Yup. Gave it up. Cold turkey. I was sick of relying on lots of coffee to make it through a day. It was getting bad: 2 cups in the morning (2 mugs, so bigger than the traditional "cup") and at least another big coffee, often an americano, in the afternoon.
I was also waking up groggy every day; unable to snap into it until I had my beloved coffee. Warning, you don't want to "cuddle up" with me before my coffee haha. As the day went on, I think coffee was starting to have the opposite effect on me by making me more tired. Without that afternoon jolt, I became a zombie. Naps were often not possible, but very highly desired. So I was constantly sipping on a coffee throughout the day. Starbucks, or wherever I could get my fix, loved me (emphasis on the -ed).
The severity of this addiction hit me when my life slowed down a bit this summer--less training, less school, etc--yet my "need" for coffee was still high. So about two or three (can't remember now) weeks ago, I decided to experiment on myself to see if I'd feel better sans joe. It was worth a shot.
Day 1-3: It was hard not drinking coffee mostly because I mentally desired to drink it, not because I felt physical withdrawal symptoms like headaches. I can be mentally tough even if I smell it brewing in the house.
Day 4-to now: Then it got easy, and I quickly started feeling great--all day! No afternoon sleepiness, no zombie, no urge to nap even on my super busy days, and best of all: no groggy feeling in the morning. I suppose I'm now a delight to be around in the a.m. But I guess you'll have to get the opinions of others for that answer :)
Again, my life isn't very stressful/go-go-go right now (for once!) so I can't say hands down that NO coffee is the only reason I now feel energized all day (no caffeine = energy? sounds backwards). But nevertheless, this change is helping me; my caffeine addiction was very bad.
And all that money I spent on americanos is either being saved or going to the occasional kombucha... but not so much kombucha as of late given the kombucha-has-too-much-alcohol-and-is-off-the-shelves ordeal. I really need to start brewing that stuff.
So that's my coffee story.
D made a good point, though, once I get back to real training, I may need that coffee again :)