I've realized more than anything that it's not caffeine that my struggles are with, it's sugar. I originally accepted this challenge knowing that cutting my sugar intake was necessary but hoping that I could ditch the caffeine habit. I thought caffeine was my major issue here, not necessarily sugar.
Caffeine: I've substantially reduced my caffeine levels with not too bad of an effect on my day to day liveliness. Aside from a kid yelling 'YOU'RE BORING' the first day, my body has responded quite manageably without elevated caffeine levels. Actually, I feel fine around 7:30AM.
Sugar: This is the painful one, the one that makes me think I need to have blood tests done for diabetes. For a while now, i'll crave something sweet before I go to sleep and get persistent and quite demanding if I don't get it. I knew that may have been an issue, but I didn't know the severity of the issue until now. Since i've switched drinks, I'm noticing sharp decreases in mood when i'm reminded or confronted for eating something sweet. I may be awake in the morning, but i'm not nearly as energetic as before. Perhaps it's all psychological.... perhaps it's a legitimate problem.... perhaps I should schedule a physical with my doctor....
Now: Aside from a coconut-syrup flavored drink I ordered yesterday and a 'skinny, sugar free vanilla latté' the day before, my new Starbucks fix is pictured below:
|Iced Venti Green Tea + Solo Espresso Shot on the side|
Hopefully i'll soon enough look like this again: 170lbs, semi-muscular/lean build and very, very tan.
|Like the other picture, this was taken in London, U.K. in 2006... same day, actually.|