September 26, 2009

Latest Commitment! Jitter Quitter

I set an intention at the beginning of this project to never choose a commitment which contained the word “no” in it. For instance, I could do 12 days of eating raw, but not 12 days of eating NO cooked food. Or I could do 12 days of silence but not 12 days of NO talking. So this morning when I was emotional, sleep deprived, lacking in nourishment and shaking like a leaf after drinking my morning cappuccino, it seemed pretty obvious to me that I needed a break from coffee, but how could I make this commitment without using the word “NO”? Not only that I had already come up with another ambiguous 12 day commitment, one that was much more ephemeral, hard to explain. As I sat shaking I spoke my thoughts aloud, “Maybe I need to do 12 days of no coffee?” I suddenly had a bunch of friends joining in, committing to doing it with me. It became obvious I needed to do this. Comradery is great, accountability is great, 12 days without coffee will do great things for my body...but what about my commitment to not using the word “NO”?

So this is my 12 days of drinking tea, my 12 days of limiting caffeine, my 12 days of not drinking delicious, creamy, sweet, fluffy foamed cappuccinos at my favourite coffee shop in the whole world...sigh

I commit to drinking nutritious and beneficial liquids which don’t induce hand jitters. I commit to let my withdrawal from the oh so lovely substance that may not be named drive my entries during this commitment. Expect tears, anger, temper tantrums, hissy fits, bargaining, name calling, pleading and possibly eventual acceptance and surrender...though I make no promises.

I want a coffee so bad right now!

(Oh and as a side note I realize that I actually HAD a coffee today, that this is how I came to this commitment, I am going to call it a freebie though. I considered not drinking coffee for the first day of the next commitment, but then decided that that was CRAZY TALK!)


  1. A little tidbit of info for you, if you decide to go back to drinking coffee after this commitment is over: the darker the roast, the less caffeine and the more flavor. If your favorite coffee shop is willing to accommodate, have them make your cappuccino with a very dark roasted bean and see if that helps.

    I would like to be able to say that I wish I could join you on this commitment, but then I would be lying to you and I respect you too much to lie to you! LOL. {{{hugs}}} because of how hard this will be for you (or I'm just projecting how hard it would be for ME to do). But I have ALL FAITH in you and your determination, B, and I hope this hasn't come across as non-supportive! <3

  2. LOL well I am 4 days in and still doing ok...I do miss it though, keep smelling everyone elses coffee.

  3. Uh huh...the smell alone would do me in. If I could make it into a perfume, I would wear it! LOL.