Well, I made a bracket, but I didn’t win the billion dollars. No one did. So maybe they’ll do it again next year. I never really got into March Madness, so the contest changed my world. (Plus something to think about besides eating!)
I learned this week that I love to snack. That’s what kills me. I’ll eat a half bag of doritos inbetween meals. (That’s roughly $1.50) So I didn’t this week. But I wanted to!
My main day consisted of
Breakfast: Yogurt $0.38, berries $0.5 (just a few), hard boiled egg $0.17, 1.5 cups (2 servings) of cereal $0.63. Total $1.68
Lunch: cup milk $0.24, 2 slices bread $0.20, 1/2 can tuna $1.05, wedge cabbage $0.27, scoop broccoli $0.42. Total $2.18
Dinner: 3 taco size tortillas $0.15, baked red potato $0.21, 7 oz. chicken breast $0.91, chilies in adobo $0.17, apple $0.86 Total $2.30
Grand total:$6.16 shew. $6.30 was the days target. But I used some staples I had lying around here actually, like oil, salt, pepper, vinegar, bacon bits… so I’m sure I hit the $6.30 mark.
For lunches I switched in PB&J for the tuna a few times, but I didn’t feel as full afterward. (but so delicious) One day I had mac n cheese instead of the sandwich, but the same, I didn’t feel as full. I miss my snacking. sometimes I ate only 1/2 the apple and then subbed in some popcorn, because with butter and all, popcorn is only about $0.15 for a medium size bowl. I thought apples were cheap, but for these purposes they were NOT.
The average daily calories I was eating was 1,484. Prior to the challenge I was eating 1,800-2,300 calories/day. I could definitely tell a difference, but I also wasn’t starving.
CONFESSIONS: I was cooking rice (subbed for baked potato a few times) and I spilled all over the floor. I was worried about making my goal so I tried picking it up and it was all mixed with dog hairs. That was too difficult for me to separate and so I ended up throwing it away 😦 One night at work 3 people brought in cookies! (1 patient brought shamrock sugar cookies, 1 nurse made homemade choc. chip and also homemade white choc. and cranberry and another nurse brought mint oreos.) I had one of each (or MORE) TO EAT! and also horded a few for the next day since I was missing my snacks! FREE TREATSIES!!!
I was glad to go to the store today and be able to buy the brand of yogurt that I like, even though it’s more expensive. I learned that I take a lot for granted, I’m so lucky I don’t have to count money and make sure I’ll be well fed (maybe I should even track the opposite way, so I don’t overfeed myself) All in all, I would say this was a very successful adventure!