Last month I ran 20 miles, and got into a really good routine of lifting weights and doing sit ups. I want to continue this, but one area I really want to improve is what I drink. For the month of August I’m going to try:
First, I don’t think any of the above are necessarily bad, I’m just not good at doing them in moderation. With coffee, I end up relying on it to wake up in the morning, and I end up having it everyday. I wish I could have it once in a while…but that always seems to turn into every day really quickly. Soda is similar. I promise myself to only drink sprite, but that quickly turns into Dr. Pepper and more caffeine. This all just makes me feel really out of balance. Super tired in the morning, then caffeine high, then crash. These are also totally worthless calories I don’t need.
Part of the battle is just breaking the cycle. If I can get off the caffeine, I’m usually OK. But without being able to rely on it in the morning means I need to get a good night’s sleep. If not, I can easily fall back into the coffee problem (especially when I have work.)
As for alcohol, I don’t really drink too much, but I don’t sleep very well when I have it. That means I usually wake up tired, and coffee sounds really good, and the vicious cycle starts all over.
So I want to get rid of all three of these for the month. It will save me thousands of calories, and even some money. I need a little break from water, so I’ll probably do milk in the mornings, and maybe some V8 Splash for a treat.
Otherwise, writing all this reminds me how important a good night’s sleep is in this whole equation. Don’t wake up tired, and you won’t be as tempted to have that coffee. For some reason I don’t like just going to bed. Sometimes I’ll watch TV, watch something on my phone…but I think the best thing I’ve found for helping me get to bed quick is reading.
So here’s to a whole month (or most of it…I just started today) of healthier drinking.