Adventures in grocery shopping

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This evening I trekked the two blocks to get a few groceries. I am finding that I seem to go more often now, having to replenish mushrooms, radishes, grape tomatoes and romaine lettuce every three days or so. The great thing is, I have to replenish them, because I have eaten them all!! Oh yes, I used to buy these things when I went shopping, however, I often wound up throwing them out. My intentions were good but my eating habits another matter entirely. I am proud that I now have to replenish them so often. Since I am the only one that eats veggies, I get my brussell sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli frozen.
I no longer use a grocery cart to shop, I use one of the plastic carrying baskets they have placed by the cash register, and carry it around the store. I noticed by time I was finished shopping that it was quite heavy.
I have my own bags I purchased a while ago, because I really don't like having a ton of plastic bags around. I take them with me and bring them home full all the time.
Walking home was a bit of a chore. Although I had tried to make sure the weight in each bag was pretty even, I was feeling a pull on my rotator cuffs in my shoulders. I came up my apartment stairs one step at a time, placing the bags on the step above, then moving up with both feet, lifting the bags to the next step, until I made it to the top.
I brought them in the apartment and thought to myself, I wonder how much these bags actually weigh. I placed them on the bathroom scales. Much to my shock, the total weight of the two bags was 16 pounds. I don't think I have carried that much weight in my life with both arms hanging down straight. Yes I have carried a 20 pound turkey, but both hands were used and both arms were raised, holding it close to my chest.
I made sure to do some arm and shoulder stretches after putting my groceries away, because I felt that I had just done a workout and was feeling it.
This is where I see what my strength exercising has helped me to be able to do.
These are the moments I am glad that I make myself do them, because I am seeing results. The results are not in my arms looking better, they are in the little bit of strength I now have in my body. Five months ago, I would never have been able to carry them home and most certainly would not have gotten them up the stairs alone. I am very proud of myself right now. These little things are my motivation to keep going. emoticon
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  • SUSAN134
    It definitely is the little things that keep me motivated too
    (that and the support here! *smiles*)

    I know how heavy those reusable bags can get when they are packed full of groceries, and I too have had to put them on a step, move up to the step myself and then move the bags to the next step. Weighing them though is a brilliant idea....kind of takes the pain away from those arms doesn't it when you realize just how much heft they have.

    You are doing so well with your strength and it is these little moments that are the proof! Proud of you!!! emoticon emoticon
    3339 days ago
  • SUNSET24
    Congrats on that eye-opening shopping experience :)

    I am also proud of you for realizing that your body is increasing in muscle strength emoticon due to walking and carrying grocery bags.

    Not only are you helping the environment by using your own bags, you are also helping by body by movement and great healthy choices :)
    3339 days ago
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