Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I think my body is trying to hibernate. This weather lately has been awful! Rainy, cloudy, cold and just plain blech. I'm snacking constantly after work, falling asleep early and having lots of trouble dragging myself out of bed in the mornings. I'm ready for some sun.
I love the cool crispness of fall and the leaves are starting to change. I'm really excited about that. But the clouds! Ugh.
But despite the urge to fatten up and hiberate for the long winter, I've been really pleased with the amount of exercise I've been getting. My eating may have not been the best, but I've done pretty well counteracting it with increased exercise. On Friday, I ran/walked a 5K. With the warm up and cool down, I went nearly four miles. I think that's a new distance record. My average pace for the 5K ended up being about 11 minutes per mile, but I don't think that's all that shabby considering in January I couldn't run three minutes let alone 3 miles. It's still on a treadmill.. so there's something moving under my feet, but I should be confident enough to run outside soon. The coolness is good running weather.
Know what else I love about the cold temps? It's soup and sweater weather. Not that I need an excuse to wear sweaters or eat soup. I do both year round. In fact, I have a seasonless wardrobe. The difference between my summer and fall clothing is simple — I start wearing socks with my shoes and tights under my skirts. Oh, and I start wearing turtleneck sweaters. That's about it. Blame it on always being cold.
Last night I made this Posole Soup with one change — I added chili powder to give it an extra kick. It was pretty simple -- just onion, chicken and hominy in a spicy chicken broth -- but it wasn't bad. Not as good as the barley soup, but as far as super quick soups go, it's pretty good. It's mostly canned stuff and it would be really easy to whip up on a moment's notice. Especially now that I realized I could bake the frozen chicken I buy from frozen instead of thawing them first. Seriously, this changed my life and saved me from buying a $5 rotisserie chicken.
Anyhow, what's your favorite part of fall?