About two months ago, I unofficially gave up soda; or more accurately, about two months ago, I unofficially gave up Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper (since those were the only two sodas I ever drank).
I say "unofficially" because it didn't feel like a big, grand gesture. I didn't need to tell anyone (I'm not sure I even told Jonathan) as I would have if it was a more important life change, ie, "I'm not eating carbs anymore" or "I'm going to start eating meat again." It was just this little thing I wanted to try to do. (I should say, too, that it was prompted by reading an article in a health magazine about how Diet Coke has a weird chemical reaction in your body that turns it into a formaldehyde-type substance for a few hours.)
So I just up and stopped drinking them one day. And actually, I don't really think I've had one since (minus a sip here & there if Jonathan is drinking one). And it's fine, as you'd expect. I've not really noticed any bodily change - but I keep telling myself that the change is on the inside, and that's what matters.
My main times of drinking soda were either 1) right after work, as a little pick-me-up so I could stay awake past 10, 2) in line at places like the grocery store/Target/etc. where there's a case of cold drinks, and 3) at lunch-type restaurants that have a soda fountain. The only place I'm really missing having a non-water drink is the after-work slot (although I've been able to stay up past 10 just fine, so caffeine isn't really a factor anymore).
Do you guys have any thoughts on a delicious, no/low-calorie, non-chemical drink? I sometimes do the Crystal Light single serve packets. They're fine. And I imagine when the weather is cooler I could always do an after-work coffee. But is there anything else I'm not thinking of?