Thursday, September 11, 2008

Cold Turkey

As I sat in the LAX airport last night, my brother called. We got to talking and he mentioned he is off the Diet Coke. He inspired me to give it a go. Today is the first day without any Diet Coke. I have a very large bottle of Tylenol extra strength on my desk to get me through the next few days.

May your thoughts and prayers be with me as I go through this difficult time in my life. I hope to see you on the other side. Maybe we can share stories over a nice tall glass of chocolate milk.


Anonymous said...

When your will finally breaks, I'll hook you up with a year's supply. All you have to do is hook me up with a job at Omniture.

Utah Mnt biker said...

Good luck! I know a lot of people that have had a hard time kicking the diet soda habit.

KanyonKris said...

The headaches are the least of your worries. Brace yourself for the shakes, cold then hot sweats, blood-shot eyes, no sense of taste, projectile vomiting, highly accelerated growth of body hair, acne, bed sores, hallucinations, irregular heart rhythms, heart stoppages (only a several seconds), toe and finger nails turning neon pink, sleep apnea, convulsions, stuttering, extreme nasal drip, and days of diarrhea. But otherwise you'll be fine.

Do you have your detox poncho?

tibiker said...


Flyin' Ute said...

Good job bro.

That crap will kill you. You for sure would've been sub 9 at Leadville if you didn't drink that garbage.

Take your life back. Spend your money on something better.

Good job.

Anonymous said...

Baby steps.

You'll have to avoid Crown Burger (and by "Crown" that covers; Apollo, Astro and Burger Supreme) There is no way you can eat a Crown Burger and not have a Diet Coke. You have to be off for at least 4 weeks I think.

That goes for Lone Star Taqueria too.

Daddy needs some pain reliever...

MCF said...

oohhh...hard one....last year I gave up a severe addiction to diet dr. pepper....I was drinking about 10 a day. I was good for about a year and fell off the wagon to Starbucks coffee...was so addicted that $300 a month on coffee was ok. I've gone a week without coffee and have the most severe headache ever!!!! Good luck....keep us up to date on the progress....

Dave said...

HA!! I love that Rachelle is lighting you up for it as well. I agree; gay.

Anonymous said...

suddenly i feel very sad and very alone.

who ARE you? i must know.

tibiker said...


Anonymous said...

Make the jump to caffeine free first. Dug, in honor of Rick I will now buy the 32 oz Diet Coke rather than the 21 oz.

Anonymous said...

The day after I cut my leg, I was on all kinds of drugs, and yet I had a headache...which didn't go away.

The next day, my temples were still pounding. I'm on narcotics, muscle relaxers, antibiotics, the works. Then I remembered I hadn't been drinking any soda.

16oz and 1/2 hour later, the headache was gone.


Anonymous said...

When I got off all it took was one caffeine pill, and the withdrawal was done. If the Tylenol doesn't work try the caffeine pill.


Anonymous said...

Cream o' Weber Chocolate Milk is the new Diet Coke.

Rick Sunderlage said...

Shelle- keep it up and I'll dump out all the DC left in house.

To those I ride with- i'm not saying I'll never drink it. I just need to take some time away from it and re-train the body.

Misty- $300 a month is a nice slush fund for bike gear. I forgot about the money I'll save! Good luck with your own battle.

Botched- I'm glad you are still alive. Dark have been my dreams of late. I can't get that image out of my head.

Anonymous said...

This should be a family decision. It will be strange to make a diet coke run sunday afternoons when only 2 of 3 are getting it.

Rick Sunderlage said...

Ooooh, I'm scared. It's still gay.

Anonymous said...

I guess I am scared- I published that comment before I changed it to my name.

KanyonKris said...

Rick - are you going to use your blog to chart your progress? At least SOME of us will give you support. :-)

tibiker said...

VH1, it's about time you moved up from those wussy 21 ouncers to a manly size drink. When you really grow a set, you'll move up to the 44. Cheers!

