We did it! I can’t believe it! Seven days of eating at home!
When I say it out loud it sounds ridiculous. Seven days? How hard could it be? How hard SHOULD it be?
I don’t think I realized how much eating out (or ordering takeout) is ubiquitous in our culture. It’s just so easy to do and there are so many choices at every price point. Dollar menus, drive-thrus, and delivery make ready-made food available with in moments. Then there’s all the social entanglements with eating out like business lunch dates, birthday dinners, after-game celebrations, just getting together with friends. Layer on top our busy lives, long work hours, after-school activities — it’s not easy! Making food at home isn’t immediate. You need to be prepared, and there’s a mess to clean up afterwards. It’s definitely an investment of time and energy.
I’m not going to lie. We will probably never give up eating out all together. Honestly, I don’t think I want to. It’s similar to how I feel about particular diets — sometimes fighting it so strictly causes more hard than good (for me, anyway).
Instead, I strive to eat out less. I work at being prepared at home so I can whip together quick meals. I remind my eating-out-loving-husband it’s cheaper and healthier to stay in. I teach my kids how to cook and be resourceful in the kitchen. That said, I feel no guilt when we do eat out. Like today when The Husband just HAD to visit our favorite local sandwich shop to celebrate our successful week of eating IN.
Look how excited he was at lunch today. He couldn’t hide it!
He was a great sport considering none of this is his “thing.” I figured the least I could do for signing him up for this challenge was to let him take me out.
We had a great time chatting over our sandwiches and sharing an order of fries.
He wasn’t even compelled to give me the finger!
I think I finally wore him down with the picture taking. ;)
Anyway, those are my thoughts after completing the One Week Eating IN Challenge. I can’t wait to hear yours! Was it hard? Easy? Did you learn anything?
Don’t forget, everyone who participated is entered to win one of the awesome red prize packs from The American Heart Association! Leave your final comment on this post for entry! I’ll be picking winners this Wednesday!