**A huge thank-you for everybody's encouragement. I received mix responses to my deadline. Well, everybody pretty much said that Thursday was technically the day I would be "allowed" to drink Pepsi again, but a few people encouraged me to go that extra day. I have thought about both sides, and I have decided to make Thursday the day I will be able to drink Pepsi again. I have nothing to prove by going that extra day -- I think I have proved enough already!! So...I changed my countdown ticker above, and I am SO looking forward to Thursday!! I promised Les I would wait until he got home so we could celebrate at supper...so I'm still going for almost all of Thursday.**
Well, I have reached the half-way point in my Pepsi Challenge. And guess what? I haven't cheated, not even once! And believe me, that's a H-U-G-E accomlishment. I have never gone this long without Pepsi before (well, in my adult life that is).
The first few days were hard, but only because I knew I couldn't have it. You know how you always want something that you can't have, right? But it's not like I have Pepsi every single day so I've gone without it for a few days at a time. But in my first few days I had a lot of challenges placed in my path.
Do you realize how many meals require Pepsi? Nachos, taco salad, pizza, pizza buns...and the list goes on. And I have had EACH of those things within the last 7 days yet I have held strong. Even when everybody else in front of me was indulging themselves in a nice cold can of Pepsi. (although I have to say that Les has not had Pepsi in front of me since I started this challenge. If we're eating a meal that normally requires Pepsi, we'll all have juice or iced tea instead -- I appreciate his support)
Anyway, yesterday was the first day that was hard for withdrawal reasons; not just because I couldn't have it. My body was seriously going through Pepsi withdrawal and it was awful. I was pacing the floor, stomping my feet and shaking my hands trying to rid my body of the craving it was going through. I then of course got the "munchies" but what really helped me get through that terrible moment was to distract myself by banging out music on the piano. I also find that I'm more easily irritated and my patience level is WAY down.
I was actually tempted on Saturday already (only three days in to the challenge) to revise my idea. I was in the process of making nachos for my family for lunch and I could almost taste how excellent a Pepsi would taste with it. So I suggested to Les that I revise my challenge to allow myself one Pepsi a week for a month. Think about it...that only totals 4 Pepsi's in a month.
But Les didn't allow it. He said it was a cop-out. He said the only reason I wanted to revise it was because I wanted an excuse to have Pepsi NOW. He was right, of course. He also said that I would lose my credibility with my readers if I changed it all now. He reminded me that the whole reason I put it on my blog was to make me stick to it.
So I stuck with it.
You know what has helped make it a little bit easier? Two of my friends are doing it with me! One of them (Sheldon) is also giving up pop for two weeks and another one (Andrea) is giving up her weakness -- chocoalte chips. They are helping keep me accountable and I know that I will not let them down. They are doing it to support me, so how can I cave and give in to my cravings?
Anybody else want to join for the last week? Pick something you crave on a regular basis and challenge yourself to give it up for one week. Misery loves company, right? The more people who do this with me, the easier it's going to be for me to stick with it. This last week will be the hardest. Like I said, the first few days were just hard because I knew I wasn't allowed to have it. These last days though will be hard for actual withdrawal reasons. I know I'll continue to be tempted several times a day, and if I have someone to think about for each time I'm tempted, it will be easier for me to JUST SAY NO!! Anyway, if you want to participate, leave me a comment and tell me what you are giving up for the last week of my challenge.
I do have a question though. When am I technically allowed Pepsi again? Next Thursday? Or Friday? I said I would do this for two weeks, which totals 14 days. So technically that would mean I could indulge myself on Thursday, right? 'Cause Wedesday would be my 14th day without Pepsi. My ticker at the top of my page is set to Friday, but after thinking about it -- I think it should be Thursday...right? (seriously -- I'm not trying to cop-out a day early, I really want everybody's opinion on what is the right answer if I'm doing it for two weeks)