7 Day without Coffee, Here’s How it Affected Me

Nov 08

7 Day without Coffee, Here’s How it Affected Me

I started drinking coffee probably 15 years ago and I immediately fell in love with it. I can honestly say that I haven’t gone more than 2 consecutive days without coffee in those 15 years. I have a morning routine that I like to stick to and it always includes coffee.

A normal morning includes a cup of java from my heavily used Keurig. I try to stick to only one cup a day but there are times when I’ll indulge in a second cup. When I’m not cranking up the Keurig, I like to go to Starbucks and a couple of other coffee shops in Atlanta. A couple of them are so familiar with my wife and I they start fixing our coffees as soon as we walk in.

Why The 7 Day Challenge?

I was inspired by my wife who recently decided to give up meat for a certain period of time. I asked her why and she said it was for various reasons, maybe she won’t mind if I share why at a later date. After discussing her reasons for giving up something she loved for a certain period of time, I told her I would give up something for 7 days.

The first challenge I tried was something I like but not necessarily love, beer. I’ll have a brew a couple times a week. When my week of no beer was over I felt a sense of accomplishment but there was no real change in how I felt about beer, I guess because it’s not something I feel like I have to have anyway.

Now coffee is a totally different ball game. As much as I hate to admit it, I feel like I have to have coffee in the morning. When I don’t get my coffee I’m irritable and I have terrible headaches. So this is going to be a much bigger challenge than the beer for me.

Day 1

I just completed day 1 and it wasn’t too bad. I made it through with the help of some green tea, which was very mediocre compared to coffee in my opinion. I didn’t really have any headaches and I wasn’t too irritable.

I started this challenge on a Sunday so I spent most of the day watching football and napping. Maybe the fact that I used minimal brain power is why I was able to get through the day so easily, but it also could have been the green tea.

I’m not putting too much emphasis on day 1, I’m anxious to see how the rest of the week goes.

Day 2

I just made my tea and it’s just not doing it for me. I tried to make it taste better by adding lemon and honey but it’s just not working.

To make matters worse I have to meet someone today at a Starbucks. This meeting was scheduled before I decided to do this challenge so I guess I’ll just have to have one of their teas, which are pretty good, so I think I’ll be alright.

Once I walked inside of Starbucks the smell of the coffee hit me in the face like a Mike Tyson punch, but I didn’t break. I ordered a tall peach green tea lemonade and it was actually pretty good. It does have a little caffeine in it so it knocked the edge off a little, but what I really wanted was a caramel macchiato.

To make a long story short I made it through the day. I did have some moments of weakness and I thought this might be a stupid idea, but I didn’t break. Besides, it’s just day 2, I’m not even halfway through.

Day 3

I’ve been up and moving around for about 3 hours and surprisingly my head isn’t hurting. I had a pretty good breakfast and all I’ve had to drink is water and orange juice. I do intend on having some green tea because I’ve been told and read that it has many health benefits.

Even though my head isn’t hurting; I still really want some but it isn’t as hard to not drink it this morning. I hope the rest of my day goes as well as my morning has. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed in hopes that I don’t start having urges throughout the day.

Later that day I decided to have some tea but instead of green tea I decided to have some chamomile tea. It’s caffeine free and supposed to have a lot of health benefits too. I thought about trying to go the entire day with no tea but watching other people around me drink coffee and smelling the coffee didn’t help with what I’m trying to do. So this tea is going to have to work.

Day 4

Today I had to get up super early and normally when I have to get up hours before I usually do I’ll have a cup of coffee to go. Well since I’m not having coffee I decided not to have anything, and nope I didn’t have tea either.

The day started off okay but the closer it got to noon the worse my head started hurting. Now I thought I had overcome the “no coffee headache” but obviously I didn’t. The pain in my head was radiating from front to back and then it was just a constant pulsing behind the back of my right ear.

By 1 pm I couldn’t take it anymore. I didn’t have coffee; but I did make a cup of green tea and I added a little honey. It helped a little bit but it didn’t resolve my headache and irritability. If I had to rate my headache on a scale of 1-10 before the tea it was about a 7 or 8, after the tea it went to 4.

