(love this Nike Jacket my dad & step-mom gave me for my birthday)
Remember when I quit coffee? It lasted a month. And a few days.
To refresh your memories, I decided to quit caffeine altogether to see if it would help my afternoon mood swings, and just also, in general, to see if I could. You may also remember that I considered my love of coffee one of my “defining” characteristics, and I wondered what would happen if I no longer drank coffee. Who would I be?
Well, it turns out, quitting caffeine didn’t change much at all. I still sometimes had afternoon mood swings (but I think taking evening primrose oil has really helped that more than anything), but I was also falling asleep around noon every day while I was working. Literally.
I think I might have slept better, and I appreciated that I didn’t “need” coffee anymore to wake up, or be “me.” But I was kind of expecting to feel energized all day, and sort of like a different person. Unreasonable expectations, I know, but I wanted to feel something different, anything to convince me it was worth quitting coffee for. I never did. I never really wanted coffee either, though, and the deadline for my “month without coffee” came and went and I still hadn’t started drinking it again, until a week or so after. I just decided I was going to drink coffee again.
Now, I drink about the same amount I did before, maybe a little less, only before 9 AM, and I’m awake and alert all day. In the beginning, I think it did influence my sleep patterns a bit, but only insofar as if I had to wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning for the bathroom, I had a more difficult time falling back to sleep.
I’m glad I did it. It was hard, but not really. I made it out in my head to be much harder than it really was. Typical. But I really love coffee. And so I’m enjoying it again, I think without any significant negative health consequences. Now, I need to give up ALL added sugar and processed corn products (uh…chips & salsa is my downfall…). THAT will be hard. I think I’ll start January 1. *smiley face*
Some other updates:
I’m still standing to work, mostly, and my knees don’t hurt anymore. But I think that’s because of the extra-strength glucosamine I’m taking twice a day. It doesn’t hurt that I stand to work about half the time, I’m sure, but sometimes I miss my desk. When I do sit, I sit at the dining room table, which isn’t great for my posture. And I’m not sure we got the standing desk at exactly the right height for me, especially now that it’s cold and I want to wear my UGG boots…But it’ll do for now, and I’m glad I did it.
I’ve purchased a lot of new things lately:
From the James Perse sale | I stayed (just barely) under my $500 budget –
Black shirt dress | so good, I’m going to winterize it for you in an outfit this week
Charcoal cashmere t-shirt | also good, I sort of wish I’d gotten a size 3 though
Yosemite tank | in a COLOR, actually!
From Everlane – (with credits Everlane so graciously added to my account)
Laptop case for myself and one for my sister
Gray Chunky knit sleeveless tunic | this was an afterthought, really, and mostly I just wanted to try it, not expecting to love it as much as I do. But it’s brilliant for wearing under my long black cardigan or my James Perse bomber jacket because IT DOESN’T HAVE SLEEVES!!! Why has it taken me so long to get on board with sleeveless sweaters??
Moss slouchy cashmere v-neck sweater | because I didn’t wear the black one I got recently, so I gave it to my sister (who’d hinted at how much she loved it) and ordered the Moss for myself
I’ve also gotten rid of a lot. I took a large box full of things for my sister during Thanksgiving, including a couple of my Everlane cashmere sweaters I just didn’t wear and knew she would appreciate. But I’m starting to feel a bit un-balanced and overwhelmed again. I know I’m not doing well enough keeping my wardrobe small. And I know I’m still shopping for emotional reasons more than practical ones.
I think I’m going to go on a no-buy for a while. We’ll see. I don’t normally “believe” in bans or deprivation of any kind (moderation!!!), but at this point, I think it will help me. But more on that later…
How was your Thanksgiving? What have you purchased lately? for yourself or for gifts?