A few years ago, I began to treat myself -- once or twice a week -- with a small iced mocha latte from Dunkin Donuts. Then, I began to go more frequently, and THEN, they put a Dunkin on campus (about 100 feet from my office), and my occasional habit become an official addiction.
This summer, I figured I'd try to scale back to more moderate consumption, but alas, my efforts at moderation have been in vain. Maybe one week, I'm successful at limiting myself, but I always go back to a-latte-a-day in the next week.
So, it was clear to me that only one course of action would work for me: Cold turkey.
At the end of last week, I decided to cut myself off, and I'm now on Day #5 of no DD.
Don't misread me: I'm not giving up coffee, or caffeine, I'm just forgoing DD. Two reasons: Cost and calories.
The drink I get isn't expensive, but when purchased on a daily basis, it adds up. I've been rationalizing the daily treat's cost by justifying that I don't spend much on myself, and this is true, but perhaps I'd get more enjoyment from spending money on something that lasts and not something I consume. I've calculated that I can save myself about $90 a month if I quit the cold stuff. And, I think I'd like an extra $90 in my pocket.
The other, perhaps bigger incentive, is to save myself the calories. Again, the "cost" isn't much in the grand scheme of things (220 calories for the drink I get), but again, when added up, it probably isn't doing my waistline any favors. It's easy to justify extra calories such as this when streaking -- "I run every day; I eat what I want!" -- but, really, if I ever want to lose those last 5 lbs, then gulping down whole milk and sugary syrup everyday isn't going to help me.
From obvious experience, I'm putting the whole 21 Day thing to the test here in breaking myself of this habit. So far, so good. But, man, it takes just as much willpower to quit a habit as it does to form one!