Soda is a weakness for both Melissa and I. For her it’s pepsi, fountain coke, or ice cold coke in 8oz glass bottles. For me, it’s Cherry Coke, Apple Soda, fountain coke from McDonalds, and fountain coke in movie theaters. Yeah, I know…pretty silly, but it’s the truth.
We have both quite drinking soda for extended periods of time, but mostly for bragging rights. This time we’re a little more serious about it because there are higher stakes on the table.
I have been fighting with GERD for far too long, to the point where on doctor’s recommendations I am taking twice the recommended daily dosage of Prilosec. Recently there have been studies that indicate that taking certain hearburn drugs can aide in causing weaker bones in elderly people. While I am not elderly, I cannot afford to go around breaking bones anytime soon. If I break an arm I am shit out of luck with work since I sit at a keyboard everyday and have to be able to reach it and type on it. It has been brought to my attention that drinking soda is more than likely what caused my condition.
In order to make the stakes interesting, get healthier, and have a partner in this task I made a bet with Melissa. The bet is for $100 from the personal account of to the person who fails to make it to Thanksgiving without drinking any soda. However we put in a couple twists. The first is that we are going to put in $75 of the money we would save from buying soda at the store, in restaurants, and at movies. The second is that the winner has to make it to Thanksgiving to collect any of the money.
This is going to be extremely difficult for me because I have really strong cravings for soda. There is nothing like an ice cold Cherry Coke. Nothing.