I used to drink Diet Coke...........by the case. Really, if I could have had an IV drip, I would have. The withdrawls of my habit were one of the things that scared me about the band. They told me I could never have a Diet Coke again............and I nearly fainted in the exam room.
But, it has not been a hard habit to break. Honestly, I do not think about Diet Coke at all now. And I won't even let myself have a sip because I know that if I did...........I'd be back to drinking Diet Coke. I think I was kind of like an alchoholic.......minus the alchohol plus the Diet Coke.
Now, I have been drinking coffee. Just one or two cups a day which my surgeon gave the stamp of approval as long as I use sugar free creamer.
I log everything on myfitnesspal.com. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. Which can be both good and bad (you quickly see your bad habits). Well, my bad habit has been sugar free creamer. Not sugar free syrup which has little to no calories.................sugar free creamer which has 30 calories per tablespoon. For someone like me that dumps 2 (!) tablespoons per cup of coffee X 2 cups per day = 120 liquid calories...........OUCH!
So, today I started putting of 1/8 c. skim milk + 1/2 tablespoon creamer + 1/2 tsp. Splenda per cup of coffee = 26 calories per cup X 2 cups = 52 calories per day of liquid calories. Get the math? You didn't know you were going to need basic algebra for this blog!
52 liquid calories I can live with. Plus, the skim milk has at least 1 g of protein.
I never thought I would be one to count calories so obsessively but, go figure I have become someone who cares what they put in their mouth.
I know the band is just a tool, but I want to use my tool to the best of my ability. After all, I didn't have this surgery for nothing!