You may remember that almost three months ago, I decided to give up my daily afternoon Mountain Dew. I do allow myself to have the occasional Dew yet, but mostly I’ve found that when given the opportunity, I don’t really crave it anymore. I have replaced it with water, mostly unsweet tea with just a hint of sweetea, or lemonade (which I know has a ton of sugar, so I drink it sparingly).
All the studies out there show that when you cut pop (or soda or cola or coke, depending on where you’re from) out of your diet, you are cutting many unneeded calories and therefore usually lose a few pounds or so. So… apparently my body hasn’t gotten that memo. I can count the Dews I’ve consumed in the last three months on one hand, but my scale is not telling me what I was hoping to see. Not even a pound! I think I need to take my scale aside and have a good, long talk with it.
But it makes me wonder: where am I going wrong? I haven’t replaced the empty calories with other empty calories. My diet hasn’t changed in any other ways. And I have been working out (well, I was doing well, then it was sporadically… but I’m back at it again as of this week). If I don’t see a change soon, I may find myself incredibly frustrated. And nobody wants that. I’m not pleasant when I’m frustrated – I don’t even like being around me then! Kind of like Eustace in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader couldn’t stand being around himself when he was a dragon. And I don’t want to turn into a dragon… I don’t really want the ability to breathe fire. It’s only helpful for roasting marshmallows, and that would just add to my current dilemma. Then I’d be a frustrated chubby dragon. And that’s just bad news for everyone involved.
Does anyone have any advice that can keep me from turning into a dragon?