Happy Sunday everyone! Back in college I would load up on caffeine all semester long and then detox during breaks. Usually I spend the first couple days relaxing and hanging around watching TV and hanging out with the family. I’d take an Advil if I got a bad headache on the first day and avoid coffee the rest of the break. It worked it out pretty well. The thing is I never did that after finishing my internship, I jumped straight into studying for the RD exam and wedding planning. Therefore my caffeine addiction has grown to an absurd obsession. I love the adrenaline rush I get with coffee and I find myself drinking more and more and more. Although I’m extremely productive, the adrenaline rush that comes with coffee also produces a stress hormone known as cortisol. Cortisol when repeated released daily causes negative metabolic changes in the body including increased fat storage and inflammation. So, I’m doing my body a favor and trying to cut down. I started by avoiding it this weekend and tomorrow I plan to bring a smaller cup of coffee to work made with half regular coffee half decaf. My eventual goal is limiting it to an occasional cup a week and going for green tea and dandy blend instead. The only child brat in me doesn’t do well when I’m told I totally can’t have something, so instead I’m just telling myself I’m cutting back. I’ll go from there!
Past Healthy Habits Challenges
- Week 10: Drink More Water
- Week 9: Focus On Making Balanced Meals
- Week 8: Be More Present
- Week 7: Avoid Soda
- Week 6: Spend 15 Minutes Playing and Cuddling with Missy Daily (my cat)
- Week 5: Throughly wash all produce
- Week 4: Meditate Daily (at least 10 minutes)
- Week 3: Get enough good quality sleep (at least 7-8 hours)
- Week 2: Limit tasting during cooking and food preparation
- Week 1: Wait one hour between dinner and dessert
I know I said I wasn’t going to the store, but I went anyway… I didn’t get that much though!
– Cereal and Almond Milk (Puffins)
– Vans 8 Whole Grain Waffles
– Cranberry Date Quinoa Breakfast Bars
– Green Chile and Cheese Breakfast Burritos
– Canned Chicken Breast Pita/Sandwich
– Pizza Turkey Meatloaf Burgers/Salad
Sunday- Pizza Turkey Meatloaf or Burgers
Monday- 5 Ingredient Cheesy Brussel Sprouts and Chicken Saute
Tuesday- Mexican Rice Bowls (from paleoomg.com)
Wednesday- Wing it, 5 Minute Omelet Bowl or Healthy Homemade Corn Dogs
Thursday- Tuna or Salmon, Green Beans, Sweet Potato
Friday- Grilled Cheese or Egg Sandwiches
Saturday- Wing It
This week I’m doing 50-75% of what I’ve been doing. From here on out I will be following the 2 weeks max force followed by one week at 50-75%, and repeat plan. Even though it seems like I’ve been doing just a bunch of walking and light lifting, I know I need to be careful rehabbing so that I don’t flare up my injury. I’ve actually been incorporating walk/runs into my workouts which has been awesome. So this the tone it down week which is fine cause it’s going to be a busy one, I plan to base it off of what I did last week.
Here is what I did last week:
Monday- 1 mile walk/ upper body workout
Tuesday- 2 mile walk (1/2mi walk, 1/4mile run, 1/2mi walk, 1/4mile run, 1/2mi walk) & Upper body workout
Wednesday- 2.35 mile walk- 43minutes & upper body workout
Thursday- walk 3 miles~45 minutes (1/2 mile walk, 1/4 mile run x 4)
Friday- upper body workout
Saturday- 3.12 miles (1/2 mile walk, 1/2 mile run, 1/2 mile walk, 1/2 mile run, 1/2 mile walk, 1/4 mile run, 1/4 mile walk) ~ 41 minutes and upper body workout
Upper Body Workouts are all form the 30 Day Upper Body Challenge from Eat, Drink, and Be Skinny —-> see post here from when I started the challenge.
Questions of the day:
Have you ever taken a break from caffeine?
Do you tone down your workouts one week a month to help with the recovery process?
I have tried to cut coffee before but it always ends in going right back to it. I only drink about 16oz black every morning so I’m ok with it.