The other socially acceptable addictions…

I was briefly at the mini-mart where I work last night and we got on the subject of junk food. One of my co-workers is (valiantly) working on giving up junk food, and we talked about how hard it was to avoid, especially when your workplace is brimming with it. I thought a minute, and realized that for some people (raising hand and waving furiously), sugar and caffeine addictions control us in as bad a way as nicotine or alcohol. I’m not a caffeine addict (I can quit drinking coffee any time without too much trouble –it’s more of a comfort mechanism …wait a minute, that didn’t sound good), but I find I have serious problems whenever I try to cut down or cut out sugar …or soda. If I have one can of soda, it begets another, and before I know it, I’m sitting here with a 12 pack of Vanilla Coke Zero in the fridge because it was on sale. …And because I wanted it. Referring to the caffeine thing again –it doesn’t have to be caffeinated soda, just something sweet with bubbles.

So, I’m rather exasperated with myself. Being that they haven’t yet developed the “sugar patch,” I’m gonna have to do something to deal with this. I can’t very well know how wrong smoking habits or drinking too much are and allow myself to mainline chocolate chip cookies and soda. Not good. I know it’s not good for me. My butt (and the mirror –I think they’re in cahoots) tells me every day, believe me. I know when I eat a lot of sugar, I have more trouble managing my irritability and it’s way harder to make it through the afternoon without a nap. I know that soda is a complete waste of money and calories. I haven’t yet gotten into the habit of keeping it in the house, but it’s found its way into the fridge more times in the last couple months than I’d care to admit. So, it’s just time to quit. One of my motivating factors –since I don’t usually keep it in the house, when I do buy soda (about 2-3 times a week), it’s often at the mini mart, to the tune of $1.39 a bottle. How much would I save in 6 months if I quit buying soda? Hmmm. I’m off to do the math, and do some serious talking to God about this. Maybe my problem is I’m relying too much on my own will and not enough on grace and discipline.