Let me preface this post by saying that I do not like to go grocery shopping. I used to hate it more when I shopped at Walmart (most of the customers and staff were so unfriendly, and oftentimes, rude), but now, shopping solely at Publix, my attitude has gotten a little softer towards shopping. (this is not an advertisement for Publix, it's just my preferred grocery store) With that being said, I'd still rather be doing almost anything else. However, my shopping routine has made everything a bit more bearable.
I avoid shopping after my work day- I try to come home and relax, or save my energy to only make dinner, instead of shop and cook. I usually reserve either Saturday or Sunday morning as my shopping time- it also makes a difference for me if I go in the morning v. the afternoon. (mornings are a lot better)
I plan to cook 2-3 meals a week because we have leftovers, we might eat out once a week, and because once or twice a week I may not feel like cooking, so we'll have something super easy, like a frozen dinner or a sandwich. I try to go to the store only twice a month, but sometimes it's every week. (I'm trying to get my planning perfected so it is only twice a month)
Because of this, before I shop, I clean out my fridge and take stock of what I have. (just a quick glance with my eyes, I don't write anything down) Then, I'll use my Publix app (or visit their website on my laptop) to look at their sales and BOGOs. From that, I'll look up recipes online or on their website and transfer grocery items to my shopping list- and the list automatically places ingredients in aisle order! It makes the trip a lot easier because I've done all my planning- I know what meals we'll eat during the week, I know what ingredients I need, and I know about the sales, so I'm able to save a lot of time and stress while at the store. I like to be in and out in less than an hour. Also, when I come home with the groceries, putting them away is painless because I've already cleared out my fridge and made room.
If I'm feeling particularly lazy or in the mood for subs, one of my 'meals' will be a Publix sub for Chris and a sub for me, which lasts 2 meals for us. (And hey! One less meal to prep!) Publix simple meals does a great job of providing a bunch of diverse meals that are 30 mins or less. For example, my next two weeks of meals are:
Also, I make sure that I have extra items on hand if we don't end up going out, or we don't feel like cooking/having one of the meals- we can do sandwiches, frozen dinners, or something simple like pasta- having spaghetti and sauce sitting around is perfect, because it doesn't expire right away.
While this may not be a revolutionary post, it often helps me to see what other people's routines are, so hopefully something helped or stuck with you!
What helps you save time, money, and sanity while grocery shopping?
1. Drink more water
I downloaded Waterlogged on my phone and made a goal of 85 ounces of water/fluid a day. Many drinks include water, and those count (as long as you're not drinking only 85 ounces of Coke...), but the majority of my intake is just plain water. I've had it for a few days now, and so far I haven't hit my goal- but I know that I'm trying and I'm surely drinking more fluids than before! Also, keeping a glass of water (with lemons, preferably) around you at all times will help remind you to drink often.
2. Sign up for fitness classes (exercise)
With the summer schedule I have now, I'm thinking about doing a Pilates class on Monday and a kickboxing and Pilates/yoga combination class on Thursday. Hopefully these will be fun ways to get me moving. I may even have to cut out Mondays and only do Thursdays- at least for a few weeks until my summer class schedule settles down. I could also take this time to focus on running- maybe do a run for 20 minutes a few times a week- it'll definitely help with my stress!
3. Make a meal plan
I still haven't figured out a way to start this- I feel overwhelmed every time I do. Do you guys have any suggestions on how to start small? Or what worked for you? I spent hours on Pinterest reading about different meal plans but it's difficult to start from scratch. I might start with pre-made lunches and work up to dinner. I wish we had a bigger freezer to do freezer meals! Or I could utilize the crock pot more often: start dinner before I head out, and come home to a cooked meal. I'll definitely let you know how it works out!
Obviously these steps are tried and true and not revolutionary- that's not what I was going for. However, we all get caught up in our busy lives and we often neglect our well-being for our loved ones, for other priorities like school, work, home, etc. So- lets take a few minutes every day to focus on 1, 2 or all of these steps to lead better lives.
Even though I have these in mind, I know I won't be perfect (and that's okay). The important thing is that I'm trying, and I'm doing better than I was. That is enough.
How're you trying to improve your health? Have you or will you try any of the above? What is working for you?
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Take the stairs | I work on the third floor and I would always take the elevator. I know how lazy and inefficient that sounds- that's why I'm taking the initiative to always take the stairs. There are no excuses!
Daily walk(s) | Use this time to clear your head and take a break. If you've been working diligently, take your dog for a walk or just enjoy your own company. It's a great stress reliever and you move your body with minimal effort. It also allows you to get outside and enjoy your surroundings! This can be done almost anywhere at any time- lunch breaks, after work, before work, you name it.
Be prepared | Taking your lunch to work can cut so many calories- as well as unnecessary spending. Buying fresh fruits and vegetables, cutting them right away and storing to be enjoyed when you're feeling hungry will curb unhealthy eating.
Make a meal plan | Set aside 20-30 minutes each week to look up recipes to cook for the week. You can decide whether to make more than what you and anyone in your household can eat and use the rest for leftovers/freeze it for future days, or you can just cook yourself a healthy meal a day. By compiling a grocery list based only on necessities for your meals, you'll be less likely to wander the aisles picking unhealthy options. Also, you won't be tempted to stop for fast food if you already have a plan or leftovers in the fridge.
