I don't like coffee. My drink of choice in the mornings is Diet Coke and it has to be a fountain drink, not from the can. I have spent too much money on this unhealthful habit. So today, I am going cold turkey on drinking Diet Coke. I'm so addicted, I don't know if I'm going to make it. This has forced me to look up tips on stopping a bad habit. This is what I found:
How to break a bad habit
- Tell all your family, friends and co-workers what you are trying to achieve.
- You want to replace it with a good habit. In this case, I will drink more water, decaffeinated tea, hot chocolate instead. I drink water already but I need something other than that to help me, especially in the morning.
- Make it a policy in your life, no exceptions.
- Know that it will be difficult at first but push past your initial discomfort. Getting rid of a long-time habit is always hard but it does get easier over time. Start with a kick-off and document each day on how you are doing. Once you reach 7 days, give yourself a pat on the back about achieving your goal, so far. Before you know it, 30 days would have passed since you decided to break your bad habit.
Over the week-end, I went shopping for low calorie substitutes. I bought V8 juice, V8 fusion, hot chocolate mix, tea, lemons and cucumbers for my water. It is also good to be prepared with alternatives, especially if your habit is food related. Okay everyone, wish me luck.