This story I am about to share with you guys is one I am kind of excited to share, it wasn’t something I had planned it just kind of happened without me realizing it.
My addiction started when I was a teenager, yes it was an addiction and I will explain that further on in the blog. It began as a an occasional 2L bottle of coke shared among my family at dinner, it then went from occasional to a daily occurrence. We would all scavenge together €2.20 for a bottle of coke because it wasn’t dinner without it.
My parents slowly started to realize what was happening that we were drinking way too much and initiated a coke ban in the house, no one was allowed bring coca-cola into the house unless it was a special occasion. That did not stop me, not one bit. I was at my worst when I went to to college, I would have a can or 2 a day because they were only €1 and I lived right across from a petrol station who had an endless stock of my favourite liquid.
I noticed it was a problem when I wouldn’t have one all day and I started to get on edge and would literally be dying for a can of coke and once I got it and had my first mouthful I could feel my body relax and this pleasure set in. I knew that something wasn’t right. I would try go cold turkey and give it up all together and I would last 3 or 4 days and I would give in to the headaches and the ache, the want that was in me that just wouldn’t go away. I then started to gain weight, nothing crazy at first just slowly adding a pound here and there. I thought it was the freshmen 14 , I was warned of it and thought oh its just that.
Then when I finished college and started working the weight really pilled on, I was 10 stone when I was 18 and I was 12 stone 13 lbs at my heaviest. I had more money, I work in a shop so I kept drinking more and more coke.
Then in March 2018 I was sick of it, I was sick that I was controlled by a drink and decided that I was giving up, I was getting clean. The withdraws hit me hard it was painful, I had to dig deep and connect with my self control again. The headaches were the worst, I would have to lay down in bed at times in the fetal position talking to myself saying it will be okay I just have to get through the day and I would be okay.
After the first week it got easier and then by the third week I thought okay I can do this. I started to notice that my face was not as round and the pouch around my stomach started to get smaller and so I decided to weigh myself and I had lost 7 lbs. It was the push I needed that let me know I was going in the right direction. It wasn’t easy and there was a few relapses I’m not going to lie to you, I wasn’t perfect but I kept going.
2 months later and I can proudly say I have lost a total of 12 lbs since giving up drinking coke. I am only able to say that I am 4 days clean but hey there will be a few mistakes along the way but I will get there in the end. I started this to stop my addiction but ended up losing weight. I am truly the happiest I have been in years when it comes to my body. It has ignited the spark of motivation in me to keep going. Trust me if I can do it so can you. I will hopefully keep you guys updated on my progress as I go.