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The Devil's Second Home: Grocery Store Shelves

Resist temptation when food shopping.

What we put in our bodies will determine the results in what we see. As some of you know, I have been trying to start "distance" running a little bit. It has been a bit of a challenge so far because I am built for speed and power, not distance. In order for me to run for distance, it's in my best interest to drop some weight. In order to do that, I had to adjust my eating habits. The past month or so has been very clean eating all of the time.. I wasn't sure if I would be able to do it, but I have been pretty consistent 90 percent of the time. That other 10 percent is my reward. 

The key to it all has been how I game plan everything. I have had to change my approach altogether on how I go food shopping. I used to just go in, get whatever I liked to eat, and go from there. But, now the plan has changed. It's pretty simple: stay out of the aisles 90 percent of the time. That other 10 percent is to duck down an aisle for spices, condiments, and sometimes some oatmeal. Once I grab what I need, I get right out. I know that if I stay in the aisle too long, my eyes will wander and I will tempt myself to get some of the things I know I don't need. To take it a step further, sometimes I will try to think ahead and plan out my meals for the next week or two. Once I have that put together, I create my food list from there. If I know what I should be buying, there will be no room for mistakes. And again, I go in with the same mindset: stick with the plan.

I know we all love to eat. But remember, it plays a big role in everything we are trying to achieve. Whether it is to sleep better, train harder, have more energy, recover faster, lose weight, or gain weight, the way we fuel our bodies is essential to getting there. Hopefully you can start to create a game plan and get yourself on the right track. The right track is what you feel it should be - just make sure it's consistent with your goals. Next time you go food shopping, go in with a plan and stick to it. Resist temptations. So far it has worked to my benefit. My times are dropping for my runs and I have now lost 14 pounds and counting.

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Maya Lincoln August 23, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Thank you Chris. I am actually thinking about planting some stuff. I actually think that would be a great idea. I love the tomatoes that one grows in gardens. They taste so much better.
Peter A. Filippi III August 26, 2012 at 02:38 PM
The other day I spent $180 at the market and the casher asked me, “Do you want a bag for that”? Ha, ha. As for breakfast Quaker Oats is the best deal there is.
Mary E. Viera-Moniz August 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
We have to ask!!!!
Cynthia Lachapelle Shannon August 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM
If you're looking for ways to cut down your grocery bills, check out my website. :-) there are coupons even for healthy stuff! www.mamagotcoups.blogspot.com Coupon Mama Massachusetts
SC August 27, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Learning to cook and not rely on pre-package/processed ingredients, learning to eat what is in season (and when it's in season), and growing your own produce can save a LOT of money. All kinds of lettuces grow very easily in pots indoors and no bees are required because you harvest before it flowers! Also the local woods harbor lots of tasty treats if you learn how to forage. Knowledge is the key and there are plenty of books; free for the reading at the local library.

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