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A Grocery Shopping Adventure

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This morning I had to do the grocery shopping for myself and my two kids (age 14 and 24). It is not a task I really enjoy because of all the temptations that seemingly try to attack me from their perches on the various shelves throughout the store. So, I decided that this shopping trip was going to be different.

Last night I went through my cookbooks and recipes to find healthy dinners that would fall within my guidelines for weight loss and diabetes, as well as being something my kids would enjoy. I wrote down the ingredients and crossed off what I already had in the house. Then I figured in our breakfasts, lunches, and snacks and added those. Finally, I went through all my coupon and rebate sites and marked those items that I could save additional money on.

As I entered the store, I paused and took 10 deep, cleansing breaths and gave myself some positive talk, pulled out my list and proceeded to the produce section. I managed to stick to my list, bought lots of fruits and vegetables and lean protein. I walked confidently past the candy, cookies, chips, sugary cereals, doughnuts, and baked goods without a second look!!!

I also walked briskly up and down the aisles to get some cardio in. If I missed an item on my list and had to go back down an aisle again, it was just more cardio instead of me being forgetful.

Yes, my final bill was still more than I would like, but it seems that eating healthy does cost more than just eating whatever. I still managed to save $34.78 in coupons and made $4.50 in rebates!! I walked out of the store with my head held high, confident in my choices, a smile on my face, and no guilt or shame!! First time in a long time!!

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  • MARA2014
    If you live near a more rural area, there might be a farmer's market with really chep produce :) Way to go on keeping your commitment to eat healthier!! emoticon
    1360 days ago
    emoticon It costs us a lot more to shop and eat healthy, but the benefits are more than worth it!
    1363 days ago
    Welcome aboard the train to success. Keep focused.
    1364 days ago
    I also welcome you to SPARK! I find there is so much support, and so much good information here. Too, I thank you ever so much for your military service!

    When I grocery shop, I stay away from the pastry/bakery dept. I love that stuff, but now when I avoid it, I feel more empowered rather than deprived. I know that I am putting my health ahead of my taste buds! Ha.
    1365 days ago
    I can relate to the stress of grocery shopping and trying to keep costs down! Congratulations for sticking to your plan, even if it cost a bit more. emoticon
    1365 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    emoticon Welcome to SparkPeople. Secondly, thank you for serving. We can't thank you enough for what you did for us and for your country. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. I have found that changing things up is the way to start weight loss. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. Shopping for the right foods can be a daunting experience and you licked it head on. Way to go! Keep up the good work. Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
    1365 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/25/2014 8:57:47 AM
    1366 days ago
    AWESOME! Yes, it may cost slightly more to eat healthy, but I always look @ it this way . . . it is saving HUNDREDS, maybe THOUSANDS in medical bills!
    1366 days ago
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