No Fast Food 2020 Challenge
This year me and my husband have sworn off fast food for good and here’s why…
It’s something we have struggled with in the past and have even accomplished for a month or two at a time. It’s a vicious cycle- no fast food for a month, then months of binge eating McDonalds, KFC, Wendy’s, Taco Bell and the like for breakfast lunch and dinner. This cycle comes from many places:
1. Laziness / Busyness
2. Stress Eating
It is so easy to fall into these traps constantly. And you may be thinking “well Naty, so what if we eat a lot of fast food? Who cares, it’s not that big of a deal”
Well besides it taking a toll on your health that you may not realize (which we will get into more later) it will take a toll on your bottom line…
Debt- it’s something everyone has and in America it’s an addiction. As of 2018 the average person is in debt for $38,000 and that doesn’t even include mortgages. And with the end of the year as a family we started to look at how we could start to save money instead of living paycheck to paycheck. It was around this point that we began to talk about quitting fast food for the year and our worlds seemed to collide. Looking at our finances we have realized that we were basically eating our money.
We did some very hopeful math for the year. We realized that every time we were going to a fast food restaurant we were spending $20 or more for one meal. So we very conservatively estimated 4 times a week for 52 weeks and realized that at the very minimum we spent $4,160 in one year on fast food alone. And that was extremely conservatively. We realized between fast food runs and Uber Eats we were truly at least at an average of $100 per week on fast food for the year. And that is where our challenge was born.
So this year we have committed ourselves to put away a minimum of $100 per week that we don’t cave on fast food. At that rate by the end of the year we will have a minimum of $5200 saved up. And to make sure we are held accountable anyone who caves must put not only an extra $25 towards the saving, but also $25 towards the other person’s debts.
We have only been on the challenge for 6 days now and our body’s already seem to have done a hard reset...
We feel better rested, our abdomens have started to recede, we have more energy, fatigue issues seem to be subsiding and we feel more alert and clear. It is incredibly surprising to see how much of a hold on not only your physical, but also your mental health fast food truly takes on you.
All in all it has already been a HUGE life changer and we would love for you guys to come along with us. We have already had family members joining in with us along with our amazing friends at oursimplisticlove.com and we would love to go on this journey together with you. The great thing about this challenge is you don’t need to follow our rules about money, you can have other way of holding yourselves accountable for example it could be based on doing more chores, treating the other person or running around the house. You can get as creative or serious as you want, it’s all up to you. Let us know if you are coming along with us and how you are holding yourself and others accountable!