Coffeemakers and Diets
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Over the weekend, our coffee maker died. My husband is a Mr Fix-it, but was unable to make the necessary repairs. Three days of being deprived of his caffeine quotas had him quite edgy by Monday at supper time. I’ve never seen him so eager to go shopping in his life! Last night after supper, we headed out to purchase a new machine. But first, we made a stop at a coffee shop!
Once at the department store we spent quite a bit of time looking at all the models and makes of coffee makers available. There were the economy versions for $19.99 and the deluxe models at $179.00. Some had timers so that you could have the coffee brewing while you slept a few moments longer, some didn’t. Some would brew one cup at time, some 8 cups and some 12. Some were black or white plastic and some were stainless steel. And of course, I mustn’t forget – some used basket style filters and some cone-shaped. You can use throw-away filters or purchase the reusable type.
In the end, we purchased a machine that was 50% off and headed home. My husband is the coffee drinker so it was his job to get the thing set up. He read the manual and figured out how to get the timer working and ran some water through it as the directions indicated. He got the thing set up so that when he stumbled to the kitchen this morning at 6:30 his coffee would be waiting for him.
And sure enough, this morning the coffee was waiting.
After this entire process was completed, it occurred to me that coffee machines and diets are really the same.
Once we decide we want to either lose weight or just live a healthier life-style, we often-times spend some time checking out various ways of reaching the goal. And just like coffeemakers there are many different diet plans to choose from. Some count calories, some count points, some exclude carbs, some specify eating certain types of protein, and so on. Some tell you that you must exercise and some say if you follow their plan you don’t need to exercise. There are some plans out there that cost exorbitant amounts of money to join, some are more economical. To be successful with any of them, you must read and follow their instructions for success.
In the end, whether you’re counting calories or points or using portion control, purchasing special meal plans and vitamins or just making healthy food choices on your own, whether you’ve added exercise and/or weight training, or just counting on the nutrition part of the plan to make the changes, we are all hoping to have the same end results – feeling better about ourselves, inside and out. And just like my husband and his new coffeemaker I know we can get there.