A strange thing happened at the grocery store!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

DH and I went to the grocery store today after procrastinating about it for over a week. As usual, he parked at the end of the parking lot. Silly man thinks I mean it when I tell him to park way out so I can get as many steps as possible each day. It was 10 degrees at noon - I almost turned into a Grannycicle, just getting into the store. Did get some speed up crossing that big parking lot, I must admit! Both of us ran in and DH got some speed up with that grocery cart going back out while I ran ahead to get the back end of the truck open.

We did our usual shopping and talking through the store. In a small town, the market is as much for socializing as it is for picking up food. When we got to the check out stand, one of DH's classmates and his wife was in line in front of us. The discussion was about their 50th class reunion to be held in July. DH's classmate was carrying an oxygen bottle and a cane, the wife had a walker. When their groceries were bagged, DH pushed their basket out to their car parked in the handicap spot, talking every step of the way.

When he came back in, the store manager was helping to bag our groceries. The manager turned to the young check out girl and told her, "There is a lesson to be learned here today with these two couples and the groceries they've bought." We hadn't paid much attention to what the other couple bought, except saw there was quite a bit of frozen dinners, frozen pies and bakery goods. When we got home, DH asked what that comment was about.

Well - the manager wasn't referring to the Cheeto's DH had picked up. I laughed and told DH, he saw the difference in the health between you and your classmate, he saw the difference in where we parked our vehicles and he saw the difference in the foods we purchased. We had apples, oranges, banana's, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables and fresh frozen vegetables. They had canned. We had chicken breasts, lean beef, and pork tenderloin. They had frozen dinners and boxed fried chicken. Although we did have the Cheeto's, that was the only junk food. They had ice cream, donuts, frozen pie and a lot of things that really looked good while I was buying Blue Bunny Freedom yogurt and fat free Cool Whip for our baked apples! We ran across from the parking lot because it was cold - they had to park in handicap.

I think I'll prepare my own foods, I'll forego the "good stuff" in the bakery and frozen food aisles and yes - I'll run across the cold parking lot and Thank God every day that we are in the kind of health that can do that!
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  • FITJEN48
    The world could use A LOT more people just like you and your dh! Your blog shows your zest for life, and I'm very blessed to have come accross it. Although, I do have to say, being from Michigan, that somehow, it is a bit easier to "speed" when it's 10 degrees:) Best wishes!
    4785 days ago
    I know what you mean about the parking! I like to park where I have to walk ... even when it's cold, cold, cold! I like to think that walking + cold = calories burning!
    Even though I'm a smoker, I make sure I exercise.
    In fact, being a smoker actually makes me exercise a bit more in odd situations than I used to.
    Take an airport. Only a few in the country have designated smoking areas any more (I'm old enough that smoking during the flight was not even in a designated area, and then to designated areas, and then finally, not at all). So, in order to grab a smoke between flights, I have to walk a long ways - if I have time - to find a way outside to smoke fast, then go back through security, and jog back to my gate. Of course, by then there is usually a delay.
    I actually quit smoking for 12 years, and during that time the whole country's attitude toward smokers changed.
    I won't belabor it. I just deal with it.
    However, right now my main goal is to lose weight and enjoy life.
    I loved growing up in the 50's and I love being in my 50's.

    4786 days ago
    I apologize for not seeing this earlier. Interesting scenario and this can be seen in many a grocery cart in the stores all over America.

    4789 days ago
  • MOGAL1946
    Dear Donna, another great post from a wonderful story teller. Really does show what a difference in lifestyle habits can do for you and how much other people are aware of the difference. So enjoy your posts. Keep up the good work.
    4794 days ago
    Donna, my husband is the one who always parks the car farther away and I am the one complaining, why did you park the car so far from the door (and it is 10 degrees here this morning). I will not complain again!! I will think of you and tell myself if I every want to live healthy I have to act healthy!!

    As far as the groceries, great job on your choices. What happend to the days prior to processed foods. It makes temptation so hard to take the easy (unhealthy) route. Fruits, vegetable and meats vs packaged anyday! Thank you for your inspiration!!!
    4794 days ago
    Donna, If ever you needed confirmation that your healthy living plan is paying off, this must be it! And what a lesson for us all to take on board. Thanks for writing this! Carole
    4795 days ago
    Hi, Donna:
    Thanks for writing this! There's something to be said for taking care of ourselves. I'm trying to learn that better now in my 40s.
    Great job on your grocery shopping. Want to come do mine?? It's 29 degrees at 11pm here on the East coast! : )
    4795 days ago
    What a great story! It makes me think of my grandfather who is 91. Up until a stroke when he was 89 (left him in a wheelchair), my grandfather was working out 3x/week with a personal trainer, teaching a music appreciation class for seniors, taking a senior dance class (because he was one of the few males in there and loved flirting with the women!) and tutoring a 3rd grader in reading. The thing is, he always took care of himself. He ate healthy and exercised his entire life - even before it was popular to exercise. He also is one of the most positive people I have ever met. He still looks and acts much younger than he is. Comparing him with others his age amazes me - he looks better than most that are 20 years younger!

    He is honestly my hero and a huge inspiration for me. I was raised partially by my grandparents and he was my father figure. I decided last year to live a healthier life, not for vanity but because I want to be able to live a full life with my kids and eventually grandkids and great-grandkids - just like he has!

    Congratulations to you and your husband for choosing to live a healthier life!!!!!!!!
    4795 days ago
    Awesome to you and dh!!!
    I agree totally and am really pleased to say I have been feeling better in porportion to how I have been eating.
    congrats to the quick trip across the parking lot! lol
    4795 days ago
    Donna, I love this! And I am so pleased for you and your hubby that you are healthy and living right. Way to go!! And thank you for sharing this inspiration with us.
    4795 days ago
    This is indeed a great story, and a good life-lesson. You can't buy good health in the frozen food aisle, or at the drive-through!

    It's amazing how differently your lives and your DH's classmate's are. Thank you for reminding me that I'm not a member of SparkPeople just to lose some weight, I'm in it for total health benefits, and a longer life. Big (((hugs))) to you!
    4795 days ago
    What a great story! Thank you for sharing!
    4795 days ago
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