I love coffee. I especially love an iced coffee on a hot summer day. If I’m going to be completely honest with you, I REALLY love a Java Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks; however, neither my wallet nor my waistline can afford many of those! So I do the best I can with my own coffee grounds at home (only the very best that Aldi carries is good enough for me #notacoffeesnob). I have served my version of iced coffee to select friends and family members, and no one to date has asked me for my recipe (because it tastes NOTHING like a Java Chip Frappuccino), so I’ll not be sharing a copycat recipe here today. Better luck on Pinterest.
What I am sharing today is when and why I make myself an iced coffee. I refuse to allow myself this treat until I get in my 8 glasses of water first. Then I consider my coffee to be my reward for finishing those 8 pesky glasses of water. I earned it, and now I can enjoy it! Plus, I try to time it out so that I get this treat mid-afternoon (when I need a caffeine kick in the seat of the pants), and several hours before bedtime (when I most certainly DO NOT need any more caffeine). Bonus, I still continue to drink water for the rest of the day. Lately, I’ve been averaging almost a gallon of water daily, and the extra GLOW of my skin almost makes the extra GO to the bathroom worthwhile (that was a pun fail, but I’m gonna keep pluggin’ and chuggin’ along – double pun fail!)
I think I really like rewards, because I see myself using them mentally everywhere. Some current examples:
- As soon as I’m done with my To-Do list, I can watch HGTV.
- I’ll allow myself to watch HGTV while I’m ironing.
- No HGTV until the house is clean.
Okay, apparently, I have a thing for HGTV. And coffee.
Here’s the thing about rewards – they can get out of hand quickly. Awhile back, I realized that I wanted to reward myself with a run through the drive-thru every time I was out running errands by myself (because I don’t really like running errands). And let’s not talk about rewarding oneself with homemade brownies for doing well on the diet front (that just doesn’t work well for some reason!) For me, what works best is that I’m arranging my day so that all the good things come after all the difficult tasks. Kind of like Mary Poppins’ spoonful of sugar.
Here’s a quirky one for you – I recently cut WAY BACK on my soda drinking (which was the main reason I started drinking a gallon of water a day). After being off soda for 6 weeks (except for 2 tiny, 32 ounce gas station fountain sodas), I calculated that I had saved easily $25 or more. So I rewarded myself with a FROSTI, (not a gas station FROSTY because that would be counterproductive, but a knock-off stainless steel cup similar to the YETI – I’d have to give up soda for a year to afford that baby!). And, if you click on the above link, you will be taken to
the exact one a tumbler similar to the one that I bought (is Amazon not carrying the Frosti anymore? I just bought that thing 2 weeks ago!), which I LOVE so much that I left a rare review. (And, Mr. FCC, this is NOT an affiliate link because for some reason people who live in certain states cannot be Amazon affiliates??! Who knew? So this is just a helpful link because I’m helpful like that.)
There you have it, all the reasons why I treat myself to a homemade iced coffee (not a Java Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks), a link to my new favorite water glass (not an affiliate link, if you want to support this blog, I accept gift cards in the mail – ha!), and a helpful tip to help you break the soda habit (if you are so inclined).
Now I’m going to hurry up and post this so I can…WATCH SOME HGTV!