Monthly Archives: March 2010
Grill season opener was Saturday! That’s a full month earlier than last year, for those keeping track.
March is supposed to be snack month. How’s that going? The fact that it’s March 18th and this is the first I’ve mentioned it should give you some indication. For 2 and a half weeks I’ve been procrastinating thinking about it and writing about it. It’s been hanging over my head, and I haven’t wanted to write about anything else, hence the light posting.
Tonight I decided I had to say something, anything!, about this month’s goal, so I went back and read the original planning post. After reading it, I have no idea why I procrastinated this goal so much. The goal was to have enough food during the day so I didn’t hit up the vending machine. That’s it. Ever since the New Years posts, I’ve been trying to subconsciously keep track of my vending machine visits, and I don’t recall any breakdowns. There was one bad day when I bought Indian for lunch, including samosas, but the vending machine has not seen any of my dollars.
Eating breakfast has helped, and I’ve tried to bring some specifically planned snacks. It’s been stressful to bring snacks that need any amount of preparation, though. Nuts, fruit, cookies, and other leftovers work. Preference is given for anything I don’t have to wash, chop, blend, cook, or mix. Extra points if it doesn’t need Tupperware and is compact and light.
I would still like to avoid buying unplanned food (vending machine or otherwise), so I’d like to come up with a way to help with that. Public shaming? Snack planning? Sheer willpower? I’ll have to ponder.
So I set out these goals for the year. Every day we work on them, and every week I look back and see how we did, but I think we need an evaluation with a longer view. The weekly reports are focused on the specifics, but don’t address how the overall goal progressed (or didn’t).
For example, our January goal to waste less food had lackluster results. We probably wasted less food than we did in December, but have we changed any of our habits or behaviors? Not really. In fact, I became so disinterested with the goal that I stopped posting about it. If I had done a report card for January, I probably would’ve given us a D, at best.
So how did February do? Much better! Maybe it’s no coincidence that I’m starting the report card now, but I have to give us an A. My reasons for the high grade:
1. We ate breakfast every workday this month. Granted there weren’t that many (only 14.5 for me), but this is a huge step up from our regular 0 days/month.
2. Our breakfasts were varied. This wasn’t a criteria at the outset, but having two different planned breakfasts every week has given us an arsenal of several foods that we know will work with our schedule.
3. We have changed our habits. I’ve stopped bringing coffee to work! To make room for an extra Tupperware of bfast food, I’m leaving the big thermos at home. I get plenty of coffee at home, my bag is lighter, and I’m enjoying drinking more tea at work.
In retrospect, the Feb goal was much more clearly defined with more measurable goals; eating breakfast everyday is much more measurable than “wasting less food.” It’s also a more positive goal; isn’t it easier to do more of something than less of something?
This is really exciting. I feel very positive about enacting a small and lasting change in my life by simply thinking about it for a month. No doubt some of our other goals will be more difficult, but this is a great (delayed) start to the year.