Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Giving Up Aspartame

I'm back...has anyone missed me? I haven't written in so long and I have a lot to tell, but I would have to write a book, not a blog to fit it all in. So for now, I will let you know that I am making good on one of my New Year's resolutions. I'm giving up Diet Dr. Peppers (and all caf. drinks) once and for all!

I am now on my sixth day with NO Aspartame. I pushed through the headaches and the temptation (except for one momentary lapse on Monday when I had half of a regular Dr. Pepper, but still, no Aspartame). I am drinking water, water, and oh yeah...more water. For those of you who do this all the time, you may say "what's the big deal?" The big deal for me is that 1) I don't like water (but I'm learning to), and 2) Here is just a little sample of how many Caf. free Diet Dr. Pepper's I was drinking...

This is a recycle bin almost completely filled with Diet Dr. Pepper cans from yours truly. Seriously, no one else in my house drank them but ME! We have 5 recycle bins on our deck and almost all of them filled with my nasty habit. I would drink anywhere from 5 to 8 a day on average.

The reason for the makeover...it's a new year, and I turned another year older this month. But not just any year...a BIG ONE! I thought it was high time to lose weight and get in shape. I recruited my good friend Beth at I'm Heading Towards My Destiny to help me out. She holds me accountable, checking in on me everyday. To prove how serious I was this time about staying committed, I actually told her my weight - something my hubby doesn't even know. Keeping me on track and motivated is a tough job and she has her work cut out for her. But she's been a true friend, caring about seeing me whip this bondage. Which reminds me, thanks to all my blogging friends who have encouraged me, and I know you'll continue to do so.

I see this new year, and new season in my life as a step toward being free from every type of bondage. It's almost as if God showed me that this one area where I appear to be in control (because I would never surrender my eating habits to the Lord) is actually one area where I'm totally out of control (because I'm in total bondage to addiction of foreign substances in my body; as well as the vicious cycle that it creates. The cycle of indulging in comfort foods only to lower my self-esteem as I watch myself grow bigger & bigger). It's what I call an "Esau spirit" where you live for the momentary satisfaction, only to regret it later. I finally told the Lord, "I won't hold anything back anymore. I won't say you can be Lord of everything...except this one thing. I'll give it all to You." Now, I've confessed it to ALL those who dare to read my blog. So I have no excuse. I must walk this out to total freedom.

I encourage you all to search your heart and see if there is anything that you know deep down you hold back from giving to the Lord. If so, please consider surrendering it completely and letting Him replace it with something far greater.


  1. Oh Angie. That picture made me cringe. That is A LOT of cans. Girl, to God be the glory! You WILL overcome and you will WIN in 2010! Ok, Pastor Ron is rubbing off on me. But seriously, THIS is the time!

    God bless you and strengthen you each day my friend!

  2. I used to drink lots of diet Coke that whenever my child, who was little then, and I would go shopping, he would tease me not to forget my IV. Because like you, I was drinking lots!!! Awful!

    I asked the Lord to help me give it up because I know only by His grace I would be able to do that. It has been many, many years now that I haven't had a sip. Glory to God! So, you can do it, too by His grace. Blessings. I had read, too that aspartame had many bad side effects to our bodies.

  3. The Esau Spirit. I like that. Except, really I don't because you're starting to convict me. I need to get my eating under control, or really allow God to control it. I was doing good for awhile, but I've kinda slid off the wagon again.
    Blessings to you!

  4. Yes you were very missed my friend ! Great job ~ that stuff is sooo bad for your body....I know you will feel better just by not drinking it and then add weight loss woohoo you will be a whole new woman :)

    Keep up the amazing work and like Beth said....to God be the glory!

  5. Yes, I missed you sweetie. You go girl, I am very proud of your efforts. You can, and will succeed.

  6. Ok sister friend...I came over for some laughter and got , uh....conviction instead!! But, it's a God thing because I've known for a long time now that I must submit my eating habits to Him and by His grace and help will once and for all get it under His control. Bondage to food and soda's is such a drag. And carrying around this extra poundage is such a downer! Not to mention the ill effects it has on our health!!

    Thanks for sharing your heart and being real!! Oh, and as we remain committed and focused on our goals of healthier eating, living and exercise, I'll be overjoyed to say to enemy and that Esau spirit......who's laughng now!!! With Jesus' help we win in 2010!

    I'm with ya girlfriend!!

    Thanks for your words....I needed it!!!

    Sweet Blessngs!