I’m over halfway done with this experiment and I can honestly say that not having coffee is affecting my energy, focus and concentration. I’m having a tougher time doing tasks that I normally breeze through.

Day 5

Today has started off pretty good. I’ve been up for a while and I feel pretty good. My head isn’t hurting and I’m not experiencing irritability.

I don’t know if my workouts have anything to do with how I’m feeling but I did go to the gym last night and I pushed myself pretty hard. I usually go to the gym about 3 or 4 times a week anyway, so I’m no stranger to the gym. I guess I need to work out tonight and tomorrow and I’ll see how it helps with my headaches and irritability.

It’s almost noon and my head has started banging and the irritability is back. All I have to say right now is I want coffee. My wife is sitting beside me with a big up of coffee and it smells so good. She offered to take it into a different room but I told her not to, I’m going to punish myself to the fullest, it’s going to make my next cup so worth it.

Day 6

Well today I woke up with a headache but it’s not as bad as it was earlier in the week. I did have green tea this morning but I waited until 11:30 am just to make sure that the reduced headache didn’t get worse.

My desire for coffee isn’t as strong as it was earlier in the week either. I don’t know what’s going on with me but I’m not feeling like I have to have coffee this morning. If I wasn’t participating in this experiment, I’d probably still have a cup because I love the smell and the act of drinking coffee but I’m not feeling like I need it to survive today.

I guess I spoke too soon. Around 2 pm my head started knocking and the irritability began to increase again. Honestly I feel like the only thing that can fix my problem is coffee.

Day 7

Today started off similar to Day 6. It’s about 10 am and I don’t really have a headache or irritability at the moment. I don’t know if this is going to last because during Day 6 all of my “No Coffee” issues started around 2 pm. I’m also going to hold off on tea for now and see how long I can go with nothing at all.

While hanging out with my family my headache slowly started festering up. I knew I was going to have to do something about it because I didn’t want to spoil the day with my family and I didn’t want to take an aspirin; I hate taking pills of any kind.

We made a Starbucks run and I got peach green tea lemonade, but this time I got a grande. Now don’t get me wrong, I would have much rather had a caramel macchiato but it knocked the edge off.

At the end of the day I felt a sense of satisfaction. For many people going 7 days with no coffee my sound like nothing, but for me it was a tall task. I can’t wait until tomorrow; it’s going to be a joyous day.

Finally

I made it, the wait is over, now where’s my coffee?

 

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Cold Calling is Played Out

Jul 18

Cold Calling is Played Out

I’ll be the first person to admit that inbound marketing is the future of marketing…heck it’s the present as far as I’m concerned, but it’s easy to see why so many small business owners get frustrated with the process of inbound marketing.

If you’re reading this you probably understand that inbound marketing isn’t for people looking for quick success. The problem I’ve had with promoting inbound marketing services is that new business owners hear the term, like it and want it without truly understanding it. I always end up trying to discourage them from solely using inbound marketing to get things going and incorporate some outbound tactics into their marketing efforts.

What Should New Business Owners Do?

For starters let me reiterate that I am a big advocate of inbound marketing and that all businesses, new and seasoned should have an inbound marketing strategy, having said that, it’s not always enough. I think the thing that makes inbound marketing so enticing to new business owners is that it sounds like they can get people to start blowing their line up without them having to do any uncomfortable work like door to door sales, cold calling or face-to-face networking.

The fact of the matter is that marketing is all about having strategies in place, not just one strategy but multiple strategies. Think about it like this, if you were looking for your lost kitten in the middle of a park, wouldn’t your chances of finding your kitten increase if you had multiple people helping you instead of doing it by yourself?

Marketing works the same way. Think about each strategy as another friend trying to help you find your ideal client…which would be your kitten in this wacky example I just used. The more friends or strategies you use the better results you’ll get with your marketing efforts.

Conclusion

If you’re a new business owner you’re going to have to face the fact that you may have to do some uncomfortable things to get your business off the ground. Some inbound marketing experts may try to sell you on the notion that all you have to do is put out good content and Tweet and the clients will just come rolling in.

It doesn’t work like that. Content is a big part of the equation; actually bigger than it’s ever been, but you’re going to have to go out and rub elbows with people. Face your fear of rejection and pick up the phone and reach out to people and demand their business. This is most definitely not the most glamorous side of being a business owner but it is a necessary side.

