Monday, February 2, 2009

Caffeine-free morning

On the typical morning, I wake up and immediately make a pot of coffee. I drink my first cup while I'm getting ready for work and then pour a to-go cup to take to the office. I've been successful at giving up soda and even my favorite, regular Coke, but I won't let go of my morning joe. 

Unfortunately, this morning I was left with no choice. The coffee container was empty, which sent me into a tailspin of panic. "How could this happen," I thought. "What am I supposed to do now?" So I opted for a glass of ice water. It definitely didn't hit the spot, but short on time I rushed to the office feeling disgruntled and caffeine-free. 

I made it for about an hour before my burning eyes and overall physical drag forced me to resolve the problem. Just after 9 a.m., I grabbed my keys and drove to the nearest Circle K. They'd just made a fresh pot of cinnamon coffee and I indulged myself with a 20 ounce wake-up call. 

My eyes stopped burning and my workday found a productive rhythm. I'm not sure if coffee can do all that or if it's simply in my head. But I'm not willing to endure another morning like this one to find out. As if Mondays weren't bad enough already. 


Patrick said...

Caffeine is actually one of the most potent drugs around. I have been off of the caffeine for about a year now, and I feel great.

Stephanie Netherton said...

I believe you. I've done really well with cutting out cokes. I found they often slow me down more than boost my energy, but coffee is a sacrifice I'm not willing to make ... yet.