I’m changing the rules. After only two days. (Read my first food post to get up to speed on this challenge . . )
See, I specifically designed this challenge to be conducted on me only. Firstly, because my husband thinks that putting yourself on voluntary restriction during the summer is stupid. (What’s wrong with him that he doesn’t jump up for summer of 7 boot camp?)
Secondly, because my children are 7, 5, and terrible 2 almost 3, so I had no interest in ramping up the whining factor. Plus, the quantity of food that would have to be carried is a little overwhelming.
So, I wasted a stupid amount of money buying duplicate items for myself that I WALKED for to keep separate from their food. Then I found myself thinking and saying, “THOSE ARE MY PEACHES. That is MY Raisin Bran!!”
I was a great example. Very mature.
Truthfully, it is impractical to keep the “walked-for-MY food” separate from “bought- at- ALDI-their -food.”
Additionally, because I had not walked to get it, I threw away an enormous amount of food yesterday that was leftover on my kids plates. Normally I would have eaten it. In fact, I’ve quickly realized (in two days) that I pretty much subsist on the offal of what my kids reject. I had no idea what to eat for lunch since I there were not bits of crusts and chunks of banana stubs.
I tweeted Jen Hatmaker that I was feeling like this was arbitrary. She said changing a habit takes 21 days.
Gee. Thanks, Jen.
What am I going to learn from throwing away food and spending money to buy food that we already have?
Should I have spent $4.50 on eggs at the Farmer’s Market yesterday when my friends at church sell their farm fresh eggs for $2. Just because I DRIVE to church?
The walking part feels relatively easy–so far. We are pretty close to a lot of stuff. I did it. I walked to Food Lion. And I walked to the Farmer’s Market. And I walked to two different restaurants in town. One for a date with my husband and one for ice cream. Walking for my food is kind of a good idea, but I know that I need to do it longer for it to change my heart.
I’ve decided to adjust.
Not eating food we have is wasteful.
Not sharing food with my kids is dumb.
Arbitrarily buying food we already have BECAUSE I walked for it is dumb.
Walking is still good.
Buying local is good.
- Challenge will be extended until June 21, and unbeknownst to them, will include my family. (Don’t tell my husband.)
- We can eat any food currently in the house. This will prevent waste.
- We can eat food that we walk to buy or obtain, primarily Food Lion and the Farmer’s Market.
- I can also buy LOCAL food at OTHER local markets or stands, even if I drove. (Although I’m going to avoid driving TO them in general, but if I drive PAST them, I might stop. See the difference; it’s an important distinction. ;))
- I will not drive to the grocery store for food.
You will bring me chocolate.Sorry that just slipped out.
***Now that I’ve extended the challenge, there is a problem that I’d like you to weigh in on . . .what should I eat when I’m not at home? I am going out of town next weekend. What should I eat then? What should I eat when we take my sister out for her birthday SOIREE??
How’s your Summer of 7 going? Arbitrary? Profound? You can link up to the blog hop at each particular challenge. Also, there’s now a FB group for those participating in the challenges or just interested to discuss them.