As your business grows and your marketing channels expand, you’ll find out which ones work best for you and which ones don’t. In the meantime make sure that you become a content generating machine because inbound marketing should always be part of the equation.

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Fewer Kids Are Playing Multiple Sports

May 25

Fewer Kids Are Playing Multiple Sports

At what age do you think kids should pick one sport and stick to it? Years ago kids were encouraged to play multiple sports throughout high school and it wasn’t too unusual for many of them to play two sports in college. Today things are a little different; kids are encouraged to stick to one sport at really early ages and every sport seems to be year round now.

Good for the Sport

I’m not sure if this is good for the kids but it has to be great for the sport. If kids are playing one sport for three or four months, it’s easy for them to get out of rhythm in the other one. I don’t care who you are, if you’ve only been playing basketball for three or four months, it’s going to take a while to get your arm in shape and get your timing down when baseball season comes around.

As for the kids that are sticking to one sport, well they are always going to be ready to go. Sure they’re taking a breaks here and there but not months at a time.

Some people may argue that this may be true for basketball, baseball and a few other sports but not for football. Well I’m here to tell you that times have changed for young football players too, especially skilled position players. There has been an emergence of 7-on-7 football tournaments all throughout the offseason. Many of the teams aren’t high school teammates. It’s just like AAU basketball and travel baseball, these teams are formed by training facilities that are more times than not, run by former college and NFL football players.

In addition to 7-on-7 tournaments, these kids do a lot of 1-on1 drills that focuses on developing the passing game to unexpected heights for teenagers. They also work on speed and agility, strength training and general football knowledge.

This is great for the game because kids are more advanced at an earlier age, which is why we are now seeing so many freshmen enter college football ready to play.

The same concept holds true for other sports as well. Kids are doing sports specific workouts during their “offseason” along with more games during their AAU seasons in basketball and travel baseball/fast pitch softball.

Bad for Kids

As good as year round training may be for the sports, it has to have some drawbacks. There are some kids out there that actually love multiple sports but are being told to make a choice. Even worse, there are kids out there that like one sport more than the other but they’re being told that they have a brighter future in the one they like the least.

What happened to just letting kids have fun? Shouldn’t they play more sports if they want to all throughout high school? Are these training facilities good for kids? These are just a few questions I’d like to hear other people’s opinion about. Tell me what you think?

@geestubbs

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I Worked Out In The Middle Of The Day and Loved It

Sep 30

I Worked Out In The Middle Of The Day and Loved It

What is the best time of day to exercise? Is it in the morning before you go to work or in the evening when you leave work? Most people prefer one or the other but seldom do I hear or see people working out in the middle of the day.

Now I know that’s not possible for most people because they’re working in the middle of the day but let me tell you, I recently did it and I felt better than I have ever felt in my life.

What Did I Do?

I’m glad you asked. I really didn’t do anything different than I normally would. It was my day to do shoulders and biceps and little cardio, so that’s what I did. I didn’t change anything about the workout or go against the grain, but for some reason it gave me a different feeling. I felt more alive, I had more energy and I seemed to have taken some type of super drug.

Now like most people that frequent the gym or workout on a regular basis, I’m accustomed to getting that feeling that comes from the release of endorphins. I also know what it feels like to miss a couple weeks and try to get back into the swing of things, but that’s another topic. What I’m trying to say is that this was new and kind of weird.

What Was That?

So right now I’m trying to figure out what in the world that was. If I could I would workout in the middle of the day more often, but like many other people, I have to work and my schedule doesn’t usually allow it. But I promise you this, when I am able to exercise in the middle of the day, I’m going to take advantage of it.

Conclusion

I will be doing some research on this and as soon as I find out what this was, I’ll make sure and blog about it.

If you know what causes…I don’t know, extra endorphins to release (that’s what I’m going to say it was) from working out during the middle of the day, please leave me a comment.

 

Geestubbs

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What Time Should You Workout?

Feb 09

What Time Should You Workout?

What’s the best time of day to exercise? The answer to this question is totally up to the individual. In most cases, a person’s job affects when they hit the gym.

