National Coffee Day

September 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

So I dropped the kids off at school this morning with every intention to start the laundry as soon as I got home.

And as appealing as that laundry sounded, I hopped on twitter first.  That’s when I discovered that THIS was trending at #1 today…..

#NationalCoffeeDay

And since I am a total coffee lover I knew that the laundry would have to wait!! I pushed aside my regularly scheduled and potentially boring “Monday Update” post to bring you my personal coffee love story along with my favorite tales of coffee, all time favorite coffee mugs and other blabber about coffee.

I actually LOVE coffee a lot.  Can you tell?

You know how I often talk about food in a way that makes people sometimes feel uncomfortable?

Like in my post Fatal Attraction when I compared it to a steamy lover or bad boyfriend?

Well, I pretty much feel the same way about coffee. Because I LOVE IT.

My love for coffee increased exponentially when I started on the road to weight loss due to the fact that it was one of the only things left (food and drink wise) that I did NOT have to give up in order to lose weight.  I had to give up donuts and all things sugar related—but coffee I was allowed to keep.  Luckily I was never someone who loaded my coffee with sugar so drinking it black was not a hardship for me.  It’s actually pretty shocking that I wasn’t loading my coffee with sugar since I was loading everything else with it.  But there’s a reason why I started my coffee drinking career taking it black.  But for that, I will have to start at the beginning.  The start of my love affair with coffee.

My love for coffee started long before I was actually drinking it.  When I was growing up,  my house was filled with the aroma of coffee brewing every morning.  Somehow it came to give me a sense of safety and warmth.  As a child, I can remember Dad sitting there at the breakfast table reading the paper, eating his All Bran and drinking his cup of coffee.   I remember always walking into my Mom’s bedroom and seeing her propped up on her pillows with a mug of coffee perched on her lap.  This was all part of the morning routine.  While I loved the scent, I never personally liked the taste.

But I have 4 children.  And coffee would soon become VERY IMPORTANT.

I held off though.  I didn’t give in right away. Coffee would have to work to get me.  It would have to lure me in.  And it did.

I already had two children.  And then I had my 3rd child,Charlotte, in July of 2003.  About 6 months later, I was pregnant again with my 4th child.  Did I mention we lived in Alaska? It was really cold and dark most of the time.  Not a lot to do but eat and have babies, I guess.  I did both of those things—extremely well!  And in October of 2004,  my little man entered the scene.

My one and only son

((I always refer to him that way—very dramatically.  When you have 3 girls and you finally have a boy, you get to do that.)

Did I mention all of my kids were C-sections?  As long as I’m being dramatic, I have to add that.  I think I should get a medal for having had 4 C-sections.  The last two only 15 months apart.  If anyone is giving medals for that, put me on the list.  And for those of you out there who have done the same–I salute you!

So, CJ and Charlotte are about 15 months apart.  Maybe a little less but I don’t feel like subtracting until my 3rd cup of coffee and I’m not there yet.

Sometimes people think they’re twins because they are so close in age.  In some ways, it feels that way too.  Everything for them has been coupled together.  I always referred to them as “the babies

Here they are today

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Not really babies anymore.  But that’s how I used to refer to them.  I’d say things like….

Did you check on the babies?

Where are the babies?

Are the babies asleep?

And that’s another reason coffee is awesome.  Because of course the babies weren’t asleep! They were NEVER asleep!! In fact as luck would have it these specific babies were born with exact OPPOSITE sleeping cycles.  My daughter is an early bird.  My son is a night owl.  This meant when one was awake.  The other was asleep.  But never…

AND I DO MEAN NEVER

Were they sleeping at the same time.  I still to this day believe that I did not sleep for maybe 2 years straight.

By the time I had 4 kids, they were school age, preschool age, toddler and infant.

Sleep was no longer a luxury.  Sleep was mostly nonexistent.  When I did sleep it was in waves of 15 minutes at a time.  And sleeping was usually dangerous because when I woke up—things had happened.  So there was very little sleeping.

And this brings me to coffee.  You see, one day I was talking to my brother on the phone.

He had made the mistake of asking “ How’s it going?”

