Monday, August 07, 2006

Quitting

I quit smoking in 2003. That was actually much easier than I feared it would be, but I think it had something to do with the fact that I wasn't around smokers that helped make it easier to quit.

I more or less quit drinking. I didn't so much quit as I've just not had any alcohol. I don't know that I've had anything to drink since New Year's; it just isn't something I've wanted to do.

Yet, I'm trying to quit drinking Coca-Cola, which is proving to be intensely difficult. I have noticed that the pains in my chest are greater when I've drunk Coca-cola; I think the caffeine might be the culprit, given the years of high blood pressure. But I love Coca-Cola. It's my best friend, my first true love, the only one who *really* understands me. Giving it up is like having a kidney ripped out.

So far, I've not been able to go more than about 40 hours between Cokes. This vice is tough.

5 comments:

Gramma said...

Do you think you are asking too much of yourself? Could you cut back on the Coke, instead of trying to go cold turkey? Two cups of coffee a day is supposed to help prevent diabetes; maybe Coke would work the same way.

Bellejar said...

I haven't smoked for at least 3 years and yet the other day, I smelled a cigarette and wanted one. I think it is because I have been under a lot of stress lately. That one was hard for me...

papa houch said...

Hey Steve, If coke is your biggest vice, I don't see a big problem. As u know, I drink a bit of it myself, diet. Maybe it's the sugar, not the caffine? As you know, you replace one habit with another. Can coke be that bad? Well you know that I can"t quit. Then I wouldn't have any bad habits. Talk to you later

Michelle said...

I haven't had a cigarette for 11 years, but every day i still want one!

janet said...

Do some research on what caffeine actually does and you might quit and never look back. I sat through a physiology class a few years back where someone presented on that topic and YIKES.

But I feel ya -- with me it's diet coke. Right now I'm averaging about one a week and am really trying to stick to water as much as possible. Cuz, ya know, I love that bloated feeling ;)