On August 24th, I threw this out on my facebook:
I wanted accountability – posting it publically to my FB friends would help motivate me to stay on track. After I posted it, I told the hubby and kids we’re doing this! They were reluctant at first . . . and kind of annoyed about the whole thing. Add this to another one of mom’s crazy ideas but at least they humored me and said they would try.
We planned our meals for one week. Tuesday and Thursday were leftover night, meaning everyone feds for themselves and the rule was anything in the fridge can be eaten. That also gave me a break from cooking.
Monday | Wednesday | Friday I would make easy recipes because typically I work 10 hour days so I didn’t want to set myself up for failure. Meals that take 1hr or less to prep and make were on the menu. Time yourself! Next time you’re thinking, “Hey we’re going to go out to eat” watch the clock – how long does it take you to load the family into the car, get to the place, order, and get your grub. Most of the time it took us 30mins from beginning to end to get to the place and then get our grub, unless it was a sit down kind of joint, then it would take us longer. There are plenty of meals and recipes out there that would take you 30mins or less to make.
I started posting pictures of my meals on Instagram more because again accountability! On the weekends, I would make more complicated meals, because I had the time!
Driving around hurt big time! Damn drive-thru! So to combat that urge to drive through, I put snacks in the car like a small jar of cashews or almonds. If I can munch on that while running errands then I didn’t get the urge to do pick something up. And really, I shouldn’t be grocery shopping on an empty stomach anyway! The 2nd week, my teenage even got into it and suggested we make Mapo Tofu.
Going out for Gelato was great! It was a reward and a milestone you know? I think that if you don’t keep yourself motivate then you’ll fail. Sure there are hiccups in the road but try not to beat yourself up too much and always be aware of hiccups compared to excuses. If you’re going to fall back into the eating out routine then maybe you’re just not ready but once you’re ready – COMMITT!
That was a crazy bonus. . . we both lost weight! I lost like 7lbs and I can’t remember what the hubby lost. Now remember, we’re not eating out and that means at work too. Work is stressful and stress leads to comfort eating (based on my experience and excuse). “Oh honey, had a shitty day – lets go grab something.” Plus since we’re packing lunches, our portions are more accurate, therefore the weight loss.
Finally, week 4 is upon the family and we decided at the end we’d get sushi dinner out! But we’re still continuing the challenge and will only eat out once a month. We did still go get the occasionally Starbucks drinks, but we’re working on that too! We also shop locally more . . . every weekend or other weekend, we make it a point to go to the farmers market for produce. Overall, I think we have save $400 to $600 in the month. That number hits you like a sock full of rocks right?!?! Ditto. I think overall, we’re eating healthier and saving money.
Remember when you were a kid and eating out was a rare occasion? Well I wanted to bring that back and give my kids more than just junk food. I hope I inspired you because if I can do it you can too. I’m a wife and mother of 2 kids. I work 10 hours days and depending on the week . . . I could work in the 60 -70 hr range. I issue the challenge to you and your family. Think about your meals for the week; take it one week at a time! Don’t over complicate it. Post your results in the comments! If you’re on social media use #eatathomechallenge. Remember at the end of the month, come together as a family and decide how to reward yourselves for all the hard work!