No Coffee April was a Success! {Monthly Challenge for April}

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At the end of March, I announced on the MORE facebook page that I was giving up coffee for the month of April! The reason for this decision was explained a couple weeks later in my informative post about Adrenal Fatigue.

I wrote that I don't know for sure whether or not I suffer from adrenal fatigue, but there are two issues that really impact my day-to-day life and are very likely linked to impaired adrenal function:

  1. Having a very difficult time getting up in the morning, and not feeling "awake" until a couple hours later
  2. The afternoon slump when my energy goes down and I lose motivation and patience

As I write this, all I can say is WOW.

I was genuinely just curious to see if giving up coffee would actually make a difference or not in those two areas. I did not doubt that the break would be beneficial, since my increased dependence on coffee since Baby Bear was born was something that bothered me.

But honestly, within a few days I noticed a difference! By the end of the month, I looked back and realized that I was MUCH more alert when I got up in the morning and I rarely experienced that afternoon slump.

Sure, there were a few times when I wanted to give in and have a coffee, but one of the things that has become very important to me is to follow through on the commitments I make to myself. I am very good at following through with commitments I make to others, but I have never valued myself enough to follow through on my own commitments.

Even though it was a CHALLENGE (umm hello, it was supposed to be!) I found the experience to be so empowering and encouraging that I have decided to challenge myself with something different each month!

One of my fellow contributors on Whole Family Strong, Suzanne from Surpassing Greatness, issued a challenge and I decided to join her! I knew for the past few months that I was making and eating a lot more chocolate-flavoured treats than I needed to be, so I made the decision to give up chocolate for the whole month of May!

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Now, I'm not really asking you to give up chocolate with me (unless you feel you have become reliant on chocolate, like me.)

What this is really about for me (and I hope for you too) is that I don't ever want to be mastered by food. This is especially crucial for me due to my past issues with food addiction. Being able to give something up for a month (non-essential, of course) should be easy! But unfortunately that isn't often our attitude.

We don't want to miss out. We don't want to feel deprived. We think we "deserve" it.

But as I shared above, the experience of giving up coffee was empowering and encouraging! I enjoyed following through on my commitment and it felt great to know that I no longer HAD TO HAVE my cup of coffee every day!

I have actually found giving up chocolate to be more difficult than coffee. The first four days I felt a little grumpy about it--which to me is a good indicator that I needed to give it up for a bit!

One of the things that I have reminded myself stemmed from a brief exchange with my hubby a couple days in...

I told him, frustratingly: "I can't have chocolate!"

His loving response: "No, you are choosing not to have chocolate."

This was his reminder that I made a choice, a commitment, to give this up as a benefit to me. As soon as I start with the "I can't" it leaves me feeling deprived and punished.

So if you decide to give something up with me, I encourage you to look at it as a positive thing for you. Choose something that is legitimately beneficial for your emotional, spiritual and/or physical well-being!

What do you think? Is there something you would be willing to give up for the rest of the month of May with me? Comment below!