At the beginning of September, I set out to do Owl Haven’s 30 Days of Nothing. I made a goal to eat more at home and spend less. I made a monthly menu, purchased food for the month, and began.
It all went well the first half of the month. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner came from home. About the middle of the month, I believe that I started to get a bit stressed here and there (lots to do at work?). I also got bored of my boring menu (I repeated the same meals every 1-2 weeks on my menu) and I started eating out at restaurants more (Boston Market, Kolache stores,…).
Then came the gardening project. It started small, but escalated quickly. First, I bought three 6-packs of veggies, a few annuals, and some 50% off perennials (actually, I got two $7 ones free, because they looked pretty pathetic – now, they look great!). Then, I started getting more and more compost/soil. After that, I bought 4 kinds of bulbs and a flat of 18 snapdragons. Of course, there were more trips for more compost.
I kept telling myself that the veggies would save us money at the store, and that the perennials and bulbs would come back every year. Plus, I was having a FABULOUS time gardening in the sunlight for hours at a time. Sunlight is good for me. As it’s darker in the mornings now, I use a S.A.D. light therapy box every morning as I read my Scriptures and eat breakfast. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D., is a real problem for those who are susceptible to the effects of reduced natural sunlight. It can cause lethargy (I stand around in the morning, staring into space. My husband has to remind me to get moving) and weight gain. – Hmm, is that why I’ve gained weight recently? No, it must have been that ice cream and cake…
This past week of gardening has made me SOOOO happy everyday. Aside from Church, I spent the entire weekend outside. Each day at work, I looked forward to the time when I would be able to go back outside and garden some more.
Now that I think about it, it would be fun to start on the backyard, right?!!
Anyways, I was successful for the first part of the month. I’m glad that I got outside to garden, although I admit that I did purchase quite a bit for my garden. To help with the menu problem, in future, I plan to vary the foods that I will prepare. My best friend got me a gift card for my birthday, so I purchased a subscription to Clean Eating Magazine. It’s fabulous, because it gives recipes, shopping lists, and monthly menus (including snacks!)
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