Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cold Turkey

We all know I have a slight.. cough.. ahem.. addiction to something. (see here, here, and here.) So I have been trying to wean myself from my liquid sidekick. The only problem is that the headaches have started.

I have never experienced a caffeine headache until this weekend. We didn't have any Diet Coke in the house, and I was just drinking water. I didn't even notice until Saturday night when I got my first splitting headache. It was bad. But I didn't think it could be because of a couple days without Diet Coke. Then the next day, I had one all day long. One so bad I didn't feel like doing much of anything but laying down in a dark room.

Then on Monday when it hadn't gone away, I started thinking it might have something to do with caffeine. Well Monday night I went to my parents to have dinner and I spotted a can of caffeine just waiting to be consumed by little old me.

I wanted this headache gone, so I drank it. What's funny is I almost instantly felt better. I didn't notice it at first and then.. "Hey, my headache's gone!"

So I drank one more can, and went about my business for the rest of the night. That's when the caffeine took effect. I started talking faster than usual, which for anyone who knows me, knows that faster than usual, means road runner fast.

I couldn't sleep that night, I kept waking up and I just wasn't tired. I don't want to go back to it, but if that headache comes back, I don't think I can say no. This sounds like an abusive relationship doesn't it?

Which brings me to the conclusion that Mr. Diet Coke.. doesn't want to break up. Is there a solution I'm missing? I just want to let him down gently.


sonya audrey said...

I wish I could help you but my addiction is so bad that if I don't have something caffeinated by 9 am, the splitting headaches come. I wish I could quit, but I need it!! lol It does sound like a bad relationship. I guess I figure since it's really my only vice, I'm allowed.

jane said...

try to stick it out. you´ll feel better- i promise:)

MisterE said...

Don't do it. It's not worth it. Just my two cents.

Cate said...

green tea twice a day for a month. no, it isn't the same, and you'll still feel horrible for a few weeks, but then it'll be over. just like breakup. this too shall pass.

The VIPs said...

just barely kicked the habit (pepsi for me) and it surprisingly it wasn't that bad. Awhile ago I'd cut it down from multiple cans per day to just one to cut out the calories and recently just stopped- no headaches. Maybe the key is just to take it slow?

rob said...

Switch from Coke to Coke. It's in the sock drawer.

Pauly said...

I have and will give up everything else but they'll have to pull the Diet Dr.Pepper can from my cold, dead hands! OK, maybe that could be classified as a touch extreme but hey, I love my Diet's really a beautiful relationship! =)