Congratulations to everyone who finished Live Below the Line! The impact you’ve made this week and your continued impact through fundraising, along with our partners, will help make a real difference.
Our participants Wen and Amy blogged throughout the week and we’ve got a summary of their week here!
So we all made it through day one just fine. Kees did much better than I anticipated, but I got a little
I've been thinking a lot about Sunday night. I admit it I was a little overzealous and overdid it on our last meal. I spent $9 on prosciutto. I love prosciutto, but even I know that my enthusiasm was a little overbearing there. $9 is a lot to spend on one item, and our whole meal was very indulgent. I know I like to treat myself the night before but I'm actually feeling a little guilty.
Nine dollars can buy 4 thick slices of prosciutto or a total of:
- 43 eggs
- 6kg rice
- 12kg flour
- NINETY KILOS OF BANANAS. Seriously, Henry's Mercato had a 10c/kg special. Ninety kilos.
- 45kg of potato
- 10L milk
- 11 loaves of bread
Look at that. It's eye-opening to see just how wasteful our one meal was. Still guilty, but also don't really regret it even though I feel like I should. Yes, I overdid it. Absolutely and I own that - but it was a special occasion. It's the dinner ritual before Live Below the Line. I enjoy a delicious meal before giving up frivolous food like creme sauces and cheese (my gods how I miss cheese) and of course, spiced meat like
I’m still alive!!! Yes, you read that right. Woke up today like any other day. It felt like I'm not doing any challenge at all. Although I went to bed last night with a pounding headache, I woke up feeling refreshed. Who would have thought? My son was sick as soon as I got up and looking after him kept me distracted on having my breakfast early. That was a good thing, a very good thing!
I carried on throughout the day just having
Dinner came and I tried to give my Penne Pasta another chance (like I have a choice). I even thought and even did put a little of strawberry jam to maybe UP the taste a little bit. And yes, you guessed it
So yes, sometimes we wait for hours at the clinic but at the end of the
At my workplace, we get free butter, milk and spread. So imagine the stare I was getting from my colleague when she saw me get my little container with the jam and the sliced banana. She was looking at me in a weird way and I made a comment, "I know. It's weird but I have no choice." Then that was the start of the conversation about living below the line. I had to tell them about what it is about, why I am doing this and the rules for the challenge. They were in shock (or maybe amazed) at the extent of this. They asked me what I had been eating for the past 3 days which I gladly told them my ups and downs.
Remember my Penne Pasta from my last blogs? I wanted to have it again tonight for dinner as I was starving on my home. But the thought of how it tastes just makes me what to vomit. So I've decided to totally ditch that and just live off toast and jam for the rest of the week. I have to say I haven’t eaten this much jam my whole life and probably would just end up eating plain toast by Friday.
We're very near to the end of challenge week 2017. For now, I am torturing myself with the smell of chicken parmigiana cooking in the oven. Normally I have zero restraint and just eat whatever I want as soon as it hits midnight but I've capped myself this year. It's definitely not what I'm used to but tonight I'll only be spending $10 on this meal. It's still enough for a few things I'm super keen to eat though - cheese is always my weakness! And chocolate, and ice cream, and energy drink. Yaaaas! Kees is ordering a burger to be delivered at midnight - thank Edesia for
What was your challenge week like? Don’t forget it’s not too late to do Live Below the Line yourself or even host a Dine Below the Line!
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