End of the Week Round-up

>> Sunday, January 31, 2010

We have two challenges rounding up this week:

How'd you do on this week's challenge?

I'm a Marathon Runner on this challenge. Except for remembering to take a thermos with me for Starbucks hot chocolate runs (which I didn't have to worry about this month because of the extreme challenge). But my solution is that I'm going to stick a couple clean thermoses in the car, so they'll always be there when I need them. Works for cloth bags, should work for hot chocolate.

a family of water bottles

Thoughts on the extreme challenge:

So if you remember, the point of the extreme challenges is to push yourself a little bit farther than you would normally go so you can find your sweet spot. If you struggled with your challenge throughout the month, you probably need to wind it back a little bit to get to your sweet spot. If you had no trouble at all, see if you can stick with it going forward.

My family had decided to...
  1. Me and the kids - go the full extreme and try not to eat out all month.
  2. My husband - keep up the habit of eating out with his co-workers, but they committed to only patronizing local restaurants for the month.
My big issue with eating out is the quick runs to Starbucks for hot apple cider and Krispy Kreme for hot chocolate (or to Cookout for shakes in the summer). And I admit it was tough sometimes. But I focused on making more hot chocolate at home, and for times that I really want a hot apple cider, I just need to take my own thermos in the future.

I think avoiding fast food restaurants helped us stay in the budget this month - even though we've always paid lip service to avoiding fast food restaurants, a fast food run always sneaks in somehow. I'm really going to try not to go to fast food restaurants in the future (with possible exceptions while on vacation).

I did miss eating out in general and am really looking forward to getting to go out to eat with my husband at some of our fave local restaurants. But we're going to work on bringing our own take-out containers to lessen the impact of eating out.

My husband says he had no trouble at all...except when he was traveling. That's definitely a nice thing about living downtown.

What about you?
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4 comments:

Condo Blues January 31, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

My husband and I worked from home, so it was very easy to meet the water bottle challenge! Glass drinking glasses all the way baby!

I acutally forgot about the eating out challenge. We only went out twice and both were locally owned restaurants. Restaurant #1 was one we've been wanting to try but it always closed when we think about going there. Restaurant #2 is in a small asian grocery store. My husband had to work 2 weekends in a row and needed a little pick up. We had some serious cabin fever issues too.

Wonder-ful January 31, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

The bottle challenge went well except for the one day I brought home a diet Dr. Pepper in the plastic bottle (to me, it still counts cause it's in a plastic bottle). I nearly blew up when I opened the fridge and found that someone took it. I laugh now, but it made me realize that this wasn't such a slam dunk as I thought.

As for avoiding fast food... We're a family that eats out multiple meals a day (or buys enough of say, Pizza, to have leftovers). We didn't completely avoid the drive though but made such a drastic cut back that we're not even going daily anymore.

Lisa Sharp January 31, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

We have eaten at our local favorite restaurant once this month (my husband has gotten food to go a few other times but I didn't) and we got Chipotle yesterday but that's all. In fairness I have been having a major asthma attack and I'm on steroids so haven't felt so great. :)

We always remember water bottles and travel mugs though. :)

Erin aka Conscious Shopper January 31, 2010 at 7:59 PM  

@Condo Blues - Heh, guess I'll have to do a better job of reminding people about the extreme challenges. But sounds like you did great anyway. And besides, you're so green, you should be challenging me, not the other way around!

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