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Goal #2 – Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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!

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Goal #1: No Soda

 

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Goal #1 – No Soda

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 #1: No soda.

I have always heard these horror stories of people trying to change their eating styles, their eating habits, and how impossibly horrible it was. I had this co-worker who would complain and, truly, be in pain when it came to cravings. I have NEVER had something like that happen to me.

I have always wondered (I really hope I’m not the only one here, otherwise people are going to think that I’m really crazy) if I would be able to break a bad addiction. Alcoholism, cigarettes, so much more. I see the daily struggle through people’s social media posts and so much more – could I survive that? The thing is, I don’t want to get addicted to try!

Instead, I took on soda. Pepsi.jpg

I LOVE PEPSI. Not Coca-Cola, Pepsi.
I’m really specific here. It’s SOOOOOO good! Nothing tastes better with dinner after a big workout or even just eating certain foods – it just gets me. In an effort to make the caffeine addiction worse… I drank two cans at least a day for the last two weeks of December. A large enough consumption that those around me started commenting on it – good. I was trying to make myself addicted to it.

January 1st through January 21st was no soda.

Total survivor. It wasn’t hard AT ALL. So my question in regards to quitting bad habits still isn’t answered.

I will admit, I was very pleased to see, around Day 17 or so, I was eating a meal and I had my first craving. I just wanted to order a soda like everyone else but I got myself a peach lemonade which was delicious and thirst quenching. I was fine after my first sip.

Every single goal has a reward; that’s what makes the goals so much fun. It’ll be like Christmas every single weekend as long as I can keep the goal going!

Goal #1 Reward: 2017 Planner

This may have been the real reason as to why I lasted so long in regards to the “no soda” situation. I love anything organizational even though I may be one of the most disorganized people that you will ever meet. Pens, markers, paper, binders, folders, sticky notes, highlighters – gosh it just gets me REALLY excited!

I wouldn’t let myself get a 2017 Planner which allowed for a lot of frustration on my part through these first three weeks but, today, since I have not had any soda in 2017, I was able to put my order in for my new planner – a fancy one too! Extra incentive for me to keep following through with these 21 days goals!

Tune in for next week, I’ll let you know how Goal #2 plays out!