Saturday, August 18, 2012

I am erratic.

I still haven't posted my food diary, in part because I am embarrassed. I made reasonable choices until Thursday night, but that's when it started to go downhill. After donating plasma, I went over to a friend's apartment and proceeded to eat a bag of tortilla chips with pizza sauce, and drink two Lone Stars. That was my dinner. The following morning I ate three plums and three breakfast tacos. The director at my school was nice enough to bring in some vegan ones: black bean and potato.

The tacos tasted so good I started craving more. So, I went to Taco Bell and had two bean and potato burritos. Oh, and I forgot about this part until just now... I was already dehydrated before eating the burritos, so in a state of total irrationality I drank one liter of 7-Up. I rarely drink soda, and if I do, well... No, I just hardly ever do it. I can't remember the last time I had soda.

I haven't been sleeping enough so maybe that's part of the problem. I've been a little stressed by my new job. Oh, but I haven't even gotten to the terrible, depressing climax yet.

After spending more money on food yesterday than I intended, I decided to stop by Supermercado El Rancho on my way home for enough cheap produce to last me through the weekend. I didn't make it past the fifteen feet of pastries (pan dulces) that greet you as you walk in the store.

I though, "Hmm." I've feeling tired and stressed out. I want to relax tonight. I'll buy a couple of pastries. I won't give you all the details of my brain's machinations, because it's too depressing to go into, but I ended up purchasing nine pastries, eating four of them on the ten-minute car ride home, and proceeding to eat the other five before bed while watching three hours of YouTube videos.

I need a vacation.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Budget

I made a budget: two-week periods, detailing how to spend my paycheck. I won't post that budget now because it would take too long. I will only post post my food and gas expenditures (my only necessary costs that are also variable).

August 15
-$20 on gas
-$4.97 on food

August 16
-$3.72 on food

August 17
-$5.14 on food

My goal is to limit food costs to under $5 a day, and I'm finding it really easy so far. By insuring I spend under $5 each time at the grocery store, I have to choose foods I can eat throughout the day. Because I probably won't end up buying food every day, I may be able to bring that number down even more. Ideally, I want to keep the combined food/gas total below $100 per pay period, and then I would be able to cover the cost completely through plasma donations.

I have a plan to eliminate all non-student loan debt by the end of the year and pay to finish my teacher certification. From there, I want to develop and implement a one-year program to meet a lot of goals I've been wanting to achieve the past few years that I've never had the discipline to accomplish.

I will also be keeping a food diary again. I've been tracking since Wednesday, but I don't have time to post it this morning.