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.
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) 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.
And had that with toast crackers.
It was surprisingly filling for not being much volume –
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 😉
Great find is right Kath! Have fun tonight!
Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) says
Oh my gosh I can’t believe you found that at Costco! I love that place =)
seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) says
this sounds marvelous, Kath! have fun tonight.
chobani im bulk? ahhhh!
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!
YAY for Costco having Chobs now!!! 🙂
I LOVE the NEAT concept!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Enjoy your evening with friends 🙂
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!
I love the soup! Chickpeas!!! =)
Love the NEAT concept. Have fun tonight!
Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday says
Sounds NEAT 🙂
Awesome find on the chobani!
Have a great night!
those costco trips can get out of hand pretty quickly eh. love those giant boxes of oats!
owwwwww! I hope our Costco has that! A 12 pack of chobani? This is a need in my house!
Missy (Missy Maintains) says
I am so jealous of that Chobani! I wish there was a Costco around here!
Sarah (lovINmytummy) says
We are on our way to Costco right now, and I am SOOO looking for that yogurt!!!
chiobani at costco?!? crazy 🙂 how much was it? (just as a price comparison) if you don’t mind me asking!
It sounds like you had a crazy busy day! Enjoy your movie night!
caitlin (see bride run) says
dude if i go to costco and they have chobani, i will die and go to heaven, immediately!
They also have the 12 pack Chobani at Sam’s Club as well.
Trust, Hope, Believe says
great deal with the yogurt!
haha – NEAT day 🙂
<— super jealous of the Chobani! They don’t sell it here – not ANY flavor.
I wish I could buy that yogurt in bulk. SO expensive individually. Enjoy tonight!
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 😛
Oh She Glows says
I love the NEAT concept! I can’t wait to get out of the office…that was the worst part- 8 hours of sitting!
I think $11 for 12, but I’m not positive…
You better believe I am checking my local costco asap! Thanks for posting this great find!
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…
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
Sheila | Live Well 360° says
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!
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… http://www.muveit.com/
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).
I like your food pictures!