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Nov. 7th, 2006

I was internet-less for five days -- I don' t get a chance to use the net at work for anything but work any more -- and bloody hell, I never realised how dependent upon it I had grown until then.

I did read two books in those days so I guess we now know how I usually waste my time.

Was off work sick today for the first time in about five years and wanted nothing more than a sausage and onion sarnie and a big glass of pale ale, but since I am off beer until Easter and I couldn't be arsed to leave the house, soup had to suffice. Eh, it was good soup.

I haven't had a can of Diet Coke for 23 days. To put this in perspective, I have averaged probably three cans a day for the past 10 years. Nor do I miss it, much to my surprise. I think this may well be a monkey off my back. Huzzah etc.

OTOH I am now drinking four litres of water a day after reading some barmy article in a magazine, which means I can't sit through a film. Watching The Departed was agony, because I didn't want to miss a second of ridiculously macho double-crossing, effing and blinding.

The BBC are repeating This Life and I am finding it very hard to watch. Not so much because it's bad -- it's not, it's fantastic television -- more that it's so bound up with the way I spent my early twenties and that whole time that the nostalgia is painful and odd.

Yet I will be there at Christmas when they do the one-off This Life special. Can't miss that.

And lastly, but most importantly, two things:

1) Many happy returns of the day to lenadances. May the voters live up to your hopes, not down to your expectations.

2) And a very happy birthday to snacky, since her birthday starts here in about half an hour.

All the best to both of you for the year to come

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k2daisy
Nov. 7th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
Making the switch from nonstop diet Coke to water was one of the hardest and most satisfying things I've ever done -- even better than quitting smoking! My skin cleared up, I was less irritable and tense, the number of headaches reduced, and I slept better. It was amazing to me how much the caffeine was affecting me in adverse ways. I still have a couple of cups of coffee first thing in the morning, but if I have any soda anytime after noon, I'm up for hours past my regular bedtime.

Good for you for kicking it. You won't regret it.
k2daisy
Nov. 7th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Also, the constant bathroom trips slow down as your body gets used to the new amount of water it's getting. :)
infinitemonkeys
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:16 am (UTC)
Yes. Fewer headaches. Now I think about it, you're right, I've only had one bugger of a headache since I stopped, I used to get at least one a fortnight, maybe more. And since I don't drink coffee that's me done with caffeine.

Now if I can only do the other half of what you did and drop about half a ton off my arse and learn to cook, I shall be very pleased indeed. *g*
k2daisy
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
Ha! Well, I had a 10-year gap between the diet Coke switch and the 'rejoining WW/learning to cook' life-change, so be patient with yourself if it doesn't happen all at once. :)
se_parsons
Nov. 7th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
I certainly hope you feel better soon!
loosehorses
Nov. 7th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
Good to see you around here! I popped you an email awhile back (a few days ago) with a good bit of news. :o)

Pass on that barmy water article!
curiouswombat
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
OTOH I am now drinking four litres of water a day after reading some barmy article in a magazine, which means I can't sit through a film.

Can I just point out, professionally, that yes it was a barmy article - there is no need whatsoever to drink 4litres of water a day unless either (a) you really enjoy doing so, or
(b) you have diabetes insipidus.

The average human adult is designed to run on about 1.5 - 2 litres of fluid a day, and it does not have to be plain water, at all - you will actually survive happily on 2 litres of black coffee without harming your kidneys at all!

Gets down off professional soap-box and slinks away......
infinitemonkeys
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC)
It's always good to know whether these things are barmy or not *g*

However, I think it's working for me because my two aims were to stop give money to the evil Coca-Cola corporation and stop my habit of 24-hour grazing on the contents of my fridge like some giant pavlovian-response-to-chocolate-driven cow creature.
curiouswombat
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
Ah well - in that case I'll regard you as fulfilling (a) above. Your kidneys can handle 4 litres a day as long as they are healthy, so you aren't doing them any harm!

And think of the calories you use up running up and down stairs to the toilet. If you live in a flat arrange to use a neighbour's toilet - preferably 7 or 8 floors away from yours......!!! ;~D
snacky
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
I haven't had a can of Diet Coke for 23 days. To put this in perspective, I have averaged probably three cans a day for the past 10 years. Nor do I miss it, much to my surprise. I think this may well be a monkey off my back. Huzzah etc.

I am impressed and inspired!

And thank you for the birthday wishes! Yay, it's my birthday already where you are! :-D
lenadances
Nov. 8th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thankyoumuchly for the birthday wishes! I think I may have missed yours. D'oh! Happy belated!

Oh, diet soda. We haven't bought any in weeks and this hereby completes my transition into actually being my father, who drinks nothing but water and coffee. And water is of the good, in spite of the many bathroom breaks.

I hope you feel better soon! Home sick is horrible.
thehornedgod
Nov. 9th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
I've been off sick, which means I don't read, but an internet break is strangely refreshing. I tried to hold onto The Departed til I'd seen the Infernal Affairs trilogy but my flatmate came and took it back.
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