It was a busy day today (so I’m racing to publish this before midnight): lots going on at work, and Thursday night is Latin Jam night, which is fast becoming one of my favorite, and toughest, workouts. But I was able to squeeze in a quick trip before class to my new favorite supermarket, Super King (here’s my account of my first visit to Super King), which I love because the produce is cheap Cheap CHEAP. As I was getting out of my car in the parking lot, I opened my wallet, and realized I only had $2 in cash on me. I was never planning on this being a huge shopping excursion – I only had about 10 minutes anyway before I had to leave to make it to class on time – so I concocted a little challenge for myself: I needed to buy fruit to last me until Sunday, when I could pick up more at the Farmers’ Market. So, my challenge was this: how much fruit could I buy at Super King for $2?
If I really wanted to max out my $2, I’d just buy 5 pounds of red plums, which was priced at 39 cents a pound. But that’s no fun, because that’s a lot of red plums, and also, they weren’t quite ripe yet, and I needed stuff I could eat for breakfast tomorrow – the only fruit I had in my house was 1/4 of a pineapple, and an almost empty bag of Trader Joe’s frozen strawberries. I also didn’t want to take the time to weigh anything, because I noticed on my way in that there were lines at the checkouts, and I only had minutes to shop and go.
First stop: Bananas. 49 cents a pound. They were bright yellow and ready to eat, and they’re the easiest fruit to throw in my lunch bag and take to the office. I grabbed two.
I also grabbed 2 red plums, because the price (39 cents a pound) couldn’t be beat. Hopefully they’ll be ready to go on Saturday.
They had about 6 varieties of apples, and the cheapest were galas, at 69 cents a pound. I grabbed 3. They hold up well, are ready to eat, and just about every morning I cut one up before heading out the door, and eat it in the car as I drive to work as part of my breakfast.
Lastly, 2 bartlett pears. They were just about ripe (hopefully they only need a day), and pears might be my all-time favorite fruit. And only 33 cents a pound! Practically a steal.
So this is everything I had in my basket when I headed to the checkout:
I had my two dollars in my hand as the cashier rang me up, but I decided not to look the monitor until she said out loud what my total was. It all came out to…. drum roll please… $1.65!
(Bananas: 33 cents. Pears: 29 cents. Apples: 82 cents. Plums: 21 cents.) I could have bought almost another pound of plums!
I made it to Latin Jam class on time, and the class felt great tonight – great music, lots of sweat, and I felt a little more confident about the choreography than I sometimes do.
Oh – and this morning (it seems like forever ago) was a weigh-in day! According to my scale, I’m down another pound – woo-hoo! Time to update the chart:
I’m now 7 pounds away from losing 150 pounds, and 9 pounds away from reaching my next goal, which is 152 pounds, which would put my weight at an even 250.
I don’t think I’ve shared on this blog yet what my 152 pound reward is going to be, but about a month ago I decided that when I reach that goal, I’m going to the shooting range! I wanna FIRE SOME GUNS! I’ve only fired a gun once in my life, when I went during college to a range with my friend John, who had a few rifles. It was a ball, although I scratched one of his rifles, and I felt bad about that, although John said it wasn’t a big deal, but I could tell that he was annoyed with me (Which reminds me, I should reconnect with John – I haven’t talked to him since I moved to LA 8 years ago). And now, I have some good friends, Mat and Maggie, that wanna go fire some guns too, and they’re graciously waiting until I reach my goal, so we can all go together. I’m getting there, Mat and Maggie! Only 9 pounds to go!
Keep it up, David!