Okay - so how about we try to cut back a little bit at a time. How about the first couple weeks you shoot for one pot a day. You can drink the same number of cups a day, just make the portion a little smaller. What do you think? We'll see how things go after the first couple weeks. Sound good???
I worked with someone on weight loss and she told me from the beginning, "I'm here to lose weight, you'll never get me to stop drinking coffee!" Two months later she drank one cup a day only 5 days a week. She went from 21 cups a week to 5 in two months. One of the keys for her was she exercised and ate healthy, so it just became natural to get rid of another unhealthy thing in her life. She said the exercise helped make her feel better than the coffee, so it was an easy choice.
Just something to think about. Let's find a way to make it work for you!
Hi, I'm new too, but I have a water tip. I bought one of those Nalgene bottles (any bottle with measurments on the side would work, but these come in cool colors and have other benefits-can be found at camping stores). They come in diffent sizes, but I got the 32oz. I fill it up in the morning and drink out of it all day at work and then fill it up again in the late afternoon and drink that. I try to make sure I fill it up twice each day so I get 64oz (8 cups) of water. I even take it when I work out. This makes it easy to keep track of how much water you are drinking.
It might be the type of Artificial Sweetener you used. Crystal Light and most diet sodas contain Aspartame (Nutra Sweet). You might try Sacharrin (Sweet-n-Low) or ??? (Splenda). There are also natural sweeteners recommended by Atkins, I think one of them might be called Stevia? (Josh: Do you know?). If all else fails and if you don't seem to have blood sugar problems caused by sugar, go ahead and use sugar in your tea. You would still be getting rid of all those Calories from creamers and creams. (and those trans fats in creamers which are really bad for you)
Here is what I did with mine: I changed my coffee habit into a hot tea habit. I add lemon and artificial sweetener to my tea (and I find that I have to add more sweetener to tea than I ever had to add to coffee). After four months, I never even craved coffee anymore. Also, I keep seeing everybody around me go through colds that I don't catch so I wonder if the tea habit has strengthened my immune system.
If you try this, start with regular tea until you form an addiction to the tea: this is to get the creamer and sugar Calories out of your life. Then you can switch from regular tea to decaffeinated tea if you want so that you can count the tea as your water. If you end up drinking a ton of regular tea, make some of it decaf and drink extra water since caffeine is a diuretic.
I did the tea switch intentionally for awhile and then it became an enjoyable habit. I ended up loving tea and using coffee with creamer for special treats.
Great job on the water! SparkGuy is right, drinking water will make a big difference. Make sure you don't overwhelm yourself in the beginning. If you aren't use to drinking any water, try setting a goal to get 4 cups a day for the first couple weeks. Once you feel pretty comfortable with that, bump it up to 5-6 cups, and so on. Try to get a little better each day. The important thing to remember, and I'm pretty sure this will happen, when you have a bad day and only drink 1-2 cups or you have a bad week where you hardly drank any water, don't feel like you've blown it! The setbacks are part of the process, they are opportunities for you to learn something about yourself. Think about why you didn't do so well - did you lose focus, did you not have systems set up to help you, did you lose motivation, etc? Find a way to make it work and move forward. That's what it's all about. If you are committed to your goal and committed to finding a way to make it work, there is no stopping you! Make sure you have fun along the way!
Let us know if you need help with anything. "Coach" Joe
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Hi Crissy - welcome to SparkPeople!
Congrats on all the water you drank today. It seems like a small thing, but drinking more water can make a real difference. I didn't like drinking water at first, but now I don't drink much other than water (though I still drink coffee too, just a more manageable amount).
Do you get enough sleep at night? I found out I was in a vicious cycle where I wouldn't get enough sleep, then would drink a ton of coffee, then the coffee would have me wired at night making it hard to sleep. I think millions of people are in this cycle and it leads to a lot of zombies out there.
My strategy was to slowly cut off my caffeine drinking earlier in the day and get good sleep.
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