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The Trouble With Food Tracking and My Wish List

I learned a valuable lesson today. It’s a lesson I’ve been forced to learn about 187391092779 times over, and I hope this time the true meaning will stick in my mind so that I’ll quit making the same mistakes.

If you are monitoring your food intake, ALWAYS TRACK YOUR MEALS.

I know, it seems obvious. It is obvious. It’s also the cornerstone of the Weight Watchers philosophy. But I am the laziest tracker in the history of the world. I spent the month of March being really lazy about my tracking habits- partially because I was fasting, and partially because I’m just really freaking lazy. As a result, when I stepped on the scale two weeks ago, I wasn’t very surprised to be pissed off by the number it gave me. However, I was a little surprised to be even more upset by the number I saw last week. In my defense, I was on my period and I always weigh really heavy when I’m menstruating. But I also didn’t track very well last week. I always start the week strong, and then I taper off toward the middle of the week. When I stop tracking, it becomes infinitely easier to impulsively eat the foods which sabotage me and my goals.

This week, however, I really focused on my tracking- even when I didn’t feel like it. And I saw definite results on the scale this morning. I need to maintain this momentum- sometimes tracking my food is just such a F-ing hassle. But I have to remember that the long term goals are worth the extra five minutes of effort.

In other news, I’ve been accumulating a wish list of items which will improve my blogging/cooking/athletic life. While the list grows steadily every day, there are a couple of items that are really key:

canon rebel1. New Camera- I love my camera. I really do. It’s small, and I can take it everywhere. But I need to get serious about my photography, especially in regard to my blogging. I mean, I’m well aware that a fancy camera does not create great photos- there’s no substitute for good lighting and composition. But I want the quality of my photography to increase, and I don’t want to invest more money in another point and shoot when I’m pleased with the point and shoot I’m using. I need to upgrade to dslr. My ideal model is the Canon Rebel– of course, it’s really expensive. I’m looking for a used canon, and I’m actually looking primarily at older models. I spend quite a bit of time scouring ebay for viable options. At this point, it’s just a little too far out of my financial grasp. But I’m hopeful- if you know anyone who is upgrading to another model and wants to get rid of their dslr, let me know!

garmin heart rate monitor2. Heart Rate Monitor: I think I need to be monitoring my activity level more vigilantly and I think a heart rate monitor will really help with this goal. I’d like to kn0w exactly how many calories I’m burning while exercising and I’d like to get more precise heart rate calculations. This will help me determine how I should be increasing/decreasing my exercise levels, especially as I reach weight plateaus and finish couch to 5k. At this point I’m battling between a garmin and a polar– price is an obvious factor, but I’m still just trying to decide between the two brands. As always, I’m really open to any insight you guys might have.

running shoe fitting guides3. Running Shoes: I actually already talked about this, but it’s become a true necessity. I don’t know how I’ll make it through the summer running season (especially since I definitely plan to run/race when I’m in Boston) wearing the shoes I have right now. These are great sneaks for general exercise, but I need to take better care of my tootsie wootsies if I’m going to keep up this hobby. I’ve received some great running shoe store recommendations in both GSO and Winston-Salem, but I still can’t quite decide between Fleet Feet and Off’N Running. In fact, I might have to get fitted after Saturday’s race– but maybe I’m being too impulsive. Thoughts?

citrus reamer4. Citrus Reamer: Self-explanatory. I bite my nails, and citrus juice+ bitten cuticles= LAME.

All this talk about running has made me pretty pumped about my run tonight. It’s weird how I’m sort of starting to like it.

…I hope I didn’t speak too soon. Smile

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The Bathing Suit Blues: A Word On Weight-Loss

(TRIGGER WARNING: There’s a lot of FAT talk in this entry. If you are not comfortable reading about bad self-esteem and weight-loss, please don’t read any further.)

(STOP: By reading below this disclaimer, you are allowing yourself to read a stream of conscious and potentially nonsensical rant. You were warned.)

I’m sure some of you have noticed that I don’t spend a lot of time talking about my weight-loss journey on this blog. This is unusual for a healthy living blogger- typically, if one is aiming to lose weight and they blog, progress photos and pound for pound weight-loss entries are the norm. I respect those who choose this method of chronicling. I admire it. But that’s not the point of my journey.

