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Day 4-Finally Feeling Better-Starting Psychological Cravings Though

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My 4th day of no caffeine and I am finally feeling better. Yes, as one sparkfriend commented, this has been unreal considering the small amount of coffee I was drinking daily. However, since I made it very strong, and am sensitive to the stuff, I think it's a cumulative buildup in my body that I'm dealing with.

Of course, this morning the thoughts started about how everyone else can have it, but I can't. (feeling deprived) How cold it is and wouldn't it be nice, etc. All of those potentially-sabotaging thoughts. I have herbal tea on-hand to make, and will stick to my guns.

  
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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:35PM

  Herbal teas are wonderful, and if you look around, you can find some of the most fabulous flavors! I probably have over 20 flavors, and not only do they warm you up, but they can be fabulous treats when you need something yummy. There are peach, ginger, blueberry, all kinds of deserty stuffs. And celestial seasonings has a fantastic gingerbread one (and candy cane too).

Have fun with them, and as always, good luck!

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THEADMIRAL 10/29/2009 8:54PM

    You're making progress! Instead of the physical effects, now you're going through the emotional ones. Keep those tea bags ready at all times emoticon

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JCORYCMA 10/29/2009 7:23PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!
Joanne emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/29/2009 5:27PM

    Quite honestly, I prefer herbal tea to coffee! I always make sure I have several different flavors on hand so I can mix it up and not feel deprived or bored. It is such a cozy feeling to drink tea in the evenings when I want to relax and call it a day ( 11 PM).
Stick to your guns and keep feeling better!

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LOOSEINGIT 10/29/2009 4:27PM

    Way to go ..set your goals and and stick with them.. emoticon

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/29/2009 2:23PM

  emoticonMmmm herbal tea!!! Yum!!!
Congratulations on your coffee detox!!!
Good-bye cup - no mo joe!!!
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KIZIDOG 10/29/2009 1:54PM

    Drink that tea girl, you are doing great. Someday I will join you. Star emoticon

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Entering Day 3 of Caffeine Detox - Headache and Body Aches Subsiding

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It's been a tough couple of days as I get caffeine out of my life and my body. Today I returned my unopened refill of coffee to the store and started to feel victorious. On the bright side, I no longer feel like I'm pouring mud into my body. I also feel less of the mood high and low. However, I DO feel hungrier since I've read that caffeine is an appetite suppressant. I won't have that to lean on anymore. Also on the bright side, the migraine-like headache is disappearing and there's the lessening of body aches. You'd never believe that I just drank 1/3 of a small mug each day with detox this bad. I guess it was strong stuff. In another day, I'll stop blogging about it daily and just check in on the progress sporadically to allow for other topcis. However, this is a huge feat for me, so I want to let myself revel in the moment for awhile. HOORAY, HOORAY!

  
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SKYEFYR 10/29/2009 10:48AM

  You go sweetie! You're doing fantastic.

Lots of water to help with the headache and the appetite. Allow yourself some extra rest in the next few days also. Your body is getting used to the new, cleaner you and you're going to win!

All I can suggest is that in the future you keep fresh juice around to have instead of coffee. Better for you and you won't have to deal with withdrawl again!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/29/2009 8:23AM

    Wow...you are really sensitive to caffeine to get headaches from cutting back from a third of a cup!

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JCORYCMA 10/28/2009 11:07PM

    Goes to show you can conquer almost anything with determination. I feel a little guilty reading this with coffee next to me but trust me -- I'll pay penance tonight in bed as I lay there wall-eyed!! I'll think of you sleeping blissfully :)
Joanne emoticon

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THEADMIRAL 10/28/2009 9:38PM

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/28/2009 8:21PM

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Aloha SlimmerJesse!!!
So proud of you conquering the coffee monster,
just in time for scary Halloween too.
You are no longer defined by the term coffee drinker.
No more zombie-fied trance to the percolator.
Although I have never been a coffee-drinker,
I totally LOVE that song Java Jive by Manhattan Transfer!
http://www.youtube.com
/watch?v=pULXnVTRynY
Aloha also means good-bye. Some people think that is confusing.
It's not...watch, "Aloha coffee, don't let the door hit you on the way out!"
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~~~Maya~~~

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MSSUNBUG 10/28/2009 1:18PM

    Nice! Way to go! I too took myself off of caffeine (in January of 2008). I totally helped me too with mood regulation, with my digestive troubles, and with my headaches. Totally worth it! Good luck--you can do it!

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MSLZZY 10/28/2009 10:41AM

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MYCUTEGIZMO 10/28/2009 12:48AM

  Wow..congrats that is sparkspeople!

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Entering Day 2 of Caffeine DeTox and Headache Diminishing - HOORAY!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I finally made the commitment to myself to give up caffeine. Not saying everyone should do this, but it's been awful for me even in small amounts. This detox period is pure headache and achiness. I'm a mess. I know the hardest part, after the physical stuff will be the mental dependency to get over. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

  
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SURENDERISNOTME 10/27/2009 5:50PM

    I am so proud of you. I know that you are hurting right now. The headache and achiness will go away. When that happens you will be caffiene free. Take care of yourself.

Debbie

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BIKERBABE2BE 10/27/2009 10:05AM

    I know when I did this, I was in bed for a couple of days. I could not believe how bad I felt. You will be glad you did it, especially if you are having health issues because of it, as I was. Hope the headache gets better. Take care of yourself. You might need to pamper yourself...how about a massage to help get those toxins out of your system?

