Giving up for gain.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

About three weeks ago I decided to do something practically stupid, I gave up coffee and pop on the weekdays.

I know, I can hear some of you audibly gasping.

It wasn't even like I wanted to necessarily do it. I mean I like coffee. I like grabbing a pop from my Mom's when I pick Isaac up at the end of the day. Why in the world would I give up something I like?

Because my life absolutely lacks discipline.

Remember when I started Insanity? Don't ask me about week three, because I didn't get there, let alone to the end of 3 months.

Remember when I used to run in the mornings? That was replaced by rising early to edit photos and then even that stopped happening when I was caught up.

Remember when I played soccer frequently? That ended with my summer pregnancy and I found myself looking for a team.

I do best when my life is regimented, when expectations are clearly defined and to be frank this elimination is just a small step towards regaining self-control.

It's had a terrible side effect though, I'm thoroughly irritated at most everything. Make that everything. Eh, it will all equal out, right? Even if I don't indulge in my favorite winter treat: Coffeemate's Peppermint Mocha creamer.


abby said...

Ah, you're insane - not the Peppermint Mocha Creamer!!! :)

Anonymous said...

yup you are a crazy woman, but I hear ya on lacking discipline. I find I start so many projects and never finish. Maybe we all try to tackle too much at once and need to realize we can't do it all :)

L.C.T. said...

I blogged recently about putting stuff off indefinitely. Make sure you get you time to figure out the rest of your priorities :)

laurieb145 said...

oh my..good luck with that. I couldn't get through my day without coffee, AND I just tried that peppermint mocha creamer for the first time the other day and it was fantastic..GOod luck though!!!

Alicea said...

Is it because of the caffeine? Why not switch to decaf? Life it too short and that feeling was affirmed when I went to the funeral of a 38 year old woman on Monday (daughter of a friend). You have to do what makes you HAPPY. That's what life is all about. We're all only here for a short time so make the best of it! That includes having your Peppermint Mocha creamer (that's one of my favorites, too). :)

Meredith said...

I totally get it--this is the same reason that I make the decision to give something up for Lent each year. Not because it's "required" Biblically (I don't believe that it is), but because sometimes I feel like it's important for me to make intentional sacrifices in my life as a way to give myself discipline!

Lindsay said...

I'm really encouraged by this post! I recently heard a phrase (I'm shooting from the hip here) along the lines of "Learn to discipline yourself or else someone else will have to discipline you". Of course, the exact wording I heard was much more catchy, but hopefully you get the point :) Way to go!

Molly said...

Dude, good luck with that. I gave up caffeine for a month last year and had a migraine that lasted the entire time. Ouchie.

Heidi said...

Pop!! Ahhhh! I haven't heard/read it called that since I moved from Michigan to Texas to get mawwied. Well call all things pop "coke" here in the south.

& good luck! I am diet coke's bitch. I cannot lie.

Betsy said...

I gave up Mountain Dew last week (I was majorly addicted). The withdrawal sucked, but I swear I have more energy now without caffeine in my system. Good luck sticking with it! :)


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