Yes, I’m on Weight Watchers. I must admit, I am a true convert to the Weight Watchers philosophies- I have definitely consumed my fair share of the Weight Watchers kool-aid. Since starting up again, I’ve steadily lost weight every week. In fact, this week I lost nearly 3 pounds.

I don’t want my weight to start dictating my progress. In the words of the great French philosophers Daft Punk, I want to be Harder, Better, Faster, and Stronger. Being Harder, Better, Faster, and Stronger does not always mean being thinner. Yes, I want to lose weight so I can move faster. So I can run better. So I will be stronger than I’ve ever thought I could be.

But I like my body. I think I’m hot. I think (nay, KNOW) other people think I’m hot. Yes, I have days where I can’t reach this conclusion (just like any other person in the world). But I’m afraid of the media. I’m afraid of models. I’m afraid of what they do to the minds of everyday people who look beautiful just the way are.

Why am I thinking about this now? Well, it’s finally spring break and I’m absolutely thrilled to be away from school for a few days. I have the opportunity to head to the beach for a short vacation, and I’m now contemplating the idea of wearing my bathing suit.

I don’t have a problem wearing a bathing suit. I’ll wear it all day long. The trouble is, I haven’t purchased a new bathing suit in over five years. This may seem especially odd for a girl who loves shopping and practically lives in Forever 21. My old bathing suits are too large- I grew out of them quite some time ago. They are stretched out, and in desperate need of a trade-in. So why haven’t I bought a new suit?

Because of this:

black polka dot monokini

This may just look like a scant piece of nylon to you, but this swimsuit has become my kryptonite.

You see, when I began my first Weight Watchers journey, I told myself I would be wearing a swimsuit similar to this one once I was within 20 pounds of my goal weight. I had extraordinary willpower. I could do it. I made the swimsuit photo my desktop background, I pasted it on my door, and I prepared my body for the time when it would be “ready” to wear this suit. And in the mean time, I refused to buy a new swimsuit. Why buy a bathing suit I’d be too small to wear by the end of my journey? This was my dream suit. And I was going to wear my dream bathing suit.

Since that initial proclamation (a little over two years ago), my vision of the world has shifted. My understanding of the concept of Fat has morphed dramatically from where it was at the beginning of 2009. I’ve shifted my goals to non-scale victories only, achievable through physical perseverance and mental training. However, somehow my vision of myself and the bathing suit has not changed at all. For all my self-confidence, I still feel too Fat to wear this bathing suit. To be honest, I don’t know what amount of shame is more mortifying- my shame over actually feeling too Fat, or the shame I imagine I will feel upon donning this suit before reaching my goal?

Recently, this conundrum was put in even sharper focus. I have been lucky enough to begin a friendship with someone whose weight-loss journey is unbelievably inspirational to me. This person has battled the odds of losing weight while in college- she has achieved an astounding weight-loss (through weight watchers) in a fairly short period of time. Her current weight is significantly less than my goal weight, and I think she looks wonderful (for the record, she looked fly as hell BEFORE she lost weight, but that’ s neither here nor there Smile). Basically, this person is my personal weight-loss hero.

However, she is still ten pounds heavier than her goal weight. And, in her mind, those ten pounds make all the difference. Recently, we discussed how those ten pounds have kept her from purchasing a bikini. Yes, she’s always wanted to wear one. But she’s felt that a bikini was out of her reach until she reaches her goal weight. Do you know what I did when she told me about her internal struggle?

I judged her.

I judged her because she didn’t have the ‘wear anything, do anything’ resolve I’ve acquired. I rolled my eyes at her body issues.

I am such a hypocrite. Here I am, rolling my eyes at her body issues because of my own fat positivity, and I can’t bring myself to buy a new ONE PIECE BATHING SUIT.

I’d love to say that I had an epiphany at that moment. I’d love to say that I immediately went out in search of a polka dot monokini to wear at my first swimming opportunity.

I didn’t. Even at this moment as I live, breathe, and type, I can not convince myself to wear this swimsuit. It’s not all about weight- part of me just wants to complete my goal and reward myself properly. But there’s a substantial part of me that’s embarrassed to wear this bathing suit at my current weight.

To be honest, I’m actually overcome by my self-disappointment. I don’t have a resolution to this problem, but I think it helps to actually admit that I’m not as bulletproof as I may appear. In spite of my best efforts, I must show solidarity with every person who fears a certain clothing item- whether its jeans, bras, or any other dreaded piece of cloth.

