Thursday, March 8, 2012


I will turn 30 in exactly two weeks. I think I'm old enough to make my own decisions. And I've decided it's okay for me to drink a soda (or two or three or four).

My vice does not affect you in any way. I'm not recruiting you to drink with me. I'm not peer-pressuring you to take a shot of caffeine. I'm not toting any benefits whatsoever of my habit. I'd appreciate some reciprocation. 

Look. Big picture? I could be doing crack or making meth. I could be chewing and spewing. I could be drinking and driving. I could be watching rated R movies but I'm not. I'm merely drinking a beverage that I enjoy. And you know what, I don't even enjoy it as much as I could if I allowed myself what I really want. Don't get me wrong, Caffeine Free Diet Dr Pepper is mighty tasty but it doesn't hold a candle to a sugary Pepsi heavy. 

I know soda holds zero nutritional value. I know it sucks the calcium from my bones. I know it's basically a legal addictive stimulus. I know there are wiser (free) beverage choices I could make. I know it's not good for me but you know what? Neither is speeding and I guarantee everyone reading this post speeds.

So to those of you who want to put me through the calorie-counting, label-reading, plant-growing, granola-crunching ringer (*cough* Shawn, *cough* Mandi, *cough* society), I ask you this: Is there an iota of a spec of a granule of a chance that you do something others may not agree with? And how does it make you feel when that is questioned? Uh-huh. Burns a little doesn't it? Stings even?

Everyone has habits. And it's a well known fact that when you eliminate one habit, often times it's replaced with another. Therefore, to curb an invitation to pick up huffing, I think I'll just stick to my soda.

C.Y.A. (Cover Your Ass) Epilogue: I hereby officially and publicly apologize to anyone and everyone I may have offended in the past by suggesting they choose an alternative choice to something they just chose. 


  1. “We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised before ourselves.” I fear this qoute may strike a chord of truth as I self relflect. I believe I have a habit of disguising myself as appearing "healthier" than a really am to others, and in doing so finally disguise myself to myself. Creating an overwhemling need to meet the expectation I have personfied of myself to others. Needless to say this is a bit stressful and probably something I need to fix;)

    1. I'd say yours comes with the territory of being a Health teacher. You just try to walk the walk. Luckily though… I'm not one of your students. So back off buddy! :)

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    1. Can I get a "Praise Jesus"? No? Too much?

  3. Well you know my choice!! As I was reading a book, just tonight, about low-carb eating, I was extremely worried about soda choices. I then decided-who cares!-about my soda choices if that's the one thing I really have in my life. I'll stick with the Red, WHITE and BLUE!! So you just sing it Sista' and let the rest have their good eating and drinking!

    1. I'm a firm believer in everything in moderation. You have to sneak in those discretionary calories or else you will binge.



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