Motivation Monday: Finding The Time to Grocery Shop

*YAWN* *STREEETCHH* Please pass the coffee! This is my Mamavation Monday post for April 16, 2012.


Hey guys! How was your week? This past week was very busy and tiring for me but I ‘m happy to announce that I ‘m pretty sure I’ve got my groove back (just in time for summer!). I think that’s why I found this week so tiring. Every week for the past few weeks I’ve slowly gotten more and more back into my routine. Baby steps. This week was by far the best workout week I’ve had in a while, and with the exception of Ã…”helping  the kids eat their Easter Chocolate, my eating was better too. Am I the only one who if they aren’t working out they aren’t as motivated to eat well either?

Ahhhh Easter Chocolate… I don’t own a scale so I don’t weigh myself that often, but today, because I felt so sluggish in Spinning class I decided to weigh myself after class. Hmmmm… Is it possible that I’ve eaten 5lbs worth of Easter Chocolate? Thankfully the chocolate is now all gone and no longer a temptation – all 5lbs of it is gone 🙂

Grocery Shopping Routines…

As busy moms and dads, finding routines that allow us to spend the most time with our families, get our household duties done and also take time to workout is a tough balancing act. On Saturday I discovered that the BodyPump class I planned to go to is at the gym above my grocery store. Because it’s at 8am it isn’t TOO hard to wake up for, the kids barely miss me while I’m gone, and right after class I can stay at the store to buy our groceries for the week/load up on tons of fruit n veggies (yanno, before the grocery store gets busy). After my shopping/work out trip I came home feeling really accomplished – and prepared for the week and the rest of our weekend! It was great! (And so much better than spending my Friday nights after the kids go to bed at the grocery store). I think this new routine will really work out well for all of us – I get my workout in and the associated mood boost, and I come home with lots of food for the week, without my “me” time affecting our weekend activities.

Last week I was able to squeeze in every single planned workout except my Friday one – I don’t know why I scheduled a run on Friday – I hate running on Fridays! I much prefer to be more social. Here’s the proof from this week’s workouts:

Monday: Spinning class forllowed by Core Strength class


Tuesday: Ran 5k


Wednesday: Went to BodyPump Class (no proof – you’ll just have to trust me)

Thursday: Ran 8k and taught the kiddos how to play lacrosse


Friday: rest (next week I’m going to try a Boot Camp class at that’s held at my work by a personal trainer from Trainers On-Site)

Saturday: Went to BodyPump Class (no proof – you’ll just have to trust me)

Sunday: Ran 9.44k with my training partner


This week will be a lot like last week, with the exception of an added Country Line-Dancing class with my best friends, the boot camp on Friday instead of a run,and a longer run on Sunday – check out my plan:

Monday: Spinning, followed by Core strength class
Tuesday: 5k
Wednesday: BodyPump at lunch, then country line-dancing after work.
Thursday: 8k
Friday: Muscle Conditioning Class (Boot Camp Style workout)
Saturday: BodyPump
Sunday: 12k with my training partner (she’s training for the TO WOmen’s Half Marathon so I’m doing her long runs with her)

Special Notes:

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Question/Sharing: What’s your routine for getting your family’s groceries?


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  • Heather
    April 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I purposely didn’t but much Easter candy because I knew I would eat it. But I did make some candy & yep, I ate too much of it! Great job getting back into your routine. How you juggle it all is inspiring!

  • Pipi
    April 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    That is awesome that you have such a great rsource for grocery shopping. ToI think other stores need to do this. 🙂
    As for our grocery shopping, the routine is we go as a family every other Sunday. The kids are involved in menu planning and the shopping. My daughter tends to pick out several things that aren’t on the list. She usually gets most of them since the majority of them comes from the fresh produce isles. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, she definitely has her sweet tooth, but she goes crazier in the fruits and veggies department than anywhereelse in the sotre. I love it. 🙂

  • Wendy
    April 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    LOVING that your grocery store is under the gym! that’s just PERFECT! My kids try to talk me into all kinds of stuff when they are with me.
    I have to say that my eating is good- I just had to kick some exercise butt. I had been off for a few weeks- but I am back in the swing of things now!

    • Janice
      April 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Yes – there’s a gym chain here that has teamed up with a grocery store chain. They offer women’s only sites in the grocery stores that they’ve partnered with. It’s pretty cool and handy. Their other locations are usually in malls and are usually co-ed. With my membership I can attend any location in Canada!

  • Megan
    April 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I love that you can workout above your grocery store! Glad hook found your groove before summer. I know you are doing awesome things.

  • Hanan
    April 22, 2012 at 1:54 am

    You are a very busy gal! I hope to one day be able to get out and exercise daily like that too!!

  • Weight Loss Trainer
    May 7, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I know this is an old post but what do you use to track your miles ran? Looks pretty nifty!


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