For every fat girl who rocks a bikini regardless of society norms, I applaud you. YOU are my superhero. But as much as I want to be, I’m not there yet.

And as much as I hate to admit it, even confident, fat-positive girls get the bathing suit blues.

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The Winter Blues and a Delectable Avocado Pasta Dinner

Well, the Winter Illness Monster has settled into my house for the second time in three weeks. Am I being punished for not getting the flu shot? Or does this have something to do with wearing tights and skirts all winter long? Yeah, probably.

For whatever reason, my nasal passages are stuffed to the brim and my voice has decided it doesn’t want to come out and play. I’ve been forced to take a sick day. Downside of a  sick day? I’m incapable of leaving my bed. Upside of a sick day? While I can’t talk, I can still blog- as long as my typing doesn’t interrupt my c0nstant nose blowing.

I absolutely adore avocado, and was entranced by an avocado pasta dish that Angela of Oh She Glows blogged about a few weeks back. I finally got around to making this delicious dish a few nights ago. It tastes very decadent and creamy when it’s really simple and fairly healthy. The healthy fats in avocado make the pasta taste like a Fettuccine Alfredo hybrid, but without the heavy cream and cheese.

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Naturally, I adapted the recipe to ‘Jessamyn’ standards, which typically results in a key element being forgotten or dramatically distorted. In this case I used a bit too much garlic- in her recipe recap, Angela definitely says to limit the amount of garlic you use if you’re not too fond of the flavor. I love garlic, so I scoffed at this direction- I should not have scoffed. My sauce was very garlicky- I mean, it was still good, but I should have been a little less generous with the aromatics.

15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta

(Oh, you want Oh She Glow’s Original Recipe?)

Yield: Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 medium sized ripe Avocado, pitted

1/2 lemon, juiced

2-3 garlic cloves, to taste (USE 2 IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SMELL LIKE THE INTERIOR OF A GARLIC PRESS)

1/2 tsp kosher salt

~2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2-3 oz of dry whole wheat pasta

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Bring several cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Add in your pasta, reduce heat to medium, and cook until Al Dente, about 8-10 minutes.

2. Make the sauce by placing the pitted avocado, salt, garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor; process until smooth and creamy.

3. When sauce is thick, creamy, and delicious, reserve two healthy scoops (about 1/4 cup) in a serving bowl. Pour the rest of your avocado sauce in an air-tight container and store in the fridge for no more than 1-2 days.

4. When pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse in a strainer and place pasta into the serving bowl. Toss with sauce until fully combined.  Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

The trouble with avocado is that it does not keep well after being exposed to the air. Therefore, I ate my avocado pasta for a couple of different meals in the days immediately following it’s preparation. This would be a really nice meal to share with someone else- If you choose to do this, simply double the pasta and serve all the sauce at once.

I served my pasta with turkey meatloaf cups which I adapted from a Weight Watchers Recipe. They are really easy to make, freeze very well, and can be used in a multitude of ways (for example, yesterday’s lunch consisted of a meatloaf sandwich).

Jessamyn’s Turkey Meatloaf Cups

Yield: 9 Servings (You can stretch the meat into 12 muffin cups, but 9 makes a healthy portion)

Ingredients

cooking spray

1 pound uncooked ground turkey breast (I used 93/7)

1 tsp table salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 large onion(s), finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)

3 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), finely minced, or more to taste

1 egg

1 tsp low sodium soy sauce

2 Tbsp sherry cooking wine

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and coat 9-12 muffin holes with cooking spray

2. Place turkey in bowl; season with salt and pepper, mix until incorporated and set aside.

3. Place oil in a large frying pan and cook over medium heat; add onion. Sauté onion over medium heat until wilted and translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add garlic; cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Add soy sauce and sherry.

5. Add onion mixture to turkey and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Drop by heaping tablespoons into prepared muffin tins until 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake muffins until center seems firm to the touch and turkey is completely cooked through, about 22 to 27 minutes. Yields 1 muffin per serving.

I sometimes chuckle when I read meatloaf recipes because the whole concept of meatloaf is to create a meal from what you have. I only used onion and garlic because that’s what I like in my loaf- however, you can throw in whatever aromatics, spices, or vegetables you have on hand and enjoy the hell out of your creation. Meatloaf gets a really bed reputation because of bad casserole concepts in the 1950’s. However, it’s actually a really great opportunity for food creativity.

