Happy Thursday, friends! I hope you had a great holiday and have started to recover accordingly. My family and I spent the day hanging out, reading, and organizing Christmas leftovers. The first order of business included putting cookies in Tupperware and burying them in the freezer.
Out of sight, out of mind, right?
I haven’t broken into these frozen stashes yet, but I did eat wayyy too many of my grandma’s Italian venetian cookies. So many, in fact, that they’re all gone, which means no picture. Whoops. Anyway, we also laid low yesterday because of a winter storm warning for Central New York; we got easily 10 inches of snow last night, and it’s still coming down. Plus, the lake finally froze over.
The bad weather even caused my local pool/fitness center to close, which I discovered after digging my car out of the snow and driving there. Oh well. Fingers crossed it’s open tomorrow.
My breakfast started off with an unpictured banana I ate before going to the pool, and after coming back home, I made “oatless” oatmeal an hour or so later.
I followed the recipe, except I substituted almond extract for vanilla. I didn’t taste a difference, but that’s probably because of the huge glob of Justin’s chocolate almond butter. Would you believe Santa put a jar in my stocking? He knows me well! (And there’s no way it will last more than a few days!)
Workout – Running
After letting my breakfast digest, I headed outside to run. This wasn’t the greatest idea—the temperature notched 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and the snow continued to fall—but I will do anything (and run in anything) to avoid the dreadmill.
One of my go-to routes takes about 45 minutes to complete, but it took me an hour to run it today. Yeah, it took my body about 40 minutes to warm up (ha!), but the roads desperately needed to be plowed again—no sign of pavement.
Please note the snowbank on the left; it reached my hip! I would’ve been better off running in snowshoes!
After showering, I heated up a bowl of homemade shrimp bisque.
Mmmm! I was still hungry, so I put together a plate of Christmas leftovers for round two.
My uncle’s girlfriend made these delicious jalapeno-stuffed peppers with cream cheese, sausage, and cheese, and I also had a little wild rice. I’m thinking an apple with some chocolate nut butter is in order!
How are you recovering from the holidays? Have you taken down Christmas decorations yet? What about your tree? Would you ever run in the snow?