Hello, my name is Mary and I’m an addict. It has been 34 days since my last drink (I had to go count the days on my calendar to figure that out… I have not been keeping track 😉).

No, I’m not talking about alcohol (I do enjoy a rum and diet coke or a glass of wine occasionally) my addiction is Starbucks. A grande 8 pump chai, 2 pumps sugar free cinnamon dolce, nonfat, no water, no foam, extra hot chai tea latte to be exact. (I know… High maintenance) I suggested to Tony that I might give it up until our trip to Disneyland next summer (for some reason I didn’t realize that was over a year away!😕) and he said, “you can’t do it.” (Challenge accepted!!!)

I have to prove him wrong! So far so good! It’s been over a month since I enjoyed a nice hot, spicy, sweet chai. It hasn’t been easy and it has affected my life. I used to bribe myself on the mornings I really didn’t want to get out if bed with a stop at Starbucks on my way to work. This “carrot” would often get me up early enough to go to Starbucks and get to work a little early. And now I have nothing to bribe myself with in the morning to get out of bed and to work on time.
And every holiday I have to respond to Tonys,”do you want a free pass to go to Starbucks today? Since its-insert holiday name here-” with a firm no! I know he’ll just say that he knew I couldn’t do it if I cave, and I AM going to do this! So here’s to a year from now when I can once enjoy my high maintenance chai! (And prove Tony wrong!)


Homemade banana mango smoothie for breakfast in a Starbucks cup! Yummy!


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