Caffeine

Soda is a huge weakness of mine.  I especially love Diet Pepsi and Diet Dr. Pepper mixed together.  I never drank them because of the 0 calories, but that was a huge perk.  I also know the “dangers” of drinking aspertame but I also know how many of those supposed studies are overblown.  If I drank gallons and gallons and gallons each day, I would be a bit more concerned.

Anyway, I love me some soda.  I also love me some coffee.  I kinda shift between drinking a lot of it and drinking none at all.  Right now I am in the “a lot of it” phase.  It is something I enjoy the taste of but sometimes I need more than JUST the coffee flavor, and that normally means added calories.  I know there are 0 calorie flavorings, but they aren’t nearly as good as those with 60 calories or so.

To add to my caffeine admissions, I enjoy green tea.  Mainly iced green tea.  I have read conflicting stories about icing down my tea.  Some say it is perfectly fine while others say it causes many of the helpful parts of tea to disappear.  How that happens, I don’t know.  But that’s how I like my tea.Headache

What do all of these things have in common?  When I cut back on any of them my head feels like I’ve been walking through the Mojave desert for about 6 weeks.  Not that I have any idea what that feels like, but I use the example anyway.  The throbbing and pounding of my caffeine headache is such a terrible thing, it makes me want to give up caffeine for good.  But then we circle back around to how much I enjoy drinking each of these things.

Long story made longer, I have cut back some on soda.  My wife will probably laugh after I purchased a gigantic mug for refills, but at work I went from drinking quite a bit to drinking only 1-2 cans.  That is pretty huge for me.  The problem is that I think my brain notices and it is requesting in a violent manner for me to continue drinking more soda.

We’ll see what happens in a day or two with this cutting back a bit.  I don’t think that diet soda has any bearing on my weight, but I know it’s not the best thing in the world compared to water.

Other than the headache and beginning (officially) my weight loss contest, today was a rather normal day.  I ate about half as many calories as normal, cut back on soda, ran over 4.5 miles and spent some time with my son running around an arcade.  Sounds normal, right?

It’s something I’ve learned to do a lot of… staying on my feet.  Whether it is walking at work, walking to a different bathroom, Running after kidspacing the floor or staying on your feet during guys night there are plenty of ways you can burn an extra calorie or two.  Instead of sitting and watching TV, stand up during the commercials and walk around.  You can even put the elliptical or treadmill or bike in the living room to watch TV if you can do it quietly.  Instead of going and grabbing an ice cream to hang out, do something more active like run around an arcade, play sports or even walk around the mall.

Every little bit counts… believe me (Mr. OCD).

Meals:

Breakfast – Protein shake
Snack – Protein bar
Lunch – Zucchini lasagna
Dinner – Chicken quesadillas

Exercise:

An hour+ of walking at work

4.65 miles on the treadmill including incline

4 thoughts on “Day 267… The Headache

  1. well done for cutting back on soda! I have cut out diet coke altogether now and to be honest I have no idea whether it helps or not but after a short time of not drinking it I have completely gone off it!

    I read that the artificial sweeteners can fool your brain into thinking you have had something sweet and releasing insulin the same as it would with a sugary drink and this insulin then makes you hungry so you end up eating more. I have no idea if it is valid or not but it made a bit of sense.

    you are completely right too about every little helping! I try to walk as much as I can during the day (which is limited by my job and tiny office) but I go the long way round where possible any way!

    1. Kudos to you! I don’t think I will ever cut it out completely. I’ve tried in the past and failed, so I may as well simply cut back. I can see the truth in the “fake” sweetener thing, but I don’t notice that I eat anything more than when I don’t drink it. I track my calories daily and haven’t seen a difference from when I tried to not drink soda at all and when I went back on it. So I think it may cause some people to go through that issue, but I don’t think it’s across the board.

      I like my coffee black, too, but there are times that a nice flavored creamer (or some Irish whiskey…) is a nice addition!

      1. it wasn’t a conscious decision to cut it out, I just didn’t have any for a while around the same time I was cutting out sugar and then stopped liking the taste!
        I have the same thoughts about the artificial sweetener / insulin thing, if you are monitoring calories any way it will probably not be that much of a problem. and as with every thing some people are more sensitive than others!

        I only like coffee black with nothing in it…anything else makes it wierd (but I appreciate I am in the minority with this view 🙂 )

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