We’ll start with the good stuff! I stepped on the scale this morning and…
…Down 2 pounds! That’s 147 pounds total. Now 3 pounds away from hitting 150 pounds of weight loss, and 5 pounds away from reaching my next goal. They’re practically in striking distance!
Time to update my chart:
The dotted line is at 250 pounds, which is what I’ll weigh when I reach my next goal. I’ll be setting another goal after that – I have more to lose – but I haven’t figured out what it is yet.
Here’s a fun fact: I’ve now lost 36.56% of my original body weight. That’s over a third! Wowsa! Keep it up, David!
I’d say today was a good day, even I hadn’t stepped on the scale. I was able to lend support to one of my best friends when she needed it (I’ll elaborate a little bit on this in my next post). I also got a few things done around my house, and tried out a new supermarket, which I always think is a good time (here are links to posts about other supermarkets – in recent weeks I’ve checked out Super King, Jon’s and Superior).
Today it was a Vallarta Supermarket. I’ve seen Vallarta stores around before – there was one a few blocks from my last apartment, actually – but I’ve never been in one. According to their website, they have about 30 locations throughout Southern California. Here’s the one I went to (in Burbank):
Let me tell you, all the other supermarkets could take a lesson from Vallarta on how to go balls-to-the-wall in regards to Supermarket decor. Indoor fake palm trees? Murals and lights on every available surface? Fake building facades as if you’re in a little Mexican village? Yes, sir! I feel like a sucker for shopping for so long without such amenities!
Here’s their giant produce section:
They had a whole aisle that was almost entirely just different varieties of bananas:
Here’s their prepared food section:
I could have watched their tortilla machine for hours. Mesmerizing:
All this, only about 2 miles from my house!
While Vallarta was a kaleidoscopic feast for the eyes, my wallet was a little less impressed. The prices were good, but not holy-crap-I-can’t-believe-it amazing. There were deals to be had, for sure, and with stealthy shopping, you can make out like a bandit. But it’s no Super King, where I once bought 9 pieces of fruit for $1.65.
That said, I’m still pretty pleased with my haul from the produce department. Here’s what I picked up:
A cauliflower, celery, cilantro, a cucumber, a personal seedless watermelon, 5 bananas, 3 oranges, 2 gala apples, 1 green pepper, 1 tomato, 1 anaheim pepper, 3 kiwis, 2 limes, a persimmons (which I recently tried for the first time), and a quince.
That’s right, a quince.
I don’t know what a quince is, how to tell if it’s ripe, if I can eat it raw, if I should eat the skin… there’s a lot of research to be done. But, as you regular blog readers are aware, I’m up for trying new things, so what the hell. Vallarta had a ton of quinces (quinci?) and that one cost me 98 cents. I’ll keep you posted on what the deal is with that quince.
Some of the other good deals at Vallarta included bananas for 33 cents a pound (5 cost me 57 cents), cucumbers and cilantro for 25 cents apiece, and oranges for 39 cents a pound (3 cost me 80 cents). All told, all that produce cost me $8.53.
Ok. I retract my previous statement – those are pretty amazing prices! Vallarta, I’ll be coming back soon!
Lastly, before Vallarta I went to the gym and had a great workout. Five minutes on the treadmill to warm up, then about 25 minutes of weight lifting (minus 5 minutes that I was chatting to an old friend I ran into), then 35 minutes on the elliptical, and then sit-ups. I’ve worked out the last 6 days in a row… I think tomorrow I’ll take a day off from exercise.
Keep it up, David!