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Grocery Challenge - Whole Foods

I'm back on the grocery challenge track! With a car in the shop / shopping for a new one and then heading out of town our home routine got all messed up. But now I have a new car and we're ready to eat at home for a few weeks before heading out of town again. 

This week we did out grocery shopping at the new Whole Foods in Germantown, mostly because we got a $10 off coupon in the mail. This is now the 2nd Whole Foods in the Memphis area, we basically live in between the two but hey $10 is s big motivator! 

The new store offers all the bells and whistles the East Memphis store offers only instead of a BBQ restaurant is a crepe bar, yum! Savory crepes are $7 and dessert crepes are $6 - I am sure this will be a quick dinner for us sometime in the future. The new location also has an upstairs community room and kids area, sorry I didn't check these out so no clue if you can drop off kids and shop or if the community room is available for small groups to use, that would be AWESOME! If you know any deets please leave a comment. 

Anyway, here's a haul: 

Meals this will provide: 

Pot Roast 

Bow ties and Brocolli 

Pork Loin 

Tomato Cream Pasta 

Asian Dumplings 

Plus obviously all the sides to make meals out of the above. We also got bananas, apples and a cantaloupe and cereal (for Shaun) and granola bars (for me) to have breakfast items on hand. One thing we didn't get - milk; it was $5.99 a gallon, aww hell no! 

So again, you can tell we're eating the similar meals to previous weeks. This is on purpose for several reasons: 
1. It helps to compare taste / quality vs price when we get the same type of items at each store 
2. We're creatures of habit, me especially.  I seem to have a lot of failures with Pinterest recipes 
3. It's meals we can agree upon. I believe that the person doing the cooking (me) shouldn't have to cook food the don't like, but also everyone in the house should be pleased with the meals so we've been sticking to some tried and true mutually agreeable meals. 

Obviously I won't be able to give my thoughts until I cook but overall I like the shopping experience of Whole Foods. We spent $82 ($92 plus our coupon). $92 is pretty similar to spends on other weeks but we got less meat and had to be real careful not to just grab items but check prices. I'm most excited for the tomato cream pasta - I tend to crave this dish often and there's really only two spots in town that do it well , one is pricey and one is far from our home. And again, due to price and limited options there was less junk food purchased. I'm legitimately excited to get cooking with these items! 

For A Season

I read somewhere that the average wedding has 136 guests, meanwhile the average funeral has around 90. And it makes me wonder, how many people will be at both. 

No, I'm not trying to start a morbid conversation here but something latley has just made me think about the many people that come into our lives during our time here. I am a firm believer in the right people being in our lives at the right time, I don't want to simply call it fate because I believe that God has a strong hand in all this. 

I believe there are people who are in our lives to help us grow, to support us when we need it, to help us learn, to test our patience, to provide us opportunities to show compassion and strength, and to love and without even realizing it we are all in other people's lives to do the same things. I look at my own relationship as living proof of this. If I had met Shaun any other point in my life I probably would have looked right past him, and that's not because Shaun isn't great (because he totally is ��) but because up until that point in my life I wouldn't have been ready. And I have to remember that any time I think of someone who might have broken my heart or wasted my time, that they were part of my journey. I think the same goes for friendships and can even extend into our work life. 

I've been thinking about this a lot latley because the older I get the more that I understand that not everyone is going to like me. And honestly, I struggle with it -a lot. And so I find myself asking why God, why is this person in my life, what purpose to we serve towards eachother? I think about the people that probably had the potential to be really great friends  if something trivial hadn't gotten in the way, I think about how many times I missed the opportunity to live up to my kindness potential. But mostly, I think about how blessed I am so have so many wonderful people in my life. 

I love social media but latley I really struggle with it. How many times have a friend and I said oh, let's get together soon but never actually do it, meanwhile still feeling a bit connected because they show up in our newsfeed. And I'm constantly trying to cut back, to be more authentic. It's an ongoing goal, but hopefully one I'm getting better at each day. 



About two months ago I wrote this post in response to an image that went viral regarding the inner thoughts on fitness at one of my favorite (ish, it's kinda falling in favor) lifestyle brands. This post has quickly become one of my most read posts and I still stand behind every last word. But perhaps the reason the posted images bother me so much is I can't stand the idea of bullying ones self. 

At one point I really enjoyed "reading" magazines, especially fashion magazines. But overtime I realized what I thought I was getting enjoyment out of actually made me very sad. I'm never going to be the type of person who buys $1,500 pairs of shoes or fits into a size two skirt. These magazines, some of them at least were about a lifestyle that would never be mine and it made me sad. As I have gotten older in life I have realized this: there will always be someone richer, thinner, faster, smarter and more whatever than me, I can constantly compare myself to others and be unhappy in my own life or I can focus on myself. Does having a penthouse in Manhattan and shopping on 5th Avenue sound like fun, sure but you know what the far less glamorous life I lead is pretty chalk full of blessings. But this post isn't about my shopping habits, I'm just setting a tone of looking within instead of around.

