No Coffee Blues (and slip-ups!)

I’ve given up coffee for the month of May. I decided on this challenge because it seemed like an easy enough way to start off a year of challenges. I don’t drink a lot of coffee, but I do drink it regularly and with A LOT of cream and sugar. I basically turn my coffee into mocha-flavored sugar water. Its a problem. But on May 5, I decided to give it up for the rest of the month.

The first lesson I’ve learned is that I actually DO drink a lot of coffee, mostly because I find myself in coffee shops so often. Some people like bars or clubs, I like working or reading in a coffee shop. Call me lame, I just like it. But since I’m in coffee shops all the time, I have found that I’m also drinking coffee all the time. Since giving up coffee, I’ve had to adjust my orders to be coffee-free, a new but not entirely unwelcome change. For instance: a coconut tea with steamed milk is just as tasty as my usual Chai with espresso.

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My non-coffee coffee shop alternatives!

Second lesson: my regular coffee breaks are more about breaks than about coffee. The whole act of stopping what I’m doing, walking to get a coffee, and sitting back with basically a liquid dessert is an immensely satisfying ritual. But I don’t need coffee to do it. Maybe one day, I won’t need any beverage at all. A walk or nice classical song or meditation might do the trick.

Third lesson: failure is part of this blogging experience. I had a busy weekend this weekend. On Friday night I was unable to sleep and got a whopping total of 4 hours of sleep before waking up at 7am. Last night I got about 3.5 hours asleep and woke up at 7am yet again. This morning and yesterday, I broke down and had a cup of coffee just to feel awake. I didn’t beat myself up over it, and tonight I plan on getting a good night’s rest so that I’m back on track tomorrow. The solution to bring tired isn’t coffee, it’s rest!

Until next time,
Erica

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