You should probably never ask that to someone with 4 young children :))

After a 20 minute meltdown regarding my lack of sleep, he uttered these life changing words-

DRINK COFFEE

I told him I had tried but that coffee was gross.  I didn’t like how it tasted.  I told him all the things I had done to coffee to try and make it work.  I’d added sugar and cream but it didn’t matter. I just didn’t like it.

And that’s when he told me his own experience with coffee.  He said he didn’t like how it tasted either.  And that nothing he’d ever done to coffee made it any better! But coffee kept him awake at work and so he had decided to drink it anyway.  The best thing to do in his opinion? Drink it black!  And he even added that over time, I might start to like it.

So that’s what I did.  I stopped trying to make it taste good and I just started drinking it black.  I hated it at first.  But as time went on, that changed.  Because it helped me stay awake.  And being awake is VERY GOOD when you have children.

It didn’t take long before I began to enjoy my coffee.  There I was in my 30’s and I had officially joined the ranks as a coffee drinker.

When I started this weight loss journey, three years ago—I had to give everything up.  Things I loved dearly.  Like donuts and cake.

MILKSHAKES even.

And that’s just WRONG!  At least it felt that way!

But not coffee.  THAT I was allowed to keep.  Coffee had no calories!  Coffee actually helped diminish my appetite.  And it was something I could look forward to with no guilt.  I can’t tell you how many times I have summoned the motivation to get out of bed by reminding myself of that cup of coffee waiting for me on the other side of the covers.

When I had to give up finding joy in food, I just added finding more joy in coffee.  That’s when I bought my Keurig.

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I’ve had more than one Keurig over the years.  This is my 3rd.

I also have an espresso machine but I don’t know how to use it yet.

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The point is that I love coffee.  And it can be a good friend if you’re trying to lose weight.   A guilt free treat.

I can’t eat a donut.  But I can drink “Boston cream pie” coffee!

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That’s an actual picture of it from my cabinet.

I can’t eat Cinnabon but I sure can drink this!

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I always buy Donut House coffee.   I can’t eat donuts but I will buy coffee that says DONUT in it!

And while I started drinking my coffee black, I learned you can add some “safe” things to make it even tastier!

I love adding some of my Atkins shakes to the drink to give it a different flavor.  Here are my 3 favorite Atkins shakes.

Usually I add a little vanilla to my coffee every morning instead of cream to give it some flavor.

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And the shake that I drink every morning?  You guessed it!  Cafe Caramel..made with real coffee!

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A coffee post wouldn’t be complete without a few things.

First, my favorite coffee mugs!

This is one that my BFF Amanda had made for me on Shutterfly.  She is the queen of Shutterfly.  If you do something and it is captured in a photo–you WILL have it preserved for eternity on a mug or plate eventually.  I have both mugs and plates.

I LOVE THEM.  All of my kids have mugs like this and so do I. This one is Charlotte’s with a picture of her rock climbing at Disney.  #awesome

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This is the mug my brother sent me.   It reminds me of my Nana.  My Nana was also #awesome.

(I’m weird with hashtags today.  It’s like twitter has invaded my mind.  My 13 year old daughter is totally embarrassed right now that I’m writing in hashtags.)

But I digress…..

So my brother gave me this mug because it says “Look on the Sunny Side of Life”.  Nana ALWAYS said that.  It was totally her catch phrase! I drink out of this mug every single morning. It is my primary morning coffee mug.

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When you finish your coffee, there is a smiley sun face at the bottom.

It’s like a reward for finishing your coffee.

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I also like this mug because it says “This coffee is making me awesome”  and as we saw above….I like that.

#awesome

 

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My sister in law Beth…..well her Mom sent me one year for Christmas these totally amazing mugs with all of our names.  It was to this day one of the greatest Christmas presents ever!! This one belongs to Annabelle.

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This one is cute.  It says “Pray a Latte”

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This is a tall mug.  It says “I get up, I walk, I fall down”

I bought this because it feels like my life.  Getting up….falling down

TOTALLY RELATE!

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But the best part is the rest….

It says….”Meanwhile I keep Dancing”

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And that’s important isn’t it??

 

I have two other mugs that I love from the same company that made the Nana “Look on the Sunny Side of Life” mug

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Last but not least is my pink bling travel mug from Walmart

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Did you know that one of my goals in losing weight was to be able to go to Starbucks and fit in the chair?  I wanted so badly to be able to go to a coffee house or a Starbucks and just enjoy it.  For so long that was impossible!

