I've heard it takes 21 days to create a habit, or in this case, break it.
Hi, my name is Kelli and I'm addicted to caffeine.
I had to quit. My doctor made me do it. Now, I wasn't super addicted that I needed ungodly amounts of the stuff. Just a consistent stream of Mt. Dew right in the arm...
Really, I just needed one a day (plus the occasional Starbucks) otherwise, I would end up with a killer headache that usually turned into a migraine.
The kind of pain that leaves you balled up on the bathroom floor (because the cold tile comforting and proximity to toilet for the inevitable yacking). The kind of pain that was causing me to go through imitrex like they were pez. And at $50 for a 9 pack, it's a habit that adds up quickly.
The migraines didn't start until my early 20's. Blame my late-arriving eye problems, introduction of hormones, stress, staring at a computer, whatever. I'm not sure what caused them. But, I've been doing what I can to get rid of them, so the doc suggested I give up caffeine.
Does he not know that I need it? I don't drink alcohol [that much]. I don't smoke. I eat sorta kinda well. Either way, this is my one indulgence.
But, if it's somehow related to the migraines, I will gladly give it up.
And I did. 25 days ago. Luckily, it was after a 3 day migraine so it didn't hurt me like usual. On most days, if I didn't have a Dew by 1 p.m. I was in pain.
I really thought this was going to be harder. There's a half a case of MD in the pantry that I really don't know what to do with. I see it, but oddly, it doesn't taunt me like I thought it would.
The hardest part has been finding new things to drink. I chug water like nobody's business and enjoy a lot of lemonade.
And the migraines? I haven't had one yet, but if the caffeine was the problem has yet to be seen.
So, what's your favorite non-caffeinated drink? I need something new.