It's one week in. And my late-night self is hungry. Really hungry. Ugh.
Oh, the wonderful world of late night eating. Whether it’s 2 a.m. pizza or that leftover Chinese food during your favorite nighttime shows, late night eating goes with college like studying goes with college. Except we actually, uh, do it. So, yeah, bad analogy.
Four weeks. And it's nearly over. Wow. I have to say this has been an amazing experience. Like I said at the start, I've never been a huge coffee drinker. A cup of tea suffices if I have an 8am class; I'm not one of those people who needs coffee to literally function. Nevertheless, it's not been easy.
Okay, this month was going to be hard no matter what. A month without coffee? Find me a hundred college students who would voluntarily do that. But add to that the fact that a) it's January, notoriously the hardest, coldest and most depressing month of the year and b) the fact that I'm an international student who not only tried to pack in as much as she could while she was home but also has to deal with jet-lag and a full day of traveling.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cup of tea. I’m a British girl, tea is my fuel. But “going for a cup of tea” doesn’t have quite the same ring as “going for a coffee,” something I found far too much this past weekend.
Like I said before, I was feeling cocky about this challenge. I stocked up on energy drinks and planned to get at least 8 hours sleep a night. I'll be fine, I thought. It's only a month. But obviously, what was the first day of my challenge? You've got it, New Year's Day.
When I first decided to do this challenge back at the start of November, I was cocky. I'm not a big coffee drinker anyway so I figured it wouldn't be too hard. And it's only a month, right? But then came finals. And then came jet-lag. And with all that came coffee.
Thankfully, this week was extra busy for me. Between work and holiday shopping (I’m one of those last minute shoppers), I didn’t really have much time to even want fast food. That being said, I can’t say I had much time to cook either. So I enjoyed lots of leftovers, made by my wonderful mama.
At 3 weeks in, the “challenges” within this "I'm not eating any meals out this month" challenge are finally starting to show. Don’t get me wrong, I love some of the effects of this challenge; I am proud that I can cook some delicious and edible meals, and the effects it’s had on my wallet have been extraordinary.
After raiding my cabinets this week, and realizing we had, like, no food, I decided I would have to go food shopping if I was going to survive this no restaurant month. Being that I’m an impulse buyer, I also “attempted” to make a grocery list. And while I bought a majority of items off my list, I found myself coming home with lots of comfort foods: Easy Mac, ramen, spaghetti.
I’ve decided to challenge myself to not eat out for the entire month of December. And only 4 days in, I’ve already got a hunger for some delicious food that doesn’t require me cooking. Let’s not forget that the only dishes I can cook successfully are Kraft Mac and Cheese and Cup O’Noodles.
After dealing with the turmoil of a breakup, the impending holiday season, the bitter cold and the death of my beloved aunt, the only thing getting me through were my workouts. That's right, while the rest of the world was going for pumpkin pie, I was skipping dessert and smashing up the elliptical.
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