[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. This month, Khalea is giving up….wait for it….FRIED FOOD. She tripped up a bit in the beginning, then she embraced the faux fry, and now? Let’s find out!]
Well, this is it. My last week of a whole month without deep-fried goodies.
It’s been beneficial, but it’s also been pure hell.
Coming from a place where battered items are nearly a food group, I basically had to change the way that I shopped and ate completely. Sure, finding new recipes was fun but it was also super expensive! $6.99 for a block of mozzarella cheese? I could’ve paid half of that for an order of cheese sticks at White Castle!
Maintaining a balanced diet messed with my pockets. It was difficult finding foods that were healthy and cheap in Manhattan where I began working. The battle between a $2.99 cheeseburger and a $6.99 wrap was a hard one to overcome.
Without French fries and chicken nuggets, foods that I usually turned to for my broke college student budget lunch, I came home and went to bed with my stomach rumbling. Yeah, I know I said I’d try a side salad instead, but that’s just not me. I’ve never been the small salad, no meat kinda gal anyway.
But as I said, I reaped many benefits as well. Even though I’m scared of scales, I feel lighter. My friends and family notice it as well. I’m counting my calories with a Blackberry app, something I definitely wouldn’t have done before. I enjoy a wider variety of fruit and veggies—I think I’ve had more apples this month than I had in an entire year.
So yes, I was satisfied most of the time, but I still counted the days until I could go back to my old and favorite habits. I’m excited to eat fried foods again, but I know that I’ll consume them in moderation now. I don’t want my hard work to go down the drain with one 10-piece meal.
[Get excited for June’s challenge when Michelle tackles stress eating! And check out/be inspired by the other One Month Challenges we’ve taken on. ]