Wednesday, September 19, 2012

SNAP Challenge year 2

Yesterday was my first day of the SNAP Experience, I was late to the game because my birthday happened to be this week and I didn't want to miss out on the chance of doing the challenge again. The challenge officially started on September 15th, but it was a hectic day for me.  I woke up at 5am in the morning to get my gown prepped for a TV segment, I went to the TV station, then after that I attended a bridal shower, and then a bachelorette party, where I ended up staying the night at the hotel the party was booked at.

I certainly didn't want to be the "Debbie Downer" of the party by not participating and so I partied it up with the rest of them.  Then on Sunday, my husband and I celebrated my birthday early knowing my real birthday was on a Monday.

I know this year's SNAP Experience will be more difficult for me as I am making way to becoming a vegetarian, I'm on a diet, started a fitness boot camp, and completely busy with my orders and events.  But I'm not one to throw in the towel without trying it again this year.

The amount of knowledge I know about poverty statistics, because my husband works for the Association of Arizona Food Banks, doing the challenge reminds me of how some people live and essentially where I come from, which was the Philippines.  I heard stories from my parents and family about what they endured to be able to survive and I know I will never experience poverty like they have, but at least maybe I can experience hunger and never complain about how lucky I am.

And boy was I hungry yesterday, on my birthday which was the day before I started the challenge.  I woke up at 4:30am to attend my fitness boot camp class.  I figured if I was going to eat cake I had to burn calories before I did it.  I ran several errands during the day and spent a nice evening with friends that involved a nice meal and dessert.  I was feeling more guilty and so I took an hour walk with the dog and my hubby.

So here comes yesterday, I woke up hungry but not knowing what to eat, and didn't end up eating breakfast but opted for a late lunch.  I found that since I am exercising more that I'm hungrier than ever, but I'm still on a diet.  I opted for a tortilla with 2 eggs and a little cheese.  I know splurged with the shredded cheese going at a rate of $2.50 a package, but I was thinking I can make it last the whole week.  In retrospect, I should have gotten a block cheese and grated it myself, it might have been slightly cheaper.  The tortilla package was $1.99 and the package of eggs was $1.99.  But I was amazed that I couldn't get as many vegetables when I went grocery shopping because I had spent a bulk of the budget on things that would stay fresher than vegetables.

So, yesterday I was doing well with eating 2 cheese and egg burritos (one for lunch and one for dinner), but after I came back from walking the dog for an hour, I was super hungry.  I ended up drinking a ton of water and going to bed hungry.

This morning, I had plans to wake up at 4:30am to go to boot camp, but I didn't have the energy and ended up sleeping in.  I have the same dilemma this morning, I haven't eaten anything yet, but I feel the need to keep up with my exercise goals.  We will see if I have the motivation to push through.


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There are many who need SNAP benefits (most commonly known as food stamps), because they wouldn't have the funds to be able to eat. The month of September is Hunger Action month and today was the start of the ACAA's SNAP Experience (Sept 15th - 21) where many of us would challenge ourselves to see if we could survive on a budget of $29.00 for a week's worth of food ($41.00 if you opt in for a $12.00 budget for food not approved by SNAP).

Would you like to know if you can live on a $29.00 food budget click here for more information.

The Arizona SNAP Experience is sponsored by the Arizona Community Action Association


There are many who need SNAP benefits (most commonly known as food stamps), because they wouldn't have the funds to be able to eat. The month of September is Hunger Action month and today was the start of the ACAA's SNAP Experience (Sept 15th - 21) where many of us would challenge


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