So I received an overwhelming amount of email inquires asking for advice and to share some of the things that I did to lose the weight. Because I am in no ways trying to keep the info to myself, I’m more than happy to share some of things that did and didn’t work for me.

Now I’ve said before that I am not a professional when it comes to weight loss and dieting. It took me many tries to get it right and to exercise self-discipline. I hate that it only happened because I got dumped, but hey—you take motivation where you can get it. Right?

While traveling this journey of weight loss, along the way I picked up a few habits that I will say have served me well. But in the end, it all comes down to what works for you and your lifestyle taking into account work, family life, etc.

I will periodically add to this list from time to time, so be sure to check back and please share with me your tips and what did and didn’t work for you. I’m always looking for suggestions.

First up, the dealing with the grocery store.

Buying Groceries

I make it a point to buy my groceries every week on Sunday. After I finish hiking, I’ll go to the store while I am already out and about and get enough food for the week. This is important. I buy enough food for one week for a reason, I have a problem with food. On any given day I am prone to ransack my refrigerator and cupboards leaving nothing behind. I found that when I buy food for exactly one week, I am less likely to eat it all in one day because I am either too busy or too tired to go back to the store during the week and so if I eat it all up, then I have no food to eat. Believe it or not, it actually works for me.

It takes a bit of discipline to go to the store once a week, at the top of the week but for me it worked.

Another reason why I buy groceries for one week at a time is that I now buy fresh fruits and vegetables that need to be eaten that week or else they spoil. It makes no sense to buy more than a week’s supply only to waste my money when it spoils before I can eat it.

Recently, I have taken to also shopping at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market for my fruits and vegetables. Why? I save money and get a much better selection and quality to choose from.

The Hollywood Farmers’ Market is a “certified” open-air street market with approximately 90 farmers, 30 local artisans, and 30 baked goods and prepared food vendors who sell their own products every Sunday. It is a direct-to-consumer marketplace with all produce and products from local, California vendors and growers.

Oftentimes in the neighborhoods of underserved populations, the grocery stores don’t always offer the freshest quality of food, as was the case at my neighborhood grocery store. I got around this by incorporating my grocery store trip into my Sunday routine. Since I hike in Hollywood each Sunday morning, I decided to do my shopping on that side of town where I found the produce to be of the quality that I desired.

Below are a few of my picks in the Los Angeles area for grocery shopping.

Grocery Store Picks

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market
Central & Rosecrans
2175 W. Rosecrans Ave.
Compton, CA 90220

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market
Rosecrans & Aviation
1700-C Rosecrans Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 536-9807

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market
Hollywood & Sycamore
7021 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-0097

Trader Joe’s
3rd & LaBrea
263 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (323) 965-1989

Hollywood Farmers’ Market
Sunday
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Ivar & Selma Avenue in Hollywood
(323) 463-3171

My Typical Grocery List

Special K Cereal
Granola Cereal
Nonfat Milk
Fruit (Strawberries, Cherries, Bananas, Peaches, Plums)
6 Pre-Made Salads
Nonfat Yogurt
100% Orange Juice (not from concentrate)
100% Watermelon Juice (not from concentrate)
Fish (usually salmon)
Chicken Breasts
Oatmeal or Cream of Wheat
Turkey Sausage
Eggs
Lettuce
Mild Cheddar Cheese Slices
1 Case of Bottled Water
Fresh Spinach
Nuts (for my salad)
Fresh vegetables (for sautéing, salads, and steaming)

Next week, I’ll give you my tips on what I cut out of my diet and what I added to my diet and why.