Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Changes In My Life...

I do not think I have shared this in a post, if I have I am sorry.  

Have you ever made a major change in your life, something you never could see yourself doing.  I have, and to some of you it will probably not be a big deal but to me it was enormous.

See I was addicted to Diet Coke.  I feel like I need to start by saying my name and admitting my addiction...lol.  You know there are so many things in our life we can become addicted to. But Diet Coke was mine.  I mean we are talking, me by myself, drank at least 5 or 6 - 2 litre bottles of Diet Coke a week.  We would find it on sale and load the car down at times.  That is so sad people, and what is really sad is I didn't even realize it. 

I knew my health was deteriorating but did not realize what was causing it.  Then articles started popping up about aspartame and how bad it was for you.  And I decided I needed to do something if I wanted to see my grand kids grow up.  So me and the Lord had a heart to heart talk and I gave it to Him.  I knew without His help I would never make it. I lived and breathed Diet Coke, I had one by my bed at night and started the morning with one, along with one by my side during the day. If I did not have one of a morning I would have a headache within an hour of waking up, until I would drink a glass.  I prayed that He would make them taste terrible to me and that I would never want another one as long as I lived.  

" And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."   Matthew 21:22

Not only was the desire taken away from me but the fondness of the taste is gone.  I cannot stand the taste, we were in town and Stan had a fountain Coke and I took a taste of it and wanted to gag.  I went back to my water, which is funny because I never drank water before, hated the taste of it.  It is amazing what our God can do if we just ask and turn it over to Him.

My blood pressure medicine has been cut in half.  I have so much more energy than I had before.  I no longer am having issues with my right leg feeling numb.  I have not had any more issues with losing the sight in my right eye, it would get blurry and black at times, not very often but enough it scared me.  I do not get winded when I walk across the parking lot or up and down stairs anymore.  I do not feel bloated anymore or swollen. I am not seeing a lot of change in what I weigh but clothes are fitting better and I am able to wear some things that I could not before.  A few of my jeans I have to wear a belt with them now.  I feel so much better than I did!  Life is Good!  And I give all the credit to God!  Thank you Jesus!

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;"  Ephesians 5:20

until next time...nel

16 comments:

  1. That is wonderful to hear, Nel, especially the health benefits! All glory goes to God for ridding you of that addiction! I know I used to enjoy at diet drink about 3 p.m. when I was working, I think mainly for the caffeine, but when we moved 4 years ago and had to cut expenses, I gave up soft drinks and never really missed it. Once in awhile I'll have one if we are at a fast food place, but you are right, it doesn't taste good.

    betty

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  2. Hi Nel, long time no see. . Glad to have you peek in and say hello. Thank you. I am glad too that you have kicked the Diet Coke habit. My Iowa sister has it terrible bad and almost as bad is my younger daughter.

    I wasn't addicted but my mineral counts were all low, my iron and red blood cell and associated measurement were all low. My doctor put me on a low liquid diet, NO MORE than four glasses a water a day, including food moisture. He thought I was leaching my stuff out.

    I got on Google and checked out causes for things like this. One was drinking too much. But more likely was caffeine. That was my culprit, I've cut WAY BACK and the numbers are now normal again.
    I do need the Aspartame in the Diet Coke (they took it out of Diet Sprite!!!) to let me sleep on my shoulder. It used to wake me up in less than two hours before Aspartame. Half a Diet Coke is plenty.
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  3. It is amazing how our body works. God is so good! Thanks for stopping by! It is good to be backl!
    until next time... nel.

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  4. It's so good to hear that giving up an addiction helps improving things! Any addiction is bad. Caffeine for example( in coke, chocolate), taken in small quantities, has some benefits; taken in large quantities it can damage our health.
    Keep up the good work!

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    1. Great to hear from you. Was getting worried about you!

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  5. That is so awesome. I gave up drinking soft drinks about 15 years ago. I am trying to get my husband to stop drinking diet coke. I don't buy it anymore, if he wants it in the house he has to buy it himself. I am so happy the way God has come in to help you and answered your prayers.....way to go!!!

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  6. Wow! Good for you! That is a huge thing!

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    1. Thanks Melinda! It was huge for me!

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  7. I gave up diet soda 10 years and immeditely felt more energy like you did. But I now need prayers re my dependence on Ambien. Please pray for me. gail

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    1. Praying for you Gail. Praying He will take the desire and the need of Ambien away from you. Praying He will give you a good nights sleep without any additional help except His Holy Spirit to direct you and remind you, that He is all you need. Continuing to pray for you Gail.

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  8. I treasure your prayers. You are the only people i've told. Your prayers, God's help...only 1 slip up in 2 weeks
    Gail

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    1. That is good to hear... God's got this! And He will take care of it for you. I attend a very small church in Springfield Mo, you are on our prayer list. Take care of yourself Gail. In Christ's Love...nel

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  9. Your prayers are working. I don't have an addictive personality, so this dependence snuck up on me. Much better now. I truly appreciate your petitioning my cause to the our loving, protective Father. Gail

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    1. You are very welcome Gail! Our Father is always there just waiting for us to ask for His help. I am glad you are doing better! I will continue to remember you in prayer and will let our small church congregation know that prayers are answered. It definitely was not my doing but was God's! God is Good!

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