Personally, I like working out in the evening. After a long hard day at work, I use exercise to help with my winding down process. After a good workout and shower, it’s usually time for dinner and then it’s time to relax a watch a little television.

My wife on the other hand likes to get her workouts done as early as possible. It helps her wake up and it gets her day started in the right direction. She tried working out with me in the evening but it just wasn’t a good fit for her. She enjoys cooking dinner but after a long workday and a tough work, the last thing she wants to do is cook dinner. Which has caused us to have to suffer through my cooking or order out, which is another story.

So there really isn’t a perfect time to exercise, the goal is just to get it done. Find out what works for you and your schedule and find a way to make it work. There are some people that use the excuse that they just don’t have time, but we all know how to make time for what we really want.

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Take Your Diet Day By Day

Jan 30

Take Your Diet Day By Day

Have you ever completed a week of clean eating and at the end of that week you feel like you’ve climbed to the top of Mount Rushmore? Eating clean can be difficult, especially if you don’t have a good game plan.

The mistake I used to make was waiting till Friday before I assessed my eating results. I noticed a trend that I just couldn’t break. I would usually have a pretty good start to the week and then I would fall off track around Wednesday or Thursday. There were a couple of times when I messed up as early as Tuesday.

Failing week after week was so frustrating because I just couldn’t seem to stick to a routine. My intentions were good but my execution was all off.

Once I started assessing my meals on a daily basis, I was finally able to have some success. The goal I set for myself was very simple. I would usually have the same thing for breakfast every morning.

  • Oatmeal with fruit
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • Coffee

I give myself a little more freedom during lunch. Just as long as I can exercise good portion control, I try to keep lunch pretty open.

As for dinner, this is where I run into problems. Before I started planning out my dinners the night before, I used to wing it; simply put, I’d figure it out when dinner time arrived. I would start the day with good intentions, but 2-3 times per week I’d end up getting fast food or frozen pizza.

My goal for dinner time is to keep portion size low and carbs to a minimum, but this is easier said than done. If I’m tired after work or I have to go somewhere after work that forces me to come home late, my plans to cook something healthy are over.

Day by Day

Since my problem has never been breakfast or lunch, I decided to start planning out my dinners the night before. I have a few go-to dishes which included boneless chicken breasts, flank steak, asparagus, sweet potatoes and lettuce, so I try to keep my fridge stocked with these items at all times. Every now and then I may deviate from these choices but it’s usually a conscious effort the night before.

Assessing my progress day by day has allowed me to have better weekly assessments. No longer do I feel like I’ve failed when Friday comes or that I’m starting over from scratch when Monday rolls back around. I end each week feeling like I’ve climbed to the tip of Mount Rushmore.

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Online Health and Fitness Training, Is It Right For You?

Jan 22

Online Health and Fitness Training, Is It Right For You?

Joining the gym and getting a personal trainer sounded like a great idea at the beginning of the year but for some people they are realizing that the traditional gym setting isn’t for them.

It can be really discouraging if you’ve been away from the gym for a while and you get sandwiched between two bodybuilders or two marathon runners on the treadmill.

Online Health and Fitness

People that have been away from the gym for a while need to have a place where they can feel comfortable getting back into the swing of things. I’m a big proponent of online training. That’s right, you can get everything you need by logging on to the web, especially if you’re just getting back into it.

Gyms are structured with the regulars in mind. Men have large egos and we really don’t want to be seen bench pressing if we aren’t even half as strong as the other guys around us. Most guys will say that it doesn’t matter but deep down it does.

Ladies are a little more open about it. They don’t mind telling anyone that they don’t want to go to certain gyms for whatever the reason may be.

People need more options to get in shape and the traditional gym setting may not be the best fit for many people. More trainers are using the internet to reach their clients. The great thing about cyber training is that both parties can be in different locations. All they need is internet access and the sessions can begin.

Let’s Get Started

If you’re interested in trying out cyber training, there are many options available. You won’t have to worry about competing with other gym rats are trying to find a gym that suites your needs. The internet has made it possible for us to live our lives in unconventional ways.

If you’re interested in online training with Slab World, fill out our contact form and someone will contact you.

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