I’ve lived in New York City for 3,011 days. That’s just over eight years. And in those eight years – while I’ve garnered enough incredible memories to last a lifetime – I’ve always been a creature of habit. I buy groceries at the same shop, I buy my egg sandwiches from the same deli, and I go to the same theater for movie nights. This routine would bore some people, but I relish in knowing exactly what my day will hold – the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells.
Here’s the thing: I work a lot. I absolutely adore my job and I’ve been blessed with some wonderful career opportunities; however, I am in a position that requires my undivided attention – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Meetings fluctuate, appointments vary, and some weeks I’ve spent more time on an airplane than the ground – but my day-to-day routine offers little variety.
This month, in partnership with my friends at Coca-Cola Freestyle, I was challenged to break up that monotony to find the light and bright side of New York City inspired by their lighter beverage options. With this inspiration, I focused on exploring a few fun, personal items on my NYC checklist. I never afford myself free time so this was a real treat.
I started off my day with a carb-y breakfast of a Dough doughnut (or six) before heading to the Met for a few hours of artful exploration. The weather had shifted for the better so I decided to stroll some of my old haunting grounds in Central Park. There was this one spot where I would sit, write, and people watch; sitting there again brought back a flood of memories and positive energy.
After leaving the Park, I treated myself to a 60-minute massage before meeting my friend Grant for a late lunch at New York Burger Co. This spot is my go-to spot for cheat days on my diet –delicious burgers, a mind-bogglingly amount of dipping sauces, and a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. In case you haven’t read my previous post, Coca-Cola Freestyle is a touch-screen soda fountain that allows you to mix-and-match some of your favorite Coca-Cola beverages– giving you access to 100+ unique beverage choices – including 70+ low-cal and no-calorie options.
I opted for Coke Zero Vanilla – perfectly light, simple, yet incredibly flavorful. Even though I picked simply, I love that Coca-Cola Freestyle offers up so many low-cal and no-cal options. Other favorite combinations were: Powerade Zero Grape and Seagram’s Diet Ginger Ale Raspberry.
With so many low and no-cal options, which will you choose? Curate your favorites here.
This post was sponsored by Coca-Cola Freestyle; however, all views and opinions expressed within are my own and do not reflect those of the sponsor.
Scout Sixteen is a lifestyle blog from Justin Livingston. Justin grew up in Mississippi but relocated to New York City in 2008. On Scout Sixteen, Justin shares his passion in fashion, travel, food and drink, and mental wellness.