Ship’s Log–January 4th, 2015


Today was grocery shopping day. Thing 1 and I hit Costco and Wegmans. My goal was to set us up for a full week for less than I used to spend a Whole Foods so that we can eat everything at home. Our total spent was just around $260, which is certainly far less than a weekly run to Whole Foods had been (those could get up near $400).

The $260 total also included a few things that aren’t food and that we didn’t buy on our weekly Whole Foods grocery runs so maybe I should be counting them against my target, such as dog food ($32 at Costco), bird seed ($15 at Costco), a package of hangers ($8 at Costco), dry erase markers for our family command center ($13 at Costco), and two small replacement bottles for the Sodastream ($15 at Wegmans). If we remove these non-grocery items from my total, I kept my grocery spending to $177.

Here’s this week’s haul:


I could likely get my spending even lower by buying all my produce in its unprepared form rather than shelling out for the bags of precut broccoli, cauliflower, baby carrots, and the like, but right now I’m trying for a balance between cost and convenience. If the food is too much work on those nights when I’m tired and dragging (i.e. all of the nights), I am more likely to give in and order take out, and that would wind up costing more overall.

My fitness plan for today had been to take a rest day. My arms and legs were very sore from yesterday’s strength training session, so sore in fact that cladding stairs was painful. Then I looked at the weather forecast for the coming week…today it was 60 degrees and damp, but it is supposed to snow Tuesday, and then the high temperature doesn’t peek back above freezing until next Sunday. I decided that if I really wanted to make good on my 12 mile weekly distance goal this week, I should log as many of those miles as possible today, even if I had to do them slowly.

I did 7 slow miles. At least I thought they were slow. My pace was way over 10 minutes, which is slow to me. I still had a little old man I passed yell at me that I was going too fast, which just goes to show you that running speed is totally relative. One person’s slow jog is another person’s Mach 1.

After the run, I began to worry that I had made a terrible mistake. The pain in my legs was pretty impressive. I worry that I will be waddling and moaning tomorrow despite hitting the foam roller hard. I guess it still beats trying to log longer runs when it’s 26 degrees out. I decided to let myself have a small dish of candy this evening as a reward for pushing my limit, since the days I can best afford a treat are those that I have gone the extra mile or three.

Distance to goal weight: 23.7 pounds


  • 10 push ups, sit ups, and squats
  • 7 mile easy, slow run


  • Crock pot steel cut oats with apples, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut milk topped with spiced pecans and a wee bit of maple syrup
  • Coffee with cardamom, coconut syrup and soy milk


  • Panini: Whole wheat bread, champagne and dill mustard, 1 slice provolone-flavored Daiya, tofurky, and tomato
  • 2 strawberries
  • 3 small pretzel rods
  • New Orleans style coffee with soy milk

Afternoon Snack:

  • White tea
  • Hummus with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and gluten free crackers


  • Corn chowder based on this recipe. I left out the jalapeño, potatoes, fresh herbs, scallions, salt, and dried basil, and added in a half cp of diced carrots, 4 diced vegan sausages, and 3-4 cups of chopped kale.
  • 2 thin slices whole grain bread with a thin smear of garlic and herb Earth Balance.
  • Mixed greens dressed in blood orange olive oil and apple pie vinegar
  • Holiday Ale
  • Small dish of gourmet candies (my treat for pushing through 7 miles)

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