Non-Consumerism: Day 1

Today was the first day of my 30 day (really, the month of April) Non-Consumerist challenge.

 

I woke up this morning wanting something for breakfast from anywhere other than my house. What a way to start off the first day, right? All I could think about was French toast sticks from Sonic (really, they should be called heart attack sticks – but man their crunchy goodness is tasty!) or acinnamon roll from Whataburger (I don’t know what it is they do – but they know how to do it right!). Somehow I managed to say strong, prevailed, and ate a healthy breakfast (oatmeal) at work. One challenge down – GO ME!

 

Normally, I don’t patronage the vending machines at work. They’re full of unhealthy goodness and are way over priced. However, today all I could think about was a bag of nacho cheese Doritos calling my name. I avoided their call and ate some Cheese-It’s I had packed in my lunch from home.

 

Similar struggles occurred as the day progressed; from going to lunch with co-workers (ate what I brought instead) to going clothes shopping with other co-workers, to shopping online for new and “must have” craft supplies for “wanna make” projects.

 

I managed to overcome them all. Amazing.

 

I find it all rather interesting really. In all actuality, I wouldn’t have purchased anything for breakfast (I like my own cinnamon rolls and can make a mean French toast). I also pack my lunch 95% of the time and bring items that I know are healthy  (or at least capped to 100 calories) for snacks. I do the same for any beverages I think I’ll want to drink too. I usually work through my lunch (thus no need to go anywhere with anyone to buy anything). It’s interesting that I had such urges to do things I wouldn’t normally do. I think I’m feeling a stronger urge because it’s something I’ve mentally and physically decided to not do. (Kind of like being grounded as a teenager. I didn’t have anywhere to go, but being told I couldn’t made me want to go anywhere even more).

 

The real challenge will be if I’m able to visit my local Super Center tonight without picking up anything other than the photos I had developed.

 

In other (unusual news) I’ve had two requests this week to show how I make my grocery list. I didn’t think there was anything special about my grocery listing plan, but I’ll share it with you none-the-less. It’s really just a menu plan and a grocery list. Coming soon…

 

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