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Well, that was a bit silly

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The money plan is doing okay, though since I'm buying a new $100 gift card when I need one (which means not precisely 30/31 days later), it's all a bit wobbly. The issue is that I don't make a weekly budget or a month long meal prep plan so there's no way to line things up precisely. And it's too easy for me to buy things as needed and cook as needed, since I'm already at the grocery store 5 days a week.

I've decided that's fine, and actually good, since it's a better representation of how SNAP benefits would work for me. Get benefits once a month, and if you run out of benefits before you run out of month, you go lean. So long as I ONLY buy one a month, it shakes out.

I'm eating more balanced meals, but get somewhere between hungry and bored at night, and binge eat. To solve this I'm firstly committing to drinking water prior to eating, since I generally don't stay as hydrated at work as I should. And secondly, to keep a food journal again. Visible accountability, as we all know, can be key.

Also important will be restarting a hobby to do in the evenings. I just plunk down and watch YouTube, and TV goes well with snacking. Not to mention, my life is feeling very small. I've been going to another one or two meetings a week, which at least gets me out of the house, and cooking and cleaning and organizing my physical space is granting some order to my mind. But otherwise all I do is work, think about my budget, and consume media. That's not how I want to live.
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    emoticon on eating balanced meals! emoticon

    I think it's great that you're doing the budgeting experiment like that! It's totally true that people run out of money, and have to make do with what they have...

    Good luck on finding a new hobby! emoticon
    87 days ago
    What other activities would you like to pursue? Something that involves interaction might be good. emoticon
    88 days ago
    Good job on the money plan if not an actual budget. I have never been a budget person but as long as the money lasts as long as the month, it seems to work. Drinking water before you eat is good and a food journal or using the Nutrition Tracker on SP should help the eating/binging. Finding things you enjoy doing isn't always easy but just keep trying new things and see what you like and continue.
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    88 days ago
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