Soda Cravings

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by Jeremy Carden

Well it hasn’t been too long since I blogged about “The Run-Out Diet” and I just wanted to give you all an update about how things have been going for me health-wise. It has been 5 ½ days since I have had a soda.

I’m not going to lie it actually started with the “Run-Out” strategy. Where I ran out of sodas in my refrigerator and I didn’t have the funds to go out and get more. Instead I just opted to drink nothing but water and an occasional cup of juice for Vitamin C to keep my immune system intact.

It is extremely difficult or should I say “was” because the first 3 days were a killer with no Sierra Mist or Mountain Dew in my system. The lack of caffeine (because I don’t drink coffee) was starting to get to me but I got used to it overtime. Water isn’t that bad at all I mean it doesn’t leave that sugary taste in my mouth like soda or Kool-Aid does but it gets the job done in keeping me hydrated.

Not to mention there is no guilt from drinking water! I’m going to see how long I can go without drinking a soda. My friend I was talking with yesterday told me that it has been 6 years since he had a soft drink. I was shocked!!

Don’t know if I can go THAT long without one but hey everyone should move at their own pace. An experiment I might try is to wait after 10 days and try a sip of soda to see if I still get that craving for more.

I know from experience that going without a certain food or drink product for an extended amount of time might get rid of the cravings or want for that product after you stop consuming it for awhile.

So, in about 5 more days I’ll come back with an update to let you know how things are going with my soda cravings!

If anyone reading this is going through a similar experience then I just want you to know that you should stay strong and resist! Walking down the aisles of the grocery store or seeing the soda containers at the back of the gas station is painful sometimes but just keep pushing that grocery cart in another direction and grab some water instead!

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Fireworks

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A few nights ago I was sitting on some benches outside the Welcome Center on campus and in the distant sky I noticed fireworks were going off. The show lasted for about 15 minutes and I was just sitting there entranced by the wonderful lightshow going on. I then realized that if I made it to the top section of the football stadium I’d be able to get a better view of the fireworks. By the time I made it there, the very last firework exploded and the cool night air blew away the last smoke cloud that remained.

I never did find out why the fireworks were going off in the first place, I assumed that some kind of athletic event was going on or a concert. While I was watching from outside the Welcome Center, I was thinking about how those fireworks reminded me of life.

Fireworks shooting into the sky at top speed and then exploding for everyone to see only for it to fizzle out as it disappears into the sky.

It reminds me of the dreams that I once had. Taking the world by storm by being successful in whatever it was that I did. Trying to get my goals accomplished as fast as I could like a flying firework to finally show everyone what I was capable of with my name flashing in lights across the sky.

Sometimes I feel that is how most of us operate. We want something so bad to prove someone else wrong or to show someone up that we make rash decisions pushing ahead without thinking straight just to have it all blow up in our faces like a firework exploding.

I thought it was funny that when I realized I could get a better view from a higher platform and finally made it there it was too late. That showed me the importance of thinking ahead in order to make sure the best possible outcome was available to me when I needed it.

Take a moment to look at how far you’ve come, where you’ve been and how much more traveling down your chosen path that you have left to continue on. Time may pass by but eventually you will illuminate the sky with your passion like that last firework in a dazzling show!

 

Jesus Cleansing the Temple

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I remember sitting in Sunday school as a child learning about the many great adventures and events that took place in the biblical days. Sometimes I imagine myself watching Abraham rejoice after God told him that he would be the father of many nations, crossing the Red Sea with the people of Israel or sitting on the Ark with Noah, his family and the animals. Although these are some of the most memorable events in the Bible there is one thing I want to see more than anything else; Jesus cleansing the temple.

You might be wondering, “Why the temple? Why not the resurrection, the crucifixion or his birth?” True those are all great events that took place but to me when Jesus was flipping tables over in the temple and driving the money changers from the holy place. It is one of the few times that we really see any emotion expressed by Christ. To me it stands out because we see the more “human” characteristics of Jesus.

Usually, when someone tries to offend him or outsmart him Jesus simply remains calm and replies with respect and kindness. Whether it be in the form of a parable or scripture, Jesus just said something leaving his opponents baffled as he left the scene with his disciples. This was not the case in the temple. Jesus literally made a whip from some cords and drove the livestock from the temple, dumped the money changers coins and flipped tables in a rage.

“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

—Matthew 21:12-13

It was something that I never expected reading the Bible as a child. Though it was for good reason as it was his Father’s house that was being degraded not Jesus as had been by religious leaders trying to challenge him. Many people say that biblical figures such as Jesus never existed since they are not shown to display human characteristics.

Think about it; Abraham was a loving father, Daniel and Joseph were slaves in foreign lands but due to their trustworthiness and responsible natures they were put in high positions, Jonah was a man on the run, Moses was also on the run but not from God but because he had committed murder, Thomas was a doubter, Peter a liar and Jesus showed fear in the face of death in the garden before being crucified while here he showed rage.