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Budgeting Calories…


I own three pairs of sweatpants. I like to call them my Friday, Saturday, and Sunday pants. I put them on the second I get home on Friday after work and make my way through the remaining pairs over the weekend.

My work requires that I dress professionally when telecommuting since I’m on conference calls all day…but no one can see my pants. I’ve been sporting my sweatpants every single day. And it’s glorious.

…Or so I thought.

I do laundry every few days (there are 6 of us so I have to keep a frequent cadence) but I slipped up and didn’t add my sweatpants to the load. I dug into my dresser and pulled out my yoga pants. That, my friends, is when I realized I had a problem.

I work out an average of 90 minutes each day. I usually take a 30 minute walk or run in the morning, do a 30 minute workout DVD at lunch, and end the day with a 30 minute stint on my portable elliptical machine. I burn 700 calories daily from exercising. My hope was that I’d bounce back from this quarantine in spectacular shape (it’s also good for my mental health).

I noticed that I wasn’t shaping up like I thought. What I did not realize is that I was actually gaining weight. I got on the scale and gasped as I saw 4 extra pounds. Those yoga pants I tried to put on were tight.

I know what you’re thinking, ‘You’re gaining muscle!’ Oh no dear friends, that isn’t it. The nicest way I can put it is, I’m getting ‘softer’. A few days ago, I started logging everything I was eating in one of those meal apps. My husband cooks when he is bored. He’s been REALLY bored. Let’s just say he doesn’t waste time or effort on quinoa. We’ve been having homemade pizza, buttery garlic knots, beef jerky, peanut butter cookies, fried chicken, sourdough bread, cake, brussels sprouts cooked in bacon fat…and on and on and on.

Through the meal app, I discovered I had been eating in excess of 2,000 calories daily. Some days, closer to 2,500. I’m 5’ 5” and hover between 125 and 130 pounds. 2,500 calories is WAY outside of what I normally eat. Even with 700 calories burned from exercise, I was significantly over my daily calorie budget.

Turns out, budgeting your money is a lot like budgeting your calories. When you write everything down, the results can be shocking.

Yes, watch your finances right now but take a look at your calorie budget too. You might be surprised. Make some cuts.


I’m gonna miss you most of all peanut butter blossom.

What have been your biggest challenges in being home?


Do you have kids at home? Are you having to participate in their schooling or are they pretty independent?

Has your work laid you off or furloughed you? Or are you now working at home for the very first time?

Are you having to prepare more meals at home than you have for years and years? Have you found yourself using paper plates more often or maybe running the dishwasher constantly?

Do you find yourself hiding in the closet or maybe the bathroom, just to get a moment alone and away from your spouse or your roommate or your kids?

Have you found a place to spread out for work? Or to work on projects? A place that you don’t have to clean up every time you do something else?

I’ve had to move my office back into my bedroom as we have moved around to accommodate everyone in the house now.

Or maybe your a retiree and finding something new to do around the house has become a challenge…the libraries are closed, so no new books, the craft stores are closed so no supplies or classes to take, and no trips to take or even look forward to for the time being?

Or are you…

On the other side, are you finding new things to learn and try? Reading books you have on hand or maybe checking out new books online?

Maybe you’ve signed up for a new online course? Free or paid?

Have you picked up hobbies you set down years ago? Watching YouTube videos to try some home improvement DIY projects?

I keep seeing that meme floating around talking about if you don’t come out of this quarantine with a new skill, new side hustle, etc. then it wasn’t time you were lacking…yada, yada, yada. What are your thoughts on that? Are you preparing yourself for a new beginning with this current state of affairs ends? Or are you assuming that the world will go back to “normal?”



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