One-Month Challenge: All Cooking, All The Time, Week 3

[Everyone’s got a vice, a bad habit, something they know they need to change. Unfortunately, everyone also has a million excuses why they just can’t do it. Not anymore. Every month we will be following a different CollegeCandy writer as she takes on a personal challenge. For April, Jill is going to give up restaurants. Things weren’t lookin’ good last week; how did she fare for week 3?]
They say it takes three weeks to solidify a habit or a routine. In three weeks time, it will become second nature, your normal thang, and you’ll stick with it forever! No problem, amigo.
Well, I don’t know who “they” are but “they” haven’t given up eating out for three. straight. weeks. Let me tell you, we’ve got ourselves some problems, amigos. Problems indeedy.
I’m generally a pretty positive person; not one to harp on the small potatoes problems in my life (like how sick I am of eating – and cooking – said small potatoes). And while I still stand by a lot of the fabulous benefits that led me to take on this challenge in the first place – I really am becoming a domesticated w-o-m-a-n (roar!) and I’m saving lots of cashola – this week brought up some obstacles in this “genius” idea of a four-week challenge (facing an actual challenge during a challenge?! Fancy that!)
First of all, my excitement of becoming adventurous in the kitchen sort of dwindled and I was back to making the things that were easiest and fastest. I mean, really, “Kosher By Design, Short On Time” cookbook (which, FYI, is one of the very few cookbooks I own, given to me by someone’s Bubbie at some point in time) Since when is 45 minutes considered a time saver?!
But more importantly, I feel as though I haven’t had human interaction in 17 billion years. Yes, that’s an exaggeration, especially because I work in an office full of women who are ready to socialize if they even hear the words “did you see The Bachelor?” uttered in a mere whisper from the other side of the building. BUT after turning down invite after invite after invite, cooking and eating at home went from exhilarating and fun to boring and lonely.
So last Sunday I did something dramatic. After our attempt to go see “The Justin Bieber Experience – Never Say Never” tragically went awry, my friend suggested we go for lunch instead. I almost said no, giving in to the idea that the better part of my Sunday would be spent with a bowl of cooked tomatoes and Sex and the City reruns (for the third week in a row, mind you). But then, folks, I got a little crazy; I threw caution to the wind and joined my friend for a lunch out on Sunday Funday.
And while I learned that there is no fun in drinking green tea on Sunday Funday (especially when you’re surrounded by a salad bar, which is like my Disney World), there is lots of fun in spending quality time with someone who makes you smile for two straight hours.
Although, as my friend pointed out, it’s apparently a bit awkward for those on the other side of my little experiment. I guess being the only person digging into a meal (while I look like a girl with an eating disorder) isn’t the most ideal situation either. Copy that: experiences surrounding food are meant to be shared. Whether cooking or eating out, I guess the key word is together. Kumbaya, peeps, Kumbaya.
It was that lunch that was a breakthrough for me… after my Sunday Funday turned out to be a smashing success, I spent a few days this week filling up at home before meeting friends for brunch, dinner, etc. Now, I don’t realistically see myself doing this in the future, but I felt proud that I found a balance and didn’t give in (or dig in to that fabulous looking pasta dish. I’m talking to you, Rigatoni alla Vodka).
So with one week left on this challenge, I guess I must admit that “they,” whoever and wherever they are, were right. “They” get you every time, those smartie pants. I can’t believe that cooking has become an actual habit of mine. (I now hit preheat on my oven without even thinking about what I’m doing!) Something that three weeks ago was just a fleeting “oh wouldn’t that be funny- me in a kitchen- hahaha” has now become an established routine.
Goooo Me. Woot Woot.
[Check out the other One Month Challenges we’ve taken on. ]

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