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New routines and observations.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

I am doing really well right now, following both Spark People's recommendations and using the video game trainer for my cardio. I like that it switches between:

Weight Loss
Cardio
Upper Body Strength
Core Body Strength
Lower Body Strength
Flexibility

I have never switched up my routine so much before, except maybe when I was in college and I took yoga classes in addition to strength training and running on a treadmill. I can really feel a bunch of new muscle groups growing stronger.


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Another observation is that fresh produce is freaking expensive. No wonder I eat quite poorly without planning ahead! We live in a neighborhood that is a mix of upscale and lowerclass; what one would consider "in transition" to gentrification.

The most available type of grocer is a bodega-style, crowded little family owned shop. Usually our options are limited to what they have on the shelf. Thankfully they are starting to offer more frozen vegetarian options.

About 3/4 of a mile away we have a C-town, a super cheap grocery store that only sometimes has fresh-looking produce. I definitely have to bring a granny cart when I go there.

And then, at least a mile away, we have a Shop Rite. It has everything I would need to stick to my diet but we don't have a car here in the city and I have to drag my cart that entire mile, or take the Light Rail, which I like to think of as a Disney World monorail system.

I really miss having a car and being free to load up on groceries, park in front of my house, and load everything in. I guess I'm just complaining. I did really well this week at one of the bodegas, so I'll be back there to keep loading up on fresh produce, low sodium soup, yogurt, soy milk, etcetera.
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