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  1.  (999.1)
    So, I find myself in the awkward position of having to break up with two things I love. Diet soda, and books.

    I've been following articles about the effects of artificial sweeteners on the human body, including this one from Time.com from this week, that have to led me to believe that maybe I should not be consuming as much diet soda as I do. I drink, on average, four or five bottles of diet Mt. Dew a day. 80 to 100 oz, approximately. Some days more. It is my one addiction. Truthfully, caffeine is the addiction, chemically speaking. Soda just happens to be my preferred delivery method, and provides a great deal of habitual comfort. As someone who also goes to the gym three or four times a week and has a goal weight somewhere below 40lbs his current, I don't think I should be consuming something that may actually be leading me to put on weight.

    As for books, I don't intend to leave them for good. Only temporarily. I find myself being able to focus on and dedicate myself to a book less and less lately. I've only finished one book in the past six months, but I've started more than a dozen. Eventually, they all get set aside and left unfinished while I chase some new book obsession. It's a really shitty cycle I find myself in. So, I'm planning on depriving myself of books for a few months, at least. Make myself learn to need them again, and appreciate them for what they are, not what I want them to be.

    This excludes comics. I have no problem with those.

    In the past, I've successfully given up meat, followed by all animal products. Giving up things is something I can be good at. I haven't voluntarily eaten meat in over five years, or any animal products for over a year now.

    So tell me, what have you broken up with lately? And how did you do it?
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      CommentAuthorLisaMantchev
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008 edited
     (999.2)
    Random snacking (because I have a convention in March) and procrastinating (two books to write and a bustle skirt to sew.)

    But dammit, you can't take my diet soda away from me. *clings*
  2.  (999.3)
    My poor Treo 600. It's been my Internet Organ for years.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008
     (999.4)
    I gave up 99% of soda when I was 16 (about 6 years ago). I occasionally drink a ginger ale, or Jones Soda. I've probably drunk five pepsi's and five or six sprites in these last six years. I'm convinced high fructose corn syrup is poison, as are all artificial sweeteners, so I do my best to limit my intake of such things.

    I can't buy Blu-Rays or DVD's right now, as we are saving for a European excursion. I used to buy two or three a week, now I just use Netflix.
  3.  (999.5)
    i only drink the soda mixed with booze or as a chaser for the cheap shit. what i need to give up is this goddamn msg board! its stealing my computer time. seriously, i have gotten less than half of my normal writing done since i started. i just cant stop though, its too interesting...
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      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008
     (999.6)
    i think i am going to have to give up mcdonald's milk-shakes, anything with loads of sugar in it basically. i appear to be hypoglycemic or some such shit. i have to admit that there is a temptation to just go fuck it, feel bad for a bit but still have the enjoyment factor. still, can't give your health away, can you?
  4.  (999.7)
    have had to give up actually cooking decent food for myself 'cause i now work split shifts in a stupid hard job, so when i'm not working, i'm sleeping, and have no time to cook proper anymore.

    that's not really giving up though, it's being forced into not being able to do it anymore...
  5.  (999.8)
    @offtandiscord - I feel your pain.

    I've broken up with the idea that I'll ever be able to consume all the media that I either buy or subscribe to - there just aren't enough hours in the day. So now I have to do some serious podcast/tv/blog pruning. And damnit if it isn't a difficult thing to do.
  6.  (999.9)
    Anything with enriched white flour in it, and cigarettes.

    Well, kind of. I need to cut down on smoking. I'm too broke to smoke as much as I do.
  7.  (999.10)
    I tried to give up caffeine.

    I nearly died. I swear my immune system crashed and various internal organs just stopped working. I immediately caught about three different things and my knee went weird.

    I vowed to never anger the coffee gods again. Their wrath is terrible.
  8.  (999.11)
    I tried to give up caffeine.


    I gave up caffeine once.

    I ended up in the resuscitation room of my local hospital wired up to a heart monitor being looked after by two *lovely* nurses.

    I took it as a sign that I was caffeine's bitch.
  9.  (999.12)
    I've given up being a grumpy motherfucker - most of the time at least - as it was making work even worse than it already is.
    Apart from that, I need to give up snacking on sugar packed foods. I'll be heading toward 'fat middle-aged guy' cliche if I'm not careful.
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      CommentAuthorsmerwin
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008
     (999.13)
    i've been eating less meat than i used to. partly by choice, partly by circumstance. i could never handle being a vegetarian, though: i love bacon too much for that.

    smoking. i've quit occasionally. sometimes it takes for a while, sometimes i start again in a week.

    i quit coffee & caffeine once. it worked for a bit, but i was much less pleasant to be around.

    lesson learned, i'm a bad quitter.
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      CommentAuthortim12s
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008
     (999.14)
    I occasionally get a McDonalds milkshake and a large fries as a total heart attack package...
    The milkshake has salt, sugar and potato solids to thicken it, and the fries have soy protein added, along with - more salt and sugar.
    Now, that's occasionally as in 3-4 times a year.

    Now chocolate... that's my Achilles heel. My... chocktonite, if you will. I need to ease that out of my diet, along with white bread and chips - both kinds, french fries and crisps. I know more ways to kill a man with a potato than the SAS could dream up.
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008
     (999.15)
    I gave up paying for cable/satellite TV. I was paying $50.00 a month to bitch that there is nothing on.
    • CommentAuthorvg
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008
     (999.16)
    I promised myself I'd stop procrastinating.

    Then I procrastinated on my promise.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008 edited
     (999.17)
    I broke up with my sketch books. I kept showing up, the books kept shutting me out.

    Haven't drawn anything in them in nine or ten years, stopped trying to draw about five years ago.

    Did some scans for someone last month for the purposes of a discussion, was sort of sad at how distant I felt from the images.

    Break ups are tough.

    - Z
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      CommentAuthorroque
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008
     (999.18)
    my gym. we just weren't good for each other anymore. if I change, or it does, maybe we can try to start fresh.

    currently trying to break up with carbohydrates, at least in their more destructive forms like bread and sugar. I haven't been able to wake up before noon for the past two weeks, which puts me in mind of one of my favorite Frank Black breakup lyrics:

    I've been so blue
    Sleeping till noon
    Watching cartoons
    But I could not ease the pain.
    • CommentAuthoraoristo
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008
     (999.19)
    Coca-cola. All drugs. Alcohol in big amounts. Nightclubing. Staying out or up all night. Swimming.

    About one year ago my kidneys stopped working and I had to make a lot of changes in my life. Instead of hemodialysis - which is just fucking horrible - I chose peritoneal dialisysis. It's just very bad: I have to be connected to a machine nine hours every night - fucking up my social schedule - and I have a catheter in my stomach that can't be immersed.

    So, until I get a new kidney, no fun for me.
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008
     (999.20)
    @aoristo

    That definitely sucks.

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