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Another New Year’s Resolution Post

Another New Year’s resolution post?  Yeah.  A little late to the game but better late than never.  

I do like doing New Year’s resolutions.  Some I’ve kept, some I’ve not been successful keeping.  Last year I had 2.  One was a success and one was a partial success.  I ran a half-marathon (go me!) and I got off coffee for part of the year.  I was hoping to add a full marathon to my year this year but due to the flood and having to rearrange our house, turning my workout room into a much needed bedroom, my treadmill is gathering dust in the garage.
This year I’m going to retackle coffee.  I know it’s not a good idea to do the same resolution over and over since it can lead to discouragement but I have good cause.  I fell off the wagon last year because the baby was just not sleeping well, thus Mommy was not getting enough rest.   I reasoned that during that season in my life, coffee and I were just going to have to get along.  Being a good, patient, happy mom was more important than not drinking coffee.  That was the difference my 2 cups of half-caff made.
Enter this year.  Baby is consistently sleeping through the night finally so I have no excuse.  Instead of listing off all the reasons coffee is bad here, you can read all about it at Cheese Slave’s blog here http://www.cheeseslave.com/30-reasons-to-quit-coffee/
My reasons for quitting?  First, heart arrythmias. There are others things that I am doing in addition to removing coffee to improve this.  I actually haven’t had a serious bout since I took my nutrition extra serious this last fall.  But coffee still sends my heart racing and it doesn’t feel good.
Second, I feel it interferes with my appetite.  Most people would think “Awesome!”. But for me it’s not a good thing.  I’m hovering on the edge of being underweight and nursing an active toddler doesn’t help.  I need to eat more and coffee makes me not hungry.
Third, I’ve been off caffeine before and I know I just feel better.  Especially when I’m well rested.  Now that small is sleeping well, I know I’ll feel better for it.  Also since I’ve improved my nutrition, I’m sleeping much better than I ever have (I’m a bit of an insomniac).  
My plan?  I’ m going to do what worked for me in the past.  Not the cold turkey method that I accidentally did twice (bought decaf on accident and then thought I had the flu only to find out I was just drinking decaf).  I’m just going to slowly replace my caffeinated for decaf.  When I get to the point of full decaf, I revisit whether I want to cut coffee completely.  
My last cup of full caff.

I do plan on starting up running again after we do a little more home renovations.  So maybe a marathon next year?

 


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