Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This is SNOW cool!

Wow! They were not kidding when they said the snow would be a'comin! On Saturday on the mountain, we got enough snow to go up to my mid-thigh, which is a little over 2 feet! Needless to say, I was not able to go on my run that I was so looking forward to. There is almost nothing like running on fresh snow while the sane people sit in their warm homes and drink hot chocolate. It was officially declared the 4th worst snow storm in Pittsburgh history! Fun! Here is a picture of our humble abode buried in the snow. I was at least able to shovel out our stairs...

Unfortunately, I have not been able to get out for a run since last week and it looks like it will be a while longer as we are currently getting more snow (an additional 3 inches so far when I was out at 9 am). Good thing that half-marathon is not until September!

So what have I been doing besides drinking hot chocolate (hey, I'll take any excuse!) and studying for my board exam? I have been able to go for some beautiful walks! Saturday was amazing with the fresh snow. I have also been able to walk with my husband to catch public transportation and when he comes home at the end of the day. I love to go for walks with him and I will also take any excuse to do this even though he thinks I'm crazy for even stepping foot out of the house if I do not have to! I have also been doing my push-ups and sit ups. Today I move to the next level and add a couple of each to each set. Yay!

With being snowed in, it makes it a little more difficult to get out and enjoy the outdoors and get your exercise. What can you do if you are snowed in? There are a ton of things! Jumping jacks, literally running around your house, high knees (lift your right arm straight in the air as you bring your left knee up to create a 90 degree angel with your leg and then switch), an exercise video, chase your kids, do baby presses (lift your young one straight in the air. They will think it is a game and you will be strengthening your arms!), push ups, sit ups, etc. The one thing you should not do, which is so easy to do, is convince yourself that you don't have to do anything because it is snowing. I end up feeling like a blob when this is my mentality. Plus, it just inhibits my productivity for the rest of the day. Boo!

So, today I have already gone for a walk and I will be bumping up my push-ups and sit-ups as well as watch 3 lectures on biochemical genetics, cleaning my desk (today's challenge from Home Sanctuary) and washing the floors! Busy day! I better hop to it! I hope you'll join me!

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