I Guess I Should Tell You: I’m Giving up Diet Coke & Candy (for just a little bit.. maybe.. I think I’m going crazy)

You are welcome for that longest title of a post ever.

My husband and I are on a little “12 week challenge” together. It’s a way for us to get healthier and reach our fitness goals before summer comes– and encourage and motivate one another!

His goal is to gain 15 pounds.
My goal is to lose 15 pounds.

Yikes! This is going to be a lot of work. Honestly, I don’t know if I can do 15 pounds. I will be happy with 10- that would be huge.

He wants to gain muscle, so he is eating more and lifting weights four days a week. (I’m trying to convince him to do cardio 1-2 days a week for cardiovascular health, too!) He is focusing on eating a bigger breakfast (some days he would skip it or eat a very small snack because he was in a rush for work) and eat a bigger lunch as well.

{Us before we had children. Party animals.}

I want to lose weight and improve my running, so I’m focusing on eating a little less (really just making healthier choices. I still eat quite a bit because I am hungry.) and keeping my workouts strong. I’m doing P90X again, and this time I’m determined to stick with it through the entire 12 weeks!

I’ve realized that the key for me is getting my workout done in the morning. I like to do it before the kids wake up, but if not, I can do it while Lucas is eating breakfast or playing at my feet. Once it’s done for the day, it’s so nice to enjoy the rest of the day without thinking about when or how I’m going to get a workout in. I can use nap time to relax with Joshua or get other things done! 

I’m trying to really focus on my diet and eat quality, rich foods. Also….. I have decided to give up Diet Coke and chocolate candy. (This does not include cake or a cookie– just primarily talking about candy here. I don’t have the opportunity to drink cake’s very often anyways. Ha.) Yes- give it up. Buh- bye.

I know. I might die.

I have gone three full days so far without Diet Coke or chocolate. 

I might give up. I want a pop really really really bad. Why am I doing this again?
I guess I’m giving up chocolate and Diet Coke at the same time because, for me, they go together. If I have a pop I want candy. And if I’m eating candy I want a pop. One of them alone isn’t as satisfying if I don’t have the other to go with it. Does that make sense? 
Because I have chocolate and/or candy almost every day, even a little bit, going three days so far is pretty good—- and very hard. I am craving chocolate candy and a Diet Coke so bad right now.  Part of the reason I’m blogging about it right now is because I’m afraid if I don’t get this out and use my energy to type I’m going to drive to the store and buy a bag of hershey kisses and an ice cold Diet Coke!!!!!
If you have ever gave up something cold turkey – please share your story! Why did you do it? How was it for you and did you keep with it? 


I think I’m going to start a 10 week Body After Baby Challenge for all of us. Summer is right around the corner! It will be fun to motivate each other and check in on each other for progress and updates. Stay tuned for more information on that. I’m excited to offer a place for support and accountability again!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

18 thoughts on “I Guess I Should Tell You: I’m Giving up Diet Coke & Candy (for just a little bit.. maybe.. I think I’m going crazy)

  1. I gave up smoking cold turkey, never looked back. At one point I gave up chocolate cold turkey for almost two years because I was totally addicted- like a whole bag of hersheys kisses a day addicted. It was bad. I also gave up gluten and dairy that way when I found out I was allergic (though after over a year I've cheated a few times). I think cold turkey is the way to go, and you can do it!

  2. I gave up alcohol cold turkey. My then boyfriend (now DH) said he wouldn't be with me if I kept drinking & partying & so I quit, that day. I lost some “good” college friends over it, but my DH was worth it. 🙂
    I also had to give up dairy & soy when Luke was tiny, because even minor exposures through my breastmilk caused him stomach irritations. That was harder & I didn't go cold turkey. I also didn't give it 100%–I'd “slip up” when I had a weak moment or was eating out & it was just too much of a pain to modify the diet.

  3. I don't know if this is helpful or is considered cheating for u but as I was sitting here reading ur post I was eating a zone perfect fudge Graham bar. I eat them as my snacks and they are 210 calories. They are super good AND u get ur chocolate fix at the same time. 🙂

  4. I gave up any type of treat-cake, cookies, candy, chips, sweets-for lent 3 weeks ago. The first week is the hardest-Once you get past that, it will be SO much easier. I have found myself snacking on much more healthier foods such as apples, smoothies, celery and yogurt. You can do it!!

  5. Giving up diet coke… Oh man. I really should do it too. All of the research on the harm it does to your body is overwhelming. But it tastes so good!!! 😉
    I have given up fast food (besides subway and Starbucks) cold turkey. I have officially not had fast food since december! Woot! I honestly feel like I could go the rest of my life without mcdonalds lol

  6. I use to drink diet coke like a maniac, I never drank water or anything else really….it had to be close to 12 pack a day. That's right 12 a day. I never really thought about it being bad. When I got pregnant I quit cold turkey….if I didn't have the pregnancy I would of never made it. Oh the headaches from caffeine withdrawals. Now I drink one occasionally ok so one a day but that is better than 12. Good luck! I could never give up chocolate…maybe for a short time but never completely!

  7. I got addicted to Coke right after Alaine was born (7 months ago). I had been so good while I was pregnant and so afterward, I went overboard. I finally decided I needed to cut back so I quit drinking them…but I allow myself 1 every weekend. It gives me something to look forward to and keeps me sane when I am really craving one!

  8. I gave up soda (any kinds) cold turkey about 8 years ago – cold turkey is the way to go. Since then, I've had a ginger ale (usually just a few sips) a handful of times when I've had a stomach bug. I don't know why, but there is something about ginger ale when I have an upset stomach – haha! I wish I could give up chocolate – that would probably help me shed my last 8 pounds!!! 🙂

  9. I totally have to second @Jackie and the Ginger ale thing! It's the only soda I drink and it's only a few sips when I'm sick lol!

    Samantha you CAN totally quit chocolate.. but it's hard! I'm currently on day four of my NO lindor diet (have you had them? they're terribly delicious) and it's getting better! Honestly I totally get the withdrawls and as a former smoker/drinker (over three years without now!!) I will admit that quitting chocolate is kind of the same. Mental addictions are huge but they can be overcome for sure! Just hang in there, keep acknowledging that it sucks and before you know it, a week will have gone by where you haven't even thought about it!

  10. Charissa, you are so cute… have I had Lindor chocolates???!! Um HELLO- they are only the most amazing things ever created on this earth that melt perfectly in your mouth!!!!


    thank you for your support! I never smoked, but I feel like it’s the same thing in a way- lots of mental stuff going on and with any type of addiction- it is hard. Today is really hard.

    YAY for you and three years!! That is FANTASTIC!!!

  11. I'm sending good thoughts of strength and focus your way. 🙂 I'm still avoiding wine during the week and Girl Scout cookies while training and it's killlllling me! But, I've lost 10 lbs (I said 5 earlier this week but apparently I was wrong!) so it's working for me. Yay for that! And, once I went cold turkey on sodas I just haven't gone back to them. Think about all the icky chemicals in them. That usually works for me. 🙂

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