Woman lives on nothing but Starbucks for an entire year

Woman lives on nothing but Starbucks for an entire year

ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Popping into a Starbucks, even daily, for a cup of Joe is standard for many. But can you imagine eating solely from Starbucks for an entire year?

It’s a tall order that an Issaquah woman challenged herself to.

Reflecting on this challenge, Beautiful Existence said, "I felt like it was definitely something that I could do. I had a lot of support from family and friends."

You would need that support, turning down dinner invitations to make this work, but those close to her are used to tight parameters.

Beautiful (her legal name, by the way), chooses a single challenge for herself each year.  Her first challenge was living the Goodwill Life in 2011. For that entire year, Beautiful shopped only at Goodwill. At the end of the year, she told me, "You can buy practically everything you need at a Goodwill or thrift store."

In 2012, she tested articles out of Parents’ magazine to see how they translated into real life with her family.

And for 2013, she chose to eat solely from Starbucks, wanting to choose a Northwest, local company and not only eat there, but really hang out and get to know the community surrounding it.

The biggest question people have for her right now is - did she gain any weight?

Starbucks puts together menu items and protein bistro boxes and you know as long as you're active and as long as you really monitor the intake of your calories, you absolutely can lose weight and I did," she said.

So I'm guessing she skipped the whip.

OK, so she cut calories, but how much did this challenge cost her?

"I tallied it up last night and I spent over $7,000 last year on Starbucks," she said.

That averages out to about $600 a month, double what the average American spends on food in a month according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

"I did not allow myself to go to the malls, I barely went shopping, you know I did not get anything that I would have liked to have gotten," she said.

This is a far cry from her first challenge, where she spent only $1,600 for the entire year, buying what she and her family needed, plus gifts for birthday, baby showers, holidays and more. She figured out that her thrift store ways saved her $13,000 that year.

So what’s her next challenge?

Beautiful says she’s going to live the REI life in 2014, trying out as many recreational sports as offered. She tells me she’s already mapped out 100 challenges -- an average of two per week!