Some people say coffee is good for you, others say it is terrible for you. I am definitely one who says coffee is great for me…for my soul at least. I am addicted to the taste and definitely I am addicted to the process of making coffee.
I love the smell that spreads around the house when I make coffee at home. I love to grab my little mug, sit down on the couch and read, work on the blog or watch TV. Slowly sipping on a warm cup of coffee is the best.
My dad usually makes coffee for my mom, sister, and I in the morning and brings them upstairs. We just sit in bed and talk, sometimes for hours, sometimes for just couple minutes, but those times are always very valuable family times. I drink my coffee with honey and a little bit of milk.
When I used to buy drinks in coffee shops, I always got the sugary, sweet, delicious – delicious lattes. So much added sugar, very little actual coffee. I knew it was bad and I needed to stop doing that or at least minimize those times…and this is how I came up with the idea of the February challenge.
Like I mentioned in my previous blog, How I fought back against my chocolate addiction, this year I am doing something new each month. Something that is good for my mind, for my body, and for my soul. In January, I did not eat chocolate at all, which helped me lose weight, and helped me decrease my chocolate cravings. I guess this means it was good for my body, but was it good for my soul? 😀 But back to the point:
In February, I did not drink coffee.
I started drinking a lot more green tea, instead of all the lattes and it not only helped my weight loss, but it was easy on my wallet too. But damn it was hard… I missed the process of making coffee, I missed the taste and I missed my little coffee mug! I can’t use that mug for tea…nono…that little mug is designated for only coffee drinking.
- I lost weight! – 3 pounds which I believe is the result of drinking less sugary drinks. I also worked out, but not more than usually and did not change my eating habits either. So I would like to think that is the reason…
- Saved money! – Every time I said…if it wasn’t for the challenge, now I would get a coffee, I wrote down $4 in my phone…turnes out in a month that saved me $56…eeek
What I learned…
- When ordering drinks at coffee shops, ask for sugar free options
- I go to coffee shops less. I set my monthly budget for $15…must stay under that price. No exceptions.
- I definitely love my morning ritual but now I drink coffee four times a week and green tea three times
So this is the conclusion I got out of my February challenge. These challenges are nice because they make me realize things I haven’t realized before and make me change towards a better and smarter ($56??? What the heck was I thinking) me.
Questions for you:
- What is your relationship with coffee?
- Do you prefer coffee or tea?
- How do you drink your coffee?