Okay, so we officially need to be eating better at home. We’ve had a crazy few weeks with friends’ birthdays, being under the weather, and another leak in the apartment and everything that a leak entails (water removal, cutting a hole in the wall to check for a pipe leak, that not being the issue, a new HVAC, more water removal, etc.). We needed healthier options, we needed them in-home, and we needed them two weeks ago (okay, maybe two months ago). I don’t prefer to do my grocery shopping during the week, but at this point it was necessary.
My friend and I had plans for Wednesday (last week) so I was going to go Thursday but she got held up with work so my plans flip flopped- please note this as a pun when you read my Costco-spree footwear mistake.
I cannot go to Costco all willy-nilly, I have to have a plan of action (I think everyone does), so I made a shopping list and booked it from work to just past my house for a #CostcoRun.
First of all, I got out of the car and saw a large van/truck having issues parking. I stopped to help guide her into her spot and then continued inside. After showing my Costco card, I realized I had left the shopping list in the car, ran back to the car, back inside, and started my shopping. Please note that heels of any kind are not ideal for Costco especially when you weigh 135 lbs and are not very strong pushing around a very heavy cart across a seemingly boundless space. Throughout my shopping, I hit a lot of traffic, was the absolute slowest at turning corners, but was overall successful in getting the items on the list.
List: I should’ve saved it but did not so here’s my guesstimate:
Fish/Poultry: ground turkey & chicken breast &
Cod/Halibut (which was sour when I got home, will be seeking a refund)/ Trout, fish patties (not breaded)
broccoli, mini peppers, spinach, green beans, baby carrots, cauliflower
Fruits: bananas, oranges (got a large bag, did not check it, only 4 were good to keep), green grapes
Deli Meat: any, turkey and ham – 1 package of ham in a 3-pack with the two others being urkey, and a 3-pack of turkey
brown rice, brown rice and quinoa mix in 2 serving packs
OJ (still waiting for them to bring back Simply- they had Tropicana)
Snacks: kinda wung it here, got all kinds of dark chocolate covered fruits to mix in with an assortment of plain nuts and semisweet chocolate chips, applesauce pouches, dried-and-salted snap peas,
apple crisps, skippy peanut butter bites, bark thins, almond-seaweed snacks, morning rounds (which really should’ve been on the list, we love those), peanut butter pretzels, pub mix, breakfast-replacement chocolate milk things, and probably something else.
Home goods: toilet paper, dryer sheets, mouthwash
Objective was to get healthier snacks than my boyfriend’s chosen chips and salsa in high doses as well as plenty of food for him to bring to school and for me to start brining to work instead of the drug-rep-brought restaurant food that even healthy options are drenched in grease/oil/added sugars. He is now having two fruits and one veggie a day. Both of us are snackers so I needed us to have plenty of mixable options for home and work without getting bored and craving Five Guys.
Spinach and grapes come in an enormous quantity so we made individual packets of a serving and put some in the fridge and most in the freezer. We are making a conscious effort to eat a fruit or veggie and a “unhealthy” snack whenever we want a snack and to keep our serving sizes in check for those unhealthy options. We also needed to cook at home more and the fish patties are quick, easy, healthy, and tasty. Also, the ridiculous amount of spinach equates to plenty of salads before/with dinner.
The biggest issue has been the healthiness of the snacks in the house, the healthy options for lunch and dinner, and often not having any options to the point that we go out for food to a not-even-remotely-healthy place. With this hefty Costco haul, we are set to eat healthy for quite some time with no excuse for eating out with the exception of a friend in town or some other social item.
My boyfriend is still getting over his bug so our workout schedule should start next week though I have started going without him or doing a few squats/sit-ups around the home. We both need to go to the gym regularly, and waking up to go in the morning is the hardest part. I have noticed that I don’t do as well going to bed early and waking up early as I do going to bed around 10 or 11 PM and waking up at 6 AM.
I also want to be clear that my health, my figure, my diet, and my ideal routine are moving targets. I also have to keep changing short term goals based on current abilities dependent upon schedule, injuries, and whether or not I’m sick – which is way to often out here and I blame my coworkers with children who are super guilty of “I’m only a little under the weather, I’m not contagious.” that end up out the next day and have spread their germs with unnecessary presenteeism.
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