HOW do you normally do your supermarket shopping? Ambling or zooming?
Some people annoyingly sashay slowly along the aisles which gets in the way of anyone zooming around like me, going for their Personal Best.
Personal Best? So aren’t most shoppers going for their best time? Just me, then.
It all started when I was pushing my trolley around Tesco, armed with my usual shopping list but short of time as I had a business appointment in 20 minutes.
So, I had 15 minutes to shop – 10 if you count five minutes at check-out – and did a super-charged trip up and down the aisles. I ignored all special offers, just rushed along getting everything I wanted, and to my appointment on time.
Ever since, I’ve tried to stick to my PB, even trying to improve it. In fact, the whole thing is now well-organised. I even dress for the supermarket in my Retail Training Attire (RTA) – trainers, leggings or tracksuit bottoms, t-shirt or workout top.
I eat sparingly before shopping trips, although half a banana offers an energy boost that has me whizzing around the aisles. Trolleys are better than baskets for any PB attempt – items can be hurled in at speed and offer mobility no basket can.
I get little resistance from other shoppers. Indeed, as my determined shape hoves into view, several seem to scatter to the sides. I’m sure I heard cries of “Save yourselves!” although that could just have been the tannoy about a badly parked car.
Now, not only are my shopping trips no longer major expeditions demanding an hour of my time but I’ve actually got fitter and am considering something a little more testing – international honours in a French hypermarket.
I’m proud to attempt this for England, and for shoppers everywhere.