If you live in the New York City area and just woke up about 30 minutes ago, you won’t believe me when I say I didn’t run this morning because it was raining. I know I won’t melt if I run in the rain, but I really wasn’t in the mood to deal with it… so I went back to bed. And then I woke up to blue sunny skies. Oh Mother Nature, what’s your deal? I think it’s probably for the best (at least that’s what I’m telling myself) since the Brooklyn Half is only a week and a half away so perhaps I should consider this “taper” time. I don’t know, I’ve never trained for a half. Is there such thing as taper time?

So, bad news bears. Remember how a few months ago, I was going to give up soda? I completely feel off the bandwagon. Even C has noticed and has welcomed me back to the dark side. I even start occasionally drinking Diet Pepsi at work (because its free) and I don’t even like Diet Pepsi.

i’m on my way to this. (source)

My excuse is that I associate drinking soda with a treat, so when I have a rough day or feel stressed out, I tell myself I’ll “treat” myself to a soda. No bueno. I need to retrain my thinking on that one. I mean, it is definitely a treat, but not one that you should have when you are stressed out… because you could say that everyday you are stressed out. And that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been averaging about one soda a day. Yikes.

And let’s not even talk about the caffeine withdrawals that I’ll now have…

I need to make a change. I’ve read that quitting cold turkey is the worst thing that you can do (much like quitting anything cold turkey), so I’m going to make a gradual change. I usually drink water all day (not even juice for breakfast) and part of my issue, I think, is that I look for something different at the end of the day.

Enter Nuun.

I love this stuff. I think if I want something “sweet” and different than water, I can rely on this stuff. It has less than six calories and a nice fizz that you get with soda. When we were in Boston, I bought Citrus Fruit and it’s my favorite. I think this will be a good placeholder to help me break away from the controlling grip of soda.

What do you drink when you feel stressed out? Do you have any tips to help me back on the bandwagon? 

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