Sunday, August 18, 2013
It's been 42 days since the kitchen remodel started and I had to make do with a temporary kitchen in my laundry room.
AND I DID NOT EAT OUT OR ORDER TAKE OUT EVEN ONCE!!
AND I ENDED UP AT THE SAME WEIGHT AS WHEN IT STARTED!!
It took a lot of planning, but I am used to that. I wasn't used to the limitations of no oven and only one cooking unit per meal, but I managed.
I obsessively read about kitchen renovations on the internet, and all of them warned of blowing the renovation budget by eating out, and how people always gain a few pounds. I ended up the 6 weeks (2 more than I had anticipated) at the same weight as the beginning. Was it willpower? I think it was more about pride, the need to accomplish SOMETHING while workmen were doing the heavy work. It was my own little challenge: No eating out for the duration, whatever that may be.
Everything has a beginning, a middle and an end. The beginning was exciting: the planning, the design decisions, the dream, the anticipation of something shiny and new. But you never understand the endurance required for the middle, especially when you don't know how long it will last.
Tonight I cook in my new kitchen. The hard part is almost over. I still need to clean (renovations create dust in places you never imagine), and I am still awaiting the three cabinets that didn't arrive with the main order. The days seemed to drag, but in reality they went by at the same speed as any other 42 days. There was one week when no one showed up, the week after they realized the cabinet order was incorrect.
And I did it!! All 42 days!! And I did not gain weight or spend one penny I hadn't planned. Fra La!!