03 November 2011

Saying *Goodbye* to Caffeine

Yesterday it was officially a month since I gave up caffeine.

Yikes! Did I really just say that? It seems so unreal. I mean, Coca Cola is my drug of choice, people!

Now, to be completely honest, I still have my 1-2 cups of coffee in the mornings. I bought some decaf coffee and just mixed it with the regular coffee that I had left (I'm too frugal to just dump it), so technically my coffee has been half-caf for this past month.

I think that's probably a very good thing though since it seems to have kept me from having any headaches from withdrawal. But I'm well on my way to being totally caffeine-free.

Why am I doing this to myself? Well, for reasons I may go into later. Right now let's just say "for health reasons". Isn't it amazing what we can give up when our health is really threatened?

I never thought I could or would give up caffeine. And even though there have a been a few moments this past month when I would have given my left arm for a Route 44 Vanilla Coke from Sonic (like I said, my drug of choice), I really haven't thought twice about giving it up. It was something that needed to be done. And now it's done.

The immediate benefits of this are 1) I've improved my health already 2) it's cheaper to drink water when you're out to eat 3) it's easier to convince your kids they also want water when you're drinking it yourself.

The long-term benefits have yet to be realized, but I hope they will be many.

How about you? Are you addicted to caffeine or have you said "goodbye" to it?


Rikki said...

I had that sonic drink yesterday and I'm totally addicted to pop. Ugh, conviction.... :)

Ammy said...

Girl, do I hear ya - Rt 44 Cherry Vanilla Diet Coke and Mocha Frappe from Mcd's are what I live on. I know they are both terrible, but when I try to cut it out, I do get terrible migraines. I need to work on it, though...like Rikki said, convicted!! Following from http://thequinnfamily6.blogspot.com

Blossom said...

Oh, addicted here to coffee. Totally Unfortunately. I keep telling myself that I will give it up but it doesn't happen. I actually just bought a huge can of 1/2 caf yesterday -then thought this morning I should just stop drinking coffee!
I've almost given up sugar so... the coffee stays for now ;)

*and the recipe I posted on my blog this morning definitely is packed with sugar! ;)

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Please don't feel any condemnation from here, ladies!
I never thought I would give up caffeine. I have surprised myself at my willingness to do so for my health.
Although I don't think I want to give up coffee completely, just switching over to decaf there:) I would probably see some serious weight loss if I did give it up entirely though, since I fill mine so full of hazelnut creamer and sugar...but that's another post:)

A Southern Rose said...

Congrats on cutting out the caffeine. I've been trying really hard too for health reasons as well. I've got it down to one cup of coffee a day and one coke or glass of tea a day. It's tough for me but I know it will help me. I get headaches too but it's getting better. Keep it up! :)

Janan said...

Dave and I quit drinking pop about 2 years ago, and it was one of the best decisions ever! You will love how you feel a month or so after you completely quick. Its amazing how great water tastes once its all you really drink. :)

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

WOW! So happy for you. I drink about 10 cans of Dt. DP a day and sometimes more. I do make myself drink just as much water. I would love to be strong enough to let it go!


Heidi said...

I drink my coffee in the morning, and occasionally in the afternoon - but we've been water drinkers out to eat for a long time now (it's the frugal in me)! Good for you!

Lora @ my blessed life said...

It is so much more frugal to just order water at restaurants! I usually didn't b/c it was sort of my *treat* since I never buy pop at home anyway. Now the occasional Sprite is my *treat*...haha

Anonymous said...

We are not big soda drinkers here. I do occasionally (maybe 1 a month)drink Dr. Pepper. I do like coffee and drink 1-2 cups in the morning. But, a few months ago I read of all the benefits of coffee from several different health articles....Probably not full of sugar and creamer as I like mine, but I do believe coffee is better than soda. Sodas have a lot of junk in them.

Anonymous said...

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God bless you