Once I read the guidelines for the financial fast, I knew I need to preplan. I couldn’t be sporadic about my meals or go into emotional spending. I couldn’t do emotional eating either. So I actually laid out a plan to be successful during the fast.
I reviewed my schedule for any special events, business trips or holidays. I would have to take. There was only one business trip I would have to book using my corporate credit card during the fast. I was determined it will be the ONLY instance a credit card would be used.
Special Events – One of my nieces had a birthday party during the financial fast. Luckily for me, I had purchased a comforter on clearance a couple of months prior. Originally, this was going to be a Christmas gift but oh well. I was hoping my niece wouldn’t ask for me to take her to Longhorn a birthday dinner. She didn’t so DISASTER averted.
Meals – I developed a meal plan. First I took inventory of the food I already had at home. I then made a simple and easy to follow meal plan:
|Salmon||Shrimp Stir Fry||Kale, Bananas||Celery, Tomatoes|
|Meatloaf||Chicken Soup||Blueberry Tart||Blueberries|
|Tuna Muffins||Chili||Cauliflower Rice||Carrots, Pineapple|
|Stuffed Zucchini||Chicken & Apple Sausage||Zucchini Bread||Cauliflower, Spinach|
|Chicken Salad||Tacos||Cheesy Zucchini Rice||Sweet Potatoes|
|Hard boiled Eggs||Omelet Muffin||Coconut Cupcake||Garlic, White Potatoes|
|Hamburgers||Chicken Fajita Soup||One Ingredient Ice Cream||Cheese, Cucumbers|
|Quiche w/ Grd Turkey||Salisbury Steak||Sunflower Seeds||Oranges, Watermelon|
|Pork chops||Sweet Potato Pancakes||Grapes, Brussel Sprouts||Almonds, Walnuts|
I utilized Pinterest to find new recipes with items I had on hand. Example is the one ingredient ice cream. It is just a frozen banana put into a food processor or blender until it reaches a smooth ice cream like texture. I added frozen fruit, flavored egg whites and whey protein powder to create different flavors.
Entertainment – the internet has great FREE entertainment and of course CBS has the Young and the Restless available online. I as have Hulu and Amazon Prime along with read books and the gym to occupy my time. I did some self-development activities and started building my own blog.
Boredom – I did have a couple of ideas of how to cure my boredom. My boredom activities included cleaning, organizing, blogging, looking for a mastermind group and driving around my new neighborhood.
Most of the planned activities worked for me during the financial fast.