I went grocery shopping today around noon, after a class and working out and after having only had a small amount of oatmeal and a banana many hours earlier. Unfortunately, I was tired and starving. Not a good combo. Potentially a stupid combo. The smells that assaulted me as I walked in the door almost made me lose it. I actually stopped and looked at the baked goods like a good little manipulated consumer until I was snapped back into reality by my ringing phone.

I try really hard to avoid the center aisles of grocery stores. Mostly because I rarely need anything from them but also because I hate feeling the temptation I inevitably feel to buy a bunch of stuff that I don’t need or even really want. I know my limitations when I’m starving. There pretty much are no limitations. Cookies, chips, coke? Suuuure. I needed only one item from one of those aisles today. I actually stood and debated for a minute or so whether I wanted to venture into that territory. I did. One item needed turned into six. Not bad considering how many I picked up and thought about adding.

Here’s what I ended up with:
Dairy
Individual containers of yogurt (light & fit – strawberry and a couple peach)
Fat Free Milk
Large container of plain yogurt
Fresh Meat
Approx 1 lb Pork Chops
Seafood
Approx 1 lb Salmon
Frozen Food
2 Lean Cuisines
1 WW
Grocery
Goldfish Crackers (to eat in the car on the way home)
Coffee (technically doesn’t count as junk to me)
All Bran Fiber Cereal (the one needed item)
Oatmeal Squares Cereal
Strawberry Fig Newtons
Sesame Crackers (no excuse. just love them.)
Produce
Asparagus
Bananas
Black Grapes
Blueberries
3 Broccoli Crowns
Cucumber
Green Bell Pepper
Grape Tomatoes
Sweet Potato
Navel Oranges
Large Container of Spring Mix
Peaches
Yellow Squash
Zucchini Squash

This is actually pretty typical. Just about all of the stuff that I purchased today is stuff that I purchase every time I get groceries (especially the produce). There are a few things that I know I need to work on. The Lean Cuisine and WW frozen meals are “emergency meals” for me. I always pick up a few to have on hand for days like today when I come home starving and have other things that I need to do during the 3 or 4 minutes it takes for the food to cook. I’m going to have a hard time breaking that and consider it a good compromise given that my previous “emergency meals” came straight from fast food places. The crackers (goldfish & sesame) aren’t typical purchases. They were Ineedtoeatsomethingrightnowomg purchases. They’re better than chips or a candy bar, but I could’ve eaten a banana in the car on the way home just as easily and I’m aware of that. The fig newtons? No excuse. I’m having a hard time breaking the sugar habit.

Hour w/trainer (@ gym – weight training)
Breakfast: Oatmeal, Banana, Water (3)
Snack: Goldfish Crackers (6)
Lunch: LC Sesame Chicken, Grapes, Water (8)
Snack: Babybel Cheese, 5 Sesame Crackers (4)
Dinner: (Thai) Garlic & Pepper Chicken w/Cabbage, Jasmine Rice, Water
Yet Another Snack: Vanilla Ice Cream in Chocolate Coated Waffle Cone
I was up to 21 prior to dinner, so I’m sure I went well over my allotted points. I tried to pick the healthiest option at dinner and think that I made a pretty good choice. The ice cream was not the brightest idea, but I wanted it. It was a fun night (went to a drive-in) so I’m not going to beat myself up about it. Could’ve been a lot worse.

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