Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Unspoken Resolution

Those of you who follow me on Twitter already know this, but for the rest of you - I have been kicking the coffee habit.


Don't get me wrong.  I love coffee.  I love coffee too much.   I love it so much that I recently bought a little Latte charm for my Pandora bracelet.  and I don't like it black (blech).  I like my lattes and my coffeemate and my sticky-sweet flavoured syrups.  I like my coffee fatty and creamy and full of calories.  And, since returning to work, I've been loving it 1-3 times a day...and that adds up.  It could even add up to the 15lbs gained last year.

So I decided that 2012 was a clean slate.  I've kicked coffee before and I have now done it again.

This isn't to say that I will never have a coffee again.  I just want to get back to the place where I can have a latte after my Saturday run as a TREAT instead of every day as a necessity.

I wasn't kidding...
The past couple of days have been shadowed with a slight headache lingering in the background.   Thanks to a few cups of black tea, that headache hasn't taken me down.   The amazing thing about kicking coffee is that tea doesn't have the same effect on me.  when weaning, tea is my savior.  It has enough caffeine to hold the headache off for the 2-3 days it takes to get over the withdrawal...and then I can just switch to herbal tea to hold over the habit.  It works perfectly.

In the past when I have kicked coffee (and I've done it probably 8 times in the last 15 years), I am always amazed at how little coffee had anything to do with keeping me awake or energizing my mornings.  I usually awake clearer-headed and with energy to spare (probably from sleeping better).

I know that right now it is a good move for me.  but don't kid yourself - I'm really looking  forward to my latte this Saturday :P


  1. go for it! I love a good latte also, I have slowly been weaning myself off the latte. I am not working on half and half and honey for a little added sweatness. I plan to slowly work my way towards black coffee or at least a lot less cream then I usually put in it.

    I do no get an americano at Starbucks, add a little half an half and a honey packet and I think its perfect. Its also a lot cheaper. :)

  2. It's so funny I've gone through the same thing! Love my "treat" to the point of having it everyday, twice a day...not so much a treat...

    Gunna wipe my slate clean too!! Great post, and good luck!!

  3. Day 5 and I am completely off coffee! Love it. Truth be told - it only took 3 days to do a wean...and I am sleeping better and waking less sluggishly. Soooo goood...


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