It's working! It hasn't been quite a week yet, but my boyfriend and I have been doing well. Neither one of us has had a soda all week, which for us is a feat in itself. Considering I have free access to a variety of soda at work it was easier than I expected to stop. I get a couple hankerings for some delicious fizzy root beer or tasty coca cola but I grab a water instead. We also haven't eaten out this week... minus a run to Tim Horton's for some soup last night I think we are faring pretty well. I've cut out my daily Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee with cream and caramel swirl and my morning breakfast sandwich or donuts or whatever other horrible decision I make every time I get to the order window. On average I was spending about $25 a week on DD. We were spending about $175 on eating out as well. And we were each probably spending about $20-30 a week on food at work. (We are both service industry workers.) Honestly, we never ate in. So that's about $250 on food per week if not more. My initial $137 grocery trip definitely hurt but realizing that we saved by doing so definitely eased that burden. Also I had quite a few kitchen necessities that I needed after being absent from it for so long, so I'm sure future trips to the grocery store will be less costly. In addition I spent $7 at Tim Horton's, $10 at work on grilled chicken, and Scott spent $5 at work. So that put us around $160 in this weeks spending for food. Leaving us at +$90 or so! And I can still make at least 3-4 more meals with what I have left so that'll easily push us into Wednesday or Thursday. But enough of this cost effectiveness, that's not why I'm here.
I guess I should tell you what we ate that kept us sane all week. We had chicken stirfry with rice, shrimp soft shell tacos, turkey burgers with homemade honey mustard, and then we had roast beef sandwiches. So the roast beef sandwiches aren't exactly at the top of our health list but we had to start somewhere. A little red meat will hold us off for a while. For breakfast we had lots of smoothies, fruit, eggs with green pepper and onions, homemade turkey sausage one morning and about 1/3 of the bagels we were having before. We split a bagel instead and to be honest we've only had 2 total all week. We bought lots of fruits and veggies that we can eat as snacks as well and I went back to one of my old favorites, reduced fat wheat thins. We only drink water, Crystal Light ToGo lemonade and iced tea, and I bought a bunch of kiddie sized 100% juices. Without all the fried foods, sodium, and soda, I can already fit into one pair of shorts! Couldn't button them on Monday and on Thursday those bad boys made a public appearance. I was that bloated from being that unhealthy in my food choices. We took brisk walks on a few mornings and I told myself if I break a good sweat at work that I'm not waking up the next morning to walk, so Wednesday and Thursday I got seriously busy and ran my little butt off. And that folks, just about wraps it up. I plan to start posting my deliciously healthy recipes and some of my tricks to getting through all of this soon!
All in all I would call this week a success! .....Ok, not a complete success, we shared two small scoops of Gifford's ice cream last night... but I think we deserved it!