Wednesday, March 4, 2009
One of the reasons I set up this project so I didn’t spend money up front to get a larger quantity of food then work off that is because it’s hard for me to predict from one day to the next what I’m going to feel like eating. Often I think I’m going to want one thing, but then when I wake up (or even as the day progresses), I decide that’s not going to work and I want something else. This is why strategies that involve planning meals in advance and relying on large, infrequent shopping trips don’t tend to work very well for me.
The last two days I’ve had higher than usual levels of exercise—usually I walk two to three miles a day doing errands and things, but Monday and Tuesday I walked closer to four to five miles each day. Yesterday after I was about two-thirds into my walk, I thought “Hmm, I think I probably should have ridden my bike for this.” I thought I was probably going to be hungry today from the extra walking, but at that point there wasn’t much I could do about it.
I felt okay for the first part of the day, and had another round of black beans and scrambled eggs and tortillas with salsa for Meal One. But I was definitely hungrier in the afternoon than I have been, and decided it was time for an infusion of carbs.
So I headed back to the land formerly known as South Square and visited my friends in big box world at the local SuperTarget. Picked up a refill of pasta, along with a can of tomato sauce.
I was actually planning my post about how lame my meal was, pasta and a can of plain tomato sauce, but then when I got home realized I had a tomato left from yesterday and also about half of the small onion I bought, plus some garlic.
So it was still sort of a lame dinner, but it was a large amount of much-needed carbs and also a little little bit of fresh vegetables. The plain canned tomato sauce will not be making the permanent recipe list. (Though it was actually quite good with the curry powder in the Curried Eggs over Rice, and also not bad when I combined it with Italian-style tomatoes, so maybe it just depends on what I do with it. But not so great on its own with plain pasta, even with some vegetables thrown in.)
I still have beans left and a few tortillas, and eggs, and now some pasta, and also most of the cabbage. I think I’ll finish up the tortillas tomorrow, and then try to build off the pasta and cabbage and maybe fill in with some fruits and vegetables. (Though if I’m still hungry tomorrow I might go for another round of the Jiffy biscuits—those definitely give you maximum volume for $0.50.)
I’m pretty much on target spending-wise. I was up $0.24 going into today, and spent $1.11, so I’m still up $0.13. Feel like I’m in pretty good shape.