~kim

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MSLZZY 10/27/2009 7:02AM

    One day at a time. You knew this was going to be difficult because you've tried before.
Stay focused and go easy on yourself. You can do this!

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/27/2009 2:49AM

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You are doing emoticon!
Take care and pamper yourself during this time of detox.
Aloha ~ Maya

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Suffering Through Caffeine Detox

Monday, October 26, 2009

Yup, I'm at it again - trying to get off of coffee. Yes, there are ways to wean myself, but yesterday I'd had it for a number of reasons. I realized that I wanted out of the coffee syndrome, even though I don't drink that much. It makes me feel awful. I'd had just a little yesterday morning, so the headache began before bedtime and during the night my head felt like it would explode any minute. I awoke to the type of headache that makes you throw up and you can't even stand for being so dizzy and pain-filled. Okay, it's a bit better now and I think I'm past the worst of it. I poured the entire pot out (that I'd made last night), washed everything, and put it away. Good riddance. I'll be able to get a store refund for the refill I just bought as it's unopened. I don't plan on needing it anymore. I sympathize with those who've gone through real detox for drugs and alcohol because if this is a small indication of what it's like for a body to purge - mega - YIKES! Wishing all a great day.

  
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DESERTDREAMERS 10/30/2009 3:26AM

    Wow - I admire you for this, but I can't give up my coffee yet. I don't drink alcohal or sodas, smoke, do illicit drugs ... but I have to have my coffee! emoticon

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SKYEFYR 10/29/2009 10:42AM

  Oh honey, I'm so sorry I'm behind on blog reading.

Extra water helps. So does orange juice or those 5 hour energies with all the b vitamins.

Stay as hydrated as possible. That alone will help with the headaches. Can you get some extra sleep? Any chance part of the headache is from sinuses? (My allergies have been driving me nuts with the whacky weather lately.)

Good luck and feel better soon!

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/26/2009 11:55PM

  Hello my Sparked Friend Jesse! Your determination is sparkling through the world and you are doing an awesome job. You can do this.

Happy Halloween week!

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JCORYCMA 10/26/2009 11:33PM

    I switched to caffeine free diet coke a while back and then more or less gave up soda pop. I can't do caffeine after 5 p.m. (man I AM getting old!) or I'll be up all night. However, that one cup of coffee in the morning would be hard to let go of!! But I do admire you for making up your mind and following through with it!
Joanne

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MSLZZY 10/26/2009 10:15PM

    Good for you! Hang in there!

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THEADMIRAL 10/26/2009 8:55PM

    Good for you! I went off caffeine for about four months after gradually mixing more and more decaf coffee into the "hard" stuff. Since I was new to woman-a-pause, I had hoped it would help with the hot flashes I was experiencing. :) I went back to drinking it though, mostly because it's a comfort food, of sorts. Hang tough, it sounds like you really need to stay away from that stuff.

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KIZIDOG 10/26/2009 2:58PM

    Congrats on one more step to being healthy. That is something that at this time I do not want to give up quite yet. I only have a couple cups a day but I know green tea or something else would be healthier--water maybe (lol). I have done the detox thing from alcohol and drugs so I really don't want to do it again, but some day I might. I applaud you for your effort in becoming a new you. Star emoticon emoticon

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I'VE BEEN BAD, AND THAT AIN'T GOOD

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yes, my last blog was the gateway drug, so to speak. Just a little dessert that I wrote about. Yeah, right! I've been at another turning point. I think it started the week I busted my butt exercising and didn't lose a thing. I said, "forget this." Psychologically, I then went off the deep end. The worst part is, I don't really care right now. Too much going on and too little time to fret. I'll get back to good stuff. It's just been a few days of a rough patch - again. Sometimes life is like that.

  
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GRAYGRANNY 10/26/2009 7:16AM

    GEEZ, AFTER READING FROM ALL OF THE REST ADVICE AND SUPPORT ALL I CAN SAY IS .............YES SIREE.........THEY ALL SPEAK FROM THE HEART AND FROM ME TOO!!!!!!!

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/26/2009 3:37AM

  Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. ~ Albert Camus

As you journey through your lifestyle of fitness, please know that you are not alone. I am here beside you, even though it is only in spirit. The Japanese say, Fall down seven times, stand up eight. The thing is that when you fall, you have picked yourself up and you keep moving forward. That is what is amazing - even when it does not feel like it.

I admire your blog for its blunt honesty and that you are authentically real in your actions. Those are the marks of integrity.

Remember I am walking beside you and we are making FIT happen!!!
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~~~Maya~~~

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SURENDERISNOTME 10/25/2009 11:37PM

    You will get back on track. I know that you have heard this before. The weight doesn't come off as fast as it got put on. Be patient with yourself and shed the negativity. Get back into the swing of things and that weight will start coming off.

Debbie

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JANNIEWANNIE 10/25/2009 9:24PM

    I have just recently been able to rise above my "I don't care" mindset. My sister and I joined Weight Watchers together. So far so good. Sounds like you worked so hard expecting results that you did not get. I have to keep my focus on practicing good eating habits and getting some movement in. Be patient with yourself and your body. That scale will move if we keep practicing the steps we need to take to get healthy. Best of luck to you. Hugs from Janet in central Illinois.

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