I try really, really hard not to freak out about school. I never want to be that person who camps out in the library, who disappears during midterm season, and always looks like they spent their night staring at the computer screen. But sometimes, the stress gets the best of me and I feel like I need to lock myself in my room and ONLY STUDY.
Sticking to salads and yogurts during the week is completely doable, but showing the same amount of determination in the weekends can be painful.
Cue the tears, cue Adele, and cue me shoveling Ben and Jerry’s down my throat. I’m okay though really.
Before I began, I had a lot a questions like “What is clean eating?” and “What foods are clean?” Well to be honest, even after doing loads of reading since my first post on the subject, I am still not entirely sure, so I have decided that I am going to slowly, but smartly, build my way up to much healthier eating.
I did it. I budgeted. And I learned a lot about myself and my spending habits in the process. It was sometimes difficult, but definitely worth it. Looking back at the experience as a whole I can definitely say that. So instead of recapping this last week for you (which was actually kind of boring) I thought I’d take some time to just go over the finer points and the important things I picked up this month.
It was just a slight slip up. I was on my way to CVS when I passed one of my favorite stores with a big, huge, sale sign in the window. I had some time to kill, so I figured, why not? I’ll just browse. And then I got to the coat section. There it was: a belted, black, mid length coat. On sale. And it was just my size. I tried it on, and yes, I bought it.
I've even been keeping track of my purchases, but the thing is, since it's winter break post-holidays and high school reunions, I've spent pretty much this entire week watching Netflix, reading The Hunger Games, and sleeping until noon. So I haven't actually been spending all that much. And it's made for a pretty easy week.
This month I am taking control of my finances. And if you're up for it, I want you to join me. Because whether you're in a position that requires you to keep track of your finances or not, it won't hurt to know how and why you're spending your money.
As a writer, I have always beaten myself up about perhaps not being able to make it in such a difficult field. Who am I? Who would want to read my work? However, all of this changed the day that I was asked to analyzed the poem known as an “American Masterpiece” by William Carlos Williams. This poem gave me hope that absolutely anyone could become a writer.
Along the way, I've written some pretty heavy articles here on CollegeCandy about confronting the reasons for my (and maybe your!) stress eating. Have I always been successful in trying to stop stress eating? Most of the time. Can I claim that I stopped stress eating completely? Not really.
Since I started this challenge, I have struggled with one fundamental question: Why do I eat instead of feel? It’s a good question. Why do some people do drugs, or drink too much? Why do some people compulsively shop? What makes us neurotic?
For the month of June, I'm going to try to stop stress eating. You know what that means? No chocolate chip cookie at 2pm when I’m feeling drained (but not hungry). No candy snack at the check-out in the grocery store. No crunchy potato chips when I’m browsing Craiglist at night and wondering what I’m going to do with my life. No eating when I feel an unpleasant emotion… I guess I’ll just have to, you know, feel it.
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.