It’s been a little more than a month since I started this journey. I haven’t had a cup of coffee since September 9th, haven’t played a game (except for Scrabble with my mom) since the same. My Xbox 360 is gone, and although I know I’m missing out, I strangely am not missing it.
I’ve spent much of my new time sleeping. Before, when I would coffee fuel myself I’d stay up after my wife went to sleep and play video games, or do other really nonproductive things. I’d stay up regularly until 1 am. Nowadays, my bedtime hovers around 10, and I’m trying to push it a little earlier. I’d like it to be around 9:30, all things being equal.
This newfound sleep gives me the energy I needed to hit my day properly, particularly with no coffee or caffeine. I do have a cup of white tea from time to time, but probably in the order of 1 cup every 3 days, not 6 to 8 cups in one day, and white tea has considerably less caffeine than coffee. I just enjoy a hot drink.
I’ve been less cranky. I’ve been less of a dick to my kids (not that I was always that way, but I was definitely on edge more). I notice now, that when I do lose my temper, I find it coincides with going to bed too late (thank you 9pm political debates and exams to study for).
I still am trying to balance classwork, family time, and work on my goals. I don’t have enough time for all – usually just two at a time. So far, family life has been suffering. I need to plan and have more family time, but I have to make progress on my life goals too.
I’ve made little progress on my journey of faith, and moderate progress on my book. I’ve made some good strides (heh heh) on my marathon progress, and have completed my early goals of giving up caffeine and games, and of creating this blog (now to the task of keeping it up to date and current – an ongoing struggle).
When it is time to die, let us not find out we never lived – Henry David Thoreau.