Dear Pepsi,

[Well, it's 5 minutes until midnight on April 8th, 2010. THE day has arrived (by the time I finish typing this blog) when I will kiss Pepsi good-bye. Likely not forever, but more likely for quite a while. So, here is my farewell letter– to PEPSI]

I love you, but I have to break up with you!

Ever since my late teenage years, I've loved you. I came to you in my hours of thirst, in my hours of boredom and in my desire to fulfill the sweet tooth craving for your bubbly goodness! You were comfort for me in my sadness, stress relief for me when times were overwhelming and a substitute for food many times in Haiti when there wasn't enough food for the whole family. It's been a long, bonding road with you….. so much so that I am now in bondage to the addiction I have for you! So, it's time to say good-bye!!

You have pretended to love me when all the while, you add empty calories (and countless pounds), bloodsugar spikes, gassy intestines, stains to my teeth! Wow, our relationship has become so unhealthy! I am leaving, and no, we can NOT go to relationship counseling! lol Like any great loves, it will be hard to stay away from you at first, but I know that "distance will make my heart grow fonder" of being WITHOUT you!  Farewell, dear Pepsi, it's been a long time comin' but the day of our parting has come! PEACE!

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So, I made a commitment with one of my close friends, to stop drinking Pepsi on April 9th, 2010. I made this commitment 2 months ago. The deal: I get to have ONE soda per day (and in Korea, the cans are already smaller than in the States) until April 9th, when I quit– to break my addiction. My friend committed to smoking half a pack of cigarettes a day until the same date in which he will quit as well. Since I think ANY addiction is a battle, but recognize that his is harder than mine, I told him he could go down to 3-5 cigarettes a day but would need to quit after another 2 months. I'll spare you the details, but in case you were wondering.. the phrase "I love you, but I have to break up with you!" came in one of our conversations about the topic at hand. 

What does this mean? It means I'll be healthier and happier once I overcome this addiction! I will likely lose weight (I have lost inches in just the 2 months of reduced usage), but that isn't even the motivating factor… I simply don't want to live with an addiction in my life! Lord, help me!!

Some of you might think it's a little dramatic to say that I am "addicted" to Pepsi, but those who know me, know that Pepsi and I go hand in hand. lol My body is truly addicted. I have noticed that in my 2 months of reduced use, HABITUALLY, I want to drink it, but as of late, it no longer tastes as delicious to me! WOW~ that's a step in the right direction! Praise the Lord!!

I'm sure I will continue to blog about this in the future, but wanted to make the commitment on this site as it is a part of my journey. Afterall, isn't that what this blog is for?? So you can share in my journey!?! …. much love… 

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