Friday, April 6, 2007

In My Quest to be a Better Parent

I have decided I have to give up Diet Coke. This is going to be more painful for me than I think dr*gs would be to give up. Simply put, I need a 12 step program...but believe I am being convicted. I have been reading "Shepherding a Child's Heart" and there has been no direct mention of Diet Coke (ha...wouldn't that be funny) but there has been mention of being a better parent (or rather a Biblical Parent) do this, I have been thinking about what I am exposing my children to. So along with the Diet Coke...ok...wait, let me finish one thought before another is started...

So I was thinking of the saying "Children learn what they live." I have been telling my kids how bad Diet Coke is for me. They are aware I shouldn't be drinking it. They are also aware I am putting it in my body and actually arguing with them about it sometimes. What am I teaching my children? "Hey, it's ok for ME to do what I'm not supposed to, I'M THE MOM". What is that all about? UGH!

As for the other, I can't even remember what I was going to write but I'm sure it was good information...tee hee. I will post tomorrow if I think of it. Pray for me PLEASE! I am terribly nervous about giving up DC. Seriously.


Angelina said...

We stopped drinking Diet Coke a long time ago when Pepsi came out with their new drink diet cola:

New Pepsi Negative-220 Burns Twice The Calories It Contains
August 17, 2005 | Issue 41•33

PURCHASE, NY—Joining a field already crowded with such non-caloric beverages as Coke Steam and Hollo Yello, PepsiCo announced the creation Monday of Pepsi Negative-220, a diet cola that burns twice the calories it contains. "You'll love PN-220 for the super-slimming rush of thyrotropin, PC1 enzymes, and that zesty hint of lemony leptin that zaps away fat, muscle tissue, and some nerve sheathing," PepsiCo spokesperson Ned Caen said. "But you'll drink it for that refreshing cola taste." Despite an FDA label warning of potential cardiac arrhythmia, renal shutdown, intestinal necrosis, and spontaneous erosion of the meninges, plans are underway to debut Pepsi Negative-220 in early October. "For radical and uncompromising weight loss, it's the cola," Caen said.

Elizabeth S said...

I felt the same way today when I was drinking my large coke from McDonald's. Everyday I get up and say, "OK, today only water. I can be healthy!" And by lunch, I can't take it anymore. How weak is that! Maybe we should do this together; that way we won't feel alone in our addiction :)

Jamie said...

I know that this is going to be hard. Good for you! I need to do this too!!!

ginger said...

i know it's not easy... but i also know that you can do absolutely anything you put your mind to! that's what makes you so amazing, tam!

you might need to start small... cut one or two a day, and then build from there. everybody does it differently.

i just went 2.5 months without dr pepper and now it doesn't even taste the same! it's not BAD, but it's not nearly as good as i remember!

love you, girl!

Crystal said...

Hey you--I have got to go get that book--oooh I was just convicted!!!!! I drink regular COKE--Tam you are such a good good mom!!!! Hey hey there are not enough hours in the day trying to do the paperwork for this second adoption I will be back tommorrow!!! I am sleepy with two how do you do it with four?!!! You are supermom!!! happy hugs to you and your kiddos!!!! :O)

toni (in the midst) said...

Hi. Found your blog through Especially Heather. Just wondering how the diet Coke weaning is going? My dh and I kicked the habit about 6 months ago after drinking it for a good 20+ years together. I'm soooo glad we did it. Hope you're finding you can live without it as well (nasty, addicting, chemical ridden poison that it is).