Thursday, September 23, 2004

Caffeine Withdrawals

Ow.  I have a splitting headache.  And it's not from too much partying in celebration of J2P one-year anniversary.  It's much, much worse...

I've begun the process of weaning off caffeine.  Last week I only had coffee [no espresso/lattes].  This week, I'm having coffee - half decaf/half regular.  And aside from feeling a little more tired than usual, today is the first day I have a withdrawal headache.  I haven't had my half-caf yet so I'm pretty sure that will help me get through my day.

But, what a chore.

I've been on and off coffee most of my life. (the child pictured is not me. but wouldn't it be funny if it were!)  Every time I get completely free of caffeine, I remember how great I feel.  I always wonder why I ever drank coffee to begin with.  Until I smell it again.  Ohhhh ... that's what I like about it: the smell, the taste, the feel.

Still, it's good to be off it for a while.  That way when I do have some (after not having any) I get that nice caffeine buzz.  --  Oh yeah, I'm definitely an addict.  I suppose there could be worse addictions.  So, I'll take this one - with a shot of vanilla and non-dairy creamer!

28 comments:

sharkie412 said...

LOL My heart goes out to you...that is a hard addiction to break...but you are right...there could be worse addictions out there.

kristeenaelise said...

ugh I went through the same thing a few weeks ago ... not intentionally though, I just forgot the morning coffee and didn't have time for the lunch or afternoon diet cokes.

feels awful!  more power to ya hon, you can do it!!

=) kris
http://hometown.aol.com/kristeenaelise/thedailypurge/

karynetaylor said...

I'm on coffee again BIG and HARD and loving it. But, considering I have cut out every other vice known to man and God: I don't smoke, drink, swear OR cheat on my husband ... I'll allow the caffeine addiction. While most say it hinders weight loss, I say FORGET THAT. I drink coffee and water all day long and eat to sustain myself and stay on plan and its going great. Never mind the brownish teeth and horrible breath and the hyper-buzz mode I get into every now and then! ha ha!!

http://journals.aol.com/karynwiththewhy/WhyIndeed/   <--My Journal these days

Karyn

ggal3133 said...

mmm I love coffee, especially the smell of it brewing or when you open up a new can....altho I have been only allowing myself 2 cups in the morning of course with cinnamon hazelnut creamer :)

geminiwilder said...

wanna hear a funny one?  

i've never had coffee or any coffee product in my entire life.  

isn't that weird?

readmereadyou said...

I've been off of coffee for 20 plus years. I do drink it if I have a headache with two aspirin and poof, it's gone. A doctor taught me that it's a good way to get rid of migraines but it only works if you're NOT a coffee drinker normally.

Angela

msyahtzee said...

I, like Gemini, have never had coffee or coffee products of any kind, ever.  Can't stand the smell.  I know, I am nuts.  That's what my mom says.  She'd be in your shoes if she ever tried to quit.  Wishing you well!

sistercdr said...

One of the misconceptions about espresso is that it has more caffeine than regular coffee.  It actually has less, but the different roasting process intensifies the taste which leads people to think that it has more. (I used to manage a bookstore with a coffeeshop, with company training as the source of my knowledge.)  Go slowly in the weaning process.  Withdrawal is tough and can mess with your heart rate and blood pressure.

irun01 said...

Giving up caffeine?!?!?!?!  Are you NUTS?!?!?!

onestrangecat said...

I have never understood why people like coffee so much.  It tastes so nasty to me.  The only way I can drink the stuff is to have a little coffee with my cup of sugar.  

Kathy
http://journals.aol.com/onestrangecat/OneSummersDay

derossetfamily said...

You are stronger than me. If I dont have a glass (or 3) of coke in the morning I get the immediate headache and just cant function..I dont even wanna TRY to wean myself off! LOL it wouldnt be pretty. Good luck!! :)
~Mary

diannevan said...

I've never been addicted to any "drug" including alcohol or caffeine.  I occasionally have 3 cups of coffee in a day, and then I'll go for so long without making a pot that when I open up the lid again, the little coffee filter has mold on it becaus it has sat in there for over a week.  I never feel any different when I have caffeine or not.  Strange, huh??  But I'm like you, I want my coffee to be vanilla flavored.  I buy Folger's Vanilla Bean coffee, then add Equal (or Splenda) and fat free french vanilla creamer.  It's like dessert.  YUM!!

indigosunmoon said...

I feel your pain honey!  I've got to give up
cigarettes, AND caffeine!  I havent done either
yet, but it's not too far off!  Ugh!
Good luck sugar!
-Connie

mallory4284 said...

luckily for me I've never liked coffee and I'm not a big carbonated beverage fan, so there's not much caffeine for me to get addicted to.

Good luck with your weaning off coffee!!

-- Mallory :)

yakima127 said...

I decaf-ed for a whole year once (during the time I was still the local caffeine-pusher) and then I thought..."Why?"  Good luck...and I feel for ya!  JAE

screaminremo303 said...

You have my undying admiration, Dear Freee. As one of the vampires roaming the urban jungle, I would be utterly without power sans my java, Mt. Dew, or six-pack a night habit of Kronik.

sepintx said...

Wow! Best of luck and I hope you succeed.

heathyrxmarie said...

Good luck Freee!!!  I'll be thinking about ya!  I hardly ever drink coffee, but I know many people who have tried to quit *cold turkey* and have had a ROUGH time!
Hugs girl!
Heather

krobbie67 said...

J2P <---- You're sooooo hip. What am I ---> RR...rr ...rr.. I'm a joke that's what I am. Gosh that sucks.

You must be a glutton for pain. Going through the withdrawals knowing full well that you'll drink again. I say embrace the addiction. Shoot you're nearly perfect. You've got to have something wrong with you. ;-)

Thanks for the laugh today. :-) ---Robbie (woops -- no names) from someone who came by and read

krobbie67 said...

psstt... I almost forgot. Cool place. It looks familiar. :-D---Robbie

ryanagi said...

Ya know...I've never even TRIED coffee. Ever. [Hey! Stop lobbing those empty Starbucks cups at me, people! Honestly!]  -B

s0ngbird1962 said...

Oh yeah, definitely worse addictions than caffeine....  :::somewhere along the line in the past 2 years, I got hooked myself:::  Anyways, not too serious a problem unless ya start injecting it intraveneously, lol...

dockart said...

Good luck with the caffeine. I've got some catching up to do ...my computer crashed... but I am loving the photos......hmmmm, the style is somewhat like SLOMOs!!! Okay, I may have to pick your brain or hers to get my pics a better presentation.;)

slowmotionlife said...

I really have such a mild love with coffee.  I'm more of a hot cocoa or diet cherry coke type of girl.  I don't really get the caffiene KICK from coffee that some do, maybe because I'm always drinking other caffienated drinks?  I'd have trouble giving up my sodas, though.  Ugh.  I've tried.  It just dehydrates me because I won't drink much of anything else.  Ah well... Good luck in your quest to wean yourself down!  :)

amyhschwartz said...

congrats on new computor! haev fun with it:-P  good luck w/ lack of caffenine...  more power to you if you can do it, its tough....
Amy:)

cousinoftrish said...

I remember when your parents let you have a cup of coffee so you could dunk your doughnut into it.  Good luck! M

luckyshammrock18 said...

I was once a caffiene junkie too. (I still like the occasional iced cappucino) You'll feel so much better in the long run though. I sleep better now! :) ~ Tricia

ann7inflorida said...

lol..I shouldn't be laughing, but seeing as I'm addicted to coffee to, I can't help but giggle. Good luck!  : )