There was some excitement and inspiration at my Weight Watchers meeting today. First off, our sweet leader Debby just received a Diamond Leader award. There are tons of criteria to meet in order to get this award, and it's a big deal. Yay! Then one member reached her goal with a loss of 45 pounds, and another woman reached Lifetime status with a loss of about 30 pounds. It kind of pumped me up and made me imagine myself up there at goal/lifetime, with everyone clapping to my success.
The meeting topic was about going to the grocery store (or supermarket, as some of you probably say). Perspiration vs. Inspiration - What stresses you about shopping for food and what makes you feel excited about shopping for food?
The usual stresses were things like kids/spouse, temptations, cost, and time.
The inspiration was a discussion on how to overcome those issues. There were tips on shopping for groceries too:
- Shop the perimeter of the store. This is where the fresh items are kept, like milk and yogurt, meat and seafood, fresh vegetables and fruits, etc. Fewer of the processed foods are located in this area around along the walls.
- Don't shop hungry or thirsty. This is one we've all probably heard before. If it's not possible to eat before heading to the store, chew a piece of gum while there to help avoid food cravings that might lead to purchases (and binges) you'll regret later.
- Make a list, take it with you, and stick to it. This will help you get through the store faster and will also prevent impulse buys. Remember to take the list with you!
- Plan menus in advance so you will know what to buy. Then put the ingredients on the list.
- Shop alone if possible. This way anyone with you won't be able to toss unhealthy items in the cart or whine mercilessly until you give in on the junk food.
- Arrange your shopping list by category. Our leader gave us a web address for a site where you can do this (www.grocerylistmaker.com). You click items from your list, which are arranged by areas of the store where each item should be located. This will save time so you don't have to double back for an item buried in the bottom of the list that you missed while you were on the other side of the store.