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I’m another week closer to the end of the year and I wanted to give you an update on how my goals for 2018 are moving along:
#1 – BECOME A ONCE-A-MONTH GROCERY SHOPPER
Shortly after finishing cancer treatment, as I pulled out a blank notebook for my weekly meal plan and grocery list like I did every Saturday, I had an epiphany: I have gone through so much in an effort to extend my life, why am I spending so much of it at the grocery store?!
My new diet has definitely changed my grocery shopping habits a little bit, plus my surgery totally messed with my ability and motivation to grocery shop. When Mr. Blue Eyes loaded the kids up to go to the grocery store on Saturday night, I honestly couldn’t remember the last time that I had been to the grocery store (I’d like to thank Percocet and muscle relaxers for some of that issue).
But really, one thing that has come from my efforts toward this goal has been an ability to make it multiple weeks without going to the grocery store (without even trying…like these past few weeks). I was so accustomed to buying groceries every seven days that I would walk into a store and, on autopilot, would subconsciously buy seven-day’s worth of groceries. Now I am subconsciously making meal choices and purchasing in quantities that will last longer.
Even though I am buying in larger quantities, we are wasting less food. We are “making it work” with things that are in the house. In fact, even though I hadn’t been to the store in weeks, we bought very little “meal prep” items at the store this past weekend because we are working on clearing out the freezer. We just needed to round it out with produce, dairy, and bread.
I’d be lying if I said that our takeout spending didn’t increase while I was recovering from surgery. Yes, that played a role in our extended time between grocery shopping. But nonetheless, I have noticed my grocery shopping habits changing as well.
#2 – GROW A GARDEN IN TWENTY MINUTES A DAY
Sorry Mel…I failed you! But my living basil is still going strong in my kitchen windowsill! I keep meaning to make some bruschetta.
Is your garden all wrapped up until spring? I’d love to hear about it!
#3 – KONMARI MY HOUSE
The premise behind this blog is how to save time on the mundane. I don’t know about you, but one of the mundane things that takes the MOST of my time is tidying up the house, which is basically just moving junk from one spot to another. So I have been trying the KonMari method of tidying up my house this year.
#4 – DITCH THE CANCER WEIGHT
I have not been able to do my Beachbody workouts since my recent surgery, so I have just been watching my food intake really carefully. Normally, this breast reconstruction surgery would have caused me to munch out of boredom during recovery and eat the emotions that rise to the surface anytime I do something cancer-related.
Not this time.
I have gotten into the habit of treating food as fuel. I didn’t need a lot of fuel while I sat around doing nothing, so my body wasn’t really asking for it. I was pleasantly surprised. No, my eating wasn’t perfect, (coughcoughHalloweencandycoughcough) but I kept my weight going in the right direction.
As of this morning, I am within FIVE POUNDS of marking this goal as “complete.” Woot! Then I get to start working on getting to my goal weight! #2019hereicome
Where are you at with your goals? Still plugging away at 2018? Looking toward 2019? A little of both? I’d love to hear about it!