So back to fitness. I do not like the show "The Biggest Loser", and it's not because I would be a prime candidate for the show. I do not like the attitude it shows. I've never been a tough love person and I consider myself to be of above average intelligence, I don't need the emotional drain of someone yelling in my face the things that could happen if I don't lose weight or berating me for my past behaviors. Losing weight I have realized is largely a mental feat. At the end of the day it's math, burn more calories than consumed and lose weight. I know this, math is not a problem area for me y'all. It's the emotions that make it very tricky. At some point I decided to stop letting my past failures define me. Right now I'm participating in the Women's Run / Walk program in Memphis. I'm not the fittest person out there, I'm not the fastest, I'm not even taking the least walking breaks but I'm there. 

Last year I attempted the program. I'm 30 I thought, age is on my side, how hard can this be? WRONG! So hard. Last year certainly knocked me down a few pegs as far as thinking myself young and invincible. For starters, I injured my knee last June from a fall. For three days hobbling to the bathroom was a painful, tearful, exhausting event but eventually I felt better, or so I thought. And then I tried to run, OMG it hurt. It hurt so very bad and not just a this is your body getting used to this hurt, it hurt MORE with each run and so with insurance on my new job kicking in I went to the dr and started physical therapy. I had heard before that PT hurts but honestly I never believed it, I hope it's something I never find myself doing again. I would be sore for two days after a session and leave with a stronger limp than when I arrived. I admit, I spent most of the past year in a don't disturb the dragon mindset when it came to exercise and my knee.

 But things changed this year. As many of you know, because I post about it often, I got into a more natural / healthy mindset. While before I would be happy to take a pill (or 8) for any minor discomfort that came into my life I now pride myself on the ability to heal myself naturally and manage any nuisance that may arise without a trip to the pharmacy. I've changed my attitudes towards food, toward my spending habits and life in general. For years I was always one who focused on things vs experiences; I think a part of that is a Louis Vuitton purse is not something you really "share" and as I have someone in my life I truly want to share experiences with they have become more important to me. (side note, that LV purse I spent 30 years wanting so badly is actually lost in my house, don't get me wrong I want it - I earned it after all, but I don't find it nearly as fulfilling as I had thought I would). And so with this new focus I have come to see the things I am missing out on. One of my goals for 2016 (late 2016 but still 2016) is that I want to go on a hiking trip to Fall Creek Falls and see the various waterfalls. I came upon this trip when researching ideas for an anniversary trip for Shaun and I to take this past June and I sadly realized that although it is listed as an "easy to moderate" hiking trip it is not something either of us are in a physical condition to handle, and so I want to be in that condition. But this is where my mindset and approach comes into play, I don't need / want someone yelling in my face about the things I can't do - I want the mindset that I deserve these things. I work hard, I'm a good person - I deserve a nice trip, I deserve to fit into the beautiful silk tops carefully packed away and stored at my Dad's house, I deserve to not miss out of fun activities because I feel too self conscious to leave my house (yes, this happens) , in short I deserve happiness. 

It's this gorgeous? I can't wait to take a picture with this scene behind me. 

I will never be perfect, no one is, and so I can't embrace a mindset that thrives on pointing out ones flaws and focuses on failures. Can I run a 5K today? Absolutely not, but can I run longer than two weeks ago - yep. Last night when I pulled into training I realized the crowd was significantly smaller than the first week - I felt like a champion just for showing up! And as I ran when it was time to run and walk when it was time to walk I realized that sometimes I passed people who were thinner than me, younger than me and sometimes they passed me but it didn't matter, no one was looking around at others (well, the coaches do try to be encouraging and take notice of people who fall behind) I wasn't the only one breathing heavy, or bothered by the extreme heat. But I can't view this as punishment; I'm not there to burn off the chocolate lava cake from Fleming's (anyone who says nothing taste as good as thin feels, have you had this? have you????) I'm there to learn from the coaches, to go further and run longer than the week before. After-all, are people more likely to participate in being punished or doing something they enjoy? 

Earlier photos from last night were posted and of course I had to compare it to my photo from last year. Sure I could see how I've grown in size and cry over it or how I could think about how in last year's photo I was really struggling and in this year's photo I had the energy to pretend to be having fun for the camera. 

2014 vs 2015

I spent a few minutes looking at the picture and I realized that in this year's full pic there's a coach behind me that last year walked with me when I skipped a running set when my knee had a sharp pain, this year no one had to stop and check on me. To the outside world I may look bigger, slower and hopeless but on the inside I know that I am stronger and in a better place to tackle the challenge, I know that I am worth it.

NOT at the back of the pack! 

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