Not all of you may know that I regularly indulge in a little too much caffeine. I drink the occasional coffee beverage but what really has me itching for more is soda. Monday I made my game plan to start eating better; which of course, did not include the sugar beverage which I love, soda. I did great with eating healthy yesterday, I didn’t cave and buy a Nutty Newton at my work! A Nutty Newton is a delicious smoothie made with yogurt, Nutella, apples and granola; basically it’s just amazing. Anyway, I had been craving one all weekend and didn’t buy one yesterday so yay me.
Moving on. I did not have any caffeine yesterday because I knew if I didn’t quit cold turkey I wouldn’t commit to this. I’ve tried the weening myself off method too many times and I want it to stick this time! Yesterday evening around 5:45 this unfortunate pinch started right at the back of my head by my neck. As the night went on it slowly crept up my head and by the time I got home from work around 9:20, it had encompassed the entire back part of my head and my neck. Man, I can’t tell you how excited I was the headache stage was already setting in. I only woke up once last night due to pain, but for the most part it wasn’t unbearable.
That is, until I woke up and headed to class this morning! I popped some pain killers to jokingly attempt to soothe the pain and heading to class. I stopped at a soda machine and purchased a Coke to have on back up in case I didn’t want the pain to escalate too terribly. As I’m sure any of you who have attempted to quit caffeine cold turkey knows, I drank half he soda in the first 15 minutes of class. I only lasted 45 minutes of my 2 hour class because I couldn’t keep my eyes open due to pain and fatigue. “Just close your eyes and listen?” How I wish I could, however, this class is American Sign Language; meaning I need my eyes to see what she’s saying!
I don’t know if you realize, but “caffeine intoxication and caffeine withdrawal are classified as mental disorders in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) when either one interferes with daily life.” Let’s just say it’s easily been interfering with my daily life as of today. Luckily the small fix I allowed myself finally suffocated the headache for the most part. I still have a little man with a pick ax occasionally tapping the top of my spinal cord, but I know that won’t go away for a few days at least.
While I battle that fun challenge, I am doing really great on my No Spend July challenge! I purchased a smoothie with my tips, instead of a Watermelon Eegee, but I don’t care since it’s tip money. And going into July I know I’d need to buy my brother and sister-in-law a birthday present; which I did buy a small present for them but I stayed under budget. So even though I want to take a horse tranquilizer and sleep through the next few days of caffeine withdrawals, at least I’m not spending any money on items I did not have budgeted!
Are any of you doing a no spend challenge, or have you? Let me know and we can compare tips and tricks!