Good morning all! Today I’d like to give a little physics lesson. Yes, in case you didn’t know, I’m a closet physicist. Sit back and prepare to be amazed.
I’d like to discuss momentum, which by definition is mass times velocity. In this case the mass is me and the velocity is equal to how busy I am.
When I am not busy at all, and thus have zero velocity, I have zero momentum. Meaning that when I’m not busy, I am a lazy ass. Before I got my second job, and before my real job picked up to its current hectic state, I had no momentum. I just went through the motions and did what needed to be done to get by – with work, exercise and my social life.
However, since becoming busier (and thus increasing my velocity) I’ve noticed a huge increase in my momentum.
Case in point, last night my allergies were on the fritz (still are, and I’m not happy about it). Normally, my lack of velocity would result in me deciding that a night on the couch would be the answer to not feeling good and that a run would be a bad idea.
But instead, I decided to clean my house, including vacuuming (which I loathe more than I loathe my allergies) and go out on my scheduled 3.0 mile training run. Before doing so I snacked on some baby carrots and some POM juice that I mixed with water post photo.That run absolutely kicked my butt. I couldn’t breathe out of my nose, so my throat was crazy dry from inhaling Oklahoma winds. And speaking of the winds, at one point I was blown completely off the sidewalk and onto a very busy street. My body ached, making every step quite painful. But… I stuck it out and ran/walked for 3.26 miles. That was a victory my friends. You could say it was momentous even.
So that’s my physics lesson, you can thank me anytime for how much smarter you are after having read that.
When I got home from my hellish run, I was upset to my stomach and didn’t feel like eating anything. But I knew I needed to get something into my system to I had a peanut butter and banana sandwich on a whole wheat bagel thin.So about that April Goal of only spending $200 on groceries this month… I’ve actually decided to amend the goal and make it even more challenging! I’m aiming to only spend $150 on groceries this month, while still eating fun and interesting meals.
And I’ve already spent $43.80 this month, so I only have $106.20 to last me the next 23 days of the month. This could get really interesting, really quickly.A few items on that list were not groceries, which is why I deducted them from the total.
My usual budget for groceries is a whopping $275 a month. I know that a lot of couples and families spend less than that, but what can I say… I like food and I like shopping, so I tend to go a bit overboard. In fact, last month I spent almost $400 on food. Holy moly! That’s ridiculous, right?! Hence my decision to make this my April Goal.
I don’t really have any crazy or innovative ways that I intend to accomplish this goal, just the tried and true methods.
- Meal plan! I’ve made one up for this week, but since the week is more than halfway over and I’m feeling like poo and have no appetite I don’t think I’ll start posting those until next week.
- Use coupons. My adorable mother sends me coupons ever week that are already cut out and everything. I use them when I remember, but not as often as I should.
- Base meals off of items already in my pantry. My pantry is pretty empty, but I’m still going to work with what I’ve got.
- Base meals around things that are on sale/that I have coupons for.
I’ll post pictures of my receipts throughout the month in order to stay accountable. I am really curious to see if I can do this, and if it’s something I can maintain over time or not. So here goes nothing!
How much, on average, do you spend on groceries per month?