Efficiency | While your show is on commercial break, take those 2 minutes to do as many push ups as you can. Jog in place, do crunches, planks, squats, whatever! This article has a few great suggestions! I have a push up challenge I want to complete on my 101 in 1001- commercial breaks would be a perfect time to get it done!
Park farther | It's tempting to park as close as possible to the front entrance, but save yourself the time and hassle it takes to find such good parking while staying active. Even if you can snag a close spot right away, will yourself to go a few extra steps instead.
Date night | My boyfriend and I try to do a date night about once a week. If you're able to incorporate that into your routine- more power to you! Spend one or two date nights a month doing something new, fun and exciting- like rock climbing, taking a hike/walk through a nature preserve, going to the gym, dancing or renting a kayak and exploring.
Wash your car | It's so much easier to run your car through the wash while you check your phone- if you get regular car washes to begin with. I definitely don't, and I know many others don't either. Keep appearances by doing this yourself- either at home or at a manual car wash. Both options keep you moving!
Do you have any tips that I didn't mention? What keeps you moving?
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I've been wanting to do this post for a while, and today seems like the right time. This is about skinny shaming, yes, but also about accepting EVERY body, and not shaming ANY body.
We all hear tons of flack about 'fat' bodies, but then, as backlash, we say that girls with curves are cuter, etc., but at the same time, they bash skinny girls. Which, I guess is the point because everyone feels that 'skinny is the ideal.' It's not, though! Even skinny girls get TONS of negative comments.
Every woman has a different ideal, and the same with every man. A ton of men will pass me up because I'm too skinny, I don't have enough curves, etc. I feel self-conscious for all the above reasons. On the other side of the spectrum, women will be passed up because of opposite reasons. I'd like to be heavier, and some women would like to be lighter. I don't think anyone has the right to comment on others' bodies. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!
I don't know why it would be acceptable to go up to someone and say, "Do you ever eat? You should try hamburgers once in a while!" (Yeah, this was said to me a few weeks ago. Even though this wasn't meant in a mean way... are you fucking serious?) OF COURSE I EAT. AND I FUCKING LOVE HAMBURGERS. It would NEVER be acceptable to go up to a heavy person and ask them if they ever stop eating and that maybe they should try eating salad once in a while, so why the fuck is it okay to ask the opposite of these questions in semi-joking, semi-critical way!? It's not.
However, I don't feel like the dialogue is ever "accept every body," it's always, "she looks like a boy- curves are better." No, nothing is "better." We all have incredible, amazing, powerful bodies. My skinny body is no better than another's heavy body. They are BODIES. What matters is what is on the inside. No one wants an ugly personality in a super fit, curvy body. (Okay, some might- but they are superficial and you wouldn't want to be with them anyway!)
Accept not only your own body, but everyone elses' as well.
I've been a long time lover of The Body Shop and I've mainly stuck to the lines that would benefit me the most, so, the Seaweed & Tea Tree collections. Here is a review of some of the products I've tried over the past few years.
The Tea Tree Face Mask is great as well. I've had the same one for like 2 years (I tend to forget about it in my medicine cabinet) but it still works fine and it's always nice to treat yourself to a mask once in a while, especially if you're prone to acne like I am. (The Body Shop's whole Tea Tree line is for acne)
In the shower I like to use the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash. It does seem to work on my skin and my acne starts to go away or in the very least, the redness will go away and I know I've cleaned out the bacteria!
A few years ago I thought I'd try the Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion because, like I've shared, I'm always getting acne. As of right now, I haven't used this product enough to do a thorough review on it, but many people swear by it.
I equally love the Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator (if that's even possible!). It's amazing, non-irritating and clean smelling. You may think it might be harsh since it's an exfoliator, but it's not- it's the perfect in-between of facial wash and exfoliation.
On my most recent trip there I purchased their Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover and although I don't wear makeup too often and though this is my first time buying Makeup Remover, I like it! The saleslady also mentioned that it gets red lipstick off easily (it does, I tried it), which is the most difficult form of makeup to remove. It seems pretty oily when first applied but it dries quickly & without feeling like there's a residue.
I tried one of the Body Shop's lipsticks, which I liked, but I've only worn a few times, as I don't wear makeup on a regular basis. I checked online and they don't seem to carry my shade online. (I also can't remember what it's called, but I would recognize it if I saw it)
I bought the Lychee Blossom perfume & the Atlas Mountain Rose Shower Gel about a year ago during Christmas time. Unfortunately I don't have a picture for the body wash since I used it up, but it was one of my absolute FAVORITE body washes, and that's saying something. The Cranberry soap was purchased at the same time as well, and The Body Shop doesn't carry the perfume or soap any longer.
I picked up their Rainforest Volumizing Shampoo and I enjoy the fact that it doesn't have any silicones, sulphates, parabens or colourants. I'm trying to stick to better shampoos now, and I like this a lot. Because of the contents, it's very liquidy, which is different than the normal thick shampoo many of us are used to. It also doesn't suds or lather too well, but other shampoo companies will put extra chemicals into their product to make it this way. I personally really like this smell!
Along with the Shampoo, I got the Rainforest Volumizing Conditioner. I don't use conditioner regularly, but I love how my hair felt after using this product. It too does not have silicones, parabens or colourants.
The Body Shop always has sales going on, which I like it a lot because I'll usually go there when I'm low on my Seaweed Toner, but I'll want to try other things because of their deals. (Buy 3 Get 2 Free, Buy 2 Get 1 Free or BOGO 50% Off)
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