Friday, February 19, 2010

The Spin Cycle- I just can't get enough...


It's time to go for a spin with Sprite's Keeper. Put on your driving gloves and get a kerchief for your hair, it might be a wild ride!

This week we're going to talk about something MB can't live without. Which is a timely topic over here at the Badger Den. Because it's Lent. And the point of Lent is to give up something for 40 days. Something that would be a sacrifice. The whole Jesus fasting in the desert being tempted by Satan thing (if you have no idea what Lent is, go see Wikipedia. I'm no Sunday school teacher. I was the one in back eating paste during CCD...)

This year I gave up Coke. No, not soda, not Pepsi. Coke. Because it might be the one thing I can't live without. And it's really not good for me.

First, I'm a firm believer that there shouldn't be ANYTHING you can't live without. The world is an uncertain place. You have to be prepared. Know the bus situation, just in case your car dies. Learn to send smoke signals if the cell phone is out. Learn to cook one really good meal by heart, just in case your MIL shows up unannounced. That sort of thing. What if terrorists were to blow up all the Coke plants in the world? Where the hell would I be? (the answer quite possibly could be curled up under my desk whimpering, we shall see)

Second, Coke really isn't good for you. In any way, shape or form. (not even the Coke flavored Icee, which could be it's own food group). There is no nutritional value. And I'm pretty sure that studies have shown that Coke does not even quench thirst, it makes you more thirsty. It's high in calories and sugar. Has artificial everything (color, flavor,I think it even had a boob job back in the 80's- but I'm not telling). But, for me, when the two o'clock fuzzies hit? A Coke it is. With a little ice, in a glass (I'm not good at drinking from bottles or cans- don't ask).

I had to be specific about this one, though. Just saying, "I gave up soda" wouldn't be the same. I don't really like "soda". I don't drink Sprite, or Mt Dew. Occasionally I'll drink a cream soda or an orange soda, but it's rare.

If I order a Coke, don't bring Pepsi. They're not the same. I took the Pepsi Challenge back in the 80's. I could tell the difference. I chose Coke. (side note: Dave Barry is an idiot with no taste buds.)

I even love the commercials. I would like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. And I think a Coke would help. Those polar bears? A-fricking-dorable. I caught the wave, and agree, you can't beat the real thing. Coke really is it.

I bring my own can of Coke to parties, and I apologize to the host. If I don't know what you serve, I don't take any chances. My in-laws can attest that I have chosen water when no Coke was available.

When I was pregnant and limiting my caffeine intake? I found caffeine free Coke. Not a problem. When I was diabetic and had to limit my Coke intake (the one thing that drove my sugar numbers through the roof)? I bought those half size cans and put lots of ice in the glass.

My God, I've been waxing poetic about a soft drink, people. Justifying my insanity. My name is MB and I'm a Coke-a-holic.

But it's Lent, and I'm going to give it a try. We'll see if I can go until Easter without a Coke. No, I will not buy into the "Sundays aren't Lent. You can drink all the Coke you want on Sunday" thing. We're going cold turkey. Wish me luck. Then say a prayer for anyone who has to be near me for the next 6 weeks. I'll keep you updated on how it's going.

Until next week, via con Dios, amigos.

(oh, and PB. Drinks Pepsi. But he also wears athletic socks with his dress shoes, so we know he has absolutely no taste.)

17 comments:

VandyJ said...

Rooting for you! Personally I prefer Pepsi but I will drink the caffine free diet Coke because it comes in a bottle. Caffine and I don't get along.

Erin@TheLocalsLoveIt said...

LOVE IT! I don't drink soda of any kind but you know how I feel about my coffee.

I just love the way you wrote this...

SparkleFarkle said...

GO FOR IT! That Coca Cola can be a killer, can't it? I've been trying to give it up since the first of January. Maybe Lent (Catholic guilt - LOL!) will help me to kick The Nasty. *surveying the heaps scattered about the SparkleFarkle Kingdom* I think I'll give up dirty laundry, too. At least for today.

Jan said...

Oh, you and my mother would have gotten along SO well...

Sprite's Keeper said...

I was wondering if anyone would relate the Spin to Lent and you did it! If I could afford it, I would totally give you a prize. How about I steam clean your carpets?
I am a Coke fan, I actually love Diet Coke since too much sweet makes me kind of queasy, but caffiene free Coke? Kept me sane during pregnancy. And yes, the difference between Coke and Pepsi is the sugar used. Pepsi tastes more fruity to me.
Keep up the good fight!
You're linked!

only a movie said...

Hmmmm. The concept of giving up sugar altogether has been crossing my mind lately.
Impressive post and impressive effort, MB. Good luck!

Pines Lake Redhead said...

I'm a Coke-a-holic as well. I thought about doing my Spin on Coke but changed my mind. The only time I've ever been able to give it up was for my pregnancies and when I needed to lose 5 lbs before back surgery. Not sure if I'm strong enough to do it for Lent.

suzicate said...

I can so relate. I was a coke drinker until they pulled that classic crap on us and switched to Pepsi. Anyway, I gave up "Pepsi" for Lent and switched back to coke which hubby tried to say I was cheating...I did not give up soda, it was specifically Pepsi, so I don't think I cheated. I'm sure you get this. Good luck!

Camille said...

Wow, that's an impressive mantra! Good luck with Lent.

I'm a Diet Dr. Pepper die-hard myself, but I respect all soft drink lovers equally...

Captain Dumbass said...

I used to work with this guy who drank 2 two litre...er, what's that in American? Whatever, the big plastic bottles. Anyway, he drank two of those things a day. He cut it cold turkey and lost an insane amount of weight.

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

I love coke too. Same, no substitues, no pepsi. I can't drink it alot, being an old lady and all that sugar and calories. But it is still one of my biggest treats. Hope you don't go thru withdrawal....
Good Luck!

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

You have a seriously problem. Seriously. . .no..you made need professional help. I like Pepsi, but I can take water or tea, but you...you have a problem. ;-)

Wicked Step Mom said...

I will be cheering for you...

P.S. Thank goodness my MIL can not show up unannounced. She lives 6 hours away!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I love this! And I'm with you - I can tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi every. single. time. You might not want to check out my post today, it's coke-related. With pictures. ;)

Good luck with the 40 days - you're a much stronger woman than I! :)

The Crazy Coxes said...

Okay - first, I came over here to give you an award. But then you wreck my day with all that stuff about Coke. What the???? I'm sitting here with my large coke and sugar cookies and you are depressing me. ;) I might have to take my award back!

The Crazy Coxes said...

Okay - first, I came over here to give you an award. But then you wreck my day with all that stuff about Coke. What the???? I'm sitting here with my large coke and sugar cookies and you are depressing me. ;) I might have to take my award back!

Heather said...

Good for you! I hope you make it!

I jump on my dad all the time for drinking Coke. If that stuff will eat corrosion off of a battery, it should not be put into our bodies!