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Heading Into That Mega-Tough Caffeine Withdrawal Period ... YIKES!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Well, weaning slowly has not worked well at all. I have to cut caffeine loose completely and I know from past experience that this is usually a three week (at least) period of migraine-like headaches, various body aches, and adrenals hurting. All this due to only half a small mug of coffee daily, can you believe it? Imagine if I drank more!

Oh how I've tried to get rid of this demon before. The longest I went without was for two years. Hooray for me. I started drinking coffee as an adult, and never really liked/loved it. I hate the way it makes me feel, yet I crave it when it's not there. And when I'm totally off it, I feel much better in some ways, but have absolutely no energy. So there's quite a bit of dependence (physical and psychological) going on, for sure.

This time, when I'm totally finished with this withdrawal period, I have to stick to my guns and not start again. Because each time it gets harder to kick the habit/addiction.

As far as the ensuing headaches, a sparkfriend recently told me that when she was in the hospital with a morphine drip for another matter, the headaches that were caused by the lack of caffeine were not even mitigated by the morphine! So, that gives you an idea of what is in-store for me. Yippeeee! (smiling)

Wishing all a fun weekend.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/18/2010 9:35PM

    I know you can do this. You sound very determined!!! emoticon

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JOYATLAST 10/17/2010 7:50PM

    You are armed and dangerous! Carry on!

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/17/2010 6:47PM

    i am proud of your strength

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JLITT62 10/17/2010 5:42AM

    I think I'd just keep drinking it.

Thankfully, it's a habit I never started. Don't even like the smell of it.

Other than chocolate & tea, I just don't do caffeine (and most of my tea is herbal or decaf -- but I do drink 1-2 cups of green tea a day).

Good luck!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/17/2010 12:14AM

    You can do it ,you are a brave soul!!!!

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Lessons On the Human Spirit from the Chilean Rescued Miners

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'm watching the live feed on the internet andhave tears of joy as each miner is brought up with the cage opening to release them into daylight. Can't watch them all, but am totally blown away by their indomitable spirits.

One guy said he jogged 6 miles a day through the tunnels in order to keep his spirits up.

I shake my head in amazement as I try to grasp all that it took to survive 70 days buried miles underground.

What examples of the human spirit these men are! Here's to them and their loved ones!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/15/2010 11:05PM

    emoticonYes it was and still is an amazing story of fortitude and team work. They were on a 2200 cal diet so they would fit in the rescue capsule!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/14/2010 12:09AM

    It is indeed miraculous but they still have some hurdles to cover ,hopefully the post traumatic stress disorder won't be too bad for them ,or the respiratory ailments .We will continue to keep them in our thoughts for some time yet!

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AYAMMAYA 10/13/2010 5:58PM

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Thank you Jesse for verbalizing the emotions being felt around the world for this great miracle.

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BOBBIENORTHERN 10/13/2010 2:04PM

    I am so thankful that they are out of that bad situation. It is so good that everyone did all that they did to get them saved. Praise God.

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PEGGY-BEE 10/13/2010 1:24PM

    This truely is amazing. I cannot imagine what they and their families are feeling. Just overwhelming!

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JOYATLAST 10/13/2010 12:51PM

    Thank you for writing this! I've been rejoicing and contemplating myself.

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Same ole demon/s, two years later

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Have to smile at myself. How many times have I attempted this sugar and caffeine detox in the past couple of years? Guess I'll keep trying until I get it right.

Wishing all a good day.

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JLITT62 10/13/2010 8:19AM

    Doesn't matter how many times, it just matters that you keep trying! Good job.

I will be on my own sugar detox next week. Not sure I can do it, personally!

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TRACYZABELLE 10/13/2010 2:14AM

    Keep on trying-- I need to ditch the carbs!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/13/2010 12:06AM

    I am fond of my caffeine so I feel your pain LOL!

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JOYATLAST 10/12/2010 6:28PM

    Yea, me too. I quit once before. It seems like for a year. Why did I return? This time around is harder.

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Columbus Day - My Two-Year Anniversary into Healthier Eating/Living

Monday, October 11, 2010

I embarked on the ship of change on Columbus Day '08 as I felt it symbolic to be my own adventurer into a new world of healthier living. I joined SP a few months later - in January 09. I usually lump both anniversaries together and call it two years aboard the SS Healthier Me.

I began with Nutrisystem for the first three months and that's how I lost most of my weight. I'd never been on a diet in my entire life, so it was about taking their tips and using them as tools to continue w/o special food.

Not a person who likes being told what to eat and when (especially never having had to do it before), I was delighted to find SP and carry on at my own pace.

The discouragement for me has been a plateau that was recently broken -in the wrong direction - during my past three months of grief eating and rebellion. But the tools I've learned from SP have been invaluable in my ability to buck up and fly right again.

I still have a way to go, but am very thankful for SP and sparkfriends. Wishing all a wonderful day.

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2BHLTHY4LIFE 10/13/2010 8:39PM

    Happy,healthy Spark Anniversary! emoticonon the emoticonof healthy lifestyle.You are doing so well and may you find peace and strength to continue this healthy lifestyle,I know emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWe are here for you emoticonDiana emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/12/2010 10:30PM

    Happy Anniversary!! You are doing great ....not many people actually stick with it!

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JOYATLAST 10/12/2010 2:03PM

    Congratulations on your personal celebration!

emoticon Job!

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CORNPICKER73 10/12/2010 12:15PM

    Hey, there. Just checking in to see how you are. I'm trying to get back into everything.

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AYAMMAYA 10/11/2010 9:54PM

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/11/2010 8:00PM

    It is nice to know that we have the right resources to get ourselves going in the right direction again. Be kind to yourself as you continue the healing process.

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    Part of the SparkJourney is learning how to maintain and/or lose - for me it's lose - even during the tough parts in life, like grief, holidays, birthdays, etc. So you're on the journey my friend! This is part of making the lifestyle change; it's part of the deal. Not easy, but, we will muddle through until we're able to do it. And learn not to eat or overeat, for emotional reasons. Myself I am not there yet, either; I'm on the journey.

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10/10/10 at 10 am and pm

Sunday, October 10, 2010

I just had to use that headline. I love to do that and have had fun with it since 2001 - 1/1/01, 2/2/02, etc. Such a child! (smiling)

I heard a numerologist on the radio during the week saying that today is a powerful day, and to light a white candle with a special request or wish.

My opinion is that it's a good thing to make each day as powerful as possible, with whatever hand we're dealt. Hoping that all of your wishes come true. Have a wonderful day.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/10/2010 11:56PM

    Each day is a good day to make it the best it can be!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/10/2010 2:18PM

    I agree - we should treat everyday like a gift!

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JLITT62 10/10/2010 11:39AM

    Interesting about asking for a special wish today. Couldn't hurt, eh? Yeah, I'm a fan of at least trying to live life to the fullest, but a little extra now & again ain't a bad thing either.

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ANGE1010 10/10/2010 10:35AM

    Thanks Jesse. You are a true blessing. I'll have a better birthday because of you. Have a great week.


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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 10/10/2010 9:57AM

    I'm enjoying 10/10/10 as well - it's a day of new beginnings and only happens once in our lifetime!

Oh, wait a minute - EVERY day only happens once in our lifetime and EVERY day is a day of new beginnings - hmmmmmm!

Have a great day!


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