## Taxes Are Done

I did my taxes yesterday. One good thing about being poor is that I get all of the federal income tax that I paid back. In addition I also got some money from the EIC. I’ll also get \$30 for the Telephone tax credit. This will probably be a profit for me since I’ve only had phone service for a fraction of the time covered by the credit. I’m mailing my return rather than filing electronically. Since I’m filing early and the regional IRS center is in this city I don’t think it should take too long to receive my return. Usually the funds are deposited in my account in about three weeks.

## Challenge Day 4

Still on track for all goals. Here is the breakdown for the day.

• Money Spent=\$20.50 for gasoline, necessary
• Exercise=Upper body BFL workout

Food eaten for the day:

• Breakfast-Oatmeal=225 calories
• Lunch-PB&J=350 calories, banana=100 calories
• Dinner-Mac&Cheese=1020 calories, corn=91 calories

## Challenge Day 3

Another successful day. Here is the breakdown.

• Money Spent=\$0
• Exercise=20 minute run

Food eaten for the day:

• Breakfast-Oatmeal=225 calories
• Lunch-PB&J=350 calories, banana=100 calories
• Dinner-Pancakes with PB and syrup=850 calories

Total calories for the day=1525. Calories for dinner are approximate. I like to spread peanut butter on my pancakes rather than butter. It tastes really good. Will try to keep calories at this level but I’m not sure if I can.

## Challenge Day 2

Today was an easy day. I had a mystery shop at a restaurant for lunch. This might be considered cheating but I had it scheduled before deciding to do this challenge. It will be the only restaurant mystery shop for the month. Here is the breakdown for today.

• Money Spent= \$435 for Rent which is necessary.
• Exercise=Lower Body BFL workout

Food eaten for the day:

• Breakfast-Oatmeal= 225 calories
• Lunch-Chicken Sandwich,chicken caesar salad,chips=830 calories
• Dinner PB&J=350 calories,banana=100 calories,corn=91 calories

Total calories for the day=1596. Calories were higher today due to the restaurant lunch but still well below my maintenance level.

## Challenge Day 1

There were no problems staying on track for my goals on day 1. Of course it will likely get more difficult as the month progresses. Here are the details.

• Money Spent \$0
• Exercise-20 minute run

My \$30 food budget seems to be allowing me plenty of food to eat. I had three meals and wasn’t hungry. Although I did have a craving for something sweet. This was only day 1 though. Here is my food eaten for the day and the approximate amount of calories.

Breakfast- 3/4 Cup Oatmeal= 225 calories, sweetened with free Splenda
Lunch-PB&J=350 calories, banana =100 calories
Dinner-Ramen =380 calories, 1/3 can corn=91 calories

Total calories for the day=1146. This is not sustainable for the long term but I am about 35 pounds overweight at my current 205 pounds. This should be enough to keep me going for the month.