*Or less poor
Come March 1st I have decided to embark upon a personal mission to get fitter and eat less, all in the name of saving money (and looking good).
Those that know me well know that I enjoy my food. Despite my savvy ways it’s no exaggeration that about 80% of my spending output goes on food – I just love it. I’ve never really believed in self-deprivation when it comes to meal times, because they are usually my favourite part of the day, and I never used to think that enjoyable home-cooked food should be compromised by a strict budget. It definitely is possible to eat well on a budget!
However, two weeks ago I spontaneously booked a month-long trip to South East Asia in June with five other silly individuals. This kind of crazy behaviour does not really support the Cardiff on a shoestring ethos, I know. But anyway, with an uncertain future ahead in the ruthless world of journalism, I’m hoping that the memories of our little adventure will be an investment in life experience, and therefore worth the scary amount of money the whole thing is costing – well that’s my excuse to you lot anyway.
So with that in mind, I thought it was sensible to launch myself headlong into a real through-and-through budget lifestyle over the next four months, involving cutting my overall food intake and thus my overall expenditure. And also I want to look good in all the photos of me lying on the beach in Thailand and riding elephants etc etc…
This isn’t going to be too extreme though, I still plan to go out at least once a week, and although I might still have one or two glasses of wine or bottles of beer during the week, I won’t give in to Ben & Jerry’s offers or reduced price muffins. No I won’t.
I will, however, be attempting all of the fitness activities listed in my Getting fit in Cardiff for free post, on three days of each week until June. Check my Hungry but richer posts for reviews and ratings of the various free fitness options in Cardiff (excluding no. 3, because this is not that sort of blog!).
To conclude this extremely self-indulgent post, I invite any of you to join me in my quest to get fitter, healthier and leaner whilst saving money.
We start this Tuesday on St. David’s day! Say goodbye to unnecessary fattening and expensive treats tomorrow night – or perhaps celebrate your pending bout of health with a Welsh cake or two?