My Farewell to Coca-Cola (for at least 30 days)

Well, the dreaded day is here. The day I bid farewell to my sweet, sweet Coca-Cola. For anyone who knows me well, you know what a BIG DEAL this is. I love Coke. Before I started this journey, I’d have one with lunch and one with dinner. Probably averaged 28 ounces a day (I know, I know).

Once I started counting calories, I cut down that amount to one 12 oz. can a day. And that was hard enough, because I’d think about Coke during my other meal. I’m basically some level of a Coca-Cola addict, sadly.

So that’s why I’m doing this big, scary thing: I’m giving up Coca-Cola (and all other soda) completely for at least 30 days. It’s half to up my weight loss progress (less than 2 months until it’s bridesmaid dress time!), but mostly to prove to myself that I can. That I’m stronger than I think. That I can give up something I never thought I could.

It’s not going to be easy. I already know this. I don’t really drink much outside of water and soda. I’m not a huge juice, coffee or milk fan. I’ll be experimenting more with smoothies during this time (just bought a new blender yesterday), and plan to get Crystal Light mixes to add to water so it’s a bit more exciting.

But the bottom line is that this is happening. That photo at the top of this entry was my Coke from last night. The last one for 30 days.

I’ll need encouragement during this period. I’ve been told by many people that once I give it up, I’ll probably never go back to it because it’ll taste too sweet. And if that’s the case, great. But I can’t imagine that at this point. So please share any tips, ideas or great drink combinations to give a try.

Good bye, lovely Coke. It’s not you (well, it kind of is)–it’s me.

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My Farewell to Coca-Cola (for at least 30 days)

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Progress

Just wanted to do a quick update on my healthier eating/workout journey. First, let me just say that everyone has been tremendously supportive, and I cannot thank you all enough for that. I’ve received so many “get it, girl!” texts, Facebook messages and in-person compliments that I am just beside myself. When you’re making a decision day after day to live better, you need support.

A few more things I’ve realized in the past few weeks:

  • Three meals a day are no good. Before I started this, I had three meals a day. ANDDDD also a snack whenever I was hungry. We’re talking vending machine bags of chips and Pop Tarts. Then I realized (after several friends informed me) that I couldn’t keep that up. So now I plan to eat 5-6 times a day. Here’s a look at my day now: Breakfast: I have a breakfast bar as soon as I get into work; Mid-breakfast: generally a Greek yogurt; Lunch: I’m pretty boring with this, so it’s usually just a sandwich, Baked Lay’s and string cheese; Mid-afternoon: a sweet something; Dinner: this is always varied, but fish and chicken are generally my go-tos; Evening snack: sometimes I have some calories left, sometimes I don’t, so this is always flexible as well.
  • Have someone check up on you. Like I said before, the encouragement is a huge thing. A friend from college offered to check in on me, and now she’s the person I text whenever I know I NEED to hit the gym, but have no desire to. I tell her a time to check in on me, then she does. It’s simple, but it works. I hate not following through, so now I do it. And she usually texts me a photo of Ryan Gosling as a reward after, so that works.
  • It gets hard. I’ve had difficult days. Days I wanted to give this all up. Days I did not go to the gym. Weekends I went out of town and didn’t make the best choices with food. But you know what? I kept reminding myself of the photo I posted above. And, contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to wait until Monday or the next day or anything to get back on track. You can do it now. That’s what I force myself to do. Now. Not later. Now.
  • You’ll find yourself. I KNOW. Corny. But it’s so true. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am finding how far I can go, what I’m capable of, so forth. Every time I complete a workout, that’s more than the two-months-ago Molly would have accomplished. I’m so much stronger than I gave myself credit for. For the first time in a LONG time, I feel a strong confidence coming from within me. Because I CAN do it. And I will.
  • People are awesome. Like I said above, encouragement is the #1 key to me continuing down this path. And I’ve been so wonderfully surprised to find my blog posts/Facebook statuses are actually meaning something to other people, when originally they were just to keep me going/accountable. People have told me I’m an inspiration to them, which blows my mind. I am humbled. But those words just motivate me to work harder.
  • I’ve lost 13 lbs. so far! So very exciting.

If any of you are also motivated to exercise/eat better, just let me know if you need me to check in on you. I’d be thrilled to pass on the encouraging words.

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Galentine’s Day, Treating Myself and Not ODing on Chocolate

It’s that dreaded day again. Valentine’s Day. AKA the day that all the lovebirds go on fancy, romantic dates, and us single folk chill at home and eat unreasonable amounts of sweets.

At least, that’s what I did in years past. Truth bomb: I’ve never had a date on Valentine’s Day. I used to hide that fact, but I’m OK with it now. Years ago, absolutely not. Two years ago I ate so many chocolate-covered cherries that I basically blacked out. And then I got the worst migraine of my life, and I stopped eating chocolate. Last year I just pouted. In the past, I’ve worn all black. I’ve worn red. I’ve cried. I’ve gone out with other single girl friends. I’ve holed up in my room. I’ve basically done it all when it comes to coping with Valentine’s Day as a single lady.

So that’s why it’s going to be different this year. No feeling sorry for myself, no hating men, no overindulging in candies, none of that.

This year, I’m just focusing on me. And what I love about my life. And the wonderful, lovely people that are in it. And the One who loves me unconditionally.

One of my favorite TV shows, Parks and Recreation, kind of perfectly sums up what the philosophy of my day will be.

Treat you self

Also, Leslie Knope is my personal hero.
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Over the years, I’ve been really blessed with some phenomenal friends who have kept me going when I was in the pits. Every year, three college friends (Kalyn, Brenna and Melissa) have sent me a Valentine’s Day card. (They are awesome and send them for other holidays, too, but the Valentine’s Day ones are my favorites.) I’ve had married friends sit me down and tell me to embrace where I am in life now and not waste it (Giana and Eunice, I’m specifically grateful for you two). My dad sent me balloons and sweets when I was in college. My mom and sister have listened to me whine and cry. And many others.

These are the people who helped me through the dark times. Now I’m not afraid of tomorrow. I’ll hit the gym and celebrate being a strong woman. I’ll possibly allow myself to have a treat (calorie counting, ya know). So happy Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day, all! If you are in a couple, enjoy it! Really, I truly mean that. If you’re single, I know it’s not easy, but find something to enjoy about the day. It’s just another day, after all.

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