ONE CUP: DAY TWO
It wasn’t 10 minutes after I’d gone public with my goal yesterday that I was tested: someone trailed across my path with a frosty bottle of Coke.
As you may’ve read, I started a new goal yesterday: to cut my caffeine intake down from about 5 cups a day to one. Why? I want to see if it improves my energy and how my body feels. I really want to get to the bottom of the question:
Is one cup of caffeine the perfect amount — all the benefits, no drawbacks?
I suppose I’m also cutting back to boost my confidence. I want to prove that I’m the boss of my food, not the other way around.
This morning, as I sat drinking my One and Only cup (in bed, less than 60 seconds after waking up), I promptly began searching for loopholes in the new plan. If I make a large cup of coffee, have half in the morning and save the second half for later, does that still count as one cup? Can I drink decaf for the rest of the day? And really, since I haven’t even gotten out of bed yet, wouldn’t my first cup really be more like a “pre-cup”?
That last one seemed promising, but friends have squashed this line of reasoning.
So, while Day 1 brought a few small challenges, like temptation, Day 2 has delivered a great big challenge: reality. While the loophole-hunting was (mostly) in jest, there have been a number of times in the last 24 hours when I’ve walked around all puffed over with my noble new project, only to realize I was about to go brew some coffee.
I need to figure out how to merge my goal with what I’m actually doing. And rewriting automatic habits is hard. It takes 100% focus. Operate on autopilot for just 30 seconds and you could find the fridge door flung open and coffee dripping out the sides of your mouth.
This is my fear, anyway. It’s clear that I need all factions of my mind on board. (Wristband, strategically-placed Post-Its: check.) And I need an extra pair of eyes on me at all times. (Check? This is where you come in.)
The truth of my commitment is beginning to sink in: this is more than a one-week challenge. I’ve made the first move, and if I learn that I’m happier and healthier without caffeine, I will have no choice but to sustain the change for life.
I may even have to cut out my One Cup.
Am I ready for that?