February 3, 2014

Eating In.

Eat in every night for a month

As I was writing my 26 before 26 list I knew I wanted to do things that were going to challenge me, be rewarding, and make me a better person. This goal I knew would be especially hard at the start considering eating out is such a social event now days. I usually go out to eat on the weekends with my friends, and sometimes during the week as well. (hello, single life!) It ended up being easier as the days went by and eventually became a habit by the end of the month. I saved money, ate better, and even lost almost 8 lbs!!!  I was very happy I put this goal on my list. The hardest part for me was declining dinner invitations. I tried to make it as fun as I could and tried recipes I hadn't before, made some of my favorite recipes from my mother, and even had several nights where I invited others over to eat with me since I couldn't go out. I actually looked forward to grocery shopping & planning meals each week. I am now in the habit of packing my lunches for work and will be implementing this more to the up coming months. I do owe a lot to my support system aka my family and roommates for helping me do this :) But, I did it. I didn't eat out all month! I made every. single. meal.

Here's to more of my 26 before 26!
1. Watch 3 classic love story movies2. Go to Jerusalem
3. Eat in every night for a month
4. Read a book on my book list
5. Learn how to make freezer jam
6. Sew a dress
7. Read the Book of Mormon cover to cover.
8. Explore a new city or town that I’ve never been to before.
9. Plan & go on a girl’s trip.
10. Finish my denim/jean quilt.
11. Run a 5k
12. Go on an overnight camping trip.
13. Refinish a piece of furniture.
14. Finish the Harry Potter series.
15. Lose 30 lbs.
16. Plan & shoot a stylized/themed photo session
17. Go Canoeing
18. Take a dance class
19. Get a regular blog series up and running
20. Make pasta from scratch.
21. plan a trip to visit the central perk set from F.r.i.e.n.d.s
22. Re-learn how to crochet
23. Learn how to play chess
24. Keep a consistent journal
25. Throw a dinner party
26. Print some of favorite photographs I’ve taken.


Becky @ Project Domestication said...

Seriously awesome job! I love that you made eating in a weekend event with friends. And it was fun to have you over!

Not many people can say they've done this. You should be very proud. Props!

Kate and Matt said...

Way to be Miss Shippen! I don't think I could go a whole month. I'm impressed! Also that oriental chicken salad looks delicious. Can I get the recipe?

Les said...

This is so impressive! I seriously should try this challenge! You should post some of your favorite recipes from last month! :)

his little lady said...

I love writing up lists like this for birthday goals. You are just too cute girl!
xo TJ



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