Small changes

Despite my best intentions to get out of bed early enough to exercise before work, it’s just not happening.  So I’ve decided that I need to just do it as soon as I get home from work.  I’m 2 for 2 on making that happen this week.  Here’s hoping I stick with it.  I’m rather sore from yesterday’s exercise today – which made today’s exercise a challenge – but I know if I just keep going, my body will adjust and the muscle soreness will go away.

Also, I’ve changed up my grocery shopping patterns.  I was a loyal Albertsons customer for years, mostly because they didn’t require any sort of “loyalty membership” to get the best prices.  That, and they offered a 10% discount every Saturday with my university ID card.  Unfortunately, that’s all gone out the window.  Albertsons has started a so-called loyalty program where you have to make an account, download an app, put in your phone number at checkout, blahblahblah.  They also did away with their university discount at the same time.

And then there’s the part where their new pricing patterns are ridiculous.  In one instance the app showed one sale price for a particular item, the sale tag on the item in the store showed a different slightly higher price, and then there was an “e-coupon” thing below the shelf sale price with a QR code where if you scanned it with the app you got a third, lower price.  I don’t want to have to look three different places to figure out which way I’m going to get the best price.  And half the time, the discounts didn’t even come off at checkout when I did put in my phone number, requiring me to then stand in line at Customer Service to get a refund.  Also at the same time they started doing loyalty thing, they did away with the university discount.  But I kept going there for months entirely out of habit.

I’ve finally decided my privacy isn’t worth whatever few dollars I was “saving” – or selling my data to them for, really.  So I’ve started doing most of my shopping at Sprouts.  While they do have a membership thing to get their sale flyers in an email and an app and all that, you don’t have to *use* it to get their advertised sale prices.  If it’s on sale, you get that price no matter who you are or what information you give them.  (In my case, no information.)  And I’m finding that their sale prices are actually pretty darn good.

I’ve actually been spending about the same amount – if not less – each week than I was at Albertsons, even with their stupid loyalty “discount”.  And I’m generally buying better food, too.  Mostly because I’m not buying nearly as many convenience items – which were also not helping with my weight.  While Sprouts does have a fair selection of those types of things (frozen pizza, fish sticks, boxed mac & cheese, etc.), their prices are generally higher than I want to pay for those products.  So I buy more produce, fresh meats, and nuts instead.  Which I know is better for me any way.  And now that I know I don’t want to pay what they’re asking for the convenience products, I don’t even look at them.  Temptation, removed.

So, yeah.  I’m still hovering around my highest weight ever right now.  But I’m hoping these choices will help change that.

I also picked up some big plastic tubs to sort out some issues in my closet.  I have a ton of clothes in there from when I lost all the weight before, but I can’t fit into them now.  Frankly, it’s rather depressing when I see it all hanging there as I get dressed every morning.  So I’ll be sorting through the closet and packing away the smaller clothes for now.  Then, in the future, I can take the smaller clothes out of the bins and replace them with my “fat clothes” as I slim back down.  That’s the plan, at least.  Here’s hoping it helps.  We’ll see how it goes.

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