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Step 1: Get Rid of Caffeine and Nicotine

Sunday, January 20, 2013

For the next two weeks, no obvious caffeine or nicotine. Since I'm not a smoker, the nicotine part shouldn't be that difficult. The coffee part I'm really going to have to be careful about. I work part-time at a bagel shop with an espresso machine and I love to drink my work! LOL!
**I've decided to shorten this goal to tackle more important addictions/cravings. I'll do no caffeine and nicotine for one week and then move on to something else next week.**

1/20/2013 - Yay! I'm off to a good start. I didn't drink any espresso or coffee drinks today. I may have gotten a little bit of caffeine when I drank some lemonade that had some iced tea in it, but the amount would have been minimal. (I didn't finish the whole thing.) When I went to Barnes & Noble today, instead of having an espresso drink or one of my regular tea lattes, I drank the Caramel Apple Spice. Probably tons of sugar, but no caffeine. I also stayed away from nicotine and secondhand smoke.
1/21/13 - Goal met. No caffeine or nicotine today. I almost got into trouble in the McDonald's drive thru. I had ordered an iced latte. I remembered my commitment by the time I got to the window, asked the lady to just give me the sandwich, and saved myself some guilt later. I did drive over to Starbucks and asked them what Frappucino they could make without caffeine. I learned that they can use any of their flavored syrups in a Frappucino, so I ordered a Toffee Nut Frappucino.
1/22/13 - Goal met. No caffeine or nicotine today. Yay!
1/23/13 - Goal met. No caffeine or nicotine today. Yay again! I've noticed, though, that my portions are out of control and my eating is really random. Could I be overdoing it with my food to make up for what I've given up? It's a possibility.
1/24/13 - Oops! No nicotine today, but I did (accidentally) drink something with caffeine in it. I had a green tea with coconut, thinking that green tea was caffeine-free, like some herbal teas are. Oh well, now I know. Green tea has approx. 50mg of caffeine per 8 oz serving, while regular coffee has something like 90mg. Even decaf has about 2 or 3mg of caffeine per serving, so it's not totally caffeine-free.
1/25/13 - Goal met. No caffeine or nicotine today.
1/26/13 - Goal met. No caffeine or nicotine today. (Although I did eat a little chocolate.)
Yay me! I went six of seven days with no caffeine or nicotine. I'll have to keep this going. Tomorrow begins Week 2 of the program.
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KSHIELDS519 1/21/2013 7:09AM

    Thanks Jasi!

Patsy, it is pure temptation working there. Truth is, I'm a bread and sugar junkie, so I'm going to have a tough time when I start to give up the delicious bagels I see every day. *arrrrgh* I read somewhere that even decaf contains a small amount of caffeine, because it isn't all removed in the decaffination process. I've decided to stay away from coffee and regular tea for now. We'll see how it goes! :)

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JASI27 1/20/2013 9:15AM

    Sounds like a good goal! Good luck!

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PATSYB7 1/20/2013 6:58AM

    Oooh, a bagel shop! That would be a den of iniquity for moi! LOL Can you make your yummy beverages in a decaf variety? When my iron was low, my phlebotomist suggested that I cut back on caffeine because it interferes with the absorption of many nutrients. Good luck on your emoticon quest.

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