Stressed about money and weight gain, I just realized how I've been eating my money...
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Over the last year, three things have caused me considerable stress:
2. Weight gain
I don't know why it took until now to realize it, but these things are linked in a big way.
Forgive me if this is obvious for you - feel free to skip the rest of this blog - but I think it's important to acknowledge links and patterns.
Here's the thought process:
1. I have a great job, but it fluctuates from overwhelmingly busy to dead slow, depending on the time of year. In the first and last quarter, it's not unusual for me to work 10-hour days - 9-hour days consistently.
2. At the end of a long day, it's not unusual to dread cooking. It feels a heck of a lot easier to pick up dinner (even if it doesn't save time, because, let's face it, it takes the same amount of time to cook it)
4. I pick up dinner on the way home, and often it's a single serving meal (I.e no leftovers) - depending on whether it's just for me or for me and the man, that ranges from $15-40
5. No leftovers = no lunch to bring to work with me, so I pick something up, hurry back to the office and get back to work. That ranges from $5-15.
6. At the end of a long week, I want to relax all weekend, and, let's face it, there's a good chance I'm working at least a few hours on Sunday. I don't find time to get to the grocery store (and not motivated - I'm not cooking because I don't perceive that I have enough time, so it will just go to waste anyways, right?)
7. I don't have groceries at home, so I don't have breakfast food to make before leaving for work
8. I end up picking up a bagel/muffin on my way to work. That ranges from $1.50-7
What does this mean?
- I need to work on my work-life balance
- I've been eating my money
- poor nutrition habits and stress on their own can cause weight gain....put them together and your odds are twice as bad
- I need to remember how much I enjoy home cooked meals - doing so will save my wallet AND my waistline
This month, my nutritional goal was to eat my own cooking more than other people's (the man not included). The first two weeks were pretty dismal, I won't lie. This week, however, something clicked.
I haven't bought breakfast this week. I bought a coffee at Tim Hortons on Monday partway through an hour drive en route to an off-site meeting (I needed to use their facilities), and a latte on Wednesday en route to work. I'm not going to lie, it was very tempting to just buy a muffin with the latte, but I overcame it before leaving home and made a smoothie.
I have not bought lunch all week. My meeting on Monday was over lunch, so I had the pizza provided. I stuck to two slices and skipped the wings and garlic bread. Tuesday I had a lunch and learn, but I stuck with half a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with salad.
I have eaten home-cooked dinners every night since (and including) Saturday. Not always the healthiest - Monday was tacos, tonight was pulled pork in BBQ sauce - but homemade, which was the goal.
In addition to all of this, I've made at least two brand-new recipes since January 1. A chicken recipe, and waffles.
How's it going? Well, on Thursday last week I saw 164 on the scale (granted, it was following a day that included all-you-can-eat sushi). I've weighed in every day since, not due to obsession, but to motivate myself to stay on track. This morning I saw 157.6. I'd say my waistline's happier. And I can guarantee my wallet is. Work's still stressful, but I'll keep working at it. In the meantime, st least I'm not letting an intense workload keep me from planning, grocery shopping, or cooking.
Funny how things can be related, huh?