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"You Ain't No Fun Since I Quit Drinking"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Not sure who sings that line in the country and western song, but it sure applied to me today. I heard that song in my head all day as I battled a HUGE jones to drink coffee after 56 days of none.

With my good angel on one shoulder, and my bad angel on the other, they have been engaged in a ferocious tug-of-war. What's funny is some of the rationale that pops up when a former habit/addiction rears its ugly head.

The voice of erroneous reason kept saying that life is too boring without caffeine. That it ain't no fun. Honestly, I miss that energy jolt like crazy and most people would suggest moderation. However, I am very caffeine sensitive and suffer after even a "little bit" of coffee. And decaf doesn't work; it only serves as a gateway to the big stuff.

So, my little angels are tired of fighting now, and the good angel has won. For now. The thing about habits/addictions - just when you think you've been victorious - whamo. You are craving the stuff and would give almost anything for it.

And what's really hilarious in a crazy way? I really don't love the stuff all that much. It's now a psychological thing.

  
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KARENE10 6/23/2010 10:25AM

    Great Job on NOT having the coffee!!!! I gave up smoking 10 years ago and the first few months are the hardest. Sure I want one every now and then but the feeling passes rather quickly~ emoticon

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MINORCANLDY 6/23/2010 8:29AM

    Addiction of any kind is hard to beat. Sort of like when I quit smoking .... Once you lay it down, you are a "non-smoker", the question remains will you stay a non-smoker. 32 years now.. Smoke Free! yeah.... :)

As to caffeine, I've never had the addiction or sensitivity but I do understand its an addiction like any other painful (lovely) addiction. Maybe forming some other ritual which fills that "trigger time" might help you there too. I found for myself it was some sort of Time triggers that made me want certain things. This whole effort is about making new habits and new sensations. Maybe that will help? I dunno... But I do know you are doing wonderfully to have gone that far
"caffeine free" :)

Best of Wishes
Gin


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GIGALENA 6/23/2010 8:12AM

    Way to go!

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NANCY- 6/23/2010 6:39AM

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I understand, I have had the same with cigs, it's been 465 days and every once in a while the desire comes and I do not even like cigs anymore.
Strange how that works.

Keep Sparking! You are doing great.

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VERNICEMAZ 6/23/2010 6:33AM

  I drink coffee every now and then. However, I know that coffee lovers have to have it every morning. So, being a coffee lover, I say kudos for your accomplishment. It's definitely challenging to fast or quit a caffeine fix.

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SUPREME5 6/22/2010 9:58PM

    WAY TO GO YOU ROCK
DORENE

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DUTCHIEKIWI 6/22/2010 9:30PM

    As I'm reading this, I'm sipping my freshly brewed coffee, I had to read it again...56 days no coffee?!?!? SERIOUS???? WOW! I love my coffee, and YES I drink far far too much off the liquid gold....
I drink it black, no sugar, just the real thing. so... no calories at all.

It gives me that ' feel good' feeling, so i hang on to it as let's be honest, a lot of feel good feeling food has been scrapped of the menu.

KUDOS to you my friend! WELL DONE! I know it's healthier without it, maybe one day, when they invent calorie FREE red wine, I'll be able to quit my coffee ;0)

KEEP IT UP!!

Dutchie

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HHOUSE8 6/22/2010 9:06PM

    Love how you put this out there. You're a hoot and a half! emoticon on letting the good emoticon win the tug-o-war. I was jonesin' for some coffee last week. so glad I didn't succumb. I knew it would be the beginning of my undoing in so many areas. I'll remember this blog when the urge hits next time.
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REVJVH 6/22/2010 7:48PM

    I felt that way when I quit smoking. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the day I quit. Even now, once or twice a year, I get a momentary craving for a cigarette. It passes quickly now, but it does come.

Congrats to you for toughing out the cravings. Your body is no longer addicted to caffeine, but, as you say there's still a psychological addiction. So, who's smarter? You or caffeine? I'll say it's you!

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12SPOOKY 6/22/2010 7:22PM

    Good for you - you won! I wish I had your willpower when it comes to sweets (especially ice cream). Seems like what we can't have becomes the most important thought in our heads. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/22/2010 7:17PM

    LOL I can take or leave coffee but I share your pain when it comes to diet coke!

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"80% of Success Is Just Showing Up"

Monday, June 21, 2010

This quote has gone through my head all day. As I headed out of the house, I heard the beginning of a radio interview with Bill Gates Sr. (father of Microsoft's Bill Gates Jr.). This was his quote.

It made me think about what I've shown up for lately - and what I haven't. For the past year and a half on this SP site, I've shown up. It has been the anchor in reinforcing the new healthier eating patterns in this adventure.

I've also thought of the things that I haven't shown up for, and why. It seems that I am not interested in the same things I've been in the past and really have to think about where I want to show up next. And what my idea of success is.

