I was NOT sorry to see the screen door…or rather, the thermal insulated steel door…hit January on its way out a few days ago. While we in western Pennsylvania haven’t had it as bad as the folks in the Midwest and New England, cold is cold and snow is snow, whether it’s minus 30 or minus one, or 12 inches of snow or two. Yet…who moves in the middle of January? In the snow and sub-zero temps? Yours truly, that’s who. So I spent a good part of January not buying groceries so I wouldn’t have so much to move. This meant using up things I already had as well as eating out more often than usual. My veggie, fruit, and legume consumption plummeted, and I felt the repercussions in my joints and overall mood. Believe me, I couldn’t wait to plant my face in a big salad with black beans and tuna!
On move-in day, my refrigerator looked like this:
The next day, I unpacked the food I brought from my old place and made a quick trip to the grocery store for a few fresh things like lettuce and some fruit.
I went to Martin’s grocery store, a place I’ve been in a few times, but haven’t really studied because I’ve been in a hurry. But it was Sunday morning and I had nothing on my agenda except to make guacamole dip for the Super Bowl I didn’t watch.
What I like about Martin’s is that they have two aisles of organic foods and items I can usually only find at places like Whole Foods, which is no longer a few minutes from my house. I browsed these aisles, reading labels, devising meal plans in my head, and fighting the urge to buy everything RIGHT NOW! I stuck to my list and bought plain nonfat Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, and unsweetened chocolate Almond Breeze because I’m recommitting to smoothies; low-fat granola; whole-wheat English muffins for that occasional “Lynn McMuffin”; bananas that are now in a paper bag on top of my refrigerator to ripen because I want to make wheat-free banana muffins; a couple of sweet potatoes; a can of salmon because I’ve had a hankerin’ for salmon cakes; a couple boxes of veggie broth; and a few other necessities like onions and garlic.
We’ll answer more of your questions in future posts. In the meantime, tell us about your grocery store strategies. What does your food plan look like? Do you stick to the list, or do impulse buys make their way into your cart?
AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you'd like us to address!
Lori @ Finding Radiance
Debbie @ debby weighs in
Shelley @ My Journey to Fit
Cammy @ The Tippy Toe Diet