February is long gone, and I’m just now getting around to posting my final thoughts on such a busy month. On top of meeting my indispensable FSOA study group twice a week I spent so much time cooking that I didn’t really get a chance to blog. I can’t say I’m surprised since this happened last time we did this project.
Excuses aside, I’ve finally posted the full and final grocery/ingredient list. There’s another permanent link over at the $56 in February Page, which I think I’ll keep up there.
This year’s February was much easier than when we did this in 2007. I think it’s a combination of an improvement in my cooking skills and much better planning. MUCH better planning – there is an excel sheet with many pages. All told, Chad and I both lost about 10 pounds that we could definitely stand to loose. Our stomachs shrank a bit, which I don’t mind at all – it goes along with one of the reasons we do this: mindfulness.
I’ve seen several websites or articles of other people doing the same (or similar) project for various reasons. They may want to call attention to world hunger issues, save money, loose weight, see if it’s possible to do, etc. While we may have a few of the same motives, Chad and I are not looking for any publicity or attention out of this project, we do this for us.
This is primarily an exercise in mindfulness. Each of the worlds major religions have fasting or restrictive periods and it’s often a time of thought and reflection. Here are a few things that are reinforced for us during February:
Now that we don’t have any restrictions on what we can spend on food, I’m going to go have lunch with a friend. But first, I need to go spend the grocery money we saved this month on a goat and some bees.
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