30 Day Lifestyle Challenge Day 20, 21 & 22

February 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

The weekends are getting better to deal with, I had some urges but it certainly wasn`t as challenging as the first weekend. In fact I kinda a look forward to next weekend which will be the last weekend of the challenge. Wine and cheese are in sight.

I used to think that I was a better person when my blood caffeine level was sufficiently maintained. I believed that I was more creative, witty, and a better problem solver. Back in the day – 22 days ago – I would have 2-3 triple espresso a day. You may think this is excessive, but the fact of the matter is that there is less caffeine in a shot of espresso than there is in a cup of drip coffee. Armed with little bit of enablement, I happily enjoyed my triples each day.

22 days ago I stopped with all the espresso but 1 single shot in the morning. I have been having the odd cup of green tea or popping a ginseng capsule, regardless my caffeine consumption is down by 75% and I love it. My energy level is balanced and longer lasting. My head is clearer and I am not finding excuses to distract myself from attending to the real important things.

On Sundays we take the kids for a walk on the different trails around Victoria (sometimes it is more like a forced march). This past Sunday we walked around Swan Lake and proceeded to lunch. I was starting to get a scratchy throat, which I completely blame on my colleagues as almost all of them have colds, and was feeling run down. We left the restaurant and I spied a Starbucks. I broke down as it seemed I was not going to make it through the afternoon without at least a little help. I got my triple espresso and its heavenly aromas opened up my senses. My first sip was like a kiss that was deep and long. Within minutes I could feel my spirits brightening; the afternoon was going to be great and a cacophony of fun and enjoyment. Within seconds of me thinking that dark clouds rolled in and my emotional forecast was issuing a ‘Cranky’ warning with periodic bursts of snotty remarks tapering to bouts of antagonism. Yuck!

What made this even weirder is that I could consciously see it happening. The thought was running through my head “this is your brain on caffeine.” It struck me that what I was experiencing was likely similar to what women experience when they are having PMS. You know that you aren’t really made, and you don’t want to be snarky but there it is like a bid pile of dog pooh that you saw on the street in front of you but somehow were not able to avoid.

Now that my habits surrounding caffeine are changing I can honestly say that I will not be adding multiple espresso shots back into my diet after the 30 days.

Tonight is Valentines Day so I will take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Valentines Day- go tell those around you that you love them… unless you are in prison and reading this. Cheers

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