LIVE BELOW THE LINE
After officially signing up for this challenge, I started really thinking about how I am going to be able to make it through 5 days of living on just $1.50 for food and drink. This is freakin’ New York City where just a teeny cup of coffee can cost you $2.00.
I’m an active athlete with a huge, HUGE, appetite. I have to work two jobs and my co-workers at one of my jobs often joke with me about how I can eat so much for being so small. Any time the office provides us with catered lunch, there is usually someone who says “Better get in line before Deanna, otherwise there might not be anything left!”
I live on a tight budget and don’t consider myself to be careless with money. I’m thrifty when it comes to grocery shopping and keep the splurges on restaurant dining to a minimum.
Now that I’m starting to really calculate the costs of my meals and trying to plan my grocery list for the five day challenge, my stomach grumbles…as if my body can already feel the hunger I am likely to face.
Just a few days ago, when my bank account was in the single digits, pay day was three days away, and I had forgotten to pack my lunch, I scrounged around in my purse for loose change and bills. I came up with $6.00 and was super proud of myself when I was able to get a filling, relatively healthy lunch for under $5.00 from the deli across the street.
It was just enough food to fuel me for the rest of the day and for a decently difficult tempo run workout that evening with my team.
Ha, now I laugh at $5.00. That is wealth.
Figuring out the costs of portions of food, rationing it out over 5 days to make every penny count and every meal as big as possible, is intimidating.
It’s not just a budgeting of food, it’s a budgeting of time and activity. If I am hungry and workout, I will simply become even more hungry. So, maybe I shouldn’t workout during that time…
But I have to go to work… and if I’m hungry at work, I’m distracted. I’m not my best. I’m less productive.
I can’t skip work. I can’t skip either of my two jobs.
I only have to sort out and rearrange my priorities for five days.
I have the opportunity to lay out the numbers and think about it, to compare prices, to travel to grocery stores with better prices, better options. I have fantastic employers who won’t fire me if I’m a little slower than my usual energetic self for a few days.
Every day for millions of people, there is only one priority.
My tummy is already grumbling.
My heart is already opening wider.
My perspective is already changing
Hey - I’ve done LBL 3 times now (Down Under) and I just wanted to go - go you good thing! Sounds like you’re putting a lot of thought and planning into it, which is the only way to do it smart (and well - or at least as successfully as possible) :) all the best! And if you start to feel sick or unwell, please stop!