State of the kitchen: week one

Dollars spent on food: $95
Unintentional pounds lost: 4
Times dined out: 1
Dollars saved so far: $205
People I fed: 4

This was the week the project became real to me, and I discovered some unintended side effects. Instead of blowing a few hundred extra dollars on eating out, I ordered $200 in necessary new supplies for my horse, which was really rewarding. Like I said, I don’t need to save the money on food, but not spending money outright frivolously is a value of mine. I try to spend my money thoughtfully.

The dishes never end. Never. They will never end.

Also, I am always at the grocery store. Soon I will know all of the employees’ names.

I enjoyed food with my pal Staci, her husband Dave, her son Lucas, and my bestie, Anne. It was great to feed them, and I was especially proud of the food I fed to Anne after slaving over the stove for two straight hours. I did dine out with one of my best clients this week at an excellent high-end steakhouse on the coldest night of our winter so far: -15 degrees Fahrenheit! One of the exceptions to my restaurant abstinence had to be going out with my clients — a part of my job that is both a special treat and unavoidable.

Lastly, I’ve somehow lost four pounds. Not only have I lost four pounds, but I did so while literally eating sticks of butter, lots of oil, and not at all controlling my portions. I ate whatever I wanted, when I wanted it, with the only caveat of having to make it myself. I didn’t work out more to compensate, and if anything, I’ve worked out less because of the cold, time off of work, and an injury. I’ve noticed my appetite balancing out, and I’m not as hungry as I had been in previous months. Even better, my “sense of urgency” in how hungry I am has dropped drastically. I had been turning into a moody little wench (queen of tantrums held only inside of my head) if food wasn’t available to me the instant I became hungry, because my hunger was hitting hard and fast and my specific cravings were strong. Over the last week, my “sense of urgency” has diminished, and I can only attribute it to having more consistent blood sugar, a higher protein ratio, and dumping the mystery food ingredients out of my life (MSG, anyone?).

This really isn’t as hard as I thought it would be at all.

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