Caffeine & sugar update 

Still have the odd caffeinated coffee but have mostly given up and they increasingly taste strange. No further side effects from stopping. Having decaff with a sugar substitute but hope to kick that too (so does my dentist!)

Tried decaffeinated tea but have not liked any so far. Easier to have green / herbal / fruit teas or hot water with lemon & e.g. ginger (in autumn/winter).

Sugar is harder – overall improving, especially last month but not as much progress as caffeine removal. Hardly ever used to eat any sugar / chocolate / desserts but they crept in when I lived in Oxford.

Online sugar (notifications & social media) harder too but some incremental improvements. Have turned off all yellow notifications & social media icons from mobile phone home screen. Inoreader is enlightening in showing the temptation to continuously consume news but notifications now off.

Have a friend who is ex pharmacist and trains smoking cessation trainers. She has a poem by Portia Nelson (below). We discussed a 6th hole/time & my friend said the 6th is others who pull you back in. Probably same with many types of addictive behaviour and self discipline. 

For example family and friends who only want to share their life using online tools – peak Facebook has probably passed and technology companies will not be able to implement anything else without excessive coercion and force. It won’t be solved by anything manufactured or coded. There are better things to do & focused self discipline the only route.
There’s a hole in my sidewalk – Portia Nelson
I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I fall in.

I am lost… I am helpless.

It isn’t my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I pretend I don’t see it.

I fall in again.

I can’t believe I am in the same place.

But, it isn’t my fault.

It still takes me a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it is there.

I still fall in. It’s a habit.

My eyes are open.

I know where I am.

It is my fault. I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I walk around it.
I walk down another street.

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