January’s 30 Day Challenge

Instead of 1 New Year’s resolution I have decided to do 12 challenges in 2016. Each 30 day challenge will be a personal growth opportunity for me. Every time a new month rolls around it will give me a chance to try something new.  

I started the New Year with my first 30 day challenge: to stop drinking coffee. Let me repeat–to stop drinking coffee. 

I, like many others, have had this love affair with coffee. In my adult life, coffee is this illusive mistress that I love to be around.  She gives me this wonderful feeling that I can take on the world. But, in the past I have needed to step away from her for a while to regain my control. It was becoming clear to me that this love of coffee was becoming a bad habit…I might go so far as to say a bit of an addiction. 

I could not imagine a morning without a cup of this beautifully magical potion. 

Over the holidays I noticed that I was drinking a lot more than I normally would, but I still felt tired. It was time to ease off of it. I wanted to take the opportunity to really experience life without coffee. I decided that my first 30 day challenge of the year would be getting off of coffee cold tofurkey. 

Lucky for me on the morning of January 1st, coffee held no appeal to me. Maybe it was the glass of Prosecco or the 6 hours of sleep I got the night before but the thought of coffee made me nauseous.  I started my morning exhausted but drinking my hot lemon water made me feel just a little bit better. It was so delicious.  I felt like it was detoxifying me from the inside out. Granted that day I took 2 naps: one for 30 minutes and another for 2 1/2 hours. My normal life is not set up to take naps like those discussed above, but I was on vacation! 

The next day I had a headache and I was tired.  But again, it was vacation, so I didn’t care. I knew that the day would be spent watching movies, and hanging out with my hubby and pooch. Who needs coffee for that?  

The next days were easier. I drank my green tea and felt pretty good. I didn’t have my coffee high like I normally would, but that was a cheap high anyways. My energy was constant and it didn’t feel artificially produced. I got through my work week without coffee.  I wasn’t even tempted to have any!  This was something that I didn’t think I would be able to do–ever.  So that in and of itself was an accomplishment. 

8 days into my adventure I was craving coffee like I hadn’t at the beginning of my challenge. I was thinking of breaking the challenge, just for one cup, but I didn’t. 

On the 9th day my cravings continued and I decided to allow myself a cup. I was curious to know how I would like it after my few days of not having it. While I was brewing some up, I felt like I was giving into temptation.  But even before my 30 day challenge I promised myself that I would listen to my body above all else. So I gave it a shot. 

I found myself sitting next to a watered down cup of coffee for about an hour. I had a few sips and it wasn’t what I thought it would be. The taste wasn’t as good as I remembered.  Instead, I wanted my hot lemon water!  Even after a few sips I felt jittery and my heart picked up its pace. 

I was surprised at my response to the caffeine after 9 days of not having even a sip. So far this has been such an interesting experience for me. I am going to keep on keeping on with my green tea and lemon water, and see where it takes me. (Although my husband does say that I have traded in one addiction for another).  My days are now filled with hot lemon water instead of the miracle liquid, but I am sure that this is not the end of my love affair with coffee. Although it will be interesting to see where we go from here. I will keep you posted 🙂

Gratefully yours,

Megan P^2