January is over!
January was the very first month in my A New Year New Challenge Experiment that I am trying this year.
The Challenge: Make Breakfast for Work
The Reason: I don’t get up early enough to eat breakfast before work, and when I do, my stomach is still sleeping. I’ve never been much of an early morning breakfast person, I usually need to be awake for a little while (an hour or two depending what time in the morning it is) before I feel like eating. If I eat to early, my stomach just gurgles away for the rest of the day and I feel bloated and yucky.
Usually by the time I get to work, I’m ready to eat breakfast, so most of the time I will stop somewhere on my way into the office to purchase breakfast, be it a muffin, bagel or Egg McMuffin. Something I always find delicious and fresh but always costing money.
The Anticipated result was: Less rushing in the morning when I wake up since I will not need time to buy food. Less money spent.
The Actual Result: Success! This first challenge of mine turned out very successful. I found that pre-making items to pull out of the freezer was super easy. It did involve a little bit of pre-planning, for example I had to sort out in advanced what I was going to make AND plan the time to actually make said items. Michael also found some benefit to eating some of the items from the freezer as easy snacks for his work day.
I also had an unanticipated result of taking my lunch to work as well. As you may remember, taking a lunch to work everyday was going to be my February challenge. However, since I was already making breakfast, and preparing dinner most nights (with Michael's help of course) it seemed kind of silly to me not to start bringing my lunch to work now, in January.
I contemplated changing my February challenge to myself since I've already achieved success in bringing my lunch, but in the end I decided to keep it as is. The whole idea behind my experiment is to create new and healthier habits.
Now that I have one month under my belt of making and bringing breakfast into work, I will continue to keep this challenge a habit. I've noticed that mornings are a lot less stressful not that I always know what breakfast will be and on those odd mornings where I want a few extra minuets of sleep, I don't have to forgo food.
Next Up: February Challenge ~ Bring Lunch to work for the month.