Gimme a TEA!

Hello Friends! 

Okay, let’s get this over with: my last weight in (on Saturday) was up…again. I weighed in at 193.8 which is a gain of 1.4 pounds, making my total loss a mere 3.2 pounds. 


Through some insane magic (or my monthly cycle, same thing really) I must have peed a dozen times yesterday and according to my scales at home, I peed out 2 pounds of…something. Salt, maybe? Whatever it was, it’s gone now that’s for sure and all my rings fit better today. Yesterday I felt more clear-headed and in control than I’ve felt in a long time. I was super-productive at work, and checked off several things on my to-do list. I don’t know what’s going on…but I like it! 

Subject change: can we just talk about tea for a minute? I got a bunch of tea stuff for my birthday ( a cute tea pot, a little tea infuser that looks like a tea pot, some tea, etc) and I decided that I wanted to be a sophisticated grown up and try loose tea. Last Friday I took my girls to the mall and we found a tea store there – oh happy day!! I walked in and said, “I’m a blank slate – teach me Yoda!” and the very nice guy working there showed me all kinds of different teas and infusers and such and in the end I chose 3 different loose teas to take home with me. To the tune of $50. Yikes!! That’s more than I intended to spend, but I had some birthday money left, so it was all good. I’m happy to say that I love all of the teas I chose and my 12 year old daughter even likes them too. I chose a flavored white tea, an herbal tea, and a flavored black tea and the fact that they can be mixed together in various combinations is a bonus. Their names are Snow Geisha, Wild Orange Blossom, and Weight To Go (yes, seriously). I asked about dessert teas was offered the Weight To Go tea. I tried to not read more into that than was necessary, but if I hadn’t been so excited and overwhelmed, I probably would have been offended. It’s actually my favorite of all three – it’s got a fun fruity taste. Yum! What I was surprised to find is that 2oz of tea will not fit in a 4oz jar – 2 oz of tea is A LOT OF TEA. I think I ended up with more than 2oz of each one (that sneaky salesman, they pour it out of bulk tins and measure out just a little more so you’ll spend a little more) so I’ve got lots of tea to last me a while. I’m trying to replace my afternoon sugar habit with hot tea, hence the whole tea experience. We’ll see how it works out. 

Okay, kids that’s all I’ve got for today. Curious – do you drink loose leaf tea, and if so, what’s your favorite brand/flavor? Any tea accessory that you can’t live without? Like I said, I’m a blank slate – educate me! 🙂



15 thoughts on “Gimme a TEA!

  1. I don’t even have a monthly cycle, but I had a day like that. I lost a pound of pee. Whatever. I don’t think you can directly correlate anything your body does for sure. Its a grand mystery.

    About tea. I read about David’s tea. Check them out. The teas sound fantastic. And I thought it would help with my evening snacking. But they’re still tea. And I don’t like tea that much… my sister is getting $50 worth of tea next week. (It made me feel better that you spent $50 on tea. On the other hand, I do LOVE chai tea. I made my recipe again, with plenty of spices, and I added in the almond milk, so I have 8 servings all ready in my fridge. Its not calorie free–45 calories per cup. Worthy.

  2. I have never tried loose leaf tea, it’s pretty intimidating to me, but I do love having tea in the afternoons helps give me a little energy and stops my snack cravings.

  3. Depends on the time of the year. 🙂 I like a nice Vanilla Spice Chai, or Pumpkin Spice Chai, or the Chocolate Delight is pretty good too. (brands, celestial seasonings or the tea guys), and I can keep going, but essentially I gravitate toward creamy sweet types of teas.

  4. I love tea, but I am a little picky. I don’t like fruit infusions with more than two different kinds of fruit – my favourite is a lemon tea with just lemon. Not the instant stuff with three tons of sugar per serving. That one comes in a teabag and it’s delicious, I don’t like Rooibos of any kind. Herbal tea is good if it doesn’t have chamomile in it – I am allergic and the itching it causes in my throat is very unpleasant. Oh, and I don’t like anything marzipan, cream or coconut flavoured. My current favourite is chai latte (black tea, cinnamon and ginger) with a teaspoon of sweetened condensed milk. Of course fancy me has to drink tea that’s expense and can only be bought in ONE shop in Hannover – it’s from Twinings, and most stores don’t carry that over here. And if they do, not that variety. Maybe I can bring a few over when we go to London in May.

  5. This was an activity we did with my (20) niece last summer. She and my middle daughter (18) spent about an hour with the tea guy at a farmers market. I found a chair (broken foot in boot, about 12zillion degrees that day). When they were done, I bought her multiple tea blends and a unique infuser, etc.

  6. I haven’t done this yet but I’ve been thinking about it, I already enjoy the ritual of tea. I have a cute tea chest with lots of flavours. But actually my favourites are the ones that taste like “normal” tea — English Breakfast and Assam Bold. Chai is the most disgusting concoction ever.

    Maybe I will get a cute little teapot and infuser, just for fun.

  7. I am a plain old iced tea from a Lipton teabag person 99% of the time. But the other 1% of me wants to try loose tea because it looks so pretty…good reason? At least you know it tastes good!

  8. as long as you don’t use any sugar!!! I drink my occasional cup of tea without sugar, splenda, honey, agave or anything like that. Also I don;t spend lots of money on tea, two oz is way too much tea: it looses aroma like crazy. I prefer small boxes so I don’t get easily bored. Still I prefer coffee! (with a teaspoon or less of agave). Whatever you drink make it healthy and enjoy the drinking process!!!

  9. Haven’t done loose tea yet. I read about David’s Tea on another blog & it sounds heavenly. I drink two teas primarily–Stash Pomegranate Green Tea (usu 3-4 cups a day at work) and constant comment decaf at home at night. I used to add a Tbs of splenda brown sugar blend (1/2 splenda 1/2 sugar) in the constant comment. I got used to it w/o sugar, and now it’s fine. The Stash tea doesn’t need it. Very fruity on it’s own. & it’s cheap. Hope you feel spoiled using your new teas. They sound lovely.

  10. A suggestion: I find my body weight can vary a lot in a short period of time just through water weight retention. I have had literally a 5 pound shift in less than 12 hours before. Also when on just looks at a scale one gain be gaining muscle if one is working out a lot. I got in the habit of doing self body fat caliper measures with Accu-Measure and that is much less volatile when one gets a hang of how to take the measurements. I still weigh myself, but I have actually found myself losing fat while my weight goes up on the scale at time. People should not be so focused on the scales.

  11. Good thing though it pours like rain because it’s many 😀 tea is healthy 🙂 Before I hate the taste of tea because it always taste like grass for me but now every time there were chances I go for it. I even tried a tea that smells and somehow tastes like flower and it’s good. I love milk tea too 😉

  12. I love tea. I know that some can be beneficial when trying to lose weight. But, it’s the sorting through that takes some time to find a good one. Thanks for the post though.. A little research can go a long way.

  13. Hi! I have been reading your blog for awhile (love it!) but never comment. You should check out for loose teas! They have a bazillion (okay, not really) different types of loose tea and they are reasonably priced. I just discovered them a little while ago and really like them.

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