No Coffee and I Didn’t Croke? I’m Stunned


I woke up this morning at 4am, hungry as all hell. I got a light workout in, as I needed to get to work extra-early. By 9am, I realized two things:

1) The hunger pains aren’t as bad as I expected – but my stomach does make a rather embarrassing noise when it’s empty (if I were underwater, and my stomach made the noises its been giving off today, I’m sure a family of humpback whales would try to communicate with it), and

2) I’ve now gone over 40 hours without caffeine of any kind, and my world has not erupted into bedlam. I have no idea why, but I haven’t suffered from a caffeine headache yet, and I’m not exactly craving that venti Starbucks with half & half. While casting my liquid security blanket aside, I won’t swear off caffeine all together. I bought this funky-looking teapot, and I’m going to give tea a shot. I can drink tea without milk or sugar, so it doesn’t really have any calories, it has some flavor, and there’s something in tea that helps digestion and other stuff. How bad can it be? I mean, James Bond drank tea, right? (oh wait – that was a martini – shaken not stirred…..crap, I’m screwed).

The other killer for me right now is that I’m cutting out wine during the week. I thought this would have been a bigger deal than it appears to be thus far – but since I’m not eating after 3pm, when I get home, I’m not cooking….so I’m not popping a cork either. that doesn’t mean I’m writing of vino all together. HECK NO. Just during the week, while I’m developing this new routine, wine is a no-no for me.

I’ve also noticed that I’ve stepped up the level of cranky. I’m guessing that adjusting my eating habits and running on less fuel for the next few days will be a bit tough – I’m hoping I get used to it. Yesterday wasn’t a rough day for workouts, since I knew that most of my energy would be dialed in to sticking to the diet and being disciplined. Today was another story, though. I got an hour in on the bike, some weights, and a solid 45 minute run in this evening. So tomorrow morning will be the real test – I’m hoping to sleep well and wake up with enough energy to get a workout in before work. We shall see.

I am glad that I’m focusing on diet first, and I’m not letting the other stuff distract me yet. It’s only been 2 days…..19 more in a row and I’ve got myself a habit.

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TODAY’S REPORT CARD

Sleep: B+ (Got 7 hours in. Not bad on an empty stomach)

DIET: B+ (Day Two on this plan, and I stuck to it again. I’m shocked)

Swim: N/A (Not on the schedule today)

Bike: B+ (An hour on it, with a 19mph average. I need 20mph for an A. I’m a tough grader)

Run: B (45 minutes, outside. Relaxing but SLOW. That’s why I am working on the diet first – I’ll move faster without this baby grand on my back)

Strength: B (Worked out even though I ached a bit from yesterday)

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