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Well, I finally made it!  I have given up diet soda.  [and they could hear the sound of trumpets, off in the distance, heralding the accomplishment!]

I've done it before, but this time feels different.  Before when I gave it up, it was more of a...conscious decision and a bit of a struggle.  I still craved it and had to make myself not drink it.

THIS time, it was sort of spontaneous.  What happened.

A friend of mine sent me an article about aspertame (artificial sweetener in diet beverages, a lots of foods).  And, if reading about aspertame wasn't bad enough, the article also talked about Donald Rumsfeld (former Secretary of Defense for President George W. Bush of the USA). 

It appears that Rumsfeld, the day after the election of Ronald Reagan as President of the USA, allegedly called in some sort of debt owed him and Reagan got aspertame approved for use in diet beverages.  Here is a link to the article, should you also be interested in reading it.  That really pisses me off.  It's all about the $$$.

Anyway, after reading that article last Thursday afternoon, I did not touch the diet soda stuff again.  I don't crave it, I don't want it.  A-frickin-mazing.

I think the article is what pushed me over the edge.  In a good way. 

I have been doing the raw food thing for a while and beginning to feel better, but still feeling the attachment to my beloved diet soda.  (and my more beloved apple fritters).  But, since that amazing Thursday, as I have said, I haven't had a diet soda...NOR...have I had an apple fritter.  I walk right by them.

All in all, I am feeling pretty good and so maybe I've leapt into a new level of maturity...LOL   I don't have the "but, I WANT its" anymore [see my blog post from 7/15/12]

So, THEN, since i FINALLY quit the diet soda, I could finish my pop can top art project.  I had started this project about two years ago, the last time I seriously planned to get off the diet soda. 

I collected all my pop tops and wanted to make a piece of art to visually represent what a year's worth of two cans a day looks like.  So this is it.  It has approximately 650 pop can tops on it...roughly 1.78 cans a day.  So, we all know I drank more than that.  Probably not a lot more than 2 a day, but there were some days...

The background of the art piece (I use that word lovingly) is the cover of the box of cymbals I bought for my drumset.  I thought it an appropriate backdrop.

Action step
Hmmm, let's see. 
How about...celebrate something that you have accomplished.  Make something.  Have a party.  Tell someone.  Do something about it.  You earned it.  Tell us here!  Write a comment, let us know what you accomplished that you are so happy about and how you celebrated it!

To learn more about the raw food thing I'm doing, click on the fruit below



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    Hi!  I'm Mary.  56 year old female, mother of one and a dog owner, dabbler, experiencer and person on a mission to get rid of all prescription meds I am taking.  It can be done!   I'd like you to come along with me and get rid of (or avoid in the future) any prescription meds you are taking.

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