January 31, 2009

It is too pretty of a day to go to the gym (plus I wanted to spend time with the husband) so I decided to make today a NEAT day – Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis. I read an article in this month’s Natural Health Magazine about NEAT and think it’s a really cool concept. I guess I cheated a little because I don’t know if yoga and bike riding count as non-exercise activities, but both were part of my daily activities.

After breakfast we showered and headed to Costco. It was a madhouse there!! They were giving out tons of samples (including chocolate cake!) but I honestly was not tempted because I was still full from my muffin festival this AM. LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whoo hoo!!! I was really hoping to find Plain flavor, but these are still an awesome find to have for packing my lunches quickly.

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We also stocked up on: vanilla soy milk ($1 per carton and cheaper than milk), tomato paste, QUAKER OATS = 3 months of breakfast for $6 (minus add-ins of course), capers (a huuuge jar), spinach, feta cheese, Sabra hummus, Annie’s Mac-n-Cheese, canned salmon, mushrooms, peppers & tomatoes. Pushing a cart around that weighs more than me for 30 minutes & carrying in heavy groceries = NEAT!

When we got home at 12:30 we decided to clean out the pantry in the garage (well, I decided and he obeyed :mrgreen: ) and fix some hooks that were loose around the house. An hour of shelf organizing and sorting = NEAT.

Then we had lunch at 2pm. Muffin oatmeal held me over for ages.

For lunch I heated up leftover Tomato, Garbanzo, Speltberry Soup.

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And had that with toast crackers.

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It was surprisingly filling for not being much volume –

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After lunch we hopped on our bikes and trekked about 6 miles to Trader Joe’s. We took the long way along the Greenway for a more scenic ride. It was quite freezing out there, but we did warm up a lot once we got going. We stopped into Great Harvest (which is next to TJ’s) and the husband chatted with his work friends and brought me an “Oops” Berry Cream Cheese Scuffin to taste. I wasn’t hungry, but I ate about 1/4 of it anyway. Oops! We picked up our stuff and biked home.

12 miles of biking to get some fruit + yogurt at Trader Joe’s = NEAT.

We’ve got just a little bit to get dressed up and make a salad to take to Kate + Nate’s tonight. We’re gathering with a bunch of friends for an impromptu pizza + movie night that took way more planning from Nate and me than you’d ever imagine 😉


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1 zestycook January 31, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Great find is right Kath! Have fun tonight!



2 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) January 31, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Oh my gosh I can’t believe you found that at Costco! I love that place =)


3 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) January 31, 2009 at 5:29 pm

this sounds marvelous, Kath! have fun tonight.

chobani im bulk? ahhhh!


4 Mauree January 31, 2009 at 5:43 pm

I don’t know if my last comment went through, but I’m glad you had a productive day! I get a good price on soy milk at Costco too — 8L for $9!


5 Jen January 31, 2009 at 5:47 pm

YAY for Costco having Chobs now!!! :)

I LOVE the NEAT concept!!! :) :) :)

Enjoy your evening with friends :)


6 K January 31, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Oh my gosh – no freakin’ way, Kath!! That is a box of heaven! Glad you survived Costco, that place is scary!

Have a great night!


7 Shelby January 31, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I love the soup! Chickpeas!!! =)


8 Meg January 31, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Love the NEAT concept. Have fun tonight!


9 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday January 31, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Sounds NEAT :)

Awesome find on the chobani!

Have a great night!


10 Sharon January 31, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Wow Chobani!


11 theoddbod January 31, 2009 at 6:28 pm

those costco trips can get out of hand pretty quickly eh. love those giant boxes of oats!


12 Erica January 31, 2009 at 6:52 pm

owwwwww! I hope our Costco has that! A 12 pack of chobani? This is a need in my house!


13 Missy (Missy Maintains) January 31, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I am so jealous of that Chobani! I wish there was a Costco around here!


14 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 31, 2009 at 7:11 pm

We are on our way to Costco right now, and I am SOOO looking for that yogurt!!!


15 ttfn300 January 31, 2009 at 7:48 pm

chiobani at costco?!? crazy :) how much was it? (just as a price comparison) if you don’t mind me asking!


16 Katelyn January 31, 2009 at 8:00 pm

It sounds like you had a crazy busy day! Enjoy your movie night!


17 caitlin (see bride run) January 31, 2009 at 8:30 pm

dude if i go to costco and they have chobani, i will die and go to heaven, immediately!


18 Beth January 31, 2009 at 8:54 pm

They also have the 12 pack Chobani at Sam’s Club as well.


19 Trust, Hope, Believe January 31, 2009 at 9:10 pm

great deal with the yogurt!


20 brandi January 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm

haha – NEAT day :)

<— super jealous of the Chobani! They don’t sell it here – not ANY flavor.


21 Victoria January 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I wish I could buy that yogurt in bulk. SO expensive individually. Enjoy tonight!


22 Rae January 31, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Yay for bulk Chobani!!! For all you Northerners who dont have a Cosco, just an FYI….BJs sells a 12 pack of Chobani for only 12 bucks!!! My fiance is awfully sorry I work there parttime now 😛


23 Oh She Glows January 31, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I love the NEAT concept! I can’t wait to get out of the office…that was the worst part- 8 hours of sitting!


24 Kath January 31, 2009 at 11:18 pm

ttfn300 ,
I think $11 for 12, but I’m not positive…



25 HangryPants February 1, 2009 at 12:38 am

You better believe I am checking my local costco asap! Thanks for posting this great find!


26 Elina February 1, 2009 at 12:42 am

Hmm, I think your biking and yoga probably mean you did cheat on your NEAT day today, but once in a while giving a rest from the intense gym workouts is a good idea anyways.
The soup looks amazing and I’m totally going to BJ’s tomorrow to check out if they sell chobs too. We’ll see…


27 Bev February 1, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I was so happy also to find Chobani @ costco. Great price. They only other place I found it was Fresh Market. Don’t you just love when you et a good
deal ? FYI : If anyone is interested I live near costco in Columbus, Ohio


28 Sheila | Live Well 360° February 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Someday very soon Ryan and I will bike to get our groceries too. Can’t wait.

Also, I love getting NEAT in throughout the day. I think a lot of people do not realize how important NEAT can be, and how we need to consciously make the effort to get up and move around, especially in this day and age where so many have jobs that are sedentary.

When I am doing a lot of heavy writing, I make sure to get up and walk around, do a few sets of jumping jacks, or even head to the gym and get in my reading while on a slow speed on the treadmill rather than just sitting all day long. So key and it is amazing how this kind of normal activity can really boost your daily calorie burn!



29 Jessica February 2, 2009 at 8:59 am

Hey, I’m so excited to hear you talk about N.E.A.T… my brother works for this startup company that is based on DR. Levine’s NEAT research — it’s called MUVE, and I bet you’ll find this quite fascinating…

My entire family has changed our lives based on this stuff. It really works — I’ve even outfitted my treadmill so that I can work and walk at the same time (I office out of my home).


30 nick February 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm

I like your food pictures!


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