Starting

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Mark Twain

Today is the day! And I’m feeling a sort of nervous anticipation to see what the first day of today’s experiment has in store for me. Obviously, I’ve budgeted in times gone by, but never by using methods this extreme. I’m just hoping that I don’t end up failing the challenge on my first day.

The intention for today:
There’s no real agenda behind today’s day of the challenge, and the aim for today is rather to test the waters and get used to doing the challenge. I’m aiming to see how much it differs from my normal routine and whether I think I will be able to accomplish everything that I set out to do this week.

What I did:
I followed my usual routine as much as I possibly could, of course, things naturally differed, and instead of getting the Tube to work as I usually would, instead, I cycled to work, and that was quite an experience for me to say the least.
All three meals that I had planned for myself to eat today I did, even opting to bring in my own lunch to work. Which I normally would if I was on a tight budget (usually towards the end of the month), meaning that I didn’t go out to eat with my work colleagues, as I quite often would do.

My breakfast for today and for the rest of the week

What I found:
Apart from the lack of a London Tube journey, cycling to work and not going out with my colleagues for lunch having any tea, coffee or snacks throughout the day, I wouldn’t say that my day differed significantly to the point where I found myself finding it a bit out of the norm for me.
Cycling to work can be immensely tiring and extremely fearful, especially when you’re not that much of a confident rider, and you’ve had significantly less to eat than you would normally, on a day to day basis, especially if you’re doing a moderate amount of exercise.
I did feel a little bit left out when the majority of my colleagues went out to lunch, but it isn’t the end of the world, I’m just suffering from a bit of ‘FOMO’ (Fear Of Missing Out), but I can’t help to feel that you might feel a little bit alienated from your fellow workers if you bring your lunch in, while your peers go out to lunch.

My route of cycling to and from work

Today’s biggest challenge:
Cycling to work with such little food was probably the biggest challenge that I faced today, and as I had cycled to work this morning, I did have to cycle home from work as well, even though it wasn’t included in the challenge. This meant that by the time I got home this evening, I felt really irritable and hungry, ‘hangry’ even you could say. I feel that if you were cycling to work, especially for quite some distance, such as I did this morning, then you’d seriously need to boost your calorie intake in order to avoid feeling like a miserable zombie with aching legs by the time you got home.

How I got to work:
Cycled.

What I ate:
Breakfast – Porridge and a banana.
Lunch – Tomato soup and two slices of wholemeal bread with margarine.
Dinner – Wholemeal fusilli pasta and vegetarian mince in a tomato and chilli sauce.
Snacks – None.
Drinks – Water.

Any additional costs:
No other expenditure today.

Calories consumed:
Breakfast – 328 calories
Lunch – 329 calories
Dinner – 426 calories
Snacks – 0 calories
Drinks – 0 calories

Total – 1,083 calories

Money spent:
£1.23

Money saved:
£1.77

Conclusion:
Today was not a bad day by any means, but it was quite tiring and very uneventful, to say the least. I missed out on my trip out of the office and spending additional time with my colleagues outside of the office. Although I did feel irritable once I had got home from work, the feeling did fade by the time I’d rested and had something to eat.
All in all, I think I’ll have to keep an eye on my energy levels and mood throughout the experiment, especially in regards to how much I end up eating and what methods of transport I take into work. It will be interesting to see whether my mood is still impacted by a lack of food when I take a less strenuous method of transportation into work another day this week.

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