Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Want coffee

When a friend from long ago wanted to get pregnant, she went to great pains to ensure her body was a temple of health before, during, and after. I remember raising my eyebrow at some of her more extreme measures and quietly shaking my head. Now it's my turn. And guess who's doing the same thing? Ah, the irony. Let me be a shining example of it.

The soonest I can get the go-forth-and-propogate blessing from my doctor is in August. In the meantime, I've been charting my temperatures, looking up baby clothing patterns, and just generally getting all baby crazy. My latest "do something" plan is to cut out caffeine.

Generally, I don't drink a lot of coffee or tea; perhaps three cups a week. But as soon as there's a self-imposed rule against it, it's like I've got to have it. Yes, I know that they say you should limit caffeine but you don't have to cut it out completely. But, like that dear friend of mine, if there's anything I can do to increase the chances of conception and a happy healthy baby, I'll do it.

On Weight Watchers, we're taught that if we want it, we can have it. Chocolate cake? Chips? You can have it! Doesn't quite work in this scenario. I like caffeine.

Even still, beggars can't be choosers so I tried the next best thing and found a substitute. Decaf or "faux" coffee as I like to call it. I'm trying to pretend it's real coffee. If I squeeze my taste buds and mind juuuuust right, I can almost believe it.

But really, who am I kidding? It's like cauliflower fauxtatoes instead of the real deal. Okay, maybe not that bad, but perhaps caffeine withdrawal is making me exaggerate...but only a little.

As I sit here sipping a cup of fauxcoffee, it's become apparant that sometimes substitutes don't always work. If I can't have the real coffee, I might as well give it up completely until such time as a Teeny Trim comes along and is off breast feeding.

It's going to be a long year.


Michele L said...

Hey Tiny Trim. I am shocked how much we have in common. I just recently reached by goal weight (loosing 65 lbs) and I am on my way to becoming a life time member. I hope to become a leader one day too. It was really helpful reviewing your blog about going to their meeting for those internested in leading a group. And my hubby and I are in the process of getting pregnant too since I reached my goal. I have been doing all kinds of things too to help my chances and never thought about the coffee thing. I think I may give it a try, go from 16 oz to 8 oz a day, baby steps. I really enjoy your blog. I am a blogger myself and it's cool to see others on the same path. You're an inspiration!

ptg said...

While I tried to be as healthy as possible, me being crabby and pi$$y all the time if I gave up the caffeine was just too much for both me and my baby, so I just cut back to a few drinks a week. :o) I'm all for you doing all you can, but from what I've heard and from all the OBs I deal with on a daily basis, ALL of them say to just cut back. There's no benefit to going cold turkey for the baby.

JER29ELEVEN said...

If anyone can make the commitment, it's you, TT! You're a superstar!

Sassy said...

As a self-proclaimed coffee-o-holic, I recently proved to myself that I am able to do without it if I have to. You can do it.

PS You are inspiring to me to get a charm bracelet to log my weight-loss milestones! Great job. :D

Paige'smom said...

I was lucky!! I did not drink coffee until AFTER the kids.

Your reunion will be sweet when you get there!