I wrote about it HERE

And my absolute FAVORITE Starbucks love story?? My brother of course and his wife, Beth!

You see I grew up with Beth being a part of our family.  When my brother and Beth broke up it was a sad time for all of us.  It took them a few decades to make their way back to each other but they did.

Their first meeting after all those years was at a Starbucks.  She was a personal trainer and he weighed close to 500 pounds back then.

You can read about it here:  He lost 275 pounds and reunited with his love

It all started with a cup of coffee and led to When Dreams Come True

SO that’s my story of coffee!  I guess this means it’s time to put the laundry in the dryer, right?

But while I’m gone—fill me in on YOUR coffee story. Do you have one!!

#happymonday #coffee #nationalcoffeeday

My 13 year old is shaking her head.   But how could I help myself! Hashtags are fun!

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Angela Beaver September 29, 2014 at 9:30 pm

It’s funny that you mention you didn’t have to give up coffee to lose weight. I started drinking coffee when I decided to start working on my weight. ZERO calories, I could add my protein supplement to it. It’s like a treat! I’ve since found Jordan’s Skinny Syrups….zero calories ….but not for clean eaters or those avoiding Aspartame….but for me these sealed the coffee deal! I’m a Folger’s Mocha Swirl girl with Jordan’s Mocha syrup, my protein supplement, a little Almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon! Sometimes I have this in the afternoon or evening too! My husband has a terrible time getting to sleep at night and so he loves to tell me, “don’t drink coffee this late, I’ll never get to sleep!” He apparently thinks we’re connected somehow! LOL. Good ole coffee!

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down September 29, 2014 at 10:21 pm

I have heard of Torani but not Jordan’s. Thanks for telling me!! I am going to try your coffee recipe. I haven’t tried Folgers Mocha Swirl either. I’m excited already!!

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Natalie September 29, 2014 at 10:28 pm

I hate coffee and even hate the smell. Yuck. I drink tea instead. It’s enough caffeine for me.
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Startingoveragain September 30, 2014 at 2:52 am

I was always a tea drinker, but I had (have) to put so much sweetener in it (I use organic maple syrup). So for now, coffee it is. I’ve been drinking it with 2% organic milk. Funny that today is National Coffee Day, because I forced myself to pick up a few groceries and then stopped next door at Marshall’s. They had my all-time favorite coffee, Illy from Italy, discounted. I decided to treat myself not knowing about today’s significance.

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Natalie September 30, 2014 at 3:17 am

It is true I’ve been unable to get used to no sugar in my tea, after many many attempts. I currently have about 3/4 of a teaspoon of sugar and a little splash of milk. But I really think that I’m very sensitive to caffeine, tea is plenty to keep me awake and I can’t even drink that after about 4pm if I want to sleep that night! If I had coffee I’d be wide-eyed all night.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down September 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

That’s awesome!! I also found some great coffee at TJ Maxx. I would never think to look at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s for coffee but I was pleasantly surprised! They also had kale chips!

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Tess October 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm

You’re a woman after my own heart! 😀 I LOVE coffee, too. Hated even the smell of it for YEARS, couldn’t even go down that isle at the grocery store, until my senior year of college. That 7:30am class kicked my butt into that coffee isle! And fun mugs make that coffee even more enjoyable. Is it bad that I use coffee as a “treat” in the mornings? I say to myself “just think…when you get out of bed you can have COFFEE!” or “Hey, when you’re done running you can have COFFEE!” and it totally works. 😉

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 2, 2014 at 6:48 pm

I totally use coffee as a treat. I am glad I finally have one ‘legal’ treat left!!

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Susan October 5, 2014 at 8:08 pm

I love your blog. Just catching up on a crisp Sunday. I was on the back deck sipping my cup of Boston Cream Doughnut coffee. I almost did not buy it as I don’t like chocolate in coffee. But I can sure down a bunch of Krispy Kreme donughts – so like you I decided to make this coffee my alternative. It is really great and calorie free. There was the picture on your blog. Made me smile, and I loved the cup pics too. Just wanted to say I enjoyed having coffee with you today

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Oh I loved this comment! I feel like we had coffee together!!!

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