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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.

 

July Goals – Updates

Semi Clean Desk
Semi-clean Desk
  • Clean off desk and keep it clean. – Big Fail. Although my desk is pretty clean now, I think it looked worse than usual this month. This will be an ongoing goal. 
  • Try to find members for GISHWHES team. – On team VelociCachers, and excited for my first year participating.
  • Put/give crap away. Declutter and put away seasonal things and things that aren’t used very often. Organized some stuff, donated some clothes. On going task.
  • Look into scholarships for MA program and decide if it’s something I want to pursue now. – Decided against for now, but will continue to take online courses for fun.
  • Write more consistently…blog at least 3 times a week. Get weekly yoga posts up on time! – Blogged more regularly than in the past, but only posted 7/14 posts.
  • Come up with giveaways. Probably one a month to start.  Tea, yoga stuff, vegan snacks, cookbook. – Made a list of items, didn’t figure out logistics.
  • Be more active. Don’t sit as much. – Got outside more and was more active around the house but still managed to gain a couple pounds so…
  • Go over grocery budget. – Went over all the weekly/monthly basics, and cut out unnecessary items. Still not within the budgeted amount though.
  • Set aside $40/week for 2017 Greece vacation. – Started out okay, but now looking to put the money towards a car.

July Goals

  • Clean off desk and keep it clean. Organize papers every night and clean it completely every Sunday night.
  • Try to find members for GISHWES team.
  • Put/give crap away. Declutter and put away seasonal things and things that aren’t used very often.
  • Finish Creating at Effective Writer course.
  • Look into scholarships for MA program and decide if it’s something I want to pursue now.
  • Write more consistently…blog at least 3 times a week. Get weekly yoga posts up on time!
  • Come up with giveaways. Probably one a month to start.  Tea, yoga stuff, vegan snacks, cookbook.
  • Be more active. Don’t sit as much.
  • Be active with Sophia’s Teas social media accounts. Plan and send out monthly tea newsletters.
  • Go over grocery budget.
  • Set aside $40/week for 2017 Greece vacation.

Do you set daily, weekly, or monthly goals?