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Grocery shopping and landlord's dog

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I've been meaning to do this some week, so here it is. This is my "haul" of weekly grocery shopping.

Yes, that's all to feed one person - but aside from the produce, most of it lasts more than a week. Alternate weeks have different larger staples I'm buying.

I get to haul all of that home on the bus and carried the last block or two. I use a backpack, duffel bag and a separate reusable grocery bag for the produce, then carry the water by hand. Total weight of all that is usually 40-50 pounds.


My landlord and landlady have a dog. Actually, I think he belongs to their son or stayed with their son somewhere else until he moved back here. When he was first brought here, he would run away, bark, even growl. It has taken many months to gradually get him used to me. Dog treats helped. emoticon Hey, I'll take any advantage I can get and I only gave him a small bit at a time.

More recently I've taken him out for walks, particularly on weekends when everyone else is away. They take trips and leave him enough food and water, and a door to the back open. A few walks and now I've become his BFF.

He now is very aware of when I'm home and will sit / lay in front of my door and "sing". It's not howling, more like pitched whining to make sure I hear him. I don't mind at all taking him out when I can. It's a 0.4 mile walk around the block, some of it standing around as he sniffs every blade of grass and some of it jogging along to keep up with him.

It might not be 4 mph cardio, but every bit of extra activity is keeping the body in motion and actively using muscle fuel.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 11/30/2012 8:48PM

    Carrying all that food is a workout! emoticon

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 11/29/2012 6:14PM

    Awwww! He's super cute! Good for you for taking him with you - may as well, right?

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DOLPHINSINGER72 11/28/2012 5:36PM

    Your landlord's dog looks like an Isha mini me complete with sniffing every blade of grass. :) And yes, I love my little extra walks with my girl. We both get a little motion in which is good. Dogs are the best.

Ah, yes, whenever I spend some time with my friends in Carson I do my own shopping to get some healthy food in the house for my nutrition guidelines and I get to carry the food about a mile up and back. Fun fun, but it is extra exercise also. Sometimes not being able to drive has its benefits. :)

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/26/2012 11:52PM


WOW ! what a work out
you get from carrying all that

Nice pic of your new friend !
Please pet him for me
I would LOVE to have a dog
but hubby says no. When I
FINALLY get another job,
Jack WOULD be stuck taking
care of it during the day
PLEASE pet it for me !

Have a Terrific Tuesday

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MNJONES2 11/26/2012 2:31PM

    You are so dedicated - finding ways to exercise every day!

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SHERIO5 11/25/2012 6:08PM dog keeps me moving!

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1EMMA2011 11/25/2012 2:33PM

    So so so CUTE!!! What a Cute Puppy!!!!!!

I am proud of you for carrying your groceries the way you do. It must be so rewarding to get home and then on top of that to know you have healthy meals.


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DIET_FRIEND 11/25/2012 1:39PM

    I used to schlep my groceries on the bus and subway when I lived in Atlanta. Your arms feel pretty long after hauling heavy groceries. I think the good life is part of what makes me overweight--a car, a remote control, ease. Keep on sparking and enjoying the dog--all the benefits none of the responsibility!

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NANCYSINATRA 11/25/2012 12:17PM

    The dog treats will win them over every time. :) Love that you get in ST when shopping. Never thought about that one. :)

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ADARKARA 11/25/2012 9:47AM

    That dog is adorable! It's great using a dog to help you get exercise. =)

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GOLDENRODGIRL 11/25/2012 9:16AM

    Ooooohhh, so cute!

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2BEABETTERME 11/25/2012 9:03AM

    Strength training and grocery shopping all in one! LOL

That dog is adorable!

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BEATLETOT 11/25/2012 8:28AM

    I love that little dog! No wonder you love it, too! And no wonder it loves you!!! Yay for added activity from our four-legged friends!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/25/2012 8:04AM

    Soooo cute!

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DOVESEYES 11/25/2012 5:37AM

    cute dog and what a heart you have.

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MOORE2015 11/25/2012 5:16AM

    Wow, bottled water is really heavy, LOL. I really like the dog too. What a win win, you get your exercise in and the dog gets a walk...... you obviously have touched this dog's heart is a wonderful way, kudos!

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YESCURLYCAN 11/25/2012 4:24AM

  Hauling those groceries, working out and walking the (very cute) dog; no wonder you look marvelous! I am a bus rider as well and I can't do all of that at once, so you are a very brave and strong lady. Keep up the emoticon work!

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CHICCHANTAL 11/25/2012 3:09AM

    I've often thought I need to borrow a dog to walk. Unf dog would have to be 'emptied' first, as I seriously couldn't scoop poop.

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SUSHENO 11/25/2012 2:08AM

    Every bit counts. emoticon Keep it up. emoticon

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JENNY888 11/25/2012 1:58AM

    What a cutie pie dog. He looks great.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/25/2012 1:23AM

    Nice that you have a dog friend/neighbor! He looks very sweet. emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 11/25/2012 12:40AM

    Food and walks. Dog heaven.

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SCOTIANRUNNER 11/25/2012 12:03AM

    He is super adorable.
FWIW, I complain about carrying that many groceries in from the car that parks 6 feet in front of my house..... emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 11/24/2012 11:38PM

    we count every 'around the block" and it is great to have a canine friend along for the company:-)

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