Oh the little things that can make me happy! Trader Joe’s is finally coming to town!
My TJ timeline of firsts:
First introduction to the name: Years ago my dieting forum had a whole thread about great healthy food finds at TJs. I didn’t have a store near me and quickly concluded that I was missing out. And I wondered if I could blame the lack of a local store for any dieting failure on my part! Surely if only I had those great TJ products I would stick to the program.
First visit to the store: A few years ago on a trip to visit family, I curiously ventured into a TJ store. Heaven! An overwhelming selection of delectable items! My dilemma – what could I fit in my suitcase to bring home. Not nearly enough.
First moment of TJ envy: To add insult to injury, when my diet and exercise buddy moved east, she told me about her excursions to TJs. She was a long drive away so would pack up a cooler and a friend and head out to stock up. But at least she could drive to and from in a day. In the past she had been here with me, sharing dieting struggles, Weight Watchers meetings, and workouts. Now she was too far away to be my backbone and she was eating TJ healthy yummies while I was gaining weight:(
First TJ activism: Lo and behold, I was not alone in my burning desire for a store in my own town. A facebook group was fast gaining members in support of bringing TJs our way. If we had enough visible online interest, surely the company would respond. No. Every overture was met with rejection. But still we hoped.
First TJ addict fix: This winter we spent a long weekend in DC during one of the many blizzards. Museums were closed, but TJs was open! My husband and I ventured out into the unplowed streets and driving snow to the store located conveniently near our hotel. And happily shopped.
First TJ fear: So today in the midst of my happiness that TJs was finally going to be part of my life, I paused and thought about what I had bought there in my non-dieting past visits. Like the amazing chocolate peppermint covered Oreos. And the addicting pretzel crisp things. Neither are on my current eating plan. Could I shop at the store and only choose the healthy items? Would my husband bring the other stuff into the house where it would call my name and mock my diet resolve? Would I be better off with TJ fantasy instead of TJ reality? Aaaarrrrgh.
But I don’t need to worry about it too much yet. So far all we have is an announcement in the paper that the store is coming. No location determined. No estimated time-line. I have plenty of time to make my shopping list and to build the resolve to stick to it!
For all you TJ shoppers out there – I’d love to know what healthy foods you buy so I can add them to my list.