The most popular post on this blog has been my Javita coffee weight loss test. I've gotten the opportunity to try it again, and see if doing things differently will give me different results.
If you have been wondering about Javita Gourmet Instant Coffee and whether it really works or not, chances are you may have already visited my blog post about it. I tried it and it didn't work for me the way it works for others. ( I lost half a pound the first week and nothing the second week. That's not enough for me to keep buying it.) Many people said "well, you didn't eat right". Granted, I didn't. If I ate everything I was suppose to though, that would be the diet working and not necessarily the coffee. I do realize that what you eat can go hand in hand with the coffee and enhance it; but, to make the coffee worth purchasing it should work regardless of whether I eat perfectly or not. Same goes for the arguments of exercise.
I also got the comments that I didn't drink enough of the coffee or give it enough time. My test was two weeks even though I only did a step by step blog post about the first week. Recently a very kind Javita distributor wrote to me and asked me if I'd be willing to try the test again if she provided the product for review. (There's my disclosure. All the opinions written here in this post are mine.) I have been saving them up for a couple of weeks because Anna and I are getting ready to go into the hospital for her bone marrow transplant. We will be there anywhere from 4-8 weeks and I figured that would be a good time to give this product another test run.
What we're doing differentlyWhen I originally tried this test, there was only Burn + Control and Energy + Mind. I only drank the Burn + Control once or twice a day. This time, I'm going to drink three cups of the Javita everyday, and each day I'm going to drink a variety of different types of the coffee. They now offer a Lean + Green variety which will be part of it. So, I'm going to start with the Burn + Control, then mid-morning have a Lean + Green, then early afternoon have an Energy + Mind. I'm going to try...and the operative word is try...to take a 20 minute walk around the hospital when Anna is sleeping at night. I'm going to need to get out of the room anyway, and there are stairwells I could take if I want to add to the benefit of it. I'm thinking of taking my weights with me but I'm not sure if that's going to be feasible or not. As far as eating goes...sitting at hospitals with anxiety in my heart is one of the reasons I've gained so much weight since she got cancer. My last Javita test was just before we found out about her cancer and I was what? 168-169 pounds? Well, now I'm 182. There have been, oh...12-14 hospital stays since then and the longest was only a week and half. Now, we're talking about up to 8 weeks.
I'm going to try to eat off of her tray when she isn't hungry to save money. I'm bringing some snack bars with me (KIND brand so far), and when I have to I will purchase food. I can't tell you that I won't buy the cheesy burgers and comfort food. I'm going to try to make the best choices I can, but those things may end up being part of it. What I will do is not eat the "crappy foods" all in one meal. If I have a burger I'm not gonna have fries with it, etc.
Pre-test thoughtsHonestly I don't know if this is going to work or not. It bugs me that I may have to drink 3 a day for it to really work. The coffee is expensive, and if it works and I can't buy any more I'm going to be bummed. Then again, if it really does work, I'm going to want to find a way to buy it because so many other things haven't worked. I know in a way it's taking the easy way out, but that's kind of the point isn't it? We need something easier to do than completely change our diets and work out all the time. That works...but so many of us can't make ourselves stick to it. People say well, if it isn't hard then there's no glory in making the accomplishment. I have a kid with special needs and cancer...I know a thing or two about things being hard. I need weight loss to be easier if it can be. Sure I can modify my diet some and work out when I can. I'm not cutting those things out of the equation, but relying on those things so strictly is something I'm not sure if I have in me right now. Yet, I can't take care of my daughter if I'm not taken care of so there's the pickle I'm in.
The other thing that bugs me is that Javita calls a box of product a "month's worth". It's a 24 pack. Twenty four days is not a month. It's three weeks and three days. It's seven days (a whole week) short of seven months out of the year, six days short of four months of the year, and 4 days short of the shortest month of the year. It feels like false advertising to me and I don't like it. I think they should make a 28-30 count box if they're going to call it a months worth. Exit soap box.
On the positive side, I'm thankful for the convenience. The go-anywhere-ability of the product makes it easy for me to do this test in a hospital. For this procedure, we have to wipe down everything with Clorox wipes and put them in Ziploc bags to be able to bring them into the hospital room. It was easy to do that with the Javita packets.