Well, it will be sixty hours by tomorrow morning prior to my workout.  I plan on decreasing my caffeine intake overall so as to get the most punch out my caffeine intake when I do decide to have a shot.  This is just yet another step forward in my diet and fitness progression.  I didn’t like the “chronic” nature of my prior coffee (where the vast majority of my caffeine intake originates) habit — I didn’t like that my 5 or so cup-a-day habit (conservative estimate) had become a “maintenance” issue for me.  I also don’t like the idea of chronically over-stressing my adrenal glands.  I am of Art Devany’s mindset when it comes to chronic ingestion of these types of substances.  I included this link in my last post (still can’t figure out what the deal is with the font in that post), but I’ll include it again, here.  Interesting stuff.

So did I suffer any caffeine withdrawal over the past couple of days?  You know, it was kind of odd.  I did have a low-grade, rather dull headache most of the day Saturday, but I really didn’t crave coffee the way I’d prepared for.  By Sunday morning, the headache had abated, and still no real craving.  The testiness remained all weekend, though.  I’m sure Meesus TTP will be glad when I’m over the hump.  Either that, or she’s going to insist that I get back to my old coffee chugin’ habits.  I’d prepared mentally for a much tougher go, and I’ve got to say that this was (aside from the short temper) not nearly as bad as I’d thought it would be.  Even the day-long headache wasn’t that bad.  It was kind of like having the first stages of the flu.

I am looking forward, though, to tomorrow morning’s cup o’ Joe.

My plan for tomorrow morning is to combine sprints with Barbell Power Snatches.  Mondays are usually pretty crowded in the gym, though, so I my have to deviate from that plan.  We’ll see how it goes.

In Health,

Keith

10 COMMENTS

  1. Good stuff. I also love my coffee but sometimes I abstain for 24-48 hours just to give my body a shock….I tend to stick to only Organic coffee anyway which makes a difference in terms of punch and how they affect me….

    Keith you should really try out some Yerba Mate, I am sure you will love the stuff and its perfect for the cold winter months as it warms up the body like nothing else…..

    • Hey, thanks for the tip, Chris. I’ve been looking for a good alternative to coffee. I don’t want to quit coffee completely, because I feel that it, too, has some health benefits (flavenoids, etc.). However, I do want to step away from the chronic consumption. Thanks, again!

  2. Keith,
    I too used to have a HEAVY coffee habit.
    (growing up in europe, they drink it all day long)
    For the last 6 years or so, I’ve stuck to one cup in the morning. It was a 5 month process changing my habit. Every month I dropped one cup.
    Have a great week.

    Marc

    • Yeah, going cold-turkey probably wasn’t the best thing to do, but that’s “how I roll” 🙂

      It did provide for a nice little shock to the system. And the coffee I had this morning, prior to my workout, gave me a nice little jolt. Maybe it was only a placebo effect — who knows? — but it was a nice kick-start, none-the-less.

  3. Good luck Keith!! Similiar to you, I have a 5 cup habit. But, unlike you, I think I’ll have to keep on chugging. Especially since it’s getting really cold here in KC. 🙂

  4. I mentioned before that I generally consume decaf – a lot of that is to avoid any dependence on the caffeine. I drink coffee because I like it, not because of the caffeine boost. I actually don’t really notice any effects from caffeine – except sometimes a slightly elevated heart rate and a little “buzz” in the head. Nothing I “need” or even want sometimes. It’s one thing I keep random … really just randomly! This morning is regular; tomorrow who knows 🙂

  5. I need to do exactly the same thing. I have noticed that I’m drinking more and more caffeine each day here lately. I switched to green tea a year or so go with not much problem, but good coffee tastes so much better!

    • I gotta agree with you, Brett — I much prefer the taste of coffee myself. I’m sure my adrenals appreciated the break, though.

  6. I quite drinking all caffeine for 18 months, thought I would reach some spiritual/physical nirvana. Uh….didn’t happen. I went through a 2 week withdrawl, was not terrible (headaches, chills, etc) but it did suck. After the withdrawl life was just not the same, I missed coffee terribly.

    Another strange thing happened that was quite bizzare, but 100 percent the truth. When I saw someone drinking a beautiful cup of coffee, I had the strongest urge to go up and punch them in the face and take their coffee.

    I started drinking caffeine again and life is good once more. I just use a little more moderation and have a caffeine fast twice a month to keep myself sensitive.

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