Though it took several months beyond my 40th birthday, I finally saw 180 on the scale. In the course of 18 months I’ve dropped a solid 20 pounds. What started as my 35 Day No Caffeine Experiment led to a series of lifestyle changes which had a long-term affect in taking-off the belly fat. The truth is that it’s hard to get started but the momentum has led to an ever easier series of decisions for what I ingest in my body. Fundamentally the move away from the 20 year habit of drinking coffee (which has been permanent) has led to a revision in how I see food and energy.
I used to feed on caffeine and sugar to boost my energy. The truth is that it was a counterfeit version of energy, short-lived and fleeting at best. By diverting from the quick fixes I’ve noticed a long-term vitality that comes from more exercise, good food and letting my body naturally float through the variance in levels of energy through the day as opposed to the quick fixes. I no long move through the day on artificial highs of caffeine and white sugar. Don’t get me wrong, I still drink tea many mornings sweetened with honey. I eat a piece of chocolate now and again as well. What I don’t do is to depend substances to buoy me up.