So I have been gradually adjusting my preferences for coffee since November of last year and I am quite proud of my personal progress. I started out ONLY liking coffee if it contained about 4-6 of those little things of cream that they have at diners and gas stations and 3-4 packets of sugar PER CUP! No kidding!!! Under those circumstances I loved coffee but I just couldn't understand how anyone could ever drink it black.
Well after I'd successfully given up soda (minus the occasional indulgence, in which I realize cola doesn't even remotely taste good to me anymore - this coming from someone who used to REQUIRE 4 or 5 cans of Coke PER DAY!) I realized that it really IS possible to change your preferences through gradual modifications. I'm not lying here people, if you want to give up soda you really can and you WILL get to a point where you'll take a sip one day, thinking you're cheating, and you'll want to spit it out. I PROMISE! I watched my mom go through it and thought 'never, I'll never not like the taste of Coke'. Well I was wrong, as usual.
Ok so back to coffee. So I started to gradually modify my coffee tastes. First, I started putting 3 tbsps of sugar directly in with my coffee grounds pre-percolation. Why? It made the coffee just as sweet, but I was getting three or four cups of coffee when before I was putting that much sugar in ONE CUP. Add some skim milk and bingo, triumph #1. Then, once I'd adjusted to that method and it started to taste good, I dropped it to two tbsps. (It only took two or three weeks). Once I'd adjusted to that I dropped it to one tbsp. Then I realized that two tbsps of CoffeeMate had less calories and sugar than my skim milk and sugar routine. Pre-adjustment I would never have been able to drink a cup of coffee with only two tbsps of CoffeeMate and nothing else but I've adjusted my taste buds and now CoffeeMate has 8 billion flavors, all yummy, most of them only 35 calories per serving - so I switched, dropping an extra 27 calories off my cup of coffee.
Well I stuck with that ratio for several months but then decided I want to get used to drinking coffee black - maybe I'll use creamer on special occasions as a treat instead of a daily indulgence (because the shit isn't cheap!). So I tried reducing the cream but didn't like it, at all. Too much too fast - so instead I increased the amount of coffee in the coffee-to-creamer ratio. Once I'd adapted I could then start reducing the cream and I am proud to announce that today I am down to 1 tsp (teaspoon, not tablespoon) of creamer. WEE! I'm still counting the calories of a full serving because I'm too lazy to do the math on a tsp vs. tbsps. but I think, starting Monday, I am going to go creamer free. I'm going to TRY to drink black coffee all week next week but don't hold me to it because I might find it's just awful.
I actually tried to drink black coffee yesterday and couldn't gag it down - but I make my coffee really strong so today as I filled up my pitcher for the week I cut out 1 tbsp of grounds per batch (I prefer cold coffee so I make three or four batches of coffee in my french press and then pour them all into a pitcher and keep it in the fridge). Hopefully that will help. (I'm a dork, I know. I make uber strong coffee and then drown it in cream and sugar ... don't ask me why but that was just how I liked coffee before I started adjusting. Weak coffee was gross to me because it tasted like flavored water. I like coffee that leaves a little bit of coffe-mud in the bottom of your cup ya know? I'm odd, I know).
137 oz of water
1 cup of coffee w/creamer
1 Fiber One bar
1 tbsp peanut butter w/carrots
1 oriental chicken salad
1 serving sunflower seeds
1 serving cheese and crackers
Daily Caloric Intake: 1,156
Digging: The drainage trench I dug had started to fill up so I redug that this morning and extended it a little longer.
Filling holes: Ironically I also filled Vladdy's collection of holes after digging my trench.
Cleaning the yard: I washed the patio chairs, scrubbed out Vladdy's pool with a scrub brush, and hosed off the patio
Cleaning inside: I also cleaned the kitchen, picked up Shawn's dirty laundry, and cleaned the sheets on the bed
Walking: Distance unknown, short bursts here and there
Stadium steps: 3 times up and down