn't focus on my health and I didn't focus on doing all of these extra things (such as sleeping during lunch, exercising) so that I could avoid coke. The problem with that was that when I wouldn't do one of those things to help me quit coke, that'd be my excuse to drink coke.
So, this time, I focused on something that feels much more important to me - I focused on one of my most important values - my freedom. Freedom is hugely important to me, and I want to be the kind of man who is not a slave to these addictives. I made the decision that no matter what; I would not drink coke or eat candy bars. It became more important then my job, then anyone else or any other goals I had. I did do a lot of the things I had done earlier (exercise, sleep during lunch, eating light meals, etc) and even more to help counter-act the effect of the withdrawal from caffeine and sugar-highs. However, this time, if I missed one of these things, it didn't matter, because I was so incredibly determine that nothing would get me to drink coke or eat a candy bar during this trial.
I also didn't care that I was doing this trial during the one month of the year in which there is the most temptations to eat chocolate, junk food, etc. I knew that doing this in the month of the Christmas season would make success even sweeter. I had made my decision and drawn the line of battles.
So, when I finished my 30 day trial on Dec. 24, I felt that it was the best Christmas present that I received this year. The feelings of being free from caffein and sugar-highs for the first time in 7 years feel so wonderful in so many ways.