In fact...I've always loved you.
Let me explain:
Let's go back in time....back to the glorious 80s....
Sure, I wasn't drinking black coffee as a six year old, but a little coffee ice cream? Coke for Sunday dinners? This is where the love affair started....back when Poison and slap bracelets ruled the world.
As a super neurotic teenage girl who was not about to waste calories on milk, I would take the $1.00 my mom gave me daily to buy milk and instead buy diet coke before track practice.
Yeah I know...the drink of champions. (don't tell my mom)
I remember my first Frappuccino. Starbucks mailed me a coupon when I was in high school. I got the Venti Mocha and was up all night. Glorious.
When I went to college, I was amazed that the dining hall had everything I could ever eat and drink. Including unlimited coffee and diet coke. Ah heaven! Staying up until 3 AM was no problem!
Even now as a runner, I buy the Gu and Blocks that are drugged.
And here I am at age 28....still loving the taste and feeling of these brews. For me it's a love for Coffee, Iced Tea, and Diet Coke - in that order. And I finally hit my limit a couple weeks ago:
I was sitting at my desk and all of a sudden, my eye started moving: Da twitchy eye! To compensate, I started sitting at my desk, holding my right eye still so that I could try to make sense of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets with more than 1 second of vision. It's kinda hard to work when your eyelid thinks its a hummingbird.
Of course, I didn't make the caffeine - twitch connection. It didn't occur to me my 3 diet cokes and 2 coffees could be possibly causing this.
I thought "OMG I'VE GOT MS! Or possibly ebola!!
But friends...this story has a happy ending. My bf's brother (an optometrist), was like 'uhhhh you should cut back on the caffeine." Genius. And amazingly, my vision is way better! In fact....I could probably beat you in a staring contest right now (maybe)!
All I did was cut down to 1 coffee and 2 diet cokes. Still kind of extreme? Sure. Should I cut down more? Yeah probably. But while my love may be a little unhealthy, I'm just not ready to break up. There's too much history there. And too much deliciousness.
Anybody else love this stuff?
Have you tried to stop drinking diet coke / coffee / tea / opium ?
Just kiddin' about that last one.