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Help, I am a Whole Foods free-sample calorie junkie

Sunday, June 17, 2012

It is my dirty secret. I chow-down on free-samples. This is specially true at Whole Foods. I feel that since I am paying a huge mark-up primium to shop at Whole Foods that I deserve to eat as much as I can when free-samples are offered. They always have tons of free-samples. I love it and I hate it.

Now that I am keeping a food journal, I wouldn't even know how to calculate the free-samples. In fact, I would rather just not know. Perhaps "Free-samples" = "Free-calories"? Not.

The free-sample thing plays on my guilt in two ways. If I don't take the free-sample, I feel like I am not being a good steward of my money because the free-samples are factored into the mark-up. If I do take the free-samples, I feel like a thief if I do not buy enough groceries.

In the end I take the free-samples. Not only do I take the free samples, I sometimes return to the good free-sample lane for a second or third pass if the sample is really good. There. It is my shame. I admit it.

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RISA87 6/17/2012 9:14AM

    I know this feeling!!!!! I actually stopped because, one day, I was free sample binging at Sam's Club. I then came home and put my bites into the tracker. Oh my, I had a 300 calorie "sample". Really?! I sampled things I wouldn't even consider purchasing to have the full meal. I will say the samples at Whole Foods tend to be a better nutrition wise. However, I've had a bleu cheese, pear, grilled cheese sample there that I would bet was around 100 calories.

Now, if I'm hungry (at all) when I go to Whole Foods, I grab a quick salad or something 1st that I will really enjoy. That way I can be more selective about the samples I do try.

Best wishes!!

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SSDCQUINCY 6/17/2012 8:27AM

    Way to be honest and own it. I am going to guess that the samples are small right? You put in the item and guess at the size but I would say may .25 or less depending on what it is. Good luck.

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Toss and turn

Friday, June 15, 2012

My sleeping is off kilter. I need to do some hoomework, but find it to be a drudge. I will knuckle-down which I think will improve my spirits.

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BABY_GIRL69 6/15/2012 2:22PM

    Not sleeping well will throw your whole way out of whack. I find that if you if workout for 30mins of cardio daily you won't have to find sleep, sleep will find you! lol

God bless,


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Stats test today

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Chi Square measures the chance that... bla bla bla I had a stats test today for Research in Nursing. It was luke-warm. The good news is that I did not binge before or after the test. I gave Monster Drink a try to see if it would help wake-me-up for the exam. Frankly, it did not do anything one-way-or the other. It was perhaps a little better than not having anything and feeling sleepy during the test.

I have not recorded my new weight. i am waiting a few more days. It is amazing how just merely recording what is eaten changes behaviour and selection. This is the Hawthorn effect in full-swing.



Monday, June 11, 2012

Although it was never a goal,
I have discovered that as I lose weight I have increased sexual energy.
In fact, I have increased energy.
Increased motivation.
Increased desire to do things.
I feel better.

I suspect that there are those who have weight-loss goals related to lived-experience qualities that would be difficult to measure or articulate, but are real.

Yet, I suspect that it is those who embrace the quest-journey-itself as "the goal" who enjoy the process of fitness most.

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BABY_GIRL69 6/11/2012 5:53PM

    ALL TRUE!! lol

God bless,


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Taoist story retold

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ok, I listened to this story yesterday...

A man was walking on the journey deep in thought.
Then he noticed a lion begin to chase him.
He ran, and ran, and ran....
Finally, he came to a cliff and jumped off in order to escape the lion.
Luckily, there was a mulberry bush growing on the side of the mountain.
He grabbed the bush which prevented him from falling.
However, the mulberry bush had thorns which hurt his hands.
He was going to jump the rest of the way down, but when he looked down,
There was a second lion at the bottom waiting for him.
As hung-there, he wondered about the strangeness of his position.
Then, he saw a berry on the mulberry bush and he ate it.
It was the best berry he had ever eaten.

He determined that this adventure is just like life:
The first lion is our past... Hunting us down, chasing, threatening;
The second lion is our future... Waiting for us, wanting to harm us;
The thorn bush is our present... It can sting as well as produce tremendous fruit.
The best choice is to enjoy the tremendous fruit.


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BABY_GIRL69 6/10/2012 5:06PM

    Rocking my brain with this right now...

God bless & thank you!


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SRHALLIN 6/10/2012 9:30AM

    Philosophically, I find myself really enjoying this parable. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Best wishes to you!

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KNITTINGNAN 6/10/2012 9:19AM

  What an interesting concept of life. However, now I am hungry for berries!!!

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