Like a lot. I love the smell, taste, variety (latte! cappuccino! Americano! French roast! Breakfast blend!) and even the social aspect (hey, wanna meet for coffee?).
Not to mention the fact that if I don’t have my morning brew – get out mah way!
Homegirl is not friendly.
However, I’m going to date myself and revert back to a popular 90’s saying:
I am trying to take a chill pill.
I’ve realized the only way I’ll make it through this fall is if I figure out a way to relax amongst school/work/marathon training/blogging and umm, eating/sleeping/fun-having.
A larger plan has yet to be developed (hehe, when the heck will I have time for that?), but as a first step I’m attempting to cut the caffeine (and by that I mean you, coffee) from my life.
Gasp in horror/disbelief.
This is may-juh – I look forward to my coffee every morning! Can I even function without it? Waaahhh.
A very slow weaning process will be necessary – here is my plan:
- Week 1– cut back overall coffee intake by an ounce or two each day. Monitor results (so far so good). Purchase decaf coffee.
- Week 1.5 – begin incorporating decaf coffee into morning brew in attempt to subconsciously trick thyself. Order half-caf at Starbucks. Be nice to barista
- Week 2 – begin increasing amount of decaf coffee into morning brew. Order half-caf at Starbucks in a smaller size. Be nice to barista
- Week 2.5 – brew full decaf coffee. Monitor results
- Week 2.75 – if fully functional and chipper with full decaf, continue brewing in an ongoing basis. If not, repeat steps from week 2 until success achieved. Order full decaf at Starbucks. Always be nice to barista 🙂
I’m actually pretty curious how I’ll do without caffeine, and figure that still being able to drink decaf will not rob me of the simple joy of drinking coffee. I will report back on a regular basis.
Perhaps the endorphins from this morning’s 8.25 mile run with Nicole have carried through the day, because I’m feelin’ ok with less coffee in the tank so far.
Along with the reduced amount of brew, breakfast included Kashi Heart to Heart and Go Lean with blueberries and almond milk
Lunch was the usual fare of almond butter and jam on sprouted whole grain bread, Greek yogurt and some delicious figs. (oh heeeyy, how did that Dove dark chocolate sneak in there?)
I just ate these figs raw, and they were almost as delicious as the caramelized ones I made last weekend. Also, is it weird that I much prefer raw almond butter to roasted?
I’m doing well increasing my salt intake slightly, so snackage was some organic pretzels.
Dinner was a mix of stuff I prepped during the weekend so it could be thrown together quickly in salad form. Baked sweet potato, hard-boiled egg, red and green bell peppers, cauliflower, walnuts and arugula with a raspberry vinaigrette.
It may not look super-exciting, but it was tasty and did the job!
Since tomorrow is promising heavy rain all day, I’m planning a treadmill tempo run at the gym. I don’t mind a little rain, but running in serious downpours kinda sucks.
Plus, I haven’t actually been to the gym all month – I’ve done all of my runs outside since July and no XT since August (yikes, hello $$ membership!). If all goes as planned this week, Friday will be a another gym day with some light XT before I hit up 20 miles on Saturday.
I’ve been keeping tracking of my training here on the blog if you want to check it out!
Question: Are you caffeine dependent? A coffee lover? Any tips on reducing caffeine intake, please share!