I have been addicted to caffeine for as long as I can remember. I consume large quantities of caffeinated beverages from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed. My morning routine gets jump started with a fresh pot of coffee. As soon as I enter the office, I stop by my administrative assistant’s mini-fridge and grab a diet coke. When my days are long, I stop at McDonald’s for a large fountain diet coke. I have a major problem.
Recently, my husband and I were talking about my health choices and my desire to become more health-conscious. His advice was to stop drinking soda. I dismissed the comment quickly. However, I brought the conversation up again after a few months of failed attempts to count calories, add more fruit to my diet and attend the gym, etc. His advice was the same… stop drinking soda.
This time I felt more conviction because I knew that my diet coke addiction had a stronghold on me. I knew that I loved diet coke a little bit too much. I knew that I praised it when it eased my headache or when it gave me an extra jolt of energy. However, I cursed it when I had an afternoon slump that left me jonesing for more. I hated it when I could not sleep well at night because it had me all hopped up on caffeine.
This time when my husband encouraged me to stop my most favorite habit, I started to cry. I knew that I needed to give it up for a variety of reasons. I dedicated myself to stop diet coke within a month. I slowly started weening myself off of them. I tried to replace one meal with water (GAG!) and told myself when I was out of them I would not buy more. I finished my twelve-pack and then changed to regular coke. I dislike regular coke. I think it tastes like dirt some times and it makes my teeth feel dirty. I committed to drinking the regular coke for the caffeine and again made the promise that once the two twelve-packs were gone, I would not buy anymore.
So… here we are four days sober and I feel pretty bad. My head has been aching for days and I feel exceptionally sluggish. However, I’m sleeping soundly and I’ve dropped 2.9 pounds. I fight the temptation daily to buy a diet coke but I am successfully resisting. It’s quite possibly the hardest habit I’ve ever tried to kick.
During this challenging time, I have also committed myself to repeating a couple of verses. These verses remind me of where my strength comes from and helps affirm my commitment to breaking this stronghold. If you are currently facing a struggle or breaking free from a stronghold in your personal life, I encourage you to detox. Meditate on a verse or a quote that can encourage you to become who you want to be…
2 Corinthians 12:9, “My Grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.”
Romans 8:18, ” I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Philippians 4:13, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”