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:
- Fast Food As Addictive as Heroin, Study Confirms
- Is Fast Food Addictive?
- The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
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.