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Friday, June 27, 2008

The Life of a Caffeine Addict

So, I got up early this morning and went jogging for the first time in probably a year. This isn’t the start of some major athletic or endurance routine for me. I do need to lose a few pounds, but that is not the reason for my decision to wake up at the crack of dawn either. You see—I am a caffeine addict. I drink two energy drinks a day and each energy drink has the equivalent amount of caffeine as one cup of coffee. (Personally, I think the caffeine content is much higher.)

Recently, I have noticed that my energy drinks are not “working” any longer. Even after two full glasses of the drink, I still feel tired and worn out with the need to nap in the afternoon. This is not good, I have been thinking. It used to be when I first started taking the drinks (it is a packet that you mix in water) that my body would start to warm up (yes, really). I would feel the need to get active and my spirits would be lifted. Nowadays, it takes more and more of the drink to get the same effect.

I know what you’re thinking: Why not just stop drinking your power drinks? Well, the answer is not that simple. You see, the reason I started drinking them in the first place was because my kids wear me out physically and mentally. I have three little boys ages three, four and five. I have a 2200 square foot home to pick up after them. Add to that the daily demands of friends, social events, school, home needs and leadership responsibilities and you get a good mix of lethargy and mental breakdown. Caffeine is my Over The Counter medication—my fix-all.

Does it do a good job? YES! However, it is time to do something different. Only one problem…there aren’t enough vitamins, minerals, amino acids, health food or aspirin to fix this screwed up woman. Instead, I’ll have to jog in the morning to wake me up followed by a can of coke until my body is depleted of all its regular levels of caffeine (about two weeks worth), then start my caffeine routine all over.

If I lose some weight—all the better.

If I lose my sanity—heaven save us all!


The Mayberrys said...

I was addicted to caffine when I was working back in Texas. I had to have a DR Pepper around 3pm everyday or I would just crash and burn. Exercising kicked that habit and it will do the same for you. Although I still enjoyed my DP once in a while, I did not have to rely on it anymore.

La Gringa said...

Sorry I am starting at the beginning of your blog so commenting on an early post.

I raised three boys by myself from the ages of 7, 5 and 2 until present day - they are 22, 20 and 16 (to be 17 in August). Not as close in age as yours but I always said that if I had it to do again, I've had had them closer in age.

They are high energy when they are young but I want you to know that I am having an absolute BALL with them now. It's no cliche that the time goes quickly..!!!

And judging by my friends who have daughters - I think I'm glad I had three boys and not three girls...!!! ;-)

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