I get obsessed with things fairly easily. Starbucks is one of those things.
Starbucks mugs. Starbucks cold cups. Starbucks travel mugs. Starbucks ornaments. Starbucks reusable drink sleeves. Starbucks gold card. Starbucks reusable straws.
I started out as someone who went there once a week or so for a treat.
Then I started running more and felt that I deserved a treat every day for how much running I was doing. This is totally backward thinking in my opinion.
Then I stopped thinking of it as a treat and thought of it as something I needed every day to make it through the day.
I easily was spending $7+ a day on my soy latte or chai and scone.
Then I realized how crappy the scones, apple fritters etc. were making me feel. They weren’t a good for me breakfast and they weren’t doing anything to aleviate my stomach issues.
So I quit the treats on a regular basis but still spend $4+ every day on a venti soy, no foam latte. No foam because I want as much soy as possible. If there were a larger size than I venti I would get it. If I get a chai I ask for it with no water because again I want as much soy with it as possible.
The bottom line is that I feel like I deserve to spend this much money on a glorified cup of coffee because I workout hard and I am constantly tired from three little people among other things. This is ridiculous thinking. I can think of many other things I’d rather spend this money on or better yet save it and put it towards something we NEED rather than just what I WANT.
I want to quit. I spend at least $20 or more a week on Starbucks and for what? Sure I enjoy it but I also feel like I HAVE to go there and that’s not a good feeling.
I’ve tried quitting the daily routine before with no success. This time I’m serious about it. After being at the beach for a week and not having Starbucks for 6 days I realized I don’t NEED it. Black coffee with a little Splenda [yes I use Splenda – judge away] is just fine.
I know this is not the end of my relationship with Starbucks but instead of this crazy obsessive love affair I’d like to return to a simple friendship. Once a week is plenty enough.
My beach analyzing has lead me to decide this is one of those places I should let go of ….. [http://www.mile-posts.com/2012/06/03/less-is-more-at-the-beach-outer-banks-north-carolina/]
Do you have tips for how to stop doing something that you can tell you have an obsession with or that simply has become a habit you no longer want?
It’s only Tuesday and I already want to go back – I need help breaking this habit!
Running: I’m ready to kick it into gear for fall training. I took 5 days off at the beach to let my body relax and to have a little fun. It turned into a lot of fun and WAY too much over indulging. It was fun while it lasted but now I’m ready to get serious.
5 miserable miles yesterday am with both boys. Why is stroller running so hard when you don’t do it for a week? My pace was fine but it felt WAY harder than normal.
3 semi miserable miles after dinner with the whole fam [yes all 5 of us]. I pushed for 1/2 and hubby pushed for 1/2. My pace the 2nd half was basically the same was it was the first half when I was pushing. I swear that triple stroller gives me super mental power and I loose it when I am solo.
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