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Another huge trip to Costco; No almonds OMG?!; Cut end date.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by  
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If you’ve read my “How I prepare for a cut” series–specifically article #2, “Diet and Supplements“–you know I always stock up on my proteins and a few other food items before a cut. Well, this past Sunday Lisa and I drove over to Costco and did just that!

2015 cutting proteins in the house!

2015 cutting proteins in the house!

This Costco trip was not quite as epic as some from days past, but we still breached the $700 mark. Keep in mind we bought other household stuff, too, but mostly our purchases were centered around my 2015 cut.

The final haul, as it relates to my 2015 cut, is as follows:

– 56 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
– 20 pounds Quaker old-fashioned oats
– 18 pounds salmon
– 13 pounds tuna (canned)
– 7.5 pounds tilapia
– 6 pounds lean sirloin
– 4 pounds shrimp

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that there is one glaring omission from that list: ALMONDS! Cutting or no, I eat healthy and delicious almonds almost every single day. Costco always has awesome dry roasted almonds at a great price, and I normally purchase 10-15 pounds on a trip like this. Well, on Sunday there were none to be found!

Fighting back tears, as we were checking out I asked the cashier where the dry roasted almonds were. The cashier, astutely picking up on my building panic, did her best to calm me and called for backup. The woman who was summoned cheerfully said, “Oh yes, we have those! Don’t worry–I’ll go get them for you!”

I felt my heart rate coming down, and mustered a weak smile.

A few minutes later the woman who had just reassured me returned, empty handed, and rushed to a nearby computer terminal. After a couple minutes of typing and clicking, she approached with furrowed brow.

“I’m so sorry, I was mistaken. We don’t have the almonds in stock.”

I steadied myself and took a deep breath. “Okay. Do you know when the almonds will be back in stock?”

A sharply raised finger was followed by an immediate trip back to the computer terminal. After a moment the representative, looking significantly more distraught than before, returned. Sensing what was about to come, I began to shake…

“I’m afraid the almonds are marked for deletion. We won’t be getting them again. Sometimes we can’t strike a deal that we feel is a good value, and this happens. I’m so sorry!”

Lisa grabbed me as I felt my knees start to give way. By some miracle I remained upright, but I was sweating profusely, and even more incoherent than usual. I don’t remember this, but Lisa said I began to scream that I had to get home because my giraffe was on fire.

I’ve been buying my almonds from Costco forever, and they really are a good deal. I’ve always been able to pick up 2.5 pound bags of dry roasted almonds for a little less than 14 bucks, which is fairly spectacular pricing on such a quality product. By comparison, our local Publix, which I think is an overrated and overpriced store, and I hate it on almost every level, sells 1 pound bags of dry roasted almonds for a little over 10 bucks. Ten bucks for a pound of almonds is pretty much the antithesis of spectacular almond pricing. Apparently Publix sells extra special almonds that are slow roasted with moonbeams or some shit.

Costco does still have bags of raw almonds at a good price, so I may go back and pick those up and then dry roast them myself. I’ve done this before, and while it’s not difficult it’s a pain in the ass. Also, I don’t think the flavor is quite as good as the pre-roasted almonds. Those guys are professionals, you know.

Moving on…

Yesterday I mentioned that my cut must be completed by early March. The reason for this is because my mom is coming all the way from Texas for a week-long visit starting the weekend of March 7th. I’ve got iron-clad willpower, but my mom’s cooking is my Achilles’ heel. I only get to see my mom every few years or so, and passing up any opportunity to enjoy her cooking would be a Life Mistake.

I should be okay. That’s nine weeks of cutting, and my 2014 cut only took me eight weeks. I’m dropping less weight this time, too. If for some reason I’m not at my goal weight of 155 pounds, that probably means I’ve stalled and a week of eating above maintenance will be beneficial anyway. I’ll pick back up where I left off when my mom departs until I hit my goal. Again, I don’t think this will be an issue. I’ve been doing this long enough that I can almost guarantee that this will be eight week cut.

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