I gave up Diet Coke on July 1st. The first few days were horrible. I had bad headaches, felt nauseated, and was so tired. I planned it to be a lazy week, and I needed it. It got a little easier each day, but the headaches lasted two weeks.
I gave DC up for a few reasons.
1. One day I didn't have one (vending machine was out), and I realized how addicted I was.
2. I found I was drinking 4 DCs a day and NO water.
3. I need to focus on eating healthy, and cutting DC was a part of that.
It's been a month and a half, and I have to say I don't miss it. Every once in a while, I do. I drink lemonade to give myself some sort of flavor, but I'm drinking a lot more water. I haven't noticed any difference in my energy and/or weight loss.
So, I decided for August, I would give up my beloved cupcakes. I lack self-control, and I felt God nudging me to fast or give them up for a month (perhaps I'll go longer). Tonight, I drove past my favorite cupcake shop, knowing they have my favorite cupcake today. I almost turned into the shopping center, but I didn't. God is working on me for sure. Learning not to give in to what you want when it's not the best for you is hard, but it's for the greater good.
I don't plan to give up cupcakes forever, but I lack self-control when it comes to sweets. I'm praying monthly fasts combined with specific prayer (for me to desire God over all else) will help me.