>> Sunday, January 31, 2010
We have two challenges rounding up this week:
- the weekly challenge: Start Using a Reusable Water Bottle/Thermos
- and the January Extreme Challenge: Stop Eating Out for a Month
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.
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...
- Me and the kids - go the full extreme and try not to eat out all month.
- My husband - keep up the habit of eating out with his co-workers, but they committed to only patronizing local restaurants for the month.
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.
And don't forget about this week's giveaway: ECOBAGS produce bags!
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