Day 1 of No Coffee

by Annie on May 20, 2010 · 8 comments

in Eating Healthy

I feel miserable without my normal dose of caffeine.  Besides the painful headache and the head splitting yawn, I feel like there is something missing from my morning.  Sipping white tea from my sunny yellow coffee mug only reminds me of what I could have been sipping.  I have to be more cognizant of what comes out of my mouth today.  The little devil is bubbling with excitement because there is a high chance it can take charge for the next few days while I battle from caffeine withdrawal.

My coffee addiction starts with free

I wonder why I do this every few months.  I am fine with tea, but then I’ll start drinking coffee again.  It is not out of the blue.  The trigger has always been “free” – a coupon for B1G1 FREE frappacino or here is a FREE bag of our premium roast, try it and let us know what you think.  And just like that, something FREE turns into an occasional habit, then to a daily habit. 

The beginnings of a caffeine addiction

My love affair with coffee is always rosy in the beginning.  Every time I smell or see coffee, I feel instantly alert with all my senses attune to the cup that I am holding.  As I sip the sometimes nutty, peppermint, or vanilla flavored coffee, I can feel myself relaxing.

Every time I think it would different.  But after a month or two of this hopeful beginning, I find myself feeling anxious in the morning.  I dwell on my lack of caffeine until I start sipping from my coffee mug upon waking.  I start sleeping later because my morning coffee will give me the boost I need so there is no point in spending more time resting when I can be more productive (like watching TV).  And since I am sleeping less, I need another sugary drink mid-afternoon so I can haul my dragging butt home for a workout after work.  Then, the caloric intake from drinks causes my weight to slowly creep up.

Give me an excuse, any excuse!

No matter how much I tell myself that coffee is bad for me, my body yearns for it.  I have a real serious coffee addiction.  When I finally work up the courage to end things, I find myself fishing for an excuse to get close to coffee again.  This morning I emailed every friend at work to see if anyone wants to walk over to Starbucks with me.  Like an alcoholic, I figured it would not count if someone else is going and I am just tagging along.  The end of a love affair is always so devastating.  Give me an excuse, any excuse, to at least smell coffee again.

Ok, I am starting to sound ridiculous.  :D  Have a good day everyone and let’s hope I don’t start banging my head on my cubicle walls.  If the cubicle walls start rocking, don’t come knocking.  More likely than not, you will find me grouchy.

Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.

Photo by:  sasha {fujin}.

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julie May 21, 2010 at 8:36 am

I’m considering how to kick coffee, as well. I have had caffeine headache (someone put decaf in regular pot at work), and it was rather awful, so I’d likely go to tea, at least for a while. I don’t know if it’s bad for me or not, but I don’t sleep well at night, don’t wake up well in the morning, energy levels are unstable, etc. I started sleeping crappy first, then started drinking coffee to stay awake at work, so not sure how much it would help, but can’t hurt.

Realistically, probably not going to happen, though I can certainly cut back. It seems comparatively harmless, healthwise, is ubiquitous, and people think you’re really strange if you don’t drink it.
.-= julie´s last blog ..We were fat women once =-.

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asithi May 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Julie – coffee does seem relatively harmless. I have the same problem as you though with the unstable energy level and problems with falling asleep. I am still convince that I should try to cut coffee out. I do not have these problems when I am not drinking coffee. Thanks for the comment.

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Diane Fit to the Finish May 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

I gave up coffee in December. I think I was addicted to it before that and really needed a “time-out.” I have had it twice since then, and both times I felt like I was jumping out of my skin.

I know that the headaches, etc. can be a pain, but they will go away soon.
.-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s last blog ..What Can’t You Have In The House? =-.

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Dr. J May 26, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I have never liked coffee! I am not convinced that a little is that bad and I have drank it for years. Nothing, and I mean nothing tastes as bad nor works as well to get you awake as Emergency Room coffee! They must use the same neglect and constant making and evaporation technique in all of them. I can’t even say it’s an acquired taste, but when it’s important to be very present, it’s my go to poison :-)
.-= Dr. J´s last blog ..Lab Notes: New Huggies Ads Use “Poop”; Mom Drives While Giving Birth =-.

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Sagan May 31, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I’ve never drank coffee because when I was younger I hated the taste- whenever people went out for coffee, I’d get hot chocolate instead (and now I get tea instead). But I can totally understand the addiction because I’ve definitely experienced food addictions. MAJOR HUGS and I hope that you are able to get through it! We’re here for you my dear.
.-= Sagan´s last blog ..Feeling like a fraud =-.

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asithi June 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Diane – During my previous attempts at quitting coffee, I had the same problems when I drank it later. Once you get it out your system, I guess it is truly gone and you need to get your body used to caffeine again.

Dr J – I think your emergency room college probably beats my office coffee (but not by much). The coffee pot just sits there congealing into a brown syrup until someone can”t stand it anymore and make a new pot. It”s gross. I rather pay the $3 at the nearby Starbucks.

Sagan – Thanks for your support. It is much better this week.

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