I am getting ready to hit publish on a post that could rock my little blog world.
I am not stupid and I realize the ramifications.
I could lose readers.
I could lose sponsors.
I could find myself receiving hate mail.
Remember when I said I would take “one” for the team? Team, meaning you guys? I’m going to take the hit……
Are you ready?
Are you going to hate or love me?
Are you going to run or stand with me, agree or not?
What could be so controversial, you ask?
Well…..are you going to vote republican or democrat?
Just teasing on that one……
Just vote either way.
It’s not politics or religion but I know without a doubt I am going to step on my faithful readers toes.
I am going to cause a “murmur”.
I’m going to make my “sister friends” cringe…want to hit their computers…..want to turn away.
Here I go.
I have been steadily and rapidly gaining weight.
I have had my thyroid checked, my hormones checked, my diet checked.
I have exercised, began a running regimen and prayed.
I have even ran one 10k and one 5k.
I have still increased in weight and NO…not in just muscle “weight”.
Weight as in FAT….belly fat.
This is NOT my belly btw. I may be “taking one for the team” but I’m not that crazy.
NOT ONE THING worked.
Even my husband was concerned.
Great. I AM a fatty McFatty and he could tell!
He kept being supportive. Telling me there was nothing else I could do. To stay strong but he even felt something may be wrong.
Then he started gaining and primarily through his belly.
Houston, we have a problem.
It was his “belly fat” that made something click.
And when I realized what MAY be the problem, I barely wanted to speak it.
I didn’t want to face it.
I didn’t want to lose it.
It wasn’t sugar, dairy, carbs, protein or fat.
It was something of nightmarish proportions.
Something awful to grasp.
And this is what I have to share with you tonight. Why tonight? Because we have a soccer game at 9:30…isn’t that an awful time btw……but we will be gone when this publishes and I won’t have to face the consequences.
We are “sister friends”. Some “male friends” even. Bloggy best friends.
And many of us have something in common.
And I think…..I THINK……..one of our “common links” was causing belly fat in our household.
When I kept gaining weight, I cut out all regular sodas. I increased my water intake but I also increased a regular diet drink.
A POPULAR diet drink.
And when I increased….my husband started drinking it and LOVED it…..and we were faithful diet soda drinkers.
It is a SPECIAL diet soda.
It EVEN has it’s doctorate.
WE loved it. We loved it a lot!
And I KNOW many of you love it.
I am just going to spit it out.
We stopped Diet Dr. Pepper about two weeks ago and did nothing else differently. We didn’t increase water intake. We didn’t cut out sugar. We drank tea with Splenda like normal. We drank sweet tea. We ate cake. Ate banana nut bread. Ate fat. Ate protein. Ate normal. Ate fattening. (Ate is starting to look weird now as I type it)
I even started drinking “regular” soda every once in a while.
We were slack on running and exercise because I hurt my shoulder. (I used the shoulder excuse on running. I know……)
We ONLY stopped our Diet Dr. Peppers.
We haven’t even really talked about it together.
I just said,Â “I am drinking too much Diet Dr. Pepper and I think I am going to stop it for a bit.”
When I did….Romeo did too.
I didn’t even voice exactly why I was stopping.
Then the day before yesterday, I noticed my belly felt different and Romeo’s was looking different.
And I said….”I think I may be losing some belly fat? My weight hasn’t really changed but my belly feels different.”
And Romeo said…..”I wasn’t going to say anything but I noticed the difference on you too.”
Thanks honey? I was a fatty McFatty!
So, I quickly said….”Well your belly looks smaller too!”
I think Diet Dr. Pepper was actually causing our belly fat?!
And since I stopped Diet Dr. Pepper another weird thing has happened.
I’m not as hungry.
I did not stop Diet Dr. Pepper expecting anything. I just thought it might be good to stop drinking it so much.
It has caused me to wonder if I should cut out artificial sweetener in my tea. For real.
I’m not sure….but something is connected. Something with the artificial sweeteners……
My mother has been harping this for years. I am so glad she has a problem getting on her internet so I don’t have to hear her, “I told you so”.
And my mother is not the only one that thinks so apparently. Before I posted this….I found these articles.
Now, all of that said…..
Don’t you wish I would have posted something about religion or politics?
This is worse, isn’t it?
I loved my Diet Dr. Pepper!
Noticed a weight gain you can’t put your finger on…….specifically your belly?
I will continue my experiment and let you know what I think.
Even if you aren’t asking my opinion.
Think I’m crazy?
Love a good.cold.diet.Dr.Pepper? (it even makes my mouth water, typing that)
Eyes rolled back in your head because this post is soooooo long?
Know someone that LOVES their diet soda?
Do you love a good diet soda?
Wake up and let me know.
Have you all turned on me?
I’m hitting “publish” and outta’ here.
There goes my Diet Dr. Pepper possible sponsorship.