This post should really be called "Dollars and Common Sense." I liked the catchy title I gave it though. Why don't I just get to the point of it. Okay, I will.
In an attempt to get myself healthier and get my glucose level down our grocery shopping has changed a lot. Instead of picking up hot dogs/burgers and buns, bags of chips.. cheap things, we've started buying veggies and LOTS of fresh fruit. This costs more than those bad for me things.
My glucose level hasn't even dropped as quickly as I'd hoped it would, but I know that eating an apple is way better for me than eating a half a pizza. The drop in levels will come in time.
One big thing that has changed (and thank you Lucy for prompting this post) is the timing of it all. I used to drink coffee from the time I got up until dinnertime. Dinner would be my first meal of the day. I would eat a unhealthy big dinner and have a first snack later, then a later snack at bedtime. All were full of carbs and fat.
Now I'm forcing myself to eat fruit for breakfast, fruit and cheese for lunch.. and I'm not hungry for dinner. I'll usually warm up a small plate an hour or so later.
All this change is making me twitchy what with me being a creature of habit. I almost need travel health insurance with all the twists and turns I'm making. I'm actually taking a Xanax once a day to avoid the small panic I feel over the CHANGES.
If that wasn't enough! Me and hubby have begun the process of quitting smoking. We know is for the best. We both know people who have died from cancer. That has never been enough motivation for either of us. The motivation has come down to money or rather the lack of money.
With him being on layoffs so much we've had to take a hard look at our budget and figure out where we can cut corners. The purchase of cigarettes jumped up and hit us in the face. I don't blame it for jumping because we spend about $190 every two weeks on the habit. That's almost $400 a month. $400 a month would definitely cover the cost of fruits and veggies. And a lot of them.
So.. we're starting somewhat slowly. We're not smoking anymore in the places we would normally smoke. Like at the computer. Yikes, that's a hard one. I know we'll sit here and mindlessly smoke one right after the other.
It's been so hard for me over the past that I have to smoke in the car then I have to light one to walk into the store. Another time is just crazy. After a shower I've had to light one up before I'll get completely dressed and dry my hair. I can't cook without one burning.
Now we're trying to only have one if we go out and sit at the dining room table. We never sit at the dining room table. Never. It gets used for folding clothes and putting groceries on. We either eat at our desks or at the coffee table while watching tv.
I've washed all the ashtrays in the house except for the one on the dining room table. To be honest we've each brought a couple of smaller ones back into the computer room, but not the packs of cigarettes. And if we want another one we have to go to the dining room. Alternating. I even use a timer to make sure we have to wait an hour in between. Ahh.. Such a true confessions post this has turned out to be.
Just like the change in eating though any start is better than no start at all.