Here’s what my finished plate looked like:

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It might look a little monochromatic, but it was DELICIOUS

I ate my meatloaf cups drizzled with mustard because I’m weird like that.

(And yes, I photographed my dinner on top of my record player, one of the many makeshift photo studios in my apartment. Haters Gonna Hate.)

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Holy Guacamole: My Weekly Weigh-In, and Eating The SAG Awards- a Movie Buff’s Super Bowl Sunday

Is this where I address my WEEK LONG absence? Is this where I beg forgiveness? Is this where I scold myself for letting the mundane details of my life consume me?

I certainly hope not. Because here’s what happened: I was busy. Very busy. And sick. Fairly ill, in fact. Many things happened during this week long sabbatical from blogging. I’m going to start talking about several of those things in just a moment.

But I’ve already done enough emotional flogging related to my blogging break. I think that in order for me to  successfully maintain this journal, I need to stop giving myself such a hard time about the way I communicate with others. I’m actually quite upset with myself because not only was I too busy to write, I was too busy to read my 21093041787 favorite blogs. Therefore, my google reader is about to hemorrhage from too many exciting blog entries.

However, that’s neither here nor there, and yelling at myself on the internet will not turn back the hands of time.

First thing’s first: in spite of my tumultuous week (which involved a GIRLTALK CONCERT, sinus related illness, and breaking my Couch to 5k Personal records), I managed to LOSE WEIGHT this week. Now, while I’m obviously unbelievably stoked to have had this happen, I think there’s an actual Weight Watchers related lesson embedded in this experience:

ALWAYS WEIGH-IN. I didn’t want to weigh-in today- I was convinced I’d gained weight, and I didn’t feel like dealing with the consequences of my actions. I was in a very low place. However, I told myself that I needed to calm down because how could I change my actions if I refused to even see the results? So I stepped on the scale, totally prepared to see a gain. And I lost. I lost over a pound. But the point is that I was PREPARED FOR THE GAIN. I was ready to take responsibility for my bad choices (yes, super salty cheese enchilada that was SO not worth the ww pointsplus….I’m looking at you).No matter what kind of ridiculous roller coaster week I’m facing, I need to always remember that the proper way to start over is by getting all the facts.

ANYWAY, like I said, this week was very congested (and so was my nose- HAHAHAHA). I made a lot of really interesting food (most of which I didn’t photograph- boo hiss), and I increased my standard pace during week 2 of the Couch to 5k Challenge.

In particular, Sunday night was particularly exciting because it was the live broadcast of the 17th Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards.

sag awards

Anyone who knows me is well aware that Awards Season is the Jessamyn Equivalent of March Madness. In other words, Sunday night was essentially my own personal Super Bowl Sunday (yeah, that’s right, I just combined sports metaphors).

In honor of the occasion, I decided to make a lot of party related food for one person (one person because, aside from my mother, I’m the only person I know who is obsessed with awards shows).

I decided to make guacamole, hummus, and a pizza.

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This probably sounds stupid, but I’m 99.9% sure I  had never opened an avocado before Sunday. Yes, I’ve eaten avocado- I love avocado. But for some reason, the preparation of fresh avocado is not a very large part of my life.

The guacamole turned out pretty delicious:

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I used a very generic guacamole recipe, i.e throw avocado, onions, salt, and lime juice into a food processor, but there are a few changes I might make. For starters, while using a food processor is time efficient, it creates a fairly smooth consistency. I prefer chunky guacamole, so I might just use a fork to mash up the fruit next time. Also, using ripe tomatoes is usually tastier than using recently picked tomatoes- as a result, I had unnecessarily large chunks of tomatoes (and I hate tomatoes- ok, that’s an overstatement but you get the picture).

In addition to the guacamole, I made a batch of hummus using canned garbanzo beans. It turned out ok, but the flavor is a teensy bit off to me. This was my first time making hummus from scratch, and for that reason I’m cutting myself a little bit of slack. Maybe it tasted off because the beans were canned and not fresh- the recipe I used said to use some of the water drained off the beans. In all honesty, I think this added to the weird flavor. In general, canning juices are not know for having the most palatable taste. Whatever, the hummus tastes pretty good in wraps and with homemade corn chips. I just need to futz with the recipe a little.

