Friday, January 11, 2019

Grocery Shopping = Exercise Points?!



According to my Weight Watchers app, grocery shopping is not worthy enough to earn exercise points.  I disagree!  Grocery shopping is hard work!  I generally like grocery shopping but, hey, I want my exercise points.

Especially if you use the self checkout.




Seriously though... surely wrangling a grocery cart with stubborn wheels counts for something!  And there is a lot of bending and reaching to get items off the shelves. And if you are petite like me, climbing the shelves to get an item that you can not reach is almost as exhausting (and dangerous) as climbing Mt Everest.

Some grocery stores will take the groceries from your cart, scan them, and bag them.  Other grocery stores may make you do almost all the work.  You put the groceries in the cart.  You take the groceries out of the cart and put them on the conveyer belt.  You bag the groceries and put them back in the cart.  I'm tired just thinking about it.

Today, I went grocery shopping and I went to three different stores ~ two of them in the next county. 

Driving out in the country here in North Carolina is not really work and therefore should not earn any exercise points.  Driving in New Jersey anywhere should be worth double points because usually there is a lot of yelling, honking the horn, waving your arms and fingers, and biting your tongue.

Walmart was my first stop for the morning.  I try to buy the big packages of chicken breasts (only $1.99 lb) for Lilah Rose's food and milk here.  The milk at Walmart is fresher and is true to the expiration date.  I walked up and down the aisles looking for chicken broth and also garlic powder.  (points!!). And I am so proud of myself - I walked up to the Walmart bakery cookies, saw what was available, and decided not to buy any even though they had my favorite kind.  I love the ones that are 3 big cookies in a bag for 99 cents. I said NO to the chocolate chunk cookies.  (points?). It was self checkout at Walmart.

Harris Teeter was second.  I did the bulk of my shopping here.  They have some great sales this week. Smithfield baby back ribs buy 1 get 1 free!!  So I picked up 2 big packages of ribs and hoisted them into my cart. (points!) Eggland's Best Extra-Large A eggs were also on sale.  A dozen was $1.97 each - they are normal close to $4+ each.  You were allowed to buy 4 and I had three 55 cent coupons that doubled making 3 of the 4 cartons of eggs only 86 cents each!  I made sure to check my egg cartons for cracked eggs or ones stuck in the carton.  (I hate that!) I didn't use self checkout but I did bag my groceries.

CVS was my last stop.  I was picking up my prescription which was supposed to be ready on Tuesday but was... surprise surprise (not)... still not ready.  Oh bother.  I waited while they got it ready and trying to be calm and not blow my top surely earned me a few exercise points.

Home again and it is time to put it all away.  Not worth exercise points???  Something is just not right here.

What do you think... grocery shopping = exercise points or no?

10 comments:

  1. Oh I definitely think it should count! I checked the Sparkpeople app to see if grocery shopping counted as exercise. No dice! We do a lot of walking, bends, squats etc and dab nabbet it should as exercise! 😊

    Someone should design a shirt that says " Grocery shopping is exercise " or something like that.

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    1. I'm with you, Regina. Or start a #groceryshoppingisexercise ♥

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  2. My husband likes to buy groceries and he says it's quite a work out. He thinks it should count as a 'hike'! heehee! Exercise pts? YES!!!

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    1. Diane, now why didn't I think of that. I will see if I can wrangle a few points with a "hike" option!

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  3. of course it is worth points!!! That's a lot of walking and lifting! :)

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    1. I think so, Elizabeth. And putting away the groceries at home is exhausting too!

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  4. There truly is a lot of bending and stretching going on when one grocery shops. Maybe if a lot of people would petition WW's they would change their mind?

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    1. Dianna, that's a good idea! We, the people of WW, hereby decree that grocery shopping will from now on be counteth as exercise points!

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  5. Oh for sure grocery shopping should be exercise points, like you said there is a lot of stretching and bending and walking going on, although I noticed when my hubby pushes the cart I feel like I get better exercise than when I push the cart, also if I am the one running back to an isle we were already in because i missed something :) unloading the car and carrying everything in is big points too :)

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    1. Connie, I think unloading the car and putting it all the way is probably the most work. By that time, you are tired and just want it done!

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