If you have been to one of my classes at some point you know my coffee cup was never very far away. I’ve read the blogs and listened to the podcasts that say “a coach should never be drinking coffee during class.” I thought that was cute, coffee is life…well was life.
It Just Happened
I woke up on a Monday, looked at my partner, and said “I’m done with coffee.” You can imagine the shock, we have a coffee pot, French press and Nespresso in our 5’ x 6’ kitchen. We have a small space and prioritize coffee. I would usually have a coffee with a shot of espresso in the morning and then another coffee or latte in the afternoon. Sunday’s were a day of caffeination, I would drink coffee pretty much all day. It was magical!
A Little Bit Nerdy
Coffee, at roughly 200mg of caffeine for 10 oz, can keep cortisol levels elevated. Cortisol is a hormone that helps our body respond to stress. If your cortisol levels stay elevated, meaning you stay stressed, it can have very negative effects on weight training, body composition and recovery. Long story short high cortisol levels mess with your gainz, no good!
If you’ve been anywhere in the United States you know, it was a Long winter. I was living on coffee. We made some changes at work, I have been doing some really deep emotional work and it was cold, like really cold, I was in a full stress spiral. I went three full months with very little sleep, two colds, two flus and I was a wreck. It was time to control the things I could and that meant no more added stress, coffee had to go. I needed to give myself the best chance I could to sleep, to restore, to let my body and spirit breathe.
Life After Coffee
For the most part, my life has been caffeine free. I will have a matcha or a green tea from time to time and with a drastically reduced caffeine intake I can sleep. I woke up the second morning and told my partner “if this is what sleep is like, I’ll give up coffee forever.” I’m still working hard on the other ways to manage stress and do the work I love. I’m also working with Coach Anna on my nutrition and it’s been a game changer, check her out!! If you find yourself in a stress spiral, check in with yourself, what are the things you need to do to help yourself out?
Sara Mozingo is the Co-Owner, head coach, and programing wizard at CrossFit Icehouse. When she’s not developing rep schemes and diving into the nerdery she enjoys hanging out in nature hiking trails or climbing rocks with her side-kick Mr. Mosely.