So a few days past the end of the month, I’ve been reflecting on this endeavor and the changes that came from it.
How’d it go?
Overall, pretty well! I brought my lunch every day except 2 – one day I failed to plan ahead and one day was a team lunch at a taco place and I don’t not eat tacos. But for the most part, I planned ahead and actually ended the month with extra money in my bank account. Grabbing lunch out is expensive! Win!
Alex and I definitely focused on eating the food in our pantry and, although we ate out a few times for dinner, it was a much more conscious decision. Planning ahead for a night out made it feel *that* much more special because it wasn’t a ‘well, shit, we don’t want to cook dinner…let’s grab something out.’ Our first dinner out was a planned date for dinner and a movie; after cooking dinners and packing lunches for 2 weeks, eating at Chilis felt like such a treat. We also used gift cards and coupons when we did eat out so we also saved some money – double win!
What I found to be the most impactful to my daily routine was drinking 16 oz of water before I left for work. As a gal who tries to drink enough water but usually fails, guzzling down 1/2 a Nalgene in the morning was a super easy way to make sure I took a step in the right direction. Because of that extra water in the morning, I made a concerted effort throughout the month to drink 3 full Nalgenes each day and could feel the difference on days I didn’t drink up. Bonus? My skin feels (and is visibly) less dry, clearer and more radiant. Win!
Last but not least, I didn’t really count my exercise per week but feel pretty good about the exercise I did do. I’ve been hitting up the climbing gym at least twice a week with friends and Alex and have worked in short runs during the week. In just the month of January (and really, in the last 2 weeks!), I’ve seen a surge in my climbing technique and strength. So even if I didn’t get sweaty 4x a week, knowing that I’m betting my climbing is good enough to call this one a win, too.
I’ll definitely be carrying these tactics with me into February and the rest of the year. I think the key to my success was picking attainable goals – these were things I’ve been meaning to do for a while – and sticking to it. Alex also hopped in on a few of these goals (packing his lunch, reducing our eating out) so knowing we were in it together helped keep both of us accountable. Yes, it sucked to sometimes eat a boring lunch instead of run out for Chipotle on ‘Free Burrito Day’ but at the end of the day, I was proud of myself for sticking to my goals and putting off instant gratification for long term success (and extra money in my pocket!)