Sunday, January 11, 2009

Which Would Be the Bold, Brave, Right Decision?

I'm hooked on sweet fast-food iced tea. One large one a day.

It used to be two, and I successfully cut back to one.

The reason for this moderation is that caffeine is for me a bit of a depressant and an anxiety builder.

My remaining one large cup can still muddy my skies a bit. And I keep drinking it anyway.

The obvious wise choice would be to drink only a small one or quit altogether. But a lot of the time I'd rather drink the tall one and risk the 2 or 3 hours of being a little more jumpy and overcast.

That's a lot of time to maybe not be at my best. And I don't seem to care enough to do anything about it. So, Ideal Self, what are you going to do about it???

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mamie said...

I'd rather be pleasantly numb from drinking one Bombay Sapphire martini, straight up, two very large gin-soaked olives on a pick. Unfortunately, I feel very bad after consuming such martini because I cannot only drink one without consuming two or three more. Three martinis makes me stupid and very, very drunk. So I stopped. It didn't seem worth it to be my "worst self" for the sake of a mere drink (or two or three).

Quit. You'll feel an amazing sense of accomplishment AND feel better. It's a fine thing to give yourself. You deserve it.

K.B. said...

Hmmm. Would this be Resistance, Peggy?

kenju said...

I'd be inclined to gradually reduce my intake, if I were you. Since I'm not you - I'll continue my intake of a large Bojangles sweet tea everyday! I need at least ONE vice, don't I? The sugar is worse for me than the small amount of caffeine we get in tea.

Lynn Green said...

A parties, I love a martini.
One or two at the most.
After three I'm under the table.
After four I'm under the host.
--Dorothy Parker (more or less)

Well, if using Splenda or some other artificial sweeter along with using decaf tea is not an option, I'd decide how I want to feel about myself at the end of the day and take the steps you want to get it.

For example, you might try using "sippy cups" and challenge yourself to see how long you can make it last. Reward yourself when you make your goal by doing something fun like cat juggling!

billie said...

Can you reduce to a medium as the first step? If necessary have them put the medium amount into a large size cup with more ice! :)

Peggy Payne said...

You know, it appears that I'm not the only one to have these little wrestles with substances. Lots of good ideas here. I did cut down to a medium yesterday. And I mean to do that much/most of the time. That's as far as I'm willing to go just now.
But a sippy cup! Now that I hadn't thought of.

And Dorothy Parker has the final word on so many things. I quoted that poem at lunch today.