My Name Is Ashley And I’m Addicted To Caffeine

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No seriously, it’s bad…

Back in high school I used to have a hardcore soda problem. During my freshman and sophomore years, on normal day, I’d drink one to two, or sometimes 3 bottles of soda a day. Wild cherry Pepsi was my drink of choice. Ugh just thinking about that shit now kinda makes me want to puke haha, but I guess we all make bad decisions sometimes. Especially as teenagers/young adults, because it only got worse from their.

Around my junior and senior year of high school energy drinks started getting really popular. Before school my friends and I would stop at quick trip to get 32 ounce cups full of “Rooster Booster”, it wasn’t unusual to see someone with a can Red Bull or Full Throttle (my personal favorite) at lunch, and of course all of these energy drinks would get mixed with alcohol over the weekends (dangerous and stupid, but like I said, we all make bad decisions). And so the addiction to caffeine began.

Obviously I didn’t really care too much about my health back then, and it’s no wonder I ended up almost hitting 180 pounds after high school. But after I graduated and started working at a Walgreen’s I started becoming a little more health conscious. At one point we had a mini weight watchers challenge that we could buy into, and whoever lost the biggest percentage of weight got the pot. I guess my participation in that is actually what got me started on my whole “weight loss journey” which eventually got me into running, but that’s a story for another day. Because I was participating in that weight loss challenge I looked for any places I could cut out extra calories and soda was the first thing to go. I couldn’t give up the energy drinks though, I’m was very much addicted to caffiene at this point, so I switched to those huge cans of Monster that we’re low carb and would drink 2 of them a day.

Eventually I ended up getting married and moving to an apartment Kansas and that’s when I really started to look at what I was putting into my body. I knew those energy drinks we’re pretty bad for me, even if they were low in calories. I wasn’t a fan of coffee back then though, so I decided to kick caffeine for good. After being kinda tired and grumpy for a few days, and along with drinking a lot of low caffeine/caffeine free tea, I officially kicked my caffeine habit.

And then I started getting really serious about running. Serious enough that I quite using the treadmill at the apartment complexes fitness center and started running on the trail that literally went right behind the apartments. And then serious enough that I started getting up at 5 in the morning during the summer so that I could run before it got to hot. So I started drinking coffee on days that I got up super early, but back then I only ran 3-4 times a week so it wasn’t really a big deal.

Almost 2 years ago now, we moved into our house and I started running more. That meant more early mornings and more coffee. Eventually that slowly lead to me drinking coffee every morning and now here we are.

Honestly I don’t even think it’s that big of a deal. I mean, I only drink 1 cup of (strong) coffee every morning. And occasionally after a long run on a cold day I’ll have another cup. So it’s not like I’m drinking obscene amounts of caffeine or anything, but on Monday I decided to cut back on my coffee intake a little bit, and that’s pretty much when I realized that I’m addicted to caffeine again haha. Actually, on Monday I just skipped my morning coffee all together and I kinda felt like shit all day but I didn’t really think much of it. On Tuesday I forgot my resolve to cut back on the coffee and had a cup in the morning and I felt perfectly fine that day. Then today I remembered, didn’t have any, and have been ridiculously tired and grouchy all day and I couldn’t figure out why.

Until it clicked that the two days I skipped out on my morning coffee are the day’s I’ve felt like crap and that there is a very good chance that I was having caffeine withdraws. So at like 2:30 pm I made a cup of coffee and I’ve felt perfectly fine ever since. So yeah, I’m definitely addicted to caffeine again.

I’m not that worried about it though. I mean, there are a lot worse things out there that a person can be addicted to, I don’t drink soda or energy drinks anymore, and I it’s not like I consume so much coffee that it’s going to have adverse effects to my heath. I guess it’s just a little bit inconvenient haha. But I’ve decided I’m not quite ready to give up on the caffeine yet. Especially with summer and 5 am wake up calls right around the corner. But maybe I’ll start cutting back just a little bit. I’m definitely not going to try to go cold turkey with it, because that was just awful!

Anyway, that was really random. I hope your Wednesday has been better than mine! Haha I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be a lot better though, because I’m definitely not skipping out on my coffee!

~Ashley

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