Discontinuing Soda for One Week

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Re: Discontinuing Soda for One Week

Postby ccgr » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:42 pm

Hope things get better for you, glad to hear the cravings are subsiding!

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Re: Discontinuing Soda for One Week

Postby ArcticFox » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:54 pm

So I have had a little soda each day for the previous 3... though still much less than I was having before. I'm going to go on another 1 week soda fast, just to keep from letting the addiction regain control. Even now I feel a very faint but still noticeable desire to go have a Pepsi with lunch.
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Re: Discontinuing Soda for One Week

Postby J.K. Riki » Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:38 pm

It certainly sneaks back in quickly. I tried to re-acclimate myself with "occasional gambling" just for fun and found that unfortunately even on occasion it ended up being bad for me, personally. So I have more or less eliminated it now, outside of extremely rare circumstances. It was simply not the right decision for me to introduce it back into my life even in small bits. The old allure and pull of addiction remained, and I didn't like it.

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Re: Discontinuing Soda for One Week

Postby ArcticFox » Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:40 pm

Can you imagine how much worse it must be for people trying to quit smoking? Drinking? Hard drugs? As I sit here fighting a desire for caffeine I realize that it's by the Grace of God I'm not hooked on anything worse, or I'd be toast.
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Re: Discontinuing Soda for One Week

Postby J.K. Riki » Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:28 pm

Well said, agreed.

I know people on both sides of those things, too. Alcohol and smoking killed my father, and one of my best friends came back from drug addiction thanks to God's strength.

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Re: Discontinuing Soda for One Week

Postby ArcticFox » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:30 pm

Smoking killed my mom. She'd had a heart attack in 1999 and the doctor told her the best thing she could do to prevent that happening again was to quit smoking... but my mom had been a smoker since she was 17 and the addiction turned out to be more than she could beat. She did try, but ultimately wasn't successful. Lung cancer took her in 2014.

Know what I learned? That the anger and rage loved ones feel when an addiction kills someone is very similar to that which they feel when it's suicide. In both cases, it feels like the person died from choices they made... and that choice wasn't to live. It isn't a fair way to see it, but it's hard not to.

Having the experience of trying to beat an addiction like caffeine is a much milder form of it, but still makes it a little easier to understand what they were up against.
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