Day One is always easy. You make a vow, a promise, a lifestyle change… you make it through Day One full of wonderful intentions. Our family survived our first day of our 30 day vow to avoid eating out unscathed. I will admit that this 30 jaunt into eating only at home will probably be the hardest on me. At the end of the day, the easiest way to end an evening is to grab food to go. The kitchen stays relatively clean (In my house, the kitchen is never completely clean!), I get a nice post-bedtime evening to rest and relax, and we still eat dinner together.
Yesterday afternoon we made a decision as a family to change our eating habits for the better by eating foods prepared at home. This means no after school trips to Yum Me, our favorite frozen yogurt store, no Sonic Happy Hours (sigh. Cherry Limeades.), no pizza night. This is also a way to see the effects on our checking account from avoiding eating out. Does it pay to eat at home?
Breakfast is easy. We always eat cereal, oatmeal, or toast and yogurt for breakfast while we get ready for the day. Andy, my husband, on the other hand, grabs a coffee and often stops for gas station food. Breakfast might be the most tempting cheat for him. Weekends might be tough. It’s fun to get up late on Saturday morning and head to Waffle House. I will have to make sure to have ample breakfast making goods on hands for the weekend.
The girls, Laura and Maddie, have been taking their lunches to school for the majority of this year so this won’t be much of an adjustment for them. I don’t trust Maddie to make smart decisions in the lunch line at her school. School lunches are not healthy if you avoid vegetables at all costs. When I’m not working at Maddie’s school, lunch is my greatest weakness. I always manage to leave the house right at 11 am to run errands, the right time to grab a bite to eat. The Taco Bueno bean burrito makes any day perfect. When I’m working I eat the school lunch. Ugh. Andy does an amazing job at taking his lunch to work, mostly leftovers from dinner the night before.
Dinner… We’ve already talked a little about dinner. I have no problem with cooking on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Sundays. Any other week day, we have drum lessons, guitar lessons, ballet, or Girl Scouts. The weekend is just time to enjoy the finish to the week. We eat out a lot on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s really bad.
We’re starting out fresh! Today, no one wanted to eat out. We had a great grilled chicken dinner and I survived running errands without grabbing something quick while I was out. Let’s see what tomorrow holds.