Wishing all a great Monday.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 6/22/2010 3:21AM

    I'm glad you're still here and still showing up!
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AYAMMAYA 6/22/2010 1:43AM

    Thank you Jesse ~ Wonderfully Simple ~ Marvelously Powerful

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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 6/21/2010 11:11PM

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MARTY19 6/21/2010 12:50PM

    That is so true. Many things I have done in the past have been half-hearted at best. Now with summer here, I get the change to see what I want and then show up.

Marty

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KARALIANNE 6/21/2010 12:02PM

    What a great way of looking at things! Thanks for this - I'm going to try to think about things in terms of showing up, too! :)

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EPIPHANYANGEL 6/21/2010 6:52AM

    Definitely something to think about.

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SOLOCONTINUITY 6/21/2010 1:48AM

  I think you have put your finger on my problem. I have stopped showing up for just about everything. I am supposed to volunteer at a fundraiser golf tournament at 8 am and here it is 1:47 am and I haven't gone to bed yet.

I'm going to be sure to show up today and try to get in my 10,000 steps.
LS

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PMAY0313 6/21/2010 1:08AM

    Nice quote. Very thought provoking.

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/21/2010 12:59AM

    This is a clever thought and one I too will give some serious thought too!

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Reassessing Rocking Shoes & Other Thoughts

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I recently critiqued the new rolling athletic shoes I got and said they stunk. And that they caused my back to hurt. I want to reassess them with new info.

Looks like I rushed to judgment and now feel that I like them! First of all, I did not know I was supposed to ease into wearing them. I just dove in, as I do with many things in life. (smiling) I now walk well in them and feel the positive effects in my legs and butt. Additionally, I tried on another brand today and they were a dream. Didn't buy them, but was just curious if they varied by brands. They do. So, that's that.

I have to say that I haven't been on the scale in about a month now. I just forgot about it since I've been on this forever plateau for, well, forever. (it seems) But two friends have separately told me that I look a bit more slimbo than ever. Hooray for me! Guess I'll have to do the scale routine soon just for curiosity.

Finally, a couple of thoughts about the SP website. I have done all of the poll questions and so what happens now? I know there is a way to reset the old articles, but how about poll questions? And it amazes me, no matter how many times I've taken the quiz with the same questions over and over, that I still have days when I get five incorrect. Seems someone isn't paying attention, is she?

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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AYAMMAYA 6/20/2010 4:53PM

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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 6/20/2010 2:43PM

    RE: Shoes: The brand 'Skechers Shape-Ups' is what I bought, and they worked for me right out of the box. Is that the brand you liked, too?

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DDHEART 6/20/2010 7:55AM

    LOL....we are so much alike sometimes!....At this time the polls can't be reset like the articles and they make new polls at a snails pace so that's one less way to get points... emoticon Now Trivia....I can get 100% and then again...like this morning...yikes...its like I don't know a thing LOL I'mblaming it on my DH not bringing me my coffee yet! emoticon I still have mixed feelings about my shoes...they do work the butt and thighs, I can feel it, can't wear them every day and when I tried that I had a spot on the bas of my feet that felt like I was standing on a rock at times...I decided they are not an every day shoe....will I buy anoher pair when these are worn? The jury is still out.

Now, it's probably been a freeing thing to ignore the scale...your friends I'm sure are the best guage...how do your clothes fit? Sounds like a non scale victory to me!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/20/2010 1:20AM

    I would love to know how to reset if you figure it out let me know.My responses have changed over time LOL! I don't know how to reset the old articles either I always feel review is worthwhile !

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I Know I'm Making Progress When...(#4)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

...I actually look forward to exercise rather than dreading it.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 6/22/2010 3:19AM

    I'm jealous 'cause I'm not there yet. I'm working on it! And I'm happy for you!

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GIGALENA 6/19/2010 10:32PM

    YEAH!! Hip Hip Hooray

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AYAMMAYA 6/19/2010 6:31PM

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MARTY19 6/19/2010 5:50PM

    Isn't that the truth!

Marty

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CHRISTY60 6/19/2010 2:58PM

    Way to go!!!

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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 6/19/2010 12:34PM

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NANCY- 6/19/2010 9:56AM

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How wonderful!!! What kind of exercise is it that you look forward to? Like Cheri, I too love going to the pool.
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CHERIRIDDELL 6/19/2010 1:18AM

    I love going swimming!

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I Know I'm Making Progress When.... (#3)

Friday, June 18, 2010

.... I have no trouble downing 10-12 glasses of water. I've always been a drinker (water), so this is not a tough one to remember. But I can definitely feel the difference on the rare days when I lag behind. My body is so used to being well-hydrated.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 6/18/2010 9:14PM

    I feel it too! There are alot of people who make a very convincing argument about 8 glasses not needed; but in my body there is a drastic difference in how I feel and think when I drink two 2-liters of water two days in a row.

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MSSUNBUG 6/18/2010 9:55AM

    Yes, I relate to this one too. Getting water in is not a challenge, and the benefits are many!

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/18/2010 1:26AM

    Being well hydrated is good for the skin too!

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