Which way? What should I do? It's my last one.
"For fun" here in the Home Office, a bunch of us have been playing a little healthy-living game. Each week brought a new challenge. Drink water? No problem. Exercise each day? I'm on it. Five fruits and vegetables per day? What, you think I can't?
But last week was the big one. No caffeinated or carbonated beverages for the whole week. (gulp) My head hurt just thinking about it.
I've gone a day without Diet Coke within recent memory. (I can't remember exactly when, but I know I have. I do it every now and again just to prove I can.) But a whole week? I don't know. I guess back in the Army I'd come close sometimes. My reserve unit would go to the field for Annual Training, packed for battle.
During my years in a Field Service Company, "packed for battle" generally included a full-sized refrigerator in the company command tent, running off one of our generators. But during my years in a Combat Engineer Battalion, access was a little tougher. Still, I was an officer and a logistician. There was usually some errand or excuse at some point most days that could take me close enough to civilization to score myself a fix. So, even on my worst Field Training Exercise, I never went a week without caffeine.
Other than that, I don't know... I'll bet sometime as a kid I must have given it up for lent. (Although my family always practiced Lent Lite. You know; where on Sundays you could have whatever it was you gave up. So it wasn't like you had to go a full, cold-turkey 40 days.)
But I did it this time. Six Advil, spread out over the day on Monday. Two more Advil on Tuesday morning. Then it was just a question of fightin’ off the sleepies all week.
Interesting challenge. What about you? Ever tried to go without your morning joe?
PS: Oh and here's one from the insult-to-injury file – In case it didn't sink in for you from that description of the challenge (I know it didn't for me at first), beer is carbonated. (sigh)