We’ve Got The Power (Will Power, That Is!)
Posted by Arianne | Filed under Arianne
It’s crazy how proper preparation made this week a breeze!
Last Sunday, I made a list and gave myself a grocery budget of $100; with coupons and a few treats thrown in, I only spent $56.84! I’m pretty sure I bought enough food to last me TWO weeks, so we’ll see how that goes. When I got home, I seasoned all of my chicken and separated them into single serving portions in ziplock bags. I did the same with my veggies; cut them, washed them and put them into baggies and stored in the freezer. This is something I’ve always done because I don’t have a lot of time to cook once I get home – these meals take a total of 20 minutes from start to finish and I love it!
Every morning, I’ve had a bowl of cereal (milk is free at the office). By mid-morning, I chowed down on some fruit. For lunch, I would bring leftovers from the previous night or have a frozen dinner which is super quick and convenient. In the afternoon, I curbed my usual vending machine chocolate bar cravings by eating apples with peanut butter OR oats and honey granola bars crumbled into a cup of vanilla yogurt (I bought a big tub of yogurt instead of the smaller, individual packs). While it may seem monotonous, I didn’t get bored at all! I looked forward to every meal, they were delicious and not entirely unhealthy. When I arrived home, the chicken had thawed out and I grilled, baked, fried or barbecued it while my veggies steamed. DINNER COMPLETE! I still had my usual cravings but I couldn’t be tempted because I didn’t have any money on me. I left my wallet and debit card in my filing cabinet and only carried a $20 bill as ‘just in case’ money (my daddy didn’t raise no fool!). That $20 is still completely intact. I’m exhilarated!
Hilarious side story: my company is offering cheap tickets to a Jays game at the end of the month and the tickets went on sale Monday. I actually called our receptionist and explained this challenge and pleaded that she’d have a guaranteed sale next week if she held three tickets for me. And she held them!!! I wanted to give you full disclosure that temptation was everywhere but I prevailed. I respect our unspoken honour system!
This Saturday, I will treat myself to a greasy, altogether-t0o-bad-for-me, Chinese delivery dinner and will probably replenish my fruits or maybe change up my snacks next week, but as of Monday – I’m going to do it all over again (But I will buy those Jays tickets because BRETT LAWRIE AND COLBY RASMUS MUST KNOW OF MY LOVE FOR THEM!!!)
Now it’s your turn – leave your stories of temptation, success and everything in between in the comments section!