Bitter Goodbye

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I’ve had quite a love affair with coffee over the last 31 years. So much so that I have a tattoo of a coffee cup on my forearm. I’ve read books about the history of coffee. The smell of coffee makes me feel warm and fuzzy, a sort of virtual happy place triggered by the aroma of that roasted elixir.

In Puerto Rican culture it’s not unheard of to give kids, tweens, and teens a little cafecito with a lot of milk and sugar, but I actually didn’t develop a coffee habit until I was 19 when I had my first latte at Cafe Roma in Berkeley. Ever since, it’s been lattes on lattes on lattes. I like black coffee, too. Let’s face it, I like it every which way. #yaycoffee

About 8 weeks ago, I started having palpitations that I had never experienced before. I don’t feel particularly stressed though, like everyone, I have a lot on my mind trying to manage the normal pressures of life. I had already cut down my coffee consumption to half because I had been feeling more anxious than I wanted at night. Honestly, I may have always felt that way, but the more in tune I am with my body and my health the more I realize that I can probably do even more things to make me feel more optimally. But the palpitations were new and a tiny bit worrisome.

I have not had any caffeine for over a month, and GODDANGIT I feel much better. All palpitations went away. When I started my no-coffee experiment, I drank caffeinated tea and though the palpitations were better, they were not entirely gone. So out went all caffeine. And now no more palpitations. No more anxiousness at night. I do not have drops of energy at all, my moods are better, and I sleep great. UURRGG, which means I’m saying a very real farewell to something I once considered my favorite food group. RIP beloved liquid security blanket; bye toasty cure-all.

(P.S. don’t feel too badly for me …every morning I now drink a homemade Rooibos Chai almond milk latte, which hi, delicious.)


Friday’s Workout

1 KB Swing to Goblet Hold
8″ e-load to squat
10″ hold at bottom of squat
8″ c-load to stand

B. 5 Rounds on the 3:00
(2 mins to do work)
200m Run (85% RPE)
6 Plank Up DB Drag
Max second HS Hold

C. Tabata Core Mash Up:
1. Bicyles
2. Knee Up Press Downs
3. Legs Up Reach Ups
4. Legs Up Butt Ups

Saturday’s Workout

2 RDS of:
10 Burpees
10 Squat Cleans (95/65)
100 DU
400m Run

Sunday’s Workout

250m Row
1 Wall Walk
250m Row
2 Wall Walks
250m Row
3 Wall Walks … etc
*At the 10 min & 20 min mark, 800m Run*

Monday’s Workout
6:30am-8am AND

Oak Park’s 12 Days of Christmas

1: 200m Run

2: Deadlifts (225/155)

3: DB Thrusters (55/35)

4: Burpee box jumps (24/20)

5: CTB Pullups

6: Jumping lunges (2-ct)

7: RKBS (32/24)

8: Flutter kicks (4-ct)

9: Toes to bar

10: DB Walking lunges (55/35)

11: Anchored Sit to stands

12: Renegade rows (2-ct) (55/35)



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