I know exactly when my Dr Pepper habit started. It was the summer of 2002, and I was at my younger son's soccer practice, camped out in a canvas folding chair with a good book. And I was really thirsty. So thirsty it drove me to the lone vending machine at the park. Where the water option was sold out.
I looked over the choices and none seemed all that appealing. I'd never been a big soda fan, so options like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and Mountain Dew just didn't sound all that good. But then, then my gaze fell on the Dr Pepper button. It had been years since I had a Dr Pepper, since childhood, and I remembered liking it. I fed my dollar into the machine and... Well, let's just say that I became a fan. A big fan.
I've had a Dr Pepper almost every day since that summer. Okay, there have been fits and spurts where I've tried to give it up, knowing it's not good for me. They never lasted long.
It's been 17 days since I've had a DP. 17. 1-7. That's a long time. And it hasn't been easy. My body has gotten used to all that sugar and wanted a replacement. I fought it for a while but finally broke down and bought a bag of candy corn (see yesterday's post). Thankfully, I really don't have that much of a sweet tooth and the candy corn isn't tasting so good anymore.
Will I last with no DP? I'm not sure. But I do think I'm over the hardest part--the cravings. Or maybe the hardest part is yet to come-that day when I think I can just treat myself to one bottle...
Has anyone else ever tried to give up soda? Did you stick to it? I need some reassurances!