It’s one of those days where I woke up at 3:30am and couldn’t fall back to sleep. This doesn’t happen “often” but enough that it’s annoying. I feel like I always wake up super early on days I can sleep in a little bit. Does this happen to anyone else? Well, I think I have read all the blogs and I have already had a cup of coffee so what better time than now to Think Out Loud?
I was thinking about writing a whole post about this, but I survived 6 weeks without coffee. Not that I ever doubted my survival, but I knew it would be hard, and it was. In case you missed it, I gave up coffee for Lent. Rather than go into tons of detail, I thought I would just share a few thoughts about how it went and what I learned.
I think the hardest part for me was smelling coffee. I LOVE the smell of coffee, so when Rob would make it or someone would brew a cup at work it made me miss it a lot. After the first day, I don’t think I had any “withdrawal” symptoms (I had a bad headache the first day). However, when I was tired for whatever reason it was hard not to have that as a way to get a little boost of energy.
I think caffeine really helps my running. This should come as no surprise, as caffeine has been found to be a performance enhancer, I just thought that after a few weeks my body would adjust. Looking back on the time I went without coffee, my runs were slower, and I felt like I had less energy. As soon as I started drinking coffee again my runs improved greatly. I am planning to do a few runs a week without coffee, so that I can really benefit from a boost of energy when I do have caffeine before a run.
Lastly, I think that not having coffee helped me to be more in tune with how I was actually feeling in terms of my energy levels. There was no hiding a need for sleep with a few cups of coffee. If I was tired, I knew I needed to get more sleep. I think we can sometimes use coffee as a crutch to make up for not getting enough sleep, so this helped me to recognize that I may need a little more sleep than I once thought.
All that being said, I am happy to be back to drinking coffee!
On another note, we just passed the 1 year mark of closing on our house! April 11th will be the 1 year anniversary of when we moved. I can’t believe it’s been a year already! I really don’t know where the time went.
Things are coming together slowly. We still have a few empty rooms and our next project is trying to add on a deck. This will make me really happy to have a place to eat/drink/lay outside this summer!
I think I have adjusted to having a commute, although I will always miss my 5 minute drive to work! It’s funny how things work out, because a few months after we moved I switched projects at work and now my office is out here in the suburbs (15 minutes away) which would have been a really annoying commute if I still lived in the city!
The one thing I miss about where I used to live is being able to walk down the block to go to yoga. Now that Rob and I share one car, it would be kind of mean if I went to yoga after work and left him on his own to get home. Besides, with working longer/later hours I feel like I just don’t have the time or energy to go to a class anymore.
And a couple of random thoughts about blogging stuff, because why not?
-Has anyone else been annoyed with the recent changes to Bloglovin? Like when I go to the homepage it shows me all the posts that people I follow have liked, and I have to click “feed” to actually see my unread posts. It’s been like that for 2 weeks or so and I am still adjusting.
-There was a stretch of time where my Blog spam was out of control. (I clean out my spam folder every day to check for real comments that got lost in there.) I realized they were all on an on page that isn’t even on my blog anymore! So I deleted that page and it seems to have gotten better. How do spammers comment on a page that isn’t even live? I don’t understand.
I should write more posts at 4am. Clearly the words flow best at this time of day (with the help of some coffee, of course). However, there is something to be said for writing with a glass of wine as well. Different styles and thoughts, that’s for sure!
Have you ever stopped drinking coffee? What did you notice?
Do you use Bloglovin? Did you notice the changes a couple weeks ago?
Do you feel like the past year flew by? Was your life different in any way a year ago?