Who said it takes 21 days to break a habit? I have heard this sooooo many times, with regards to sobriety, eating habits, exercise, & smoking. But is this a scientific fact? I tried to find some facts but didn’t search too long or find anything concrete. Personally, 21 days doesn’t do it for me.( if you can make or break a habit 21 days, congrats!) But it has always taken me a little longer to catch on, or stick with anything, in just about every aspect of my life…
That being said; the season of Lent is upon us (for those not familiar, & without getting too religious, it’s the 40 days before easter, a time of sacrifice & mindfulness reflection before the celebration of easter…thats a very edited version;).
So I have decided to use Lent, which begins tomorrow, as the time to stop drinking the DC…diet coke. I am hoping that 40,days will be enough to totally kick the habit! Or maybe the catholic guilt will kick in if I cheat;).
In all seriousness, I defintely traded addictions when I stopped drinking alcohol & started drinking way to much diet coke. Now diet coke isn’t destroying my life or relationships, but it isn’t helping my health. I have finally realized that it is stalling my fitness & health goals. There is absolutely no benefits to drinking diet coke. Truth is, I don’t even really enjoy it anymore. I drink it just because.
I have known that I need to stop this nasty habit for a long time…I crossed the addiction level a long time ago….I’m embarrassed to even mention how much I drink on average per day…its more than 3 less than8….ugh!!!!
So I’m jut gonna do it. I have already for warned my boyfriend, kids, & co workers that I may be not nice for a few days;). Its not gonna be easy, I know that, but I have overcome so much more. I know I can do this! Heck I have many recovery tools in my ‘recovery tool belt’ that will be very helpful:)
So why the heck am I blogging about this? Trivial to some? … one word comes to mind: ACCOUNTABILITY.
I have had my last diet coke for the next 40 days….hopefuly for ever….but let’s just start with one day at a time.