Dear winter, I’m not really ready for you yet. I love your sparkly flurries, your rush of cool air, and yes, I even love your fierce and bold personality. But…I’m just not ready for you yet.
It was only about 10 months ago, when I was out running 11 miles in the middle of a blizzard. My face felt numb. My feet felt like…well…they actually felt like nothing at the time. And I had a smile plastered on my face, as if I had just been botoxed. And, I truly loved every second of the experience.
Now, fast forward 10 months to the present: December 8, 2010.
The moment I stepped my sleepy self outside and onto the front porch, I wanted to run back and hide under my warm, dreamy blankets. Into my dark, cozy room. For just a few more moments. *Sigh.*
It was 16 degrees out this morning with a blustery wind that immediately burned my cheeks. But I wasn’t out running 11 miles. There was no snow on the ground. I could feel my feet. Life wasn’t really that bad after all.
And so I kept on trudging. One foot in front of the other until I began feeling warm again. This happened on the last stretch home as I covered a nice gentle 3 mile run. Sometimes getting out of bed and facing the cold is a major challenge for me, but it’s always so well worth it in the end.
If you plan on working out in the morning, it’s important to not give yourself any available excuse for getting out of it. Especially in the winter, when we need all the motivation that we can possibly get.
This preparation method saves you the trouble (and time) of putting things together in the morning. A quick pop in the microwave, and your breakfast is ready. And finally, after fueling yourself with a warm bowl of hot oats, head out and get your workout in. You’ll be glad you did.
- 1/2 c. uncooked oatmeal
- 1 banana, sliced
- cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1 T. flax
- 1 c. milk + 1/4 c. water
- toppings: about 2 T. peanut butter
- Combine all of the ingredients together except for the peanut butter. Place in a high topped (to avoid boiling over) microwaveable dish and put in fridge overnight.
- The next morning, place dish in microwave for 2-3 minutes. Stir. Heat another 1-2 minutes and top with peanut butter.
Question: Are you ready for winter this year? What are some of your favorite activities in the winter months?