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One Small Change

Life Without Caffeine: Day 2

Today – Day 2 of a planned 28 without caffeine – is brutal. Not only did I fall asleep during the Super Bowl last night and miss the Steelers comeback, but this morning I felt like Rocky Balboa talks. In fact, so groggy and punch-drunk was I that I began questioning my success in life. That’s right. As a fulltime freelance writer, I’ve always taken pride in my work ethic, my ability to rise at 5 and get more things done in 8 hours than most people can in 8 days.

But the cruel truth of the matter may be that this energy and drive and maybe even my creativity is not some admirable character trait but rather the simple uplifting effects of a succession of double cappuccinos. I am not special or talented; I am just well caffeinated. Although I never miss a deadline, today I came close to genuinely not caring. I worry that in one month I might undo all that I’ve built. I wander around the house. I lay belly-up on the sofa with my dogs. I watch two episodes of Mad Men. I touch my coffee machine. I smell some beans. Then I go ahead and fix myself a nice hot, steaming mug – of lemon water. But nothing is able to console me or clear the cobwebs from my head.

You see? This is why I need to quit. This substance controls me in some way and that can’t be healthy. Although Dr. Antonio had warned me there could be significant side effects, I thought I was stronger than this. I thought I could resist….

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Joe Kita – Joe Kita is a noted writer, editor, motivational speaker and teacher. He authors the blog "One Small Change" for CorePerformance.com.

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Tags: Caffeine, Beverages