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Hi. My name is Sharon and I'm a caffeine addict.

Hi Sharon.

I've been off the caffeine for 12 days now. Thre are some minor changes, like at night I'll be watching something or doing homework and all of a sudden *OMG I'm tired and I can't keep my eyes open!* This is generally sometime between 11:00 and 12:30. Since I've been known to be awake until 1:00 most nights this is probably a good thing. Just not something I'm used to. 
I don't need my ritalin as much at work because I don't have the caffeine fighting against it.
I'm a little more awake in the morning. A "little more" is actually a pretty major thing for me because I am not now, nor have I ever been, nor to I expect to be a Morning Person. *shudder* It's just not in my genes. I inherited my dad's Night Owl gene.
But the biggest difference?

Oh dear gods do I have to pee a lot now that I'm drinking water instead of Diet Mountain Dew!! I'm peeing so often I now know the cleaning ladies schedule of when the bathroom will be closed! This is a good thing, right? It's more natural to drink water and it's cleaning out my system, right? 

This caffeine thing is hard but I'm determined to make it stick this time. Do I get a special coin when I hit 30 days? 



*edited to add*  

Has anyone else out there ever noticed a correlation between caffeine consumption and finger nail biting? I'd noticed before that I seemed to bite them less when decaffeinated but didn't give it much thought. Then yesterday I noticed that a couple of my nails are getting long (for me long means there's a couple millimeters of white at the tip) and thought about it. I haven't really chewed my nails in about the last week or so... hmmmm.

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hellbob
Feb. 22nd, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Wow, almost like you're a real person...
hellziggy
Feb. 22nd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Almost, but not quite! :)
dibsy
Feb. 22nd, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Of all the things that I quit, caffeine was the hardest, but the most rewarding. When you come to visit rest assured that we have a LOT of decaf options.
hellziggy
Feb. 22nd, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Like wine? :)
dibsy
Feb. 22nd, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
Red wine, whisky, vodka, beer, rum, brandy, white wine, cider, stout, gin, porter, etc...
kniblet
Feb. 22nd, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
So, I'm going to be the only caffeinated one? That just sounds wrong.

I bite my nails. The only thing I've found that keeps them looking reasonably decent is weekly manicures. TG you can get them pretty cheaply in the city.
hellziggy
Feb. 22nd, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, we won't look down on you for your little vice. :P
kniblet
Feb. 22nd, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
You're a good friend. *sniff*
scubagrrl
Feb. 22nd, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Ha! I love the penguins! I'm a caffeine addict too. I notice that if I manage to stay away from it for a while, I have less problems with my girl-time. Congrats on needing less ritalin and not biting your nails! :)

I do notice the extra peeing thing with water. Drinking soda, it takes a while to process. Drinking water, one hour exactly, and same quantity as went in. I'm trying though; I brought 1.5 litre bottle with me to school today and I plan to *not* buy anything that tastes good to drink. I will drink my water.
hellziggy
Feb. 23rd, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Well there's also that whole caffeine dehydrates you thing too.
jmanna
Feb. 22nd, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
day 6 for me. I have noticed the 'must.sleep.now.*zonk*' aspect myself. Only for me it's 9 :30. I'm falling asleep on the couch watching TV like an old lady. The afternoon nap attack is even easing up at this point.

No idea what effect it's had on my sleep paralysis though.
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