Monday, May 7, 2012
Monday, April 11, 2011
Therefore, my challenge is going to change for the rest of Lent.
After consulting with people that I trust and respect the most, I've decided that I will not finish the food stamp challenge. I do feel that I have learned SO much about the topic, have experienced the need, and have done atleast a small part to bring greater awareness to the problem of hunger.
However, knowing that I have a two races in this coming week (a splash and dash and a triathlon), I don't feel that I can continue trying to eat on this amount of money any longer.
For this coming week (starting Tuesday) I will be recording and sharing something entirely different. I am going to eat as healthy as possible (organic - when I can- and packed with nutrients) and I am going to share with you what I spend to do this.
I think what we will find is that the cost of a very healthy balanced diet with enough good stuff to fuel a triathlete (I know I'm very slow but I am one) are far from the budget of someone on food stamps. I will try to make the most economical choices and find the best deals but I am going to choose brown rice instead of white and I'm going to buy gluten-free bread to make meals that will give me the results I want in races and at boot camp. I won't choose inferior products because they are cheaper.
I know this is a change from what I set out to do and I welcome anyones thoughts on if you would have given up or not but I have to do what is best for me and at this point it is choosing better fuel.
Friday, April 8, 2011
I woke up after not enough sleep and started packing for my weekend away. I packed one basket of dirty clothes and one of clean clothes that need to be folded (Love ya MOM!) and then headed to work. Breakfast was a hardboiled egg ($0.11), a banana ($0.18), and a pear ($0.33).
I boiled a bunch of eggs on Sunday morning and it's been SO nice to be able to just grab one and go. A little prep goes a long way! Lunch was the last serving of cabbage casserole ($0.52).
After work I got my car re-registered (only 5 months late) and then drove off to Brenham to see the parents. I stopped and got a lemon-berry slush on the way ($1.99) thinking it was happy hour but it was over. I got to my parents and my dad and I went to pick up my packet for the Blue Bell 10k on Saturday and then drove the race course. We came home and had some really great chicken and rice with broccoli ($0.60) that I loved and did some laundry and fell asleep (while reading).
I was thinking that in the past I would have had another helping of dinner and probably had dessert and I didn't really need any of it.
I got an email yesterday from Pam, who handles all the reimbursements for the Beef Team and she said, "You always THINK you know what someone goes through but few venture out to really get that experience." I am VERY thankful that I've embarked on this journey and that I can see things just a little differently now. I have been blessed so far by what I have learned and I know that as the final days approach I will learn even more.
Friday's Total: $3.73
Total Spent in 31 Days: $147.10 (average of $4.74)
Total Remaining for 15 days: $59.90 (average of $3.99)
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
I had some free chips and salsa at youth group and then some free peanuts and water at Logan's afterward with Emma, Amy, Phil, Kevin, and Amber. Man those steaks looked good!
Definitely did not eat well on this day!
Sunday total: $3.66
Total Spent in 26 Days: $128.32 (Average of $4.94 a day)
Total Remaining: $78.68 (Average of $3.93 a day)