Monday, January 5, 2009

A Little Warning

I am a Dr Pepper addict. I've said it before and I'm saying it again. There are times in my life where I've gone off the juice, like in 2005 when I lost 70 pounds in 7 months. I wasn't drinking the nectar of the gods during that time. Since then I've gone back to drinking it. And I've re-gained some of the weight I lost.

But now it's time to try to get healthy again. Stop eating out so much, get back to a regular exercise routine, and lay off the Dr Pepper as much as I can.

Instead of making some unattainable goal about never ever drinking Dr Pepper again, I'm going to see how many days I can stay "clean".

So a little warning: I am starting this today. I will do my best to maintain my usual "chill", even-tempered blogging style. But if this blog seems to take a decidedly angry and hostile turn, you will know why. I'm off the Dr Pepper. (notice the nifty new graphic on my sidebar)

And as for the exercise bit... I was running on my treadmill 7 days/week before we brought our daughter home from Ethiopia in 2006. Since then, my treadmill and I aren't really speaking to each other. I don't know what happened, maybe I said something to offend it. I don't really want to go into it. Suffice it to say, I've started a new relationship with the Wii Fit. And I think we're going to have a long and happy relationship. At least I'm telling Marshall that, since I made him go out and get it for me.

Anyway, we'll see where this takes me. And you have been warned.

25 comments:

  1. Good luck with the Dr. Pepper sacrifice!

    I have been saying I'm going to do more with our Wii Fit for like 6 months now. It really is fun when you use it...perhaps we can keep each other accountable :) "Have you Wii'd today?!?!"

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  2. LOL! Oh, I'm so sorry about the Dr. Pepper... I only drink it occasionally now so I can justify the two cups of coffee every morning. It's a tough road. And my husband got me a Wii Fit and I've used it twice. I'm still offended that the balance board asked me if I trip often when walking.

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  3. Oh Dr Pepper. My fav. I've been drinking the diet version, it will do, for a few years now. Good luck!

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  4. I sure hope Marshall put the shovel away.

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  5. Life without Dr. Pepper.

    I shudder to even imagine.

    But good luck with that, dude!!

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  6. Oh Julie - the treadmill bit is just the funniest thing ever. My old workout equipment ran away. I literally repell exercise equipment now (sound familiar)...

    Good luck with the Dr. Pepper - we'll let you know if you get so punchy that you need a quick fix!

    :)

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  7. When I first made the switch from regular to diet drinks...Diet Dr Pepper is what got me over that hump. I hear that drinking all the Coke Zero that I do is worse than the sugar version. But...I really don't think I could give it up :-)

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  8. More power to you! I am starting slow and limiting myself to one DP every other day. I am not sure I could kick the habit completely.
    Now my treadmill and I are getting to know each other again. :)

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  9. So, what exactly are the signs are should be looking for? You know, when you begin to feel the effects of withdrawal . . .

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  10. I'm a coca cola addict and I feel your pain. I get grumpy, headaches...the whole nine yards when I don't have my morning fix. Then of course I have to have another to get through the afternoon to evening. If only I never started back again....ahhh that twenty pounds that I so wish would go back where it came from even with my addiction.

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  11. I just found your blog this morning! It's great! I get the whole Dr. Pepper thing. My weakness is coffee.

    We are in the process of adopting our daughter from Ethiopia, so I'm looking forward to reading your blog for some tips/advice.

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  12. It's hard kicking the habit. But you can do it!! My mother has been clean of Dr. Pepper for at least 15years.

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  13. Lori's comment made me laugh out loud; so did your entire blog post. I am not addicted to Dr. Pepper (carbonated drinks and all) but I will say that I repel exercise but my high cholesterol is really cramping my too cool to sweat vibe.

    BTW - this post can still qualify as a Twilight post since the picture is of a lion - or maybe it is just my addiction talking. But you don't have to worry about me getting surly; I ain't giving it up. Death grip I have on my sparkly vampire.

    Um, okay... bye. :)

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  14. Best of luck to you and the good Dr. in your recent separation! My darling Sugar and I have also parted ways, and it is a decidely messy divorce. I'm sure that my other personality - the crankier skinny one - will be rearing her ugly head soon.

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  15. You can do it! Do you have a favorite gum you could chew when you feel the urge coming on?

    I am laughing at Mike who said "hope Marshall puts away the shovel!"

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  16. You can do it! You can do it!

    Someone recommended small mint breath freshener-type things to crub the sweet tooth. It does seem to work (so does eating an entire candy cane, but that's probably not the point!).

    You'll have to let me know about the Wii fit. Thus far, I've been very adament that I'm not ready for the slippery slope that is a video console, but maybe... just maybe for the sake of good health I may.

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  17. We are watching "Prince Caspian," and one of my kids said "Narnia," just as I pulled up your blog with a big ol' picture of Aslan. :)

    I'll say a little prayer for you, Julie. It's hard to give up those yummy treats, but you can do it.

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  18. Stay strong, Julie! You can lay of the Pepper!

    My treadmill and I had broken up, but now we are back together.

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  19. Diet Dr. Pepper aint half-bad. Sure it's not the real thing but it's a close second. I also recommend Cherry Coke ZERO. I'm totally addicted

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  20. Oh Dr. Pepper, how I love thee. (I'm actually enjoying a cold one right now!) One of my goals is to cut out soda for one week every six months. A very moderate goal, but for me, a major deal. I'll probably wait until the last minute every time. Good luck!

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  21. Love the lion...makes me think of Aslan!!

    Best of luck with the Dr. Pepper...I all with you about getting healthy this year...it's time for me to shed the "baby" weight??!!! Okay, my oldest is 9.5...and youngest 3.5...yeah, it's time.

    But, I am not giving up my coffee mug in the morning...sorry...I just wouldn't be Happy Mama without it!!

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  22. Good luck -- you should join the support blog that Melisa (with one "s") formed for the new year. All support and encouragement for our goals, whatever they may be. And in week 2, I'm beign forced to fall apart already, but that's ok. I'll climb back on soon!

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  23. It is so worth ditching it. Go Julie!

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  24. Good luck laying off the Dr. P!

    My sister tells me all the time... if I'd just switch to diet soda, I'd see pounds come off. I just can't do it. I've got to have my Coke. The real stuff... not Diet Coke, not Coke Zero!

    I have to say that the only diet soda I can somewhat tolerate is Diet Dr. Pepper... but only if I have to!

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