Caffeine Free! (and Day 33 of 100 days)

I drank soda pop like water when I was young.  Pepsi was my favorite.  The 1992 Pepsi commercial with Cindy Crawford in the denim shorts and white tank top – that was so me back then.

Too bad nobody tells you what all that sugar and caffeine on a daily basis does to your body 20 years later.  Still, a sign with the vintage Pepsi logo grabs my attention as I absolutely adore Pepsi Throwback made with real sugar.

Going caffeine and sugar free is not an easy road – headaches, body aches, moodiness, and oh – the fatigue!  Thank God I am off from the day job this week.  The aches and pains have been less and less each day.   And, I can now say with confidence that I am 100% caffeine free.

Sugar cravings, particularly chocolate, seem to have disappeared with the caffeine.  It’s not that I’ll never have another Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks or enjoy a chocolate dessert again, and I might even have a Pepsi someday.   I just don’t intend to return to that being my daily diet regimen.

Breaking Up is HARD to do! (Day 28 of 100)

At the one quarter mark of my current 100 day challenge, it’s been slow going on all fronts.  The Day Job has been quite the stress machine.  Old habits die hard when time is short and anxiety levels are high.  For every bit of ground I gain, I fall backwards and start over.  It’s frustrating, to say the least.  Something’s got to give!  Time to make some big changes.

The first one is “breaking up” with Sugar and Caffeine.  As a child in the 70s, breakfast was a sugar-filled cereal, chased down with an orange-colored sugar-filled powdered breakfast drink.  Snack cakes of endless varieties accompanied the obligatory sandwich made, of course, with squishy sweet white bread. After school was another snack cake or two with another neon-colored drink made from powder and sugar.  Looking back at old school photos, it’s no wonder I had dark circles and bags under my eyes in 5th grade.

In my 20s, I had one of those high-speed metabolisms.  My body shape was a stick easily fitting into a very low single-digit dress size.  My daily diet started off with sugar-filled soda pop and candy for breakfast, followed by lunch from a fast food chain and continued on from there.  I actually fought to gain weight so I could have some curves. Those were the days!

Now, no longer a stick and far from it, quite frankly, I’m now a lot older and that much wiser. (One would hope, anyway.)  Excess sugar is known to be unhealthy.  It not only fuels the metabolism slow down leading to weight gain, but it heightens anxiety, increases bouts of insomnia, produces a “foggy brain” and basically leads me to feeling like crap most of the time.

I’ve been doing my Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution consistently, and I’ve been trying to follow the BR eating plan, which is brutal for someone like me to do on days where there is Day Job stress.  So, it’s time to turn the tables and go NO SUGAR.

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Dear Sugar:

Sorry pal, but it’s time for you to pack your things and go!  We can visit together again once in a great while, in limited quantities.  But for now, you and I cannot occupy the same space.  It’s not you, it’s me.  This relationship is just not working for me anymore and I need to go my own way.  So, don’t take it personally when I say “no thank-you” to the cookies and candy at the Day Job.   Don’t be offended when I pass on the birthday cake and ice cream at parties.  And, don’t be jealous of my new friend, Water.  You’ll get over it, and you’ll find someone new.

Oh, and your buddy Caffeine is joining you.  It’s a package deal.