Muscle ache is a common complaint during caffeine withdrawal. Which is quite a stupid thing for me to be doing since my shoulder is already tendon fucked ( I still have my snazzy shoulder strap on…it stays on for 2-3days nonstop ).
Mornings are the worst. Mornings are hard. Getting to the afternoon I appreciate the difference between need and want.
I want coffee or Monster because I like them. Because I like the fuzzy feeling I get. Because I enjoy the taste.
Last week, I would have swore blind that I needed caffeine to function, that without it I wouldn’t even get out of bed and I wont have the strength to work.
All in, I’m not a serious caffeine abuser. I’ll have maybe 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day, and maybe 3 or 4 Monsters A WEEK.
The recommended daily safe limit is about 300mg. They state that problems such as insomnia can occur when you are taking 500-600mg per day.
A Monster is 160mg, and each coffee is about 60mg. Even on a heavy day, where I have 3 cups of coffee and a Monster, I’m still only at 340mg or so.
You sound like any addict, bud. Trust me, a week is not enough time to see any sort of adjustment. Anyone addicted to anything will tell you that. Your sleep is probably affected because of the withdrawl. I’m just sayin’.
This was never a precursor to my quitting.
Everyone has vices. I’m just lucky that mine is legal and freely available from any shop.
I gave up biting my nails, and needing something to fill the void, I took up smoking! Now that I’m off the smoking, it’s caffeine. If I give that up, I’ll just fill the hole with something else. Could be whisky, could be heroin, could be the taste of human blood! Who knows!
As far as drugs go, caffeine is pretty safe. And I don’t need to deal with shady people to acquire it.
Frankly, if you do any of that, the whole point of going off coffee for a week is completely and utterly erased. All you’ve really done is tortured yourself for a week for fuck all pal. What’s the point in that? Maybe would’ve been better to cut back
The point is to be able to write it off as a cause.
A week with no caffeine* but plenty of water ( I’m up to 2-3 litres a day ) would be more that sufficient to flush it from my body. Any lingering traces at the end of a week are to be so slight as they can’t possibly be accountable for any negative effects on me.
I monitored my sleep last night, and it was just as restless and movey-abouty as ever. That’s far from conclusive, since we’re only 3 days in.
If life without caffeine is this clumsy and grumpy, then I don’t want it.
*( Further research uncovered this: The stimulant effect in chocolate is not caused by caffeine. The responsible chemical is theobromine, which is related to caffeine chemically but is not as powerful or long-lasting in its effects. )
I reckon you have to stick this through until at least Tuesday of next week before you start seeing any sort of actual positive results. You’re doing well buckaroo. Keep at it.
lol that’s not gonna happen. Either Sunday night, or Monday first thing, I’m having a coffee. Then on the walk to work, I’m gonna buy a coffee. Then when I get to work, I’m having a Monster. might even have a Monster at lunch, to celebrate/
I should also point out, I’m really ratty and grouchy and unreasonable and more stubborn than usual. lol.
All in, I’m the biggest fun in a million years. ( Goes without saying, I appologise in advance if anything I say this week comes across as overly harsh, or aggressive. I am sorry, and I don’t mean it. )
Lack of focus. Poor attention span. Easily distracted.
I keep forgetting words as I’m saying them. I never know the correct word anymore, like, I’ll get half way through a sentence and just stop, because I can’t even think of the word or the point.
Coordination has taken a hit, too. I’m tripping over things and walking into things. It’s like I’m just not awake yet….like, y’know when you get up to pee at 4am, and you just stumble through to the toilet…don’t even put the light on, because you know it’ll just burn your eyes? That. All day.
Don’t quit! I’m interested to see the results. Even if you still have chocolate you’re still cutting down a hell of a lot so could be interesting..
My boss, who is also doing it, is on the verge of quitting. He says he’d be more productive with some Monster in him.
In reading up on quitting caffeine, I’d found some propaganda that quitting caffeine for good would result in “a clarity you wouldn’t believe”. Umm…fuck that. I know a few folk who NEVER touch ANY caffeine ( tea, coffee, energy drinks, chocolate! ) and they sure as fuck are not enlightened and super-genius level excellent.
I’ll stay off the caffeine as long as I can stand it. But it is making me miserable.
There are some blogs on here that I would love to see more often, but I often forget about, until I spot one of their posts and then go on a wee spree looking through their recent posts.
Which tends to make me look like a crazed fan. Suddenly, you’ll get 5x “Kittwalker likes your photo/post” in a row.
And part of me thinks I want to do a huge cull, an epic unfollow spree…..but, I’m a hoarder. And I love you all.
Even those who followed me for a day, then unfollowed me once I followed them.
Even those who post on such a niche subject, that only one in every twenty posts are worth looking at.
Even those who occasionally post all their asks in a block of 30 or 40 at a time. Your other normal posting redeems you. ¬_¬
SO! What I’m trying to say is, your blog….yes, yours is one of my favourites. I just get sidetracked with other things. So don’t freak out on those days where you get 20 likes from me in a few short minutes. I’m just catching up.
Looking at that last photo on an actual computer...
it’s a bit fucking dark, innit?
The room was actually really bright, all things considered. But, then again, I don’t really rate the cameras on phones very highly ( proof if proof be need be, that megapixels aren’t a huge factor. You can get cameraphones that shit all over my SLR in terms of megapixels, but, I know which would make the better picture! )
You might find though, come the end of the week, that you prefer being without the caffeine. I doubt it mind. But you should cut out Monster. That shit will ruin you, lol.
Ah! And this is the point of this exercise…
I don’t sleep well. Never have. But I can’t say anything about it because everyone would just jump on “you drink too much coffee and Monster”.
My memory is shit. My body aches. I have a pot belly, that makes grumbly noises audible across the room. I have a million things wrong with me, but every single one of them people will attribute to caffeine.
I’ve been monitoring my sleep with a cheeky ‘Droid app. And I flail about like a human cannonball’s nutsack. So, I’ll be able to monitor improvements in sleep.
So….a week of detox. A week clean. If, IF, IF, I still feel the same level of shit at the end of it….Caffeine is off the table as a cause.
Thus far, headache free. I expect them tonight around 11pm.
And, y’remember that scene in Halo 1, when you first saw the Flood, and it was an endless barrage of pain and misery charging towards you, and your weapons were all but useless against them? Yeah, replace Needler gun with Paracetamol and we’ll be in the same sorta ballpark.
I really shouldn’t have done this cold turkey.
I’m practically halfway thorough day one.
It’s only a week. It’s only a week. It’s only a week.