Thursday, January 24, 2013
Ohhhhhh....That's Why You Shouldn't Drink Your Calories!
So the other day I had this wicked "aha!" moment. I have been working out at the gym (Fitness for $10) and working my way into losing my first goal of 10 pounds. So far I have been faithful until today. I have an excuse for today, but that is not what the post is about. If you stick around, I'll share that part last. Where was I? Oh yeah...goals and whatnot. Besides working out to lose weight, I have also been trying to cut down on the snacking, drink more water and the like, but the one thing I have not done yet is give up coffee.
For the most part I just don't want to. I love coffee. It has been my love since I was 18 and working my first morning shift where there happened to be a kiosk with THE tastiest coffee ever. Ahhhhhh memories. It was the stuff really. Anyway, I figured that I really didn't need to give up coffee IF I worked off the calories. So at the gym I would put in extra time to get off some of the java. I had kind of round about guessed on how much I needed to work off until the other day when I went to MyFoodBuddy.com and their coffee calorie counter and looked up how many calories are in my usual coffee.
I drink two 16 oz coffees with cream and sugar (2 +2). This adds up to 190 calories a day. This is just a small piece of the puzzle though. At 2 coffees a day, at 190 calories total, that is a potential of over 69000 calories in a year and potentially a 20 lb weight gain over a year! That makes me rethink everything. The fact is there really comes a time where you need to look at your calorie numbers and ask yourself "Is it really worth it?" Unless you want to maintain where you are, and I certainly do not want to do that, you are most likely going to have to cut some calories out and not just workout your way to even. I'll be honest, I am not ready to drop the coffee altogether, because again, I love the stuff, and I also don't want a killer caffeine withdrawal headache (I've been there before...it is not a friendly place to be), but I do need to do something.
So here is my dilemma. Do I cut down to one cup of coffee with cream and sugar a day giving myself 95 calories to work off? Or do I drop the cream and sugar and keep my two cups of java? Still thinking on this one. I'm thinking flavored coffee like Green Mountain's Wild Mountain Blueberry with cream. This way I am cutting out the sugar but it still tastes yummy. We'll see. I'm a bit of chicken when it comes to these kinds of changes. Which is probably why I'm in this dilemma.