I need to make a confession…well, for those of you who follow me on social media you already know, I have always had a love affair…OKAY…a full blown addiction to Diet Mt. Dew. Like a 2 liter a day addiction. NO JOKE! I used it as a HUGE crutch. It was my sweet treat. My zero calorie dessert. My stress reliever. My happy place.
I have tried to stop drinking it & have been successful in the past…for a limited time. I have read countless articles & studies on the harm of aspartame & similar faux sweeteners on the body. I KNEW I was putting junk into my body…daily…but couldn't stop. Seriously…ask my family. If I was without it for any length of time I was a total crab…& that's putting it nicely.
So why did decide to stop NOW?
Simple really…I was just READY. I had it set in my mind to do it…and I AM!
I was also sick with the flu at the end of last year for 2 full weeks. I figured that was the perfect time to make the transition. I had switched to buying cans instead of 2 liter bottles months before. All in the hopes of trying to get a grip on the amount I was drinking. So, on January 1, 2013 I had 11 cans of Diet Dew left. Being the cheap girl I am I was not about to dump it…plus the addict in me didn't want to. Just being honest.
So, I had ONE can a day for 11 days. That right there was a MASSIVE improvement for me. I increased my water during those 11 days because in the months…heck YEARS prior I would go days without drinking water. Another sad fact & one I knew was hindering my personal health & fitness goals.
As I sit here & type this blog post I am 1 month FREE from the Diet Dew addiction! I can honestly say I do not crave it at all! Which really I didn't think that would EVER happen for me. I figured I would crave it for a very long time. Also, I don't crave sweets as much as I used to.
The one thing that I have used to make this transition "easier" for myself….USE APPS!! YES, phone apps have been a wonderful tool for me & have helped me remember what I'm doing it & to KEEP IT UP! The two I use DAILY…all day long are…
- Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal by MyFitnessPal, LLC
MyFitnessPal is just like the MyFitnessPal.com website you may have seen online. If you have an account with MFP the two will be linked. (Add me as a friend too TurboStaci)
It tracks your calories eaten, water intake, cardio, strength, weight & allows you to connect with your MFP friends. Support & accountability all in one.
- Water Your Body by NorthPark
This app tracks your water intake. It suggests drinking half your current body weight. I personally drink more since water is my drink of choice…at half my body weight I would be very thirsty It also will send you a reminder on your phone to drink up! This keeps me on my toes no matter what I'm doing or where I am.
Both of those apps are free & easy to use. If you need some help getting started with either app or have an app you think would help me or my followers PLEASE SHARE in the comments! (NOTE-I have to approve all comments…it will not show up automatically. Thank you for your patience!)