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Thursday, December 11, 2008

New Good Habits

I have a bad habit. I drink way too much Diet Coke. This is enabled by the Beckman Bistro offering fill-your-own-cup for fifty cents. I've been thinking that in the new year, I really need to kill this habit off again because I'm so caffeine dependent.

But then I stepped back and looked at it another way. As bad habits go, it's not that big of a deal. It doesn't cost me much money (about $8 a month) and I really enjoy it. It probably does me no particular harm other than the occasional headache when I get to 4pm without a little caffeine.

Meanwhile, I was thinking I really needed to get more exercise. A walk isn't good enough and is sometimes limited by the weather. Then I thought that if I went to go get a bucket of soda, then I could climb the stairs around the Clark Center as I walk by.

So I left the office, filled up, and used my iPhone to play peppy music that sped me up the steps around the Clark Center on my way back. 30 flights of stairs later at the pace of Ray of Light and The Hand That Feeds, my legs were a bit twitchy.

The next day, I was craving my usual soda around two o'clock. I made a deal with myself that I only get that if I climb all the stairs first. So I did. And I did it again today, even though my thighs were a bit grumpy about it after yesterday. It seems a worthy deal: a tasty indulgence in exchange for doing something I should. No stairs, no treat. I've leveraged my bad habit to create a good habit. It doesn't solve the weather problem, but I skip the soda in bad weather anyway. And why wait for the new year to start new good habits. I'll start them now and keep it up in 2009.

4 Comments:

  • Sounds good, if you still thought you drank too much caffeine, you could switch to caffeine free diet coke, or go half and half and combine that with the stairs,

    By Blogger ChrisFS, at 10:38 PM  

  • Besides the caffeine, the acid content of all sodas are not good for the teeth or for GI (ulcers, acid reflux, etc.). Sometimes the latter doesn't start acting up until late 30s or 40s.

    After several years without, caffeine has me again. Boo. After caffeine was out of my system, PMS symptoms were much reduced (not as much bloating and tenderness).

    Exercise = good. Go you!

    By Blogger Kim, at 12:04 PM  

  • 30 flights at that pace is a good workout.

    By Blogger ChrisFS, at 12:14 PM  

  • Beyond the acid effects on teeth and GI tracts you also make your body more acidic - which makes it more hospitable to bacteria, viruses and cancer.

    Of course I still drink coffee and that's not likely to change.

    By Blogger misterjustin, at 12:39 PM  

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