Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I'm Coming Clean... I'm Addicted...

Good evening Beautiful,

I hope your week is going well! Mine’s flying by as I’m trying to play catch up with all of the work I have from last week! Tomorrow I have all day meetings/trainings and then a work dinner after, so I apologize in advanced for not posting tomorrow and I apologize for not posting last night.. Gosh – I miss you guys! Friday will probably be spent catching up on work that I’ll miss tomorrow and BOOM, weekend is here! It’s the holiday social for my work on Saturday night and I’m really excited for it! I always love seeing and hanging out with the club associates that I don’t get to see often!
Ok so guys.. I have somewhat of an admission. It’s not something I’m proud of…. It’s been going on for like, a month or so, probably more. Basically, I guess you would say I’m “addicted” to energy drinks. I know, I KNOW… it’s bad, I know it’s bad, I’ve known it’s bad this whole time and I feel bad every time I drink one, but then it makes me feel good, and that’s why I keep drinking them. So it’s been 3 days without any energy drinks, however I’ve been consuming about 2 cups of coffee (Starbucks!) per day and a lot of green tea to help get me by. I’ve tweeted about my addiction twice today and the support from my followers has been amazing! I know a lot of you are probably shocked that I would consume something that’s so obviously bad for me…. But I’m human, and I make mistakes sometimes too – the good news is that I’m feeling better and better each day! I was at the grocery store today and it took a lot of effort to not go buy my typical sugar-free Red Bull but I didn’t do it, and I’m now sipping a coffee as we speak.
Obviously you know what this is leading to. I wanted to find out what’s in energy drinks and find out why they’re SO bad for you! So I did some research. Livestrong.com provided some good facts
  1. Emotional Health
    They may cause irritability, restlessness and nervousness. Since people vary in caffeine sensitivity, some people will experience an instant high and an intense crash. People with psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression may have a higher risk for the emotional side effects.
  2. Physical Risks
    Energy drinks are known to cause a rapid heartbeat and increased blood pressure and sometimes cause irregular heartbeats which obviously can be very dangerous.
  3. Addictions
    A lot of energy drinks contain guarana which is a Brazilian seed packing three times the caffeine of coffee beans. Because caffeine labeling is not required on beverages, most people are unaware of how much caffeine the energy drinks actually contains. The mild amphetamine-like stimulation and physiological dependency created by caffeine can create addiction resulting in headaches, shakiness and irritability upon withdrawal.
  4. Dehydration
    Because of the caffeine and guarana, energy drinks act as a diuretic causing dehydration in people if water consumption isn’t enough. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps, light-headedness and physical fatigue.
  5. Calories
    According to the Monster Energy Drink website, each can of Monster contains  2 servings, and in each serving these is 100 calories, 26g carbs, 27g sugar, 1.7mh riboflavin, 20mg niacin, 2mg Vit. B6, 6mcg Vit B12, 180mg sodium, 1000mg taurine, 200mg panax ginseng, and 2500mg of the energy blend (whatever that is??)
Needless to say – basically the only plus is that it wakes you up, but for me the cons out way the pros.So there – it’s out there…. I’m hoping this helps me get over my habit! Any words of advice would be greatly appreciated! I’m still craving them here and there but nothing too crazy so far!
I’m also admitting now that I haven’t worked out since Friday, and I won’t be able to work out until Friday if I don’t have a ton of stuff to catch up on from being out of the office yesterday… I really should just suck it up and workout on Friday regardless of my workload. Basically the reason I haven’t been to the gym is because of the following:
Saturday – I woke up, got on the road for 1.5 hours to Wingham. Once in Wingham I spent the afternoon and part of the night at my Family Christmas.
Sunday – I woke up, and we went out for breakfast with my Grandma and we hit the road to come back to Toronto and we got here around 2:30. I was really tired and wasn’t feeling the best so I napped when I got home, blogged, and went to bed.
Monday – Opened up my laptop and said “Good Morning!” to 300 emails. I worked from 8:30am – 5pm with no break and still wasn’t caught up on work.
Tuesday – Made my way through more of the emails from the later part of last week, and again worked from 9am – 5pm straight through.
Wednesday – Caught up on work emails from the beginning of this week and checked and returned some of my 36 voicemails. Luckily I’m almost caught up now.
Thursday – Meetings/Training/Dinner with my team from 10am – 9pm.
Friday – Try and catch up from Thursday emails and fit in a workout.
See… my life this week is nutso and I’ll be glad once it’s back to normal!! Maybe I will do a WOD on Friday since it’s intense but FAST... which is key when time is of the essence.
A lot of you have been taking part in the Frosty Fitness Challenge Week 3’s challenge, 100 push-ups! It’s so exciting to see how many people are participating and how it’s motivating you to get up and get moving! Have you been doing the challenge this week? If so – how many push-ups have you done so far?
And last but not least, the winner of the NourishTea giveaway is Elyse Reyes! I’ve sent you an email so you have 48 hours to get back to me to claim your prize! J
Stay sweet.
xoxo

12 comments:

  1. At least you're honest! Hubs is addicted to monsters! Gasp! So bad for him! I cut out coffee a year ago and haven't looked back. My skin is clearer and I use b vitamins etc for energy ;)

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    1. That's a great idea!! I don't think I'm at the point of giving up coffee quite yet, but hopefully in the future I can give it up too! :)

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  2. dont feel bad! i have a sneaky terrible addiction to diet pop. it's horrid!! i gave it up in august for a whole month, and then i planned on moderately adding it back into my diet.. yeah right! im back to like 3 cans a day already. blech. you are inspirng me to cut it out again though! i know it's disgustingly bad for me!! keep working hard to get the energy drinks outta your life!! LOL <3

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    1. Thanks Jenna! I'm glad to know I'm not alone! Let me know if you decide to give up the diet pop! :)

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  3. it's easy to find reasons not to do things, but sometimes that time at the gym is what will help you get focused and release a little stress so you don't need the drink :)

    i think we all have our vices, kudos to you for working on it

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    1. That's great advice!! Thanks for that... Your totally right!

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  4. Have you tried Mate tea? It tastes really similar to green tea and it's GREAT for energy, and good for you! It's from south america, I work at a tea store and lots of ppl love it. Good luck on kicking the energy drinks!

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    1. Ooo no I haven't, but thanks for the recommendation! I'll have to remember that next time I'm tea shopping!

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