24 October 2010

4 weeks or 28 days

4 weeks ago was the last day I drank a soda (save for two sips of a diet coke during the Expo when I had left my water bottle in the car). So 4 weeks ago, September 26, to be exact, was the last day I savored the taste of a Diet Mt Dew (several, in fact). But because the marathon was to be run the following Sunday I stopped drinking soda so I could focus on hydration, hydration, hydration.

Well, I haven't had a soda since. And I haven't really missed it, which is good. I thought maybe I'd lose some weight this month since I'm taking in oodles of soda anymore but I haven't lost a pound...in fact I think I've gained (but I haven't been exercising regularly either).

But it occurred to me this weekend that me giving up soda didn't really do me much good, other than saving my pocketbook. I drank diet pop only so I wasn't taking in extra calories. And when I was drinking soda I'd drink more water too because after awhile the 'sugary' taste was too much so I'd drink water to compensate. But now just drinking water is getting annoying so I'm drinking Crystal Lite, which has calories.

So where was the benefit?


jillwillrun.com said...

I wish I could tell you the answer to that one... but I'm looking for that same answer! I quit drinking pop for about 6 months when I was doing a lot of marathon training. But the day I got my DNF, the first thing I wanted when I left the hospital was a big ol' Diet Pepsi... and I indulged and haven't looked back. I can't tell what the difference is/was. I keep thinking I should cut it out again, but I'm having a hard time figuring out why! :-)

~moe~ said...

Thanks, Jill! I keep fighting with this and I don't know why. Well, I do...because when I'm on a work trip and we stop at Wendy's the simplest thing is to order the combo...but then I have to say, "no, I don't want the 16oz diet soda, I'd like 8oz white milk that doesn't quite taste right". And it's all for...what? I don't know.

I'm re-reading Marathon Woman (thanks for rekindling that in me) and when she was doing her hardcore training she didn't focus on nutrition because she'd be burning it all off anyway...so maybe I just need to start two-a-days and I can go back to indulging in my diet dew. ;)