The main event of my SAG Awards Viewing party was the homemade pizza. I’ve been craving pizza for weeks, and I finally had enough time to make a crust from scratch. However, before I started the pizza making process, I decided to fulfill one of my goals: Making turkey sausage from scratch.

Now you’re probably wondering: Jessamyn, what does one put in turkey sausage? Well, for someone who follows directions well and reads recipes thoroughly, the ability to rattle off an exact ingredient list is probably second nature. However, if you’re like me and have the natural urge to do things the hard way, then you probably just eyeballed every spice in your kitchen until you came up with something resembling sausage. I mean, making sausage is basically just handmixing a bunch of spices into a mass of raw beast right?

(my great-grandmothers are probably rolling in their graves).

Anyway, I started with a pound of lean ground turkey. From that point, the sky was the limit. Here’s a sampling of ingredients that made their way into Jessamyn’s turkey sausage:

–cumin seeds

–thyme

–rosemary

–cayenne pepper

–oregano

–onion powder

–garlic powder

–nutmeg

–fresh ground black peppercorns

WAIT A MINUTE. Let’s pause here a moment, and I’ll give you a process shot of my beloved turkey sausage:

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I bet you’re wondering why I just inserted a photo of chocolate chip cookie dough into a blog of sausage making. That’s because it’s NOT cookie dough- do those look like chocolate chips to you? Let’s turn the flash on this baby:

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Yeah, that’s right- my gorgeous turkey sausage was marred by accidently dumping half a canister of WHOLE BLACK PEPPERCORNS into the mixing bowl.

I wish there was a photo of my face as the pepper fell into the bowl. I’m sure it was priceless.

Needless to say, I spent the next 15 minutes individually picking the black peppercorns out of the raw sausage. Yes, I washed my hands often. Yes, I was BEYOND pissed off. But I’m not made of money- there was no way in HELL that I was going to toss out a pound of meat because of a few hundred black peppercorns.

Anyway, after much trial, tribulation, and peppercorn picking, this finally went into my oven:

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And then, miracle of miracles, the crust rose properly! And it was both soft and crunchy. AND I DIDN’T EAT IT ALL AT ONCE (probably the greatest miracle of all).

By the way, the crust recipe I used was my own personal spin on a WW recipe- instead of using 4 1/4 cup ( s ) all purpose flour, I subbed in 2 1/4 cup ( s ) whole wheat flour- partially because of the health factor and partially because of the ‘I ran out of all-purpose flour’ factor. A lot of people are afraid of whole wheat flour, but I think it’s perfectly delicious.

Original WW Recipe:

1 1/2 cup(s) water, warm (105-115°F)

1 tsp sugar

2 1/4 tsp yeast, or 1 package

1 Tbsp olive oil

4 1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp table salt

Jessamyn’s Adaptation:

1 1/2 cup(s) water, warm (105-115°F)

1 tsp sugar

2 1/4 tsp yeast, or 1 package

1 Tbsp olive oil

2  cup(s) all-purpose flour

2 1/4 cup(s) whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp table salt

  • Combine the water and sugar in a measuring cup. Sprinkle in the yeast and let stand until foamy and lagoon-ish, about 5 minutes. Stir in the oil.
  • Combine the flour and salt in a food processor, stand mixer, or with your bare hands (like in olden times- just pretend you are someone’s Italian grandmother). With the machine running (if you don’t feel like busting it out with your hands), scrape the yeast mixture into the bowl; pulse until the dough forms a ball, about 1 minute. If necessary, turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly until smooth and elastic.
  • Spray a large bowl with nonstick spray; put the dough in the bowl. Cover the bowl lightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm spot until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down the dough, then cut in half. Refrigerate or freeze in floured zip-close freezer bags at this point or use as directed in the recipe. Yields 1⁄12 of dough per serving.

I only used 1/5 of this recipe to create my Sunday night pizza. The dough can be used in a lot of different recipes, and I have big plans for homemade calzones later this week.

ANYWAY,

How was your week? If you watched the SAG Awards, were you shocked by any of the wins and snubs (for example, are the various critics associations just pretending Inception never happened? Actually, maybe it was all just a dream…)

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The Jessamyn Perfect Storm: When Food and Shopping Collide

I love grocery shopping. It probably stems from my love of shopping in general, but the combination of food and shopping is like a Jessamyn Perfect Storm. I remember being a kid and tricking my mom into letting me ride in the cart (even though, let’s be real, I was way too old to be riding around in the toddler seat of a grocery cart). She would give me a baby apple juice (yes, my obsession with miniature food and beverage stems from these childhood experiences), and together we would plow through the aisles of our local grocery store.

