Short post this evening! It’s day 12 without energy drinks. Thankfully the headaches subsided a week ago, and I’m sleeping much better according to the alarm clock on my phone (which sits on my bed whilst I sleep). I haven’t really missed energy drinks that much, except late in the afternoon when it sometimes hits like it did today at work at around 5pm.
Overall, I’m pretty glad I cut out the energy drinks. Perhaps I should work on all fizzy drinks next? I just wish I cut down more gradually than I did: those headaches were a bitch.
Instead of having a medicinal chemistry lecture today we got to listen to Ziggy Shipper tell us about his life as a Polish Jew during World War 2, how he managed to escape to the United Kingdom to survive the Holocaust from the grip of Germany during the 1940s.
His overall message was not to hate, for there is no reason to hate somebody. He doesn’t hate the Germans, for it was not their crime but their grandparents. He spoke for an hour and a half and it literally felt like five minutes because it was so interesting.
One regret that he mentioned was that he had was not being able to thank his grandmother for bringing him up as they got separated in the concentration camps and she sadly died the day her camp was liberated never seeing freedom. He said he wished he had a chance to thank her for bring him up, and that he was the man he was because of her.
The whole talk was very interesting for me personally as growing up in Australia meant that I didn’t get to learn very much about the European side of WW2 at all. Seeing Ziggy talk from personal experience was fascinating, and seeing him in person really brought it home much more than I’d ever learnt at school from books.
So nearly a week has passed with energy drinks! I did have Lucozade Cola at lunch today which apparently contained 0.012% caffeine or some small amount but I’m not going to count that. I didn’t have a red bull or monster, relentless or rockstar! Pretty proud of myself! I’m actually pretty tired now which is nice, time to go read a book (A Game of Thrones!) or play a game (Dragon Quest IX!) before I crash.
I even got a free thermos (it’s red by the way!) at work today, neato. I filled it with ice water for bed not coffee… don’t worry.
Ouch. I think I realised I had a problem after I took this photo at the university library the other week.
I was probably drinking an average of 1 to 2 cans of various energy drinks daily. (Rockstar Guava is the best energy drink ever. No debating.) It’s never caused me much problems until this week. It just continued the vicious cycle which crashed and burnt spectacularly this week. Withdrawal fucking sucks. Remind me never to take hard drugs, kthx.
After my late night library sessions earlier in the week I drastically (subconsciously, I think) cut back on my caffeine intake. I’ve probably had three cups of coffee since Tuesday which is something I should probably be really proud of. If my head didn’t feel like it was about to explode at any given moment.
I woke up yesterday (Wednesday) with a massive headache. As in, it hurt whenever I moved. Getting up hurt, having a shower wasn’t a fun experience and I ended up calling in sick for uni and lazing about all day feeling sorry for myself occasionally taking some painkillers. Today I went in to uni to get my feedback on the poster I’d handed in. (Size 40 is too big… Whoops!)
I got through that lecture and the headache returned for some more punishment. I decided that I probably wasn’t going to get anything done so I let my lecturers know that I was going home. I slept all afternoon and still feel pretty shitty.
Hopefully tomorrow involves less headaches and more feeling better. I don’t even want to think about work on Saturday currently! I think this may be my catalyst for getting healthier, sleeping more and generally not consuming as much crap as I have been known to consume in the past.
I don’t expect I’ll go caffeine free, I’m not that silly. I’m just going to avoid energy drinks!
November has flown by, it’s nearly Christmas once again and I’m getting swamped by university work and games. Mainly by uni work, because I insist on not doing it when I really ought to. The ten hours of Skyrim I played were amazing, but I really need a few solid days to get into it properly. Which isn’t going to happen! I preordered Saints Row the 3rd on Onlive to get a free microconsole, which did work out pretty well seeing I got a free copy of Tropico 4 since the console was delayed. Still haven’t played Saints Row yet, though.
And I now have three lab reports to write, and three assignments due next week, and Mario Kart 7 to play on Friday (if Amazon manage to deliver it, that is).
No blog posts for three months. Wow. Well I kept updating my tumblr because that required no thought process. Just reblog, or occasionally post a picture I found on Reddit!
However, since I’ve now passed my first year at university I have all the time in the world at my hands! And boy is it a weird feeling. What should I do? Game? But what game?! Read? Which book? Cross-stitch? I’d rather not right now… Argh…
Hopefully this blog will help me to focus my creative energies and avoid procrastinating the summer away. That’s the idea anyway.
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