If you have been reading my blog the last couple months, you may know that I gave up soft drinks as part of my goal setting for 2011. (Well, reduce my intake by 90 percent. I knew that I would have a hard time getting through the Super Bowl without a soft drink.) However, I set my goal at 90 percent for that very reason: I wanted to allow myself some slip-ups so that I wouldn’t be tempted to just throw away my goal at my first ‘failure’. Therefore, my ingestion of a glass of Sprite during a football game wasn’t really a failure, it was allowed as part of my plan. (After 43 years, I have finally learned something about goal setting!)
Anyway, since I gave up pop, I still crave the occasional caffeine boost. The winter is long and cold here, and sometimes my energy level can just kind of plummet. So, I have changed vices: I now enjoy a cup of coffee every other day or so.
This is a big deal to me. I have hated coffee my whole life. However, did you know that if you add milk, sugar, flavored creamer, etc to coffee, it can actually taste pretty good? It is even better if you start with a flavored coffee to begin with! I had no idea. I had just closed the door on coffee all these years, until now. Of course, the thought of black coffee straight up makes me want to gag. But sweet, smooth coffee is quite tasty.
What I love about coffee is that I feel great after drinking it, in a way I never felt after having pop. I have an incredible burst of energy, especially if I drink it in the early afternoon. (If I drank it after 3:00 pm, I would be up all night.) I usually have an energy lull after lunch, but not if I plan my one cup of coffee for that time! It is funny because I know many people need their morning coffee, but I get nothing out of it if I drink it in the morning. Give it to me in the afternoon, and I am a whirlwind! I don’t even crash! To think I have been missing out on so much productivity all these years. If I used my energy for housecleaning instead of work, my house would look amazing. Or, maybe I should exercise during this ‘energy high’ .
So, am I the only one that has ever given up one vice and ended up with another? I have to say, I don’t even feel bad about my new love of coffee, as it is actually somewhat good for you. That will be covered in another post though.