Snow day!

My morning started off with a yummy bowl of oatmeal today…

IMG_1364I made this morning’s oats with a little coconut oil, added a half of banana, some chia seeds and hemp seeds for a topping, and mixed in a little maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.  I always top it off with a spec of almond milk to make it all a little creamier.  I LOVE oatmeal; it’s one of my favorite breakfasts and there are so many ways to crank it up a couple notches from straight up plain oatmeal!  Do you have some favorite toppings?

I guess most everyone has probably heard about the big ole blizzard of a storm that we’re getting slammed with here in Boston.  It’s been a bit of a whammy so far, but thankfully both my husband and I were able to work from home, and we’re cozy inside with lots of good eats and drinks on hand.

My office today looks like this:

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This scene is a far reach from the office/clinic environment I usually work in, but I’m definitely not complaining!  We cancelled all of our patients for today, other than the ones that were scheduled for surgeries.  Thankfully we were able to do this to save them from having to make the trek in, and us too! All that’s left to really do today is be available for phone calls.  So patients are still able to call in should they need anything, and all the nurses are working from home and checking our messages throughout the day.  So far it hasn’t been too bad at all, giving us the chance to make a few trips outside to shovel, and to watch the never ending news coverage on The! Blizzard! of 2015! #omg!

Speaking of shoveling, I read this article on Huffington Post today, about how to get “an actual workout” while shoveling snow.  Um, because just shoveling itself isn’t enough of an actual workout, right?  I actually did keep an eye on how long we’ve been out there today digging out. Did you know that on average, a 155 lb person burns about 230 calories per half hour shoveling?  Add in some squats and shovel lunges like this article suggests, and holy hell, your neighbors will think you’re a nut job, you’ll burn some serious calories!

Shoveling actually is a pretty killer workout, squats and lunges aside.  I was thinking last night when I knew I’d have a day off today that I’d have time to do a good workout at home, but turns out I opted out of that for a few rounds of shoveling instead.  Already, we’ve been out there an hour and a half, and it’s still coming down…

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Thankfully this stuff is pretty light and fluffy, but it’s so windy out that it’s blowing all around, and it’s hard to gauge how much we’ve really got going on out there!  Seems like close to eighteen inches maybe?, with snow piles up to about four feet!

I love/hate how whenever there’s a big storm like this, it’s ALL that anyone talks about, the only thing on TV, the news people having a field day with it all!  It makes you wonder what they’re doing when there isn’t any snow?  And not for nothing, but this news coverage cut into a little Farmer Chris Bachelor watching last night, and ain’t nobody got time for that!

Well, that’s about it going on here today.  A pretty quiet day all things considered.

Oh yeah!  One more thing!  I want to share about this really yummy soup I made for dinner last night that we’re enjoying leftovers of today.  I highly recommend this one, from one of my favorite sites, Skinnytaste.  This is one of my go-to sites for quick and easy and really healthy and damn yummy meals and appetizers, and even desserts!  I bought her cookbook right before Christmas and gave my mom a copy as well. There’s SO many great recipes both on her site and in her book; you should definitely check it out!

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Lasagna Soup

I hope that you’re enjoying your day today!  Are you snowed in?  Enjoying some calmer weather? What are some of your favorite thinks to do when it’s blizzarding outside?

I think I’ll go make some cookies… afterall… the shovel lunges, the calorie burn… it is all about balance here right?

7 thoughts on “Snow day!

  1. I am so envious of your snow! It’s been unseasonably warm here, which is nice, but we have very little snow as a result. I was supposed to do a cross country skiing event this week but it got changed to a walking only event because of the lack of snow. 🙁 But hopefully we’ll get some decent snow fall in February!

    That soup looks really good! I was just looking through her list of soup recipes today as I am trying to figure out what to make for the Superbowl.

  2. I am so thankful this was light and fluffy snow. We wound up with ~24″ so I’m also thankful that the forecasted 44″ was all hype. Still, shoveling 2 feet of snow is no joke. I tried to work from home as well but my password expired at midnight and I can only update it from a work network so I couldn’t get anything done. I caught up on laundry and cleaning and blog-reading instead! I also love oatmeal. My go-to recipe is oats, almond milk, almond butter, banana and chia seeds. I haven’t had it in a while since I’m trying to stick with my 21 Day Fix meal plan but now I am craving it! Especially on a day like today 🙂

  3. I am glad you got an extra day “off” out of all of this! You are so right; this is the only thing on the news lately! We work with a bunch of people in NYC and they were all told to stay home too, so it was an interesting day at work today. However, they barely got anything compared to what was expected.

    Shoveling snow is hard! Where I grew up, the snow is very wet and heavy and so it sure was one heck of a workout! I say have as many cookies as you like!

  4. Shovel lunges…. that cracks me up. As a native Texas, that crazy white stuff looks like something from another planet! My husband always says we can never move to a cold place because he doesn’t want to shovel snow. News Flash Babe….. “80% of the country has to shovel snow. You are just spoiled that it 80 degrees F in January today!” I hope you can dig out soon!

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