My 2017 New Year’s Resolution was to take things one week at a time. I was going to do something different in that every Sunday I would start a new goal that I would keep for 21 days. The reason for 21 days is that my research told me that it takes only 21 days to break an old habit and form a good one. Changing my quality of life for 2017, one week at a time.
Goal #2 – You cannot buy coffee unless it’s a double/triple stamp day, on a gift card or a gift.
This next goal stems solely from the fact that, just like any other average American, I have formed a VERY bad coffee habit. I used to never buy gas, I would just use our farm account growing up and then, being a big kid, I took on that expense to which I quickly realized that I was paying more for a cup of a specialty coffee drink than I was for a gallon of gas and, SERIOUSLY, which is more important?!
This realization brought me to the second goal of my 2017 New Years Resolutions; do not buy coffee.
I knew that I would have to make some exceptions for this goal but I knew that saving money would be the ultimate goal. Here were the rules:
- You cannot buy coffee from a coffee shop or stand unless it is with a gift card, you have a coupon, a free punch card or it is a double/triple-stamp day (at Dutch Bros).
- You can make your own coffee.
Let me let you in on a little secret, I don’t actually DRINK coffee. I know, pretty funny right? I think that’s why I got such an addiction to coffee shop coffee because I WOULD be that person who would look at their friend in the drive-through and say, “I don’t drink coffee.” Then turn over to the barista and say, “I’ll have a one-shot, dirty chai tea with ninja turtle flavoring, hot please.” (Ninja Turtle is the my fall/winter go-to flavoring of mint and chocolate while my spring/summer go-to flavoring is Bob Marley which is banana and chocolate.)
To any of you that follow my snapchat (@KtSchr0ck) then you will be well aware of some of the frustrations that this goal created for me in week 3. The reason that I had also put the note that I could buy coffee on a multi-stamp day was because Dutch Bros does that about once a week meaning that I could still get a drink at least once a week but was typically twice a week.
Through the course of this entire challenge it has only happened twice.
The first time that it happened I was en route to the Tri Cities area of Washington meaning that I wasn’t in my hometown to take advantage of the deal. The second time that it happened was on Day 17 of the challenge.
You’ve got to be kidding me!!!
Needless to say, I broke my caffeine-addiction cold turkey.
Just kidding 😉
Although I didn’t break my coffee addiction, I did break the intense learning curve of how to be my own barista. No one in my family drinks coffee so we don’t even have a coffee maker at the house. We do, however, have one at work and with the help of creamer and a majority of a cup full of whole chocolate milk, I was able to start recreating a coffee drink that I could drink. It was a great afternoon pick-me up with an Oreo cookie to dunk.
Goal #2 Reward: S’Well Water Bottle
I wanted to keep up with the trend of getting rewards that continue to help promote my good habits so I rewarded myself with a S’Well Water Bottle, two actually. I have a goal scheduled to fire up shortly (basically just waiting on this reward to get here) that has to do with drinking more water during the day.
I figured these fashionable water bottles would help me remember to drink more water consistently!