Looking back on it all now, my 21 years of life, I realized what a fool I was, and what a fool I probably am right now. I spent my life, as long as I could remember drinking soda. I would drink it every day. When I became a teenager, I found my self interested in energy drinks. I thought drinking so much caffeine without any side effects good or bad, made me so cool. As I said, I was a fool. At one point, I measured how much soda I was drinking in a days time. A two liter soda bottle, some times more. This should of been a red flag for me, but I always blew off the hype of how addictive and harmful caffeine can be. I always thought of those against soda and caffeine in general were just over protective, extremely paranoid stereotypical soccer moms who want to force their way of thinking down the throats of anyone who would listen. I guess that is pretty typical for addiction. Thinking your right and everyone else is wrong. I first began my climb to conquer addiction mountain at the behest of my current and loving girlfriend. I just remember, her, her uncle ( whom I am good friends with ) , and her aunt telling me how truly bad soda is for you. I got the "You need to decide for your self when your ready to quit" speech from all of them at their dinner table. Surprisingly, this didn't irritate me in the slightest. They came off sincere instead of preachy, like it normally does from people. That is when I realized I may have a problem. I decided to wean my self off, using soda water. Something flavored like soda, but didn't provide caffeine, and only a little sugar. That was my girlfriends idea and how she got herself off soda. She really is brilliant. I am still scaling said mountain, with its peak always being just out of reach. My energy and motivation has dropped like a rock. I now try to drink a gallon of water a day. I try to have soda only at meals or when I am just waking up. I am relapsing slightly, but I am always hearing my girlfriends influence in my head, keeping my on the straight path.