Friday, November 02, 2012
Another blog topic off the list I have: Grocery store habits
Do you often go to the store with the best intentions not to buy junk food, but when you get to the car, your bags are full them?
I generally do not buy any junk food. I did buy Halloween candy this week for trick or treaters (and ate more than I should have!), but I generally do not buy junk. There have been times where I buy a tub of frozen cool whip (don't judge!), or a box of crackers, but that's about it.
Do you stick to a list?
I follow a grocery list that usually involves items for 3-4 planned dinners (including 1 new recipe) and staple items. I also stock up when certain items are on sale, regardless of my list (dry beans, frozen veggies etc).
Do you go hungry?
I try not to go hungry. I usually go after work since my favorite grocery store is closer to my job than my house. I have a snack around 2:30 or 3 at work, so I'm usually fine at 430 when I am shopping.
Do you avoid the "impulse" aisles?
I pretty much shop the perimeter of the store, except for pasta, dry beans, rice, oatmeal and occasionally fruit snacks or granola bars for my husband. Oh, and milk. I buy organic milk which is randomly in a little section in the middle of the store.
Do you have a secret to staying on course with your weekly shopping trip?
I try to plan meals for the night my husband and I eat dinner together (he sometimes works at night). I also check the sale ads to see if there is anything I need to stock up on. I make a list and rarely vary from it. I buy a lot of the same staple items (yogurt, cottage cheese, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, frozen veggies, chicken, tofu etc). I think the meal planning and going with a list definitely help save money.
We used to buy a lot of processed items like pizza rolls, canned soups, spaghettios, pizza, mac and cheese, pasta roni, cookies, crackers etc. I make most items from scratch now, and buy those items very rarely. We also used to eat a lot of pasta. Like 3x per week a lot. I couldn't cook anything that didn't come out of a box until I was 21 or 22.
What are your grocery store habits? notice anything different from how you used to shop compared to your habits now?
Thursday, November 01, 2012
-Run a 10k without stopping (6.2 miles)
****I ran 7 consecutive miles and also did an 8 mile run with 2 rests in the middle!
-Log 14 miles per week (walking or running)
**** I have been consistently doing 14 or more miles per week!
-Exercise outside at least 1x per week
**** Fall is my favorite season, so I've been doing as much outdoor activities as possible
-Do ab exercises for 10 minutes 3x per week
**** I did well with this initially, but waned off for some reason. My abs need help!
-Do pushups 3x per week, working up to 30 consecutive real pushups (no knees)
**** I really don't like doing pushups. I really need to work on this
- Lift weights at home at least 1x per week
**** Did really well initially, but have at least gotten in a good amount of ST at the gym. This was more to occupy myself instead of snacking...
-Stay within calorie ranges 5 days per week
**** Very disappointed with my eating the past 2 months. Need to work on this
- No eating after 10pm (only because I know I'm not hungry, I'm just snacky)
**** I did well during the week and then spiraled out of control on the weekends. Definitely need to work on unnecessary snacking...
Log 14 miles, not to include walking
Do 450 pushups total for the month
Allow myself to have up to four "treats" per week (not 1 per day, or 10 per special occasion)
Dedicate at least 1 day per week to a hardcore abs session (workout ideas welcome!)
I have simplified my goals and have made very specific targets to reach. I am definitely a numbers person, and like having measurable goals to track. I turn 26 this month and want to look better and feel better about myself than I did last year.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The bad news: I’ve been really lax (ok, just terrible) with my eating lately. I’m back to my terrible habit of checking my tracker, seeing another 300 calories until I get to my max and then eating until I get there (or over!). Eek! Why am I doing this?? I also had 3 “celebratory” days this past week- concert on Monday, visiting friends in Richmond Friday and my sister came over Saturday. All 3 resulted in extra calories due to alcohol and late night munchies. Another reason going to bed by 11 every night is a good idea!
The good news: I’ve been exercising regularly. I haven’t been as good about my 5x weekly pushups and my 3x weekly 10 minutes of abs that I set a goal for, but did abs 2x and pushups 3x. I have also been keeping up with my running. I drove to Wiliamsburg Friday afternoon to meet my husband for a run after work. IT WAS AWESOME! I miss running in a city where you can run in any direction without going to the end of a street and turning around. I liked it so much that I did it again on Sunday. I had planned to do a 4 mile run, but found my mojo around mile 3.5 and ended up doing 8 miles! This was my longest distance to date, although I did take 2 walk breaks, so it wasn’t a solid run. Either way, I was proud!
Plan for this week:
Monday: Abs and legs at home (maybe a video too?)
Tuesday: 3 mile run at the park
Wednesday: Abs, arms
Thursday: 4 mile run at the gym, Abs
Friday: leaving to go camping!
Sunday: riding in the car… (maybe do a run before everyone wakes up?)
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