Back In Black

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latte art II – Dream in the Dark of Day

Back and forth and all over the place. That’s me and my ever-changing opinions as they morph to and fro on this new fit lifestyle adventure.

If you happen to recall, I recently abandoned my morning jo based on my Carb Cycling Experiment Results.  I was a fresh complete-ee of the program and totally gung ho about my new discoveries.  During the experiment I’d eliminated coffee entirely based on my brazen abuse of half and half.  It was going fine…until I started talking about it.

Everyone around me is used to hearing about my latest food or exercise trials.  It’s just a part of who I am, and blabbing about it comes naturally.  Though I was happy to be sans the java, I was still missing my long established morning ritual and operating in a catatonic manner – like a woman whose brain is on a leash behind her.  “I started drinking coffee when I was in college,” my friend Allison said, responding to my regrettably decaffeinated status.  “We had to get it out of the vending machine and it was always cold and basically just sludge.  There was nothing else available in the building, so I just learned to drink it that way.  Now I actually prefer it black.”  She prefers it black?  Hmmm…  YES!  I do know some people who drink it black, but I’ve never understood how they could do it.

I  could never do it!

prisonMy presumptuous flag shot up.  I would never like coffee without all the fixin’s, and I have never even entertained the thought.  Black coffee is for cowboys and prison inmates – rough, gritty sorts of characters dwelling in inhospitable situations…but here sits my friend.  Hatless, horseless and free from shackles of any kind.  The lightbulb sputtered.  Okay.  FINE!

Long story short, I brewed up my first round of mud last week.  It wasn’t nearly as strong as I’d imagined, and it tasted an awful lot like the black tea I’d rejected during my 3 weeks of carb cycling.  It was kinda bitter and not too great.  However, I wasn’t left with the icky aftertaste like I’d had with the tea AND I felt ritualistically satisfied.  It goes without saying that it was a relief  to welcome my cerebral passenger back on board as well.  Transition achieved.  Case closed.

brainsIt’s amazing how the brain assembles such elaborate barricades around deeply rooted habits.  Creating change is all a mind game.  After all the modifications I’ve made to my diet over the past 18 months, I consider myself the habit-changing QUEEN.  I’m absolutely baffled that this little one caused such a stir.  My question is why?  Why after 24 years of adult life had I never tried black coffee?  It just goes to show how the committment to your goals is an ongoing process, and there is no finish line.  Thanks Allison!

What is your most challenging habit?  Do you have a plan to change it?


The image of the latte art coffee should be credited as per it’s creative commons licence thanks


Done. My apologies for the oversight.

Our Life In 3D

My Sweet tooth is still my hardest habit to quit. I find myself looking for something sweet after every dinner as we always had sweets in the house. Now we stopped buying them but I am still searching…


I know. It’s really hard some nights for me too, esp. since the small person has a complete arsenal of all things evil…ice cream, cookies, you name it and it’s in her stash. Have you tried the Crystal Lite?

Our Life In 3D

My little people have been raided too and their stash has been emptied. Which Crystal Lite? Is that your secret?


Oh man, were you called out?!? I know I would be – the mental inventory is updated continually in my house. Yep, Crystal Lite is my secret. I know it seems really lame, but it truly does cut my sugar cravings. I usually have a bunch of the flavors on hand like Fruit Punch, Lemonade, etc. I’ve been excited to try their new cocktail flavors like Margarita and Mojito as well. Not too bad.


I heart coffee. Mostly black, just a tiny bit of Stevia. I can’t live a morning without it. One time I almost forgot to make my morning coffee, a clear indicator that something was wrong with me. lol


Ha! No kidding. I so love it too and am so glad to be back in the caffeinated saddle! I appreciate your chiming in Leanne!


Coffee is my drug of choice. I cannot imagine starting the day without a steaming cup of java.


Ultimately me too. So glad I’m not the only addict ’round here! Thanks for reading.

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