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Makin' Groceries

Monday, April 23, 2012

It recently hit me that the key to my success is grocery shopping. (Or if you really want to get back to my South Louisiana roots, we sometimes called it "Makin' Groceries".) That one activity can make or break my plan. It's not as simple as hopping in the car and wandering around the aisles, buying a bunch of stuff that I don’t need and don’t know what to do with. If you’ve ever done that you know how stressful it can be! Before I go, I plan (not obsess over) my weekly menu, and make a grocery list. I may be stating the obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how long it took me to figure this out.

I used to hate going grocery shopping. I never really moved past feeling like it was so much *work*. It’s still not my favorite thing to do, but I love how much smoother my life is when I go. I have the peace of mind that my meals are planned for the week, and my family and I are well fed. I have more control over the quality of the food I put in my body, and it ensures the time my family spends together around the dinner table. I’m far more likely to stick to my weight loss plan, and I’m not stressed out or guilt-ridden over wasting time and money on fast food.

There’s still a lot of effort that goes in to makin' groceries, but it’s well worth it. It’s just one of the many things I do to become the person I want to be.

WORKINGSTIFF wrote an awesome blog post called "Backstage Behavior". It's about all the work that goes in to losing weight, and it really changed my perspective on this issue:

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    I actually enjoy makin' groceries! :) I plan out my dinner meals, plan a few ideas for lunch/breakfast, and then make my list accordingly. That way, I know what I need (oh, we still end up buying extra stuff not on the list, especially when the fiance is along!!!), and then when it's dinner time, we can look at the "menu" for the week instead of staring at the fridge blankly! It makes it sort of fun, and I can rest easy knowing that whole dealy is taken care of. It's an easy way to try new recipes too; I just pick a new one and put it in the recipe stack for the week, and I know I have everything on hand!
    2735 days ago
    I COMPLETELY agree! I make a plan and stick to it each week. If not most of my breakfasts would be decided bleary-eyed and starving- think a spoonful of Nutella and a pot of coffee, lunches would be pb&j everyday, and dinners would be made somewhere else by someone else who doesn't know about this whole "losing weight thing" I'm doing over here...

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    2736 days ago
    Taking the stress out of Makin' Groceries is always a good thing. We do a once a week event also, but it pays off in the long run. I guess you can take the girl form LA but you can take the LA out of the girl. emoticon
    2736 days ago
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