Anyone who knows me knows I adore my coffee, possibly a little too much. For a while there, I was filling our 12-cup drip coffeemaker in the morning. That’s right, 12 cups, all the way up. For two of us. Mister would have his cup before work (which is 2-3 cups according to the marks on the carafe) and I would fill and refill my cup throughout the day. I’d sip it fresh, I’d sip it room temperature, microwaved, with a fox, in a box, on a train, in the rain. It didn’t matter, as long as I had a my blood-coffee levels above threshold. Then, it stopped working. I found myself in that sleepy-jittery place I would hear other people talk about. I could increase my intake, but I was already consuming a metric crapton of coffee every day. Not only that, but if I were out and about, I had to plan ahead and bring coffee with me or stop and get my fix somewhere. I decided that I don’t much like the idea of being addicted to something. So I cut down, by a lot. First, I swapped out my usual humongous mug for a reasonable, standard-sized coffee mug, and I filled that during my usual times of day. That made a big difference – once it was gone, it was gone and I wasn’t tempted to refill. Second, I gave up my favorite (disgusting, hydrogenated, not-food but oh-so delish) creamer. That made me wonder whether it was the coffee I was after, or the sweet treat? Black coffee is tolerable but certainly less appealing than coffee with syrupy, sugary creamer, especially when we’re talking about the tepid and stale mid-afternoon cups. Those things helped. But, I’m still addicted to coffee and I don’t want to be. For this last stretch of knocking the coffee addiction, nothing but guerrilla tactics will do. I’m going cold turkey.
Starting tomorrow, December 1st, I’m starting a 30-day no-coffee challenge. Want to join me? I need all the help I can get!
- Comment below to let me know you’re in.
- Let’s swap ideas on Instagram. Post what you’re doing to get through the cravings and slumps, and I’ll share mine, too. Tag @intentionalish #30daysnocoffee so we can all check in.
- Starting a few days late? No sweat, join when you’re ready!