I can't believe it's been over 3 weeks since my last post. I've been waiting to feel better so I have good news, I guess. Well, I am starting to feel a little better. When I'm not screwing things up for myself.
For the past few days the protracted withdrawal has let up significantly. Much less pain. I felt so good I thought I could handle a cup of coffee. I had the first cup in the evening, and I felt pretty good. The next day I had a cup in the morning, and I felt good for a couple of hours, and then I felt awful for a couple of hours. Repeat the next day. Today, though, I am not sure it is the coffee causing the problems, it could be a new vitamin I started. So today I am taking neither coffee nor the vitamin, and tomorrow I will try just the vitamin. We shall see.
Why do I keep beating myself up with coffee? For me, there just seems to be a big feeling of well being that comes from coffee. I don't think it is just the caffeine, because I don't get the same feeling from other caffeinated drinks. But if it is making me sick it is obviously no good for me.
The other good news is on the exercise front. Since the holidays I have been walking a little more regularly, and I haven't noticed any increase in protracted withdrawal due to that. I've also been doing some mild yoga, and that is going smoothly too. So that is going well. I have a lot of recovery to do on the exercise front, but hopefully if I take it gradually it will continue to go well. Also, I think the cooler weather is a big help.