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Giving up Coffee

Pumpkin ChaiThere has been one resolution that I have been faithful to. It’s been 744 days since my last cup of coffee.

I decided to give up coffee because I was becoming dependent on it. I was never really a big coffee drinker and when I started working from home I didn’t drink it at all. Then occasionally, if I was up late or needed to get up extra early the next day, I’d ask my husband to make an extra cup for me. Then, I started asking him to make a whole pot and I’d finish what he didn’t drink. Then, I started making my own whole pot after I finished the first one. It seemed to get worse and worse.

It finally got to the point (over months, maybe a year) that if I didn’t have coffee, I would feel like a zombie. I couldn’t concentrate on anything, but also, by 2 pm I could barely keep my eyes open.

Another driving force is seeing how coffee affects other people. There are a few people I actively avoid if I know they haven’t had their coffee yet. I never want to be that dependent on something unnecessary.

It was hard for the first few days of giving it up. Really hard. It was set in my mind that I wasn’t drinking it, so there was never a temptation, but I felt horrible. I could’ve passed as an extra on The Walking Dead. After about 2 weeks everything was fine.

Now I usually drink tea throughout the day. Sometimes it’s black, sometimes it’s caffeine-free herbal. I just like to have something warm to drink in the morning, even warm lemon water will do. One nice thing about tea is that I use one tea bag (I bag loose leaf) and the caffeine diminishes throughout the day, The second cup has less caffeine than the first, the third even less, etc. My only new-ish rule is no caffeine of any kind 4 hours before bed time.

I’m oddly proud and very happy about the decision to give up coffee. I feel better throughout the day, I’m never jittery, no stomach cramps, and don’t crash in the afternoon. I don’t even notice a difference between having a cup of green tea vs a cup of lemon water.

I’m positive I’ll never be a coffee drinker again, but I don’t want to say I’ll never have another cup. I could see having a cup while traveling, or in a social situation. I am excited to see how long I can keep my streak up though.

 

2017 Goals

One of my goals for this coming year (like every year) is to write more here. I tend to write a bunch of drafts and never feel like they are good enough to actually publish. But, I’m going to try to start writing anything, even if it’s a post saying that I don’t want to write anything, once a week.

So, here is a list of my 2017 goals. They’re all things I’ve been contemplating/working on already, and are pretty attainable.

  • Be more organized…desk and office
  • Language learning…Duolingo daily, starting with German. Goals of either every day for 6 months or finish the German tree.
  • Morning pages daily
  • Use time better…schedule each day out more…spend less time on social media/Reddit
  • Be more active during the day
  • Blood work…have it done every 6 or 12 months
  • Meditate more regularly
  • January goal of writing down daily gratitude

Well, we’re 6 days into the new year and my list is going okay. Unfortunately, Tuesday I came down with the worst cold and didn’t want to get out of bed. Thursday, my throat felt like sandpaper, so the whole “being more active” thing hasn’t been going so well. Same with being more organized. I just put all the extra papers and crap on the floor next to my desk. The office is still a mess from Christmas crafts, but I want to get it all cleaned up as soon as I don’t feel like I’m dying.

I’m going to give myself credit for using time effectively. Yes, that meant doing the bare minimum of work and then napping, but it’s what I need to do right now. I bought a Happy Planner and like it so far. (I will never ever ‘scrapbook’ my planner…no cute emoji stickers here.) I originally bought a Bloom Daily planner since it has goal setting pages, but I couldn’t get over the square-ish size, so I put it up on eBay.

I also started the year off strong meditating for the first 3 days (plus days before the new year), and then fell asleep at 7 for the next two days so I didn’t end up doing it.

I’v been using Duolingo for the past month to work on German, so that is going well. I haven’t missed a day yet. I was hoping to have German done in 6 months, but from what I read, that seems too fast. Danish is next on the list unless they have Greek done for the app by then. I started just doing it on my phone, but then I went back and wrote down notes of everything and it’s really helping to retain it.

I ordered two blood tests through WellnessFX to have done now and again in 6-12 months. I wanted to do it earlier in the week, but didn’t want to fast and then drive the 30 mins to Quest Diagnostics. I have plans to go today though.

Morning pages and gratitude have also been going relativity well. I printed out a “Today, I am thankful for…” sheet with 30 lines to fill in and I’ve stuck with it. I started doing morning pages (writing 3-ish pages of anything when you first get up) after reading The Artist’s Way, but it’s really hard for my to stick with. I joke that I’m allergic to morning pages. So far, I’ve written every day though.

A tool that has helped me stay on track and visualize what I need/want to get done has been Habitica. It’s an app/website that helps you create better habits or break bad habits by making in into a game. You create your character and list your habits, daily goals, and one time to-dos, and you get points when you check them off. You can level up your character, battle bosses, and a bunch of other fun things. The game aspect is pretty cool, I like the rewards of finding items, but it also just helps a lot to have a checklist that I can see (I have it on my phone, but also always leave it open in a browser tab) and that resets every day.

Do you have any new years goals or resolutions? Do you usually stick to them?

Core of Gratitude {Yoga Challenge} and My Thoughts on Future Challenges

Core of Gratitude Yoga Challenge
Core of Gratitude Yoga Challenge

This month’s challenge benefits Odanadi, an organization that helps rescue and rehabilitate sexually exploited and trafficked women and children. If there are 50k posts (counted by hashtags), $1000 will be donated, and if we make it to 100k posts, $2000 will be donated. The challenge itself focuses on core strength and flexibility, and as always is geared towards everyone, from complete beginners to the more advanced. There will also be three people who will win a Liforme Yoga Mat. The challenge is hosted by @beachyogagirl and @kinoyoga. Make sure you post every day, tag the hosts. and use the hashtag #coreOfGratitude.

My Thoughts on Participating in Future Yoga Challenges

At the end of last month. I was debating whether or not to continue to participate in Instagram yoga challenges. I’ve been doing them for about a year and a half now, and they’ve been incredibly helpful for kicking my butt into gear and getting more serious about yoga. Yet, I found myself not posting pictures for a few days and having to catch up, which has happened in the past when really busy or traveling, but I didn’t have that excuse this time. I still practice just about every day, but it’s kind of a pain to set up the tripod sometimes and try to get a good picture. It’s getting too cold in the sun room, which has the best light, and the living room has weird shadows depending on what time it is. Sometimes I only have half an hour in the AM or in the afternoon, so I do a quick practice, but then have to take my picture at night before bed. I’m also getting bad about posting them, I usually take a video and then check it/post it later, and sometimes I forget completely. Basically, I love to practice daily, but sometimes it feels like a chore to take a good photo and post it to social media.

I decided I wanted to participate in this month’s challenge because the number of total posts raises money for a charity. Posting a photo is a pretty easy thing to do every day and it could help someone. It’s also really encouraging to be able to look back at my photos and see what progress I’ve made, especially during challenges that work on one specific skill (the back bends, arm balances, and splits challenges all helped me make a lot of progress). The challenges force me to practice things I wouldn’t normally practice some days as well. Lately, I’ve been trying to work on the Ashtanga Primary Series, and I’ve been going slow, and only working to a certain point. I’m trying to master and internalize the practice, but that means I might not make it to handstands or Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose). The challenges force me to practice those poses anyway, which is a good thing. My last reason for wanting to continue the challenges is because they have really helped me, and I would love to inspire someone to practice.

What do you think? Do you participate in social media yoga challenges?

Related Links:

October Yoga Challenge – October Yoga Spice