Addicted to Dining Out


What does that number mean? That’s the amount of money we spent between August 1st and August 31st going out to eat. In some cases, the hubby was reimbursed for a few meals when he was working out of town, but at most that would be approximately $100 — so there is still $545 still being spent on dining out at a variety of restaurants and fast food establishments. That food number does not account for groceries, which I spent about $150 on over the entire month.

So, it could be safe to say that we send upward of $800 on food and another $70 (now every three months) trying to lose weight from eating $800 worth of food.

What a mess, right?


I can see this vicious circle swirling around me and it feels impossible to get out. It makes me question if I even want to lose weight. I mean, I certainly don’t want to be over 200 pounds, so why do I continue to go out to eat? Dining out has been a constant struggle in my weight loss journey. I don’t know where I stand between the addiction to eating out fast/low quality food and being lazy — I know both are the root of my issue.

It’s easier to go out to eat than it is for me to make food at home — but I know that’s just the laziness talking. When you do something that makes you unhealthy, sluggish and broke, why do you continue to do it? I Googled ‘addiction to fast food’ last night, and it seems I am not alone:

You get the point.

Then I found this article: 7 Ways to Stop Eating Out From Killing Your Budget. Perfect. I mean really, can you imagine how much stuff we could do with an extra $500-600 a month? That’s another $7,200 put into the savings account each year in ADDITION to getting to my goal weight.

The article had some interesting points, some of which I need to consider and just do — no more using laziness as an excuse. Ideas were:

  • Learn to Cook Well. I think I’m pretty good in the cooking department; however, when my taste buds are craving an enchirito from Taco Bell, I don’t think I have the means to cook it at home. I suppose I need to retrain my buds to like foods that are not so artificial and fake. On a side note, I am a very picky eater in that I have a hard time preparing meat and eating it. I am also disgusted at fat, skin, bones and anything else in meat…which is hilarious, given that most of the crap I eat at a fast food restaurant is all of those things ground up and shaped into a meal. Stupid.
  • Take a Lesson From Smoking. I’ve never quit anything cold turkey. I probably can say I have never had the willpower to stick with something and stop doing it. Hubby quit smoking cold turkey and he can quit eating out, but I have never tested my strength when it comes to fast food — I really need to turn this around.
  • Set a desirable goal. Hubby and I want to go to Hawaii on our 10 year anniversary this February. That could be in jeopardy for two reasons — not having the money (not eating out could save $3,000 by then!) and not wanting to have fun because I look and feel terrible.
  • Weight Watchers. Yes, this was actually part of the suggestions! Of course I love the flexibility on WW, I just see the outrageous number of points I spend on a daily and weekly basis eating food that is high in points and low in nutrition. I mentioned going over most of my weeklies and this is completely due to dining out.

All of the points in the article were good — I hate spending the money and adding it all up truly shows how out of control it’s gotten. Time to just exert the effort and stop — or the cycle will never stop! This is something I am going to be more accountable with in my blog posts.





2 thoughts on “Addicted to Dining Out

  1. Wow, I hate to think what our number would be. I might need to work it out and maybe I would be shocked into taking some action

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