Well guys, it’s been one week on the #TakeOutTakeout challenge. (in case you missed my post, check it out here!) To say it would be hard is an understatement. As someone who goes out to eat a lot, not doing this for a whole week has been difficult yet so rewarding. I’m spending more time in our new kitchen, getting used to sticking to a meal plan, and most importantly: saving money.
1. I’ve wanted to buy food every. single. day. Seriously. I get cravings for things all the time. Got a text from Jersey Mike’s saying that it’s Double Points Day? I start craving a sub. See that Wendy’s has been doing some serious trolling on Twitter? Dying for a spicy chicken sandwich. The worst part? This Saturday (1/14) one of my favorite places opens in Charlotte, Potbelly. I have been waiting on a sandwich from them for a year. Guess I’ll be waiting another week. *sobs*
#TakeOutTakeout Challenge Day 5: We’ve stuck with it so far but all I want today is burgers and fries and fried rice and Taco Bell. ?
— Whitney (@observantturtle) January 8, 2017
2. I cheated. I’ll just put it out there. Only once, but I did. On Monday, it was 12 degrees and my body was dying for a Starbucks hot chocolate. Fortunately I had acquired a reward for a free drink on my account last week so I used it. Technically I didn’t spend any money, but I did cheat. I don’t regret it. *shrug*
3. I really need to find breakfast foods I like. I’ve had a bagel with strawberry cream cheese at least four mornings. It’s fine, but it doesn’t necessarily fill me up nor is it the healthiest option out there. For someone who is very picky about breakfast foods (I don’t like eggs) this is really hard, y’all.
— Whitney (@observantturtle) January 4, 2017
4. Dinners have been easier to cope with. I honestly haven’t minded cooking dinner every night. It’s nice to not have to leave the house after I get home from work. On the other hand, doing dishes SUCKS and I hate it. Thankfully Nick has helped me with them but really. I hate doing dishes.
5. Grocery store trips have been more frequent. On Sunday I made a trip to Trader Joe’s and Publix to get the week’s groceries and spent $64.91 and $50.13 respectively. I got all of my produce, canned goods, and a few other things at TJ’s while I saved Publix for my meats and a couple of random things they didn’t have at TJ’s. Also fresh chocolate chip cookies because whatever.
All in all, I’m really proud of us for getting through the first week. After the first couple of days, I wasn’t sure we could do it. I kept trying to make excuses about how I could cheat or work around the system. Even though it’s been really tough, I know that it will be worth it in the end. Just another week to go! Don’t forget to follow along on Twitter for daily updates using the hashtag #TakeOutTakeout.
Have you ever tried a challenge like this? What are your eating habits like?