Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Caffeine Free for Good

It has been nearly two weeks since I have drank a cup of regular coffee and I feel great.  I still have moments of feeling tired during the day, but I am not having the ups and downs that go with drinking coffee.  It was time.  The caffeine was affecting my mood.   I was upping my intake to four to five cups a day just to stay awake.  My body was so tired that I used to say as long as I don’t sit down when I got home from work, I would be able to have the energy to go out for a run.  If I sat down, sometimes I would be close to falling asleep. 

Giving up caffeine could not have come at more challenging time, as my youngest son is going through a phase where he is waking up at 4:15am each morning and refusing to go back to bed.  This means I get to start my day at 4:15am rather than my usual 5:00 wake-up call from my alarm.  I also caught a cold, so I was not feeling 100%.  These were times when coffee would have helped me to get through the day. 

The first day was easy.  No headache but I was exhausted.  I skipped my run and fell asleep around 7:45pm that evening.  The following day, I had a bad headache all day.  I got through the days drinking decaf coffee.  My running started to suffer as well. I could not go as fast or far and I started to get some pains in the back of my legs and lower back that I have had before.  I kept telling myself, just give it two weeks. 

I am happy to report that one and half weeks later I am back and better than ever.  I have terrific energy throughout the day. I am back to my usual speed for my runs.  My mood is better.  I am very pleased and satisfied with my decision to give up caffeine.  

Have you ever considered giving up caffeine?

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