Rick, everyone has their vice, you know those maple bars are not gonna taste the same if you're not washing them down with a DC.

Rick Sunderlage said...

Day 3 and not even a sip of DC. Today (Sat) will be the true test. The post ride cravings should be strong and then a movie w/ Rachelle tonight. Who goes to a movie without drinking a Coke?

Jamie- Don't you judge me damn it.

KanyonKris said...

Ooo, post-ride and a movie - challenge to your resolve indeed. I hope you made it.

Have you had headaches or any other withdrawal symptoms?

BP In the house said...

Here is a thought. I have been losing weight the last couple months...I assumed it was due to stress etc. and then after reading this post I recalled seeing some forum on people that actually lost weight after stopping the 'DIET' beverages. Sounds counter intuitive but there was some theory.

So, if that is the reason I have lost poundage, you may become a lithe climbing machine yet!

Flyin' Ute said...

Here is a theory. Stop putting artificial crap in your body and you will lose weight and get healthier.

I know. sounds crazy, doesn't it.

Hang in there Rick. You are on the right path. You can tell because so many people are trying to pull you back down just like the crabs in a jar.

Anonymous said...

Flyin ute, could you please save the rest of us from certain death. Please share your infinite wisdom with us. We are all headed straight for the grave, if you don't help us.

I'm sure you never eat/drink a single thing that could be detrimental to your health.

Could you give us your credentials so that we can verify that you truly are an expert in nutrition?

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot to sign my comment.
Crab in a jar

Flyin' Ute said...

C'mon, ANONOMOUS aka Crab in a jar. Don't be such a wuss. It's just a blog.

You really don't need to hide. It'll be ok.

Here are my credentials: I ride a Moots, I'm going bald, and I'm a John Cougar fan.

That should establish my omnipotence!

After doing some serious soul searching I have come to conclusion that I must be wrong. Who can argue with the logic of drinking 100 ounces of Diet Coke a day just to keep your headaches in check. It's impressive to have acquired such a tolerance of Aspartame.

Unless of course you drink yours from a soda machine and then you have a bunch of Sacharin (to extend shelf life)

Yum!! Sounds good for you. I really need to beef up my resume before I can bag on Diet Coke.

I should get a new road bike. Hmmm? another Moots or a Cervelo?

Can anyone help? I clearly don't know what I'm doing.

Anonymous said...

I don't get the Moots part.

Flyin' Ute said...

But you concede the bald John Cougar fan part? Brilliant.

Or should I assume that means I should buy a Cervelo? Hmmm? That might be the way to go.

You might just be right.

Anonymous said...

I honestly don't get it. What's the correlation between Bald, John Cougar and Moots?

Anonymous said...

Loaning a brother a chain tool at Leadville doesn't make you any more welcome on said brother's blogsite.

You are a holier than thou buzz kill who takes things way too seriously.

Please go away. And, BTW, we don't care if you ride a Moots, Cervelo or a Huffy.

Flyin' Ute said...

Oh Silly Pants Anonymous.

That's funny that you think I'm too serious when I'm the one kidding around the most.

Clearly you don't know me or even know what a Moots is. Not a big deal either way.

Drink all the Diet Coke Splenda drinks you want. Really, Knock yourself out. I wouldn't want to kill your BUZZ.

Sorry my Bald head doesn't have enough credentials to properly evaluate your diet coke addiction.

I just want to ride my bike. I thought I would cheer on Rick in his efforts to be healthy.

Sorry to get you all worked up over this topic. Really.

Go back to enjoying your anonimity.

Mike Lewis the Flyin' Ute

Anonymous said...

Just so you know, all those anonymous posts weren't from me. Apparently I'm not alone in taking your "kidding" too seriously. We're just busting your chops a little and really aren't getting too worked up over it. (at least that's how I feel). I'm actually very familiar w/ Moots FWIW.
Besides, today's post seems to suggest that the crabs have pulled him right back into the proverbial jar.

I'm out.