Yep - I did it! I went off the artificial sweeteners. I was mostly having them in my coffee (I'm pretty much an all-day drinker...we might need to work on that one) and in many, many diet Coke's per day!
I also drink Sprite - often mixing the two..mmmm! Well, one day I just decided to drop the pink packets altogether!
I knew that meant I would be ingesting a lot more sugar, as I drink soda and coffee all day long, but, I also know that the stuff is really bad for you - so it would be well worth it.
I also knew that as I trudge along this road, I will be seeking to replace more and more of my bad habits (like all-day coffee) with good habits (like all-day water, perhaps). So although, a funny step in the right direction, I knew it was the way to go.
And what is really funny is that something I've always heard and never fully believed happened.
I've always heard that people who ingest artificial sweeteners have a tendency to be overweight, and when quitting the evil-cancer-producing-oh-so-deceptive-pretty-pink-packet - they lose weight!
Well, I had sort of noticed some weight loss since we have been out here in Alabama, but, not a whole lot. When I kicked the pink packets out - in a week, I swear! A week! I noticed a difference in my weight loss!
Simply amazing! They weren't lying to me all those years.
It really felt so bassackwards when I did it, you know, because I want to be moving in a positive direction with my health. And ingesting more sugar doesn't exactly seem positive. But I could just feel it - that it was the right thing to do.
Funny how life is like that sometimes.