Several years ago I decided to give up soda. I was seriously addicted to the good doctor at the time, and by good doctor I mean his greatness, Dr. Pepper. It was practically all I drank and I’d say at one point I went through a 2 liter bottle every other day, maybe more. Anyway, I gave it up.
Unfortunately, my self-imposed ban only lasted for around 9 or 10 years because sometime around 2010 I started drinking it again. It’s nowhere near the amount I used to drink but there are times when I drink 5 or 6 cans a week, usually when we’re at the Venice house or on vacation.
This week I decided to give it up for good this time. I’m not buying anymore. When it’s gone, it’s gone. I already know how giving it up makes me feel, I’ve been there and I want to go back. Oh, and also, there are those 5 pounds that crept up recently, I’m looking forward to throwing those back too. But if I had any doubts at all about how giving up soda could benefit me, those were all put to rest when I saw this article:
During my normal internet perusing I also came across an article that threw me for a loop and made me wonder what I would do. The article caught my attention at first because it was about a women in England running the London Marathon.
Kiran Gandhi had trained for a year and was all set to run her very first marathon.
I’m a sucker for running articles, imagine that. Anyway, the night before her race, Kiran got her period. We’ve all been there right but what Kiran decided to do sort of took me by surprise. She had a choice to either run with a tampon, or uh, go with the ‘flow’ so to speak.
Kiran decided to take a stand against ‘period shaming’ and go with the ‘flow’. She decided to run without a tampon.
From the article:
“I thought through my options. Running 26.2 miles with a wad of cotton material wedged between my legs just seemed so absurd. Plus they say chaffing is a real thing. I honestly didn’t know what to do. I knew that I was lucky to have access to tampons etc, to be part of a society that at least has a norm around periods. I could definitely choose to participate in this norm at the expense of my own comfort and just deal with it quietly.
But then I thought…
If there’s one person society can’t eff with, it’s a marathon runner. You can’t tell a marathoner to clean themselves up, or to prioritize the comfort of others. On the marathon course, I could choose whether or not I wanted to participate in this norm of shaming.
I decided to just take some midol, hope I wouldn’t cramp, bleed freely and just run.”
While I do think it’s admiral that she took a stand and she stood up for something she believed in, I just don’t think I could ever do it. I mean, I just couldn’t. I thought about it and I understand her reason and she has a good point, we shouldn’t have to be ashamed but in all honesty, I cringed at her finish line photo.
I just couldn’t help but think how I would have felt in her position. I’m pretty sure I would have just wanted to go shower as soon as possible. That being said, I love this girls dedication to her cause, her determination, and her overall bad-assery. You can read her full blog post here.
I’d love to know what you think….
Could you give up soda completely and never drink it again?
Do you think you could run a marathon without a tampon?
How do you think you’d react if you saw a runner in a race letting it ‘flow’?