Today is 9/11 and there has been a big push for people to do something good today, whether it be volunteer work or being extra nice. I try to live my life graciously and generously ever day, some days I'm don't do as good of a job but on days like this you really realize how lucky you have it as others have lost so much. What would all of those souls lost on 9/11 want for this world more than anything? I think they'd want people to be kinder to one another, to be empathetic and giving. So that's how I am remembering, by doing the Hunger Challenge, and my volunteer work.
I did some more volunteer work with the Red Cross this morning with a meeting for a couple of hours. It's not in the Hunger Challenge rules that you can't accept food at your volunteer work, so I decided to enjoy the food offered at my volunteer meeting. I didn't pig out or anything! I ate half of a scone and some melon, boy it tasted good! I also had some lavender black tea, also delish! I didn't count on food being there, and I ate a banana during my walk to the meeting on a bright, beautiful San Francisco day. I had a headache from caffeine withdrawl and likely sugar withdrawl and who knows, maybe I'm starving and don't know it. I AM losing weight. It's probably just not eating all that sugar.
During my run yesterday and again during my walk today, I noticed a man digging through the trash to get recyclables to cash in for money. These men both looked to be in their 40s, not homeless, and thin. I thought about them both, my first thought was to give them money, maybe $2-$3, even though they weren't asking, so that they could eat today. But I hesitated because I didn't want to embarrass them, or offend them. They likely have families at home, and rummage through the trash for cans and bottles for a little extra money. And like any father or husband, doing whatever it takes to feed your family. I empathized with them, and later wished that I had told them about the Food Bank.
During my walk home, I walked by a tea cafe where you can have an English tea, high tea, etc. I thought that I need to do this sometime soon with my girlfriends! I love those little sandwiches and pastries. Lunch was PB&J which I cut into small tea like sandwiches. I've been eating my food sloooowly, which helps me get full and appreciate each bite, even if it is a basic PB&J.
I had to run more errands at the mall, I swear I only go to the mall 2-3 times per year because I'm not a fan, and Trader Joes was next door so I could pick up more 19cent bananas and a few other things. At Ann Taylor Loft, my first stop (where I did buy some things for work) they offered me Izze Grapefruit soda, yuuuuummy! I took a 2nd one for the road.
I was starving by the time I got home, and bought ingredients to make this tastey taco salad: spinach, tomatoes, black beans, and salsa.
So far today, I've spent $2.64, but I have a special snack in mind for later if I'm hungry!