Posted on | October 30, 2007 | 6 Comments
I drink way too much coffee. From years of traveling I’ve gotten rather used to microwaving a cup of water and dumping in some coffee-like powder whenever the urge hit me.
Since 2002, my schedule has been chaos. My days and nights are often reversed without warning (due to work or travel). In my industry, your phone is likely to ring at all hours of the day because something on a network broke. Odd sleeping patterns combined with normal work load stress can’t be good for you. My band aid for this problem has been a steady stream of coffee.
There’s now a graph on the left-hand sidebar of this blog that is charting my coffee intake. I did not realize how much coffee I was consuming until I began logging each cup. I was alarmed to realize that I was consuming 8, 10, sometimes up to 15 cups of coffee per day. I should say “mug” instead of cup, so those numbers could be multiplied by 1.5 to get the actual cup count.
I immediately slowed down, then I began feeling horrible!
Caffeine is (undoubtedly) addictive. Any soda junkie will tell you that. If you suddenly decrease your caffeine intake, almost immediately you begin suffering from:
- Insomnia (go figure!)
And many more things, depending on the drinker. My attempts to slow down on the Java began two months ago and its really been a battle. I must remain productive, I need to produce a certain amount of lines of code bi-weekly in order to pay the bills.
I’m allowing myself 2 – 3 cups in the morning, one cup after lunch and one cup after dinner. That’s 5 cups a day, still a little heavy, but much better than what I was consuming. 3 cups (mugs, rather) is my ideal goal, one mug in the morning, one after lunch, one after dinner.
I’m hoping that keeping this little graph will keep me mindful of my intake so that I can continue to concentrate on reducing my consumption.
Amazing how quickly bad habits can get way out of hand though a simple lack of paying attention to them.