March 05, 2015


Since a picture is worth a thousand words, let's just start with the candid shot below, which was taken nearly a year ago:

I turn by back for ONE SECOND to rewind a part of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion show, and this is what happens -- apparently you can't enjoy any of life's luxuries while kids are awake. (Never mind the Little People tourist girl. She didn't drown. She was rescued in time and survived.)

The focus here is the shade of this beverage, which I like to refer to as cream with a splash of coffee.

Because, you see, since I began drinking coffee nearly twenty years ago, that is how I found my coffee most enjoyable: heavy on the Splenda, and even heavier on the cream.

And then this happened: 

The Hubs recently embarked on a newfound weight-loss journey. His primary motivator -- in his exact words -- is "to be around for you guys as long as I can." ( I know: Awwwww!

And I've decided to join him.

My motivator, however, is decidedly less noble, purely cosmetic, and, frankly, borders on vanity: 

I simply want to look better in my shorts this summer. 

Anyhow, The Hubs casually drops this bomb one night while watching TV: 

"Did you know that by switching over to black coffee, you could lose 14 pounds by the end of the year? Because black coffee is basically calorie-free."

This according to the findings of a study he had just read on Yahoo!.

It made sense immediately. All those tablespoons of cream I pour into my coffee certainly weren't freebies.

They were ending up somewhere.

Like, my thighs and ass.

And even though Splenda has zero calories, I remember in the best-selling book Skinny Bitch that your body still actually processes the sweetener the same exact way as it does regular sugar.

And all of a sudden, my coveted little yellow packets and their sidekick, half-and-half, didn't seem like such a necessity anymore.

Particularly not when visions of my thighs and backside fitting into my skinniest skinny jeans danced in my head like calorie-free sugarplums. 

"Think about it: You already like the taste of coffee," The Hubs said, egging me on. "You can do this. You could totally make that switch."

I thought about it some more.

It seemed easy enough. 

I know a ton of people who drink their coffee black. So it can't be all that bad.


Cut scene to the next morning:

Straight black coffee, baby.

I'm currently on week three.

And it ain't half bad.

Eggs, half a pink grapefruit, maybe a piece of whole wheat toast, and black coffee.

That's breakfast.

Watch out, saddlebags. I'm coming for you.

You should be very, very afraid.

To be continued.

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  1. You are a better woman then I am. I have tried several times (although not THAT hard) to drink my coffee straight up but ugh, I just can't do it. Now, I only add one tablespoon of real sugar and a splash of skim milk so...that's not too bad and I'm keeping it!! :-) Nicely done and I love that first pic - HAHAHA!!!

    1. Allie! You're doin' good, girl! Truthfully, that small bit of real sugar is way healthier than my three Splenda packs...and your skim has zero fat, so bravo!

      I just had to "go hard in the paint" on this one: I want major results, and I've procrastinated long enough. So black coffee it is. The fist mug wasn't fun. But, honestly, I now finish my mug...which I never did when I drank my "cream with a side of coffee" lol.

      Have a great day, a d an even better weekend!


    2. Oh, and I meant *first*. Darn phone. Lol

  2. Congratulations and good luck to you and hubs, can't wait to see the results. I don't use sweetener in my coffee and today had an opportunity to try a French Coffee Press which made the coffee so good, I may stop using creamer!

    1. Oooooh, French Coffee Press? I need to learn more about this! It sounds divine...

      Thanks to you, Antionette, I'm thinking about doing a follow-up post to this one!!!

      Have a fabulous weekend!


  3. Wishing you luck on your weight loss - you can do it! (I'd rather give up coffee than drink it black.)

    1. Hi, Lexa! I totally get where you're coming from -- truly, I do! I just got to a point where in order to see the change I desire, I've got to do something different. You know that whole saying about "Doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting a different result" is the very definition of insanity? I never thought I would actually enjoy this...but...and it's a shocker...but I do!

      Have a great weekend, Lexa!


  4. Good for you guys!!! I have never drank coffee, because I promised myself as a kid I would never drink it. My mom always drank coffee and I hated the way it smelled (and the coffee breath that people end up with). I love drinking tea though, but I drink it without any sugar or honey 99% of the time.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! OMG, I LOVE the smell of coffee even more than the taste! It reminds me when I used to study in coffeehouses. times. But you know what I hate even more than coffee breath? Morning breath.

      Have a great weekend, Sonya!


  5. I am not a coffee drinker, but I have started to cut down on the amount of sugar I put in my tea. Keep up the good work;)

    1. Hi, there! Well, you've made a HUGE change by cutting down your sugar intake, so congrats are in order for you as well.

      Sugar is the devil.

      Of course, we already know that. But, dang it, why does it have to taste so goooood?

      WHY? lol

      Thank you for commenting, and have a great weekend.


  6. I gave up sweetener in coffee a long time ago - lost the taste for it I guess. Sometimes I drink it black, sometimes I put half and half or goat's milk in it. However I have noticed that it's much more pleasant to drink French Press coffee black, rather than coffee made in a regular electric coffee pot. I've also noticed a world of difference in the flavor of organic whole beans vs. non organic. I think the best price is on Amazon - the 2lb Cameron's French Roast is my favorite. Black coffee made from organic freshly ground beans is WAY better than any other :)

    1. Okay. Hannah, first off, thank you for leaving such an insightful comment. I mean really, I've already reread it twice, and I'm about scoot my butt on over to Amazon after I finish this reply...

      I currently use a Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (K-cup compatible) to make my coffee, are there any K-cups that are organic?

      I'm about to find out!

      Thank you, and have a great weekend.


    2. As you've probably already discovered, there are quite a few organic K-cup varieties available :) I haven't used any of them since I prefer the French Press for small batches, and the big pot for when the whole family wants it! But I'm definitely hooked on organic coffee - I don't do an all organic diet but coffee beans are one of the most chemically treated crops in the world :( So I'm pretty convinced about using them whenever possible and I can literally taste the difference between that and non organic varieties! Hope y'all have a great weekend :)

  7. Well good for you! I only started drinking coffee about four years ago (post munchkin, funnily enough) and have gradually cut back my cream & sugar. There's no way I can go completely without though. Ufta! I did find that using vanilla coconut milk is pretty divine though and cuts down how much sugar I add though! Best of luck to you in your saddle-bag zapping, although I'm sure you would have looked just fine in those shorts one way or another. :)