Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Friend, Mr. Caffeine

Anyone who's talked to me about supplements, fat loss, and training knows that I'm a huge fan of fat burners and stimulants. Not necessarily that they're good for me or that I recommend them to others. In fact, let me put in this disclaimer right away: I do not recommend that anyone take fat burners or stimulants without first understanding what the ingredients are and how they act. Always do your due diligence in researching each ingredient, and test them out in small quantities if you decide to try them.

Ok, now that that's out of the way. I loves me some stimulants! :) I regularly have energy drinks, fat burners and green tea. Is all this healthy for me? Probably not so much. But for me, they're an absolute necessity when I'm dieting for a show. Without them, I'd have no energy and wouldn't be able to concentrate. The problem with using them so much before the show, is that after the show, I'm hooked on a significant amount of caffeine.

The first time I tried to wean myself off caffeine was earlier this year, right after the Jr Nationals show. I quit cold turkey, and promptly discovered that my body would spontaneously shut down and go to sleep. I'd be sitting at a restaurant with my boyfriend, having a nice conversation, and then next minute, I'd desperately be fighting sleep. We took a road trip up the New England coast that weekend, and I tried so hard to stay away, but ended up sleeping for at least half the trip. We ended up having to buy Monster energy drinks just to keep me functional throughout the weekend. So that ended the no-caffeine attempt.

Since then, I've cut back significantly; however, I still consume a fair amount of caffeine. Yesterday, I decided to quit taking the fat burner I'd been taking for the past month (Note to self: Fat burners are not effective if you don't have a clean diet), because I felt it was contributing to my feelings of anxiousness. I'm already nervous, anxious, and excited about my upcoming move, and don't feel the need to heighten those feelings at all.

So when I got to work this morning, I was really dragging. I was sleepy, unfocused, unmotivated, and anxious. I tried to function for the first hour, but quickly realized I needed to do something in order to be productive today. Luckily, I keep an energy drink in the office refrigerator for just these situations.

With a little help from my friend, Mr. Caffeine, I had a productive, focused day. I wish I didn't need it to function, but at this point, I have so many things I need to accomplish, I realized I'm going to have to continue to rely on it just for a little while longer.

To my friend, Mr. Caffeine ... thank you for helping me be productive today. And although you may not want to hear this, I'm going to try to put some distance in our friendship over the next few weeks. Just wanted you to be prepared. :)

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