Giving up pop for Lent — and it’s killing me

Posted: 18th February 2013 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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This year, I decided to give something up for Lent.

I don’t normally do anything, but this year, I decided I would.

I had been thinking what to give up.

Sure, I could give up chocolate or sweets or something like that.

But honestly, I don’t eat a lot of chocolate or sweets to begin with, so what kind of sacrifice would that actually be?

I had been toying with the idea of giving up pop.

It was something I consume way too much of on a daily basis. In fact, there aren’t too many days that go by I don’t have at least one can or bottle of soda.

Mountain Dew seems to be the pop of choice, so my first thought was to just give that up.

But what kind of sacrifice is that?

It wasn’t until one of my friends talked to me that I decided to do it.

No more pop.

None.

I figured it would be a tough sacrifice. Plus, I thought it would help me become a healthier person.

And so far, it’s been really, really tough.

It was the taste. It was the carbonation. It’s the caffeine. But most of all, it’s the habit of  having it on my desk at work or on my coffee table at home.

The days at work aren’t as tough as I thought they would be. I have been drinking more water and tried not to walk past the pop machines in the break room.

But where it’s really been tough has been on the weekends.

Last weekend, I woke up on Saturday to go to coach youth basketball. In weeks past, I’d grab a Mountain Dew on the way out.

Not this week.

I usually have another one on either Saturday or Sunday afternoon while I’m lounging around.

Not this week.

Kelsey and I went out to eat on Saturday night, and I usually order an adult beverage that has Coke in it.

Again, not this week.

And to top it off, we went to a movie on Sunday afternoon. It was so tempting to get a pop on the way in.

But I didn’t. I held strong.

So, even though I’m about a week into it, I’m still doing OK. I’m hoping the urges start to go away after a couple more days.

And if they don’t, it’s going to be a very long Lenten season.