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I Am Being Haunted By My Own Blog

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by Treadmarkz

I like to keep an eye on the stats for my blog, which postings are hot, am I going to have a bigger month than last month, etc. And when I see a posting from long long ago getting hot again, and its not because of a Stumble on StumbleUpon, it’s nice to see. But this has got me scared.

I had a posting earlier in the year when I was trying REALLY hard to just quit drinking soda altogether. I was doing really well too. I went almost a quarter of a year cold turkey. So I wrote up a story about the benefits one could gain from avoiding carbonated beverages, especially the disabled. All of a sudden this posting has come back with a vengeance, and I don’t know why, but I think it is trying to tell me something, so I have set myself an ultimatum. Quit drinking soda again. And I have given myself a cutoff date: October 15. Not to be self-righteous, but just because I know that all of the reasons I mentioned in that posting were very good reasons to quit. I will keep you posted.

PS: The earlier posting can be found below by it’s working title, “Soda Jerk.”

Off the Juice: 2000 Hours Soda-Free

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by Treadmarkz

As I mentioned a while back, I am a former heavy Mountain Dew drinker. Really, I am beyond the point of counting the hours since I’ve had it, and I am only counting the weeks now (12 weeks). But there is just something great about being able to say that today I reached 2000 hours without so much as a dribble of Mountain Dew or any other soda/pop going down my gullet. It’s a milestone.

I was thinking of celebrating tonight with a 12 oz. can of Mountain Dew, which would be a hell of a lot less than I used to drink in one sitting. I was at work until 9 pm, but at 8, which marked 2000 hours, I went and bought a can in the vending machine. It felt weird holding that cold, aluminum can in my hand. I had not held one, aside from throwing away an occasional empty for my wife (she hardly drinks any) or a co-worker, in nearly three months.

I flicked the side of the can with my finger, and listened to the tinny, metallic resonance as it reverberated in my hand, and echoed in my head like a giant, ancient church bell slamming back and forth.

You know what though? I didn’t drink it. When I got home, my wife reminded me that since quitting, I am looking healthier. That means a lot to me, as it does to her. I am approaching 30 now, and I know I have to take care of myself. Being paralyzed makes this evermore imperative. My wife and I have to watch out for each other and be good influences on each other when it comes to remaining healthy. So it did not take much for her to convince me to set the can aside.

I decided that tomorrow I’ll give the pop to a co-worker who recently picked up some McDonalds food for me during our dinner break. Is it just me, or is that the most illogical sentence ever constructed in the history of the written word, given the circumstances? But I digress…

Even though my plan was to drink the Dew to celebrate, then go back to my recent regimen of water and the occasional juice, I couldn’t do it. In a way I didn’t really want to drink it, and was not too bothered when my wife said she wished I wouldn’t. I don’t want to be too tempted to go back to my usual intake. You may be thinking, “it’s just pop, man” and you are right.

But the main reason I stopped to begin with means a lot more to me than a momentary rush.

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April 4, 2008 at 6:51 AM

The Many Reasons to Kick Soda Addiction…Where Do I Start?

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by Treadmarkz

I never thought I’d write a post like this. Never. You see, at the time of this writing, it is about 264 hours since the last time I drank a carbonated, sugary, syrupy beverage. Pop, soda, coke, soft drink. Whatever you call it in your corner of the world, I am done with it, I hope. And yes, I am in fact still counting the hours. But it’s been 11 days.

In a posting called “Scar Tissue”, I mentioned that I don’t feel like I eat the way I should. This got me thinking that I really did want to cut out drinking pop. I was already two days in at that point, so I did. As a disabled adult there are many benefits I can get from quitting. For instance, caffeine is classified as a diuretic which can cause more frequent urination than normal. For anyone with little or no sensation below the waist, or who is on a catheterization schedule, not drinking it can make your life easier, and free up some time for other things.

There is no scientific basis for the myth that the chemical Yellow 5 in things like Mountain Dew causes impotence in males, and even if there were, there is Y5 in a lot of foods, so it’s hard to avoid. So drinking pop won’t make reproduction even more complicated than it already can be for the disabled. The only impotence it did cause me was in my energy level. I swear I feel more energetic now. And I think it is because I am getting more oxygen because my throat is not so mucky from the syrup in pop. So maybe now I can go and do something about my gut. A lot of guys in wheelchairs get this same gut because we are most often in a sitting position, not working it out.

And then the big one: Sugar itself does not cause diabetes, but the inactive lifestyle that results from eating and drinking sugary stuff can, and diabetes can affect circulation, which can hamper healing. Like the healing of pressure sores or abrasions that people in wheelchairs are all too familiar with.

So quit, I say! It is hard to cut out all sugar from your diet, but to cut out the one source with the highest concentration of sugar, along with the caffiene and syrup, can only be to your benefit

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January 22, 2008 at 5:29 PM