- Whole 30/Paleo Challenge. This is what I wanted to do, and what happens when you don't do it right. I even had this nifty paleo grocery shopping guide. And then I ran into some friends and collectively we ran into In N Out Burger...and boy did that burger taste good. But oddly, a bit after eating the burger, I had a weird feeling. I am thinking it was the wheat in the bun that made me get this odd cough that I always got after eating except I hadn't noticed it at all the few days that I didn't eat any wheat. Then I thought hmmm. If, as I have suspected for some time, wheat has such an impact on me, I certainly didn't want to throw in the towel on the whole diet thing. But at the same time, I am pretty convinced that I can't do a strict paleo diet because, well, I really do love food. Greek food, Chinese food, Mexican food, French food, Thai food...you name it and I will probably want to eat it. So...I decided that while the challenge may be a fail, making better choices in the food I eat is doable. So today, I just decided to eat what I want but to make better choices. We went to lunch at The Palms today and their buffet is awesome. Instead of eating everything there, I started with a big salad then moved on to vegetables, salmon, and a couple of beef ribs. I skipped the beautiful dessert trays and had fruit for dessert. I also skipped anything with wheat (such as breaded and fried anything and the pita that would have been good wrapped around the falafel balls and tzatziki sauce which I ate by itself), but did have some dairy (couldn't pass up the mozzarella and tomato salad). Also, hubby thought I would cave and head to Baskin Robbins but I didn't and the only snack-type item we have at home is fresh fruit so I will try to avoid bringing any junk food into the house. Overall an OK compromise (but I would have really liked to do 30 days of strict paleo just to see what would happen!).
- No Spend Challenge. Again, I seem to not be able to not spend. So I have decided to watch what I spend but try to justify each item I purchase (and hopefully talk myself out of buying things I don't really need). Today hubby spent $1 on the slot machine while he was waiting for me (and won $13). We also had a nice buffet lunch which was free from the comps he received from the casino. That was all of the money we spent today. I will probably be shelling out $95 for karate lessons this month which I will justify by saying that earning a black belt is one of my goals for this year AND that at six lessons a week or 24 lessons a month, the $95 breaks down to a bit less than $4 per lesson which is a bargain.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
My Two Challenges for the Month...And How They Have Been Adjusted
After yesterday, I figured out a few things. First, if I am to not spend money or eat junk food for a month I better be held captive in a remote place with no hope of running into my friends, a store, or a fast food place for the entire month. That being said, I do want to reap some of the benefits of these challenges so this is what I have changed: