Friday, July 23, 2010

Cut-off from cola

My friend, A, posted this vintage ad in a Facebook album the other day, and I thought it was hilarious.

I've been a cola addict since high school. At that time, I drank only the real stuff and I was active enough that it did not have any effect on my weight. I was always really thin. In my last year of university, I lived off campus with a friend who was diabetic. She always had diet coke in the fridge, and I often ended up dipping into her coke when mine ran out, especially during those long nights of thesis writing. Just me, the mice in the cupboards, and a bottle of coke...and our cat, Rufus. I quickly became hooked on diet coke and that addiction followed me here to Korea, where it is also widely available. Most recently, I've been drinking a lot of Coke Zero. A friend's Facebook status update about quitting the cola inspired me to do some online reading about diet cola. I was shocked to read about all the harmful side effects of the ingredient aspartame. I had heard things here and there, but I blocked it all out because I so loved drinking cola.

These days I have taken more interest in my health, and I thought that I, too, should kick the habit. So, I haven't had any diet cola or Coke Zero for around six weeks. I weaned myself onto regular coke for a while. I guess I drank that for about month, but I started to worry about gaining more weight, so I stopped that about two weeks ago. I don't intend to ban myself from cola. I will probably still have a glass if I'm out at a restaurant or at a get-together on a hot day, but I will not have it in the house on a daily basis anymore.

Also regarding my health, I think it's time to finally lose the last 15 pounds of baby weight I've been hanging on to. I purchased some small dumbbells from gmarket and I've got the 30 Day Shred all set up and ready to go. I've been wanting to start it for a long time, but I've been waiting for the right time.


Aaron McKenzie said...

You know, you are allowed to use my real name if you like. I'm not hiding from anyone...yet.

Funny to think of someone drinking full-bore Coca-Cola "for the health benefits." I agree, you're probably wise to ditch the stuff entirely.

If you're looking for an effective, intense home workout, check out P90x (get the torrent here: ). It'll knock those pounds off.

Sarah said...

Haha, yeah, I should have written your name since it is right on your blog!

I'll check out that torrent because I hear it's quite possible to get bored of the 30 Day Shred. Thank you!