Saturday, May 12, 2007

Best laid plans...

At the risk of sounding like I’m obsessed with this caffeine thing right now (I am), I have a confession: I’ve already cheated on my plan. It’s Day 1. I’m pathetic. The good news is, I only cheated with a decaf latte—that can’t be that bad, right?*

I’ll bet I had you all fooled with my caffeine research and my fancy plan. But, so far, the score is coffee: 1, sticky bun: 0.

Damnit.

So, at the risk of setting myself up for repeated failure, I’m throwing out my old plan. Here’s the new plan: until I’m off caffeine completely (which will hopefully be Friday), I’m entitled to one decaf latte a day. And just a little bit of green tea—maybe 2 cups at the early part of the week, but only 1 at the end. And none after Thursday.

That’s my new plan.

And, as if I needed any, my pathetic Day 1 lapse is clear evidence that I am a horrible addict. And it’s evidence that Becks is a better woman than I—she’s already caffeine-free. For four days. She’s my hero!

*In my defense, I had just woken up from a Ny*quil-induced 12-hour sleep. I had to at least trick myself into believing that I was having my normal coffee...

13 comments:

Baby Blues said...

If you're a heavy coffee drinker they really recommend that you cut down slowly. Decaf is still better than the real thing. I just decided to even avoid Decaf because I feel it's a teaser. I'm really proud of you Stick Bun for making the conscious effort. You'll get there.

Kristen said...

It is probably better if you can wean yourself off gradually and then stop all together. The cold turkey thing can be killer.

My RE told me I could have one cup of a caffeinated beverage (soda, tea, coffee, etc.) a day. Sometimes, I can make it through the day with none at all and other times, I have 2 or maybe even 3. *OOPS* We all have to cheat a little sometimes. And I've completely given up Sweet N Low and am now on Splenda so I feel good about that.

The important thing is you are conscious of it and are making strides toward your goal. I know you can do it, girl!

Becks said...

Hey you, don't give me any credit!

I started cutting down to one a day at the beginning of April, so it took me a long while to cut it out completely. In fact, if I hadn't read your post about caffeine, I'll still be drinking the stuff.

So you are my hero!!

Baby Blues said...

Yes I agree with Becks. You're our hero! Your post was an eye-opener for me too.

Mary Ellen and Steve said...

You're my hero dear Sticky-Bun for even attempting to go cold turkey. Giving up caffeine completely is not easy. Hang in there. xx

Carrie said...

Oh the caffeine cravings are hard!

I've been off systematic caffeine drinking ( like coffee at home or work) for over a year but I still LOVE a good cup of coffee when I'm out. I also still drink tea a little but very, very weak.

It's really not easy. Don't be so hard on yourself, you're getting there! It's all in the right direction.

Bumble said...

You're giving it a go and its hard to just quit cold turkey I'm sure. I drink alot of Green tea thinking its good for me, I didn't realise it still had caffeine. Boy, you can't win can you? You should try get ROOIBOS tea or RED BUSH tea, its a South African tea and has zero caffeine and is really nice, with a bit of milk.

Nicole said...

I have so much trouble quitting a habit too. My husband is quite the opposite, once he decides to quit something that's it, he's done. I'm so jealous.

Angie said...

I'm a new reader - but already feel like I have much in common...most importantly, I am on my second caffeine-free day and it SUCKS. I am a latte girl myself and battling through a Monday morning with no yummy latte. How sad!

Anyway, just wanted to say hi and you are not alone!

webmaster said...

Matthew M. F. Miller says:

Why did Mother Nature make coffee and tea taste so good?? She is so wonderful, but has such a cruel sense of humor.

And I know green tea is full of caffeine, but seeing as Japan and China have a pretty high population, I think the benefits might outweigh the risks.

But then again, I'm no doctor.

LIW (Lady In Waiting) said...

Going cold turkey may just be too much to ask of yourself. You are human after all. A decaf latte sounds like a great start to me!

Erin said...

I did black tea for a week or so, then switched to green tea. It's not my favorite, and it's nothing like my beloved coffee, but I haven't gotten any headaches or suffered other ill effects....YET.

Stick, I like your new plan, though. I really think there can't be anything more innocuous than a decaf latte. Enjoy!!!!

Kate said...

I used Earl Grey to help, at first. Don't give up!