When I moved into my first “adult” home, one of the things I was most excited about was doing my own grocery shopping and emulating “real adults” who wrote detailed grocery lists and filled their stainless steel, commercial grade refrigerators with bushels of fresh meat and produce. This extra fresh meat and produce would quickly be turned into vast and delicious healthy meals which would be served family-style with my roommates, and we would live as one big Bohemian take on a Norman Rockwell painting.

This dream, like most fabrications created from episodes of Everyday Italian and the Barefoot Contessa, was quickly shattered by reality.

For starters, I  have never had a refrigerator that is not perpetually one step away from complete and total disaster. Granted, because they are my parents and they’ve had years of experience in food safety, Tangela and Jesse have wrangled the fridge drama which plagues most people who have jobs, children, or anything short of obsessive compulsive disorder. I, however, am still trying to keep my refrigerator under control- about once every two months I’ll be overcome by a need to purge my fridge/freezer, and am shocked by leftovers which have taken up month long residencies in the corners of my vegetable crisper. Maybe one day I will be the sort of person who eats leftovers in a timely fashion, and doesn’t hide half used cans of tomato paste behind her Brita water pitcher. That day, unfortunately, is probably not today.

In addition, my roommates and I have never resembled a Norman Rockwell painting. We tend to look more like the Bad News Bears. And since I now live alone, I usually eat most of my meals in bed and use my kitchen table as a desk.

Furthermore, and most importantly, I never come traipsing into the kitchen effortlessly carrying two paper bags featuring gorgeous farm-fresh vegetables brimming from the top which I then neatly place in my organized refrigerator (Thank you, Ina Garten, for filling me with false hope). Typically, I’m struggling up the stairs to my walk-up apartment, laden with a series of mismatched reusable shopping bags containing a hodge podge of groceries, which range in necessity from ‘on the grocery list’ to ‘it just looked so tasty!’

At this point, I need to minimize the number of ‘it just looked so tasty’ purchases made in a given grocery expedition. Not to mention that I, like most students who live and die by federal loan refunds, need to stick to a very strict monetary budget. I’m not kidding, one of the hardest parts of living a healthy and world-conscious lifestyle is making it work with a limited income. Just so you know, it’s not a coincidence that poor health increases in relationship to decreasing socio-economic status. But I digress.

However, I’m an eternal optimist and I still believe my healthy lifestyle can be achieved. My first step is, of course, my new grocery list. However, I think I need to start planning out my meals before I go to the grocery store. This is something I’ve always been wary of doing for a multitude of reasons (limits my creativity, I’m a lazy ass, etc), but I think it will transform my eating habits because it will take the guess work out of my meal preparation. Typically, all of my meals are a giant question mark up until 1-2 hours before their preparation. By planning ahead, I’ll be giving myself the flexibility to try out new recipes which I don’t usually budget enough time to prepare on a rushed week night. Also, I think it’ll be an interesting way to work with my financial budget.

Here’s my initial spreadsheet. As you can see, I’m planning to work on a Sunday-Saturday meal plan. I typically grocery shop on Saturdays or Sunday mornings, so I will probably maintain this shopping schedule. However, a big part of my new plan is to spend more of my energy and resources at the farmers Market, which means working around a new travel schedule as it’s much more difficult to run out to the farmers market when I need emergency carrots. There are several farmers markets in the piedmont triad, but I primarily shop at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, Winston-Salem Downtown Market, and Krankies Farmers Market. What are your favorite items to buy at the Farmer’s Market?

In addition, I’ve included a column to log the points values of my meals. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to rejoin Weight Watchers, and the points will help keep me on track with my goals. While I still maintain that diets are not healthy, I think Weight Watchers is a really great method of discipline for those who have difficulty policing themselves. In my experience, the support gained from the Weight Watchers community is very difficult to replicate, and I think this support has been a crucial element in my most successful health periods.

What do you think: How do you feel about meal planning?

Also, on a completely unrelated note, what’s this about Verizon getting the iPhone? Does this mean all the smartphone apps and features which my family and friends are constantly yapping about will finally gain relevance in my life?

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