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Working from Home!

Good morning everyone – did you get some snow? NYC is getting dumped on. I woke up this morning and although there wasn’t a ton already on the ground, it was coming down like crazy. Yesterday, my boss told people with laptops that if it was bad out today we could work from home. I’ve never worked from home before and when I looked out at all the snow, I decided today was the perfect day to try it.

How about you – does your office let you work from home? How often do you work from home?

I’ve got to say, so far I’m liking it. I’ve got my coffee and breakfast and have sent a few emails and am working on my first project. All without having to trudge through the snow, onto a bus, onto the subway, etc. I live in NYC, but it still takes me about 45 minutes to get from my home to work. To everyone who is commuting today in this snowy weather – be safe and travel slow.

Let me do my quick recap of yesterday and my eats. I actually made it out of bed to hit the gym before work and was very excited. I’d like to try to hit the gym in the a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but we’ll see how that goes. Tomorrow morning could still be sort of a scary commute.

But I made it to the gym yesterday morning and ran a decent 6 miles in 51:11. I also used my new towel at the gym. I invested in an Aquis Microfiber Body Towel. The reviews from amazon.com said it was super absorbent, took up minimal space and dried quickly. I found out that all of that was true! I know a lot of people use the towels at the gym when they shower, but for some reason I really prefer to bring my own. My regular towel was taking up so much room in my bag. This one is definitely better.

Do you have any favorite gear that you bring and use at the gym if you have to shower and get ready there? My prep gear looks something like this: towel, flip flops, mini make-up bag, deodorant, work clothes. I don’t bother with my hair though. I also use the shampoo, conditioner and body wash that the gym provides – that certainly saves on space and it actually smells pretty good!

I finished up at the gym and headed to work for some breakfast. My make-shift work breakfast was a banana, coffee and an orange cranberry gnu bar (flavor was just okay).

For lunch yesterday I tried something new – Tofurkey! I made a tofurkey sandwich on an Arnold Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin with mustard and a slice of cheese. I also had a peach Chobani yogurt with some Kashi Go Lean cereal added to it.

The tofurkey was pretty decent, but for some reason it made me burp for the rest of the afternoon. Around 4 p.m. I also snacked on an apple. Have you ever tried tofurkey – what’s your opinion?

I headed home yesterday with my laptop in tow – in preparation for the mammoth storm they were forecasting. I got home and relaxed for a bit — another plus of hitting the gym in the morning – so much free time in the evening. A growling tummy got me moving and headed toward the kitchen to make dinner. I decided to make buglur again. I made what amounts to a bulgur burrito bowl. I know, sounds kind of weird, but it was good.

In the mix: cooked bulgur, chicken, carrots, celery, black beans, salsa and teeny bit of cheese. The end result:

My bulgur dinners always look kind of gross, but this was pretty good. Although Hubby did ask if we “could just have plain brown rice” sometime in the near future. Haha.

The Biggest Loser came on shortly after we finished dinner, so we tuned in. I totally forgot about American Idol. I’m usually an Idol watcher, but BL has got me hooked this season. I can’t seem to understand why Melissa could not lose weight at the ranch when she seemed to do okay at home. Very strange. And the blatant product placement with the chewing gum vs. the desserts in Vancouver was pretty annoying.

So that was my Tuesday and my Wednesday has started off snowy. I’m supposed to run 3 miles today at some point, but I’m starting to question how that will happen. I’ll have to call my gym later today to see if they’re open. Oh how I wish I had a treadmill in my apartment.

Have a great hump day everyone!

Beautiful Bulgur and a Worthy Cause

Good morning – happy Tuesday. How is everyone doing this week? My week is much less hectic and I am very thankful. I was supposed to get up for a morning run at the gym today, but it didn’t happen. So hopefully the place will be desolate tonight and I can squeeze in a longer-ish run. Yeah right.

Before I get to Monday’s eats, I wanted to spread the word about a unique cause. My friend Rachael at Outdoorphins is an outdoor activity enthusiast and she sent me some information about her friend who is seeking support for her new non-profit organization dedicated to outdoor activities linked to raising money for charitable organizations. Here is her friend’s request:

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Hey Everyone,
 
I need your help! As many of you know in April of 2009 I started a non-profit called Outdoors For A Cause (OFAC). Outdoors For A Cause is a non-profit organization which brings together outdoor activities and raising money for charitable organizations and causes. We believe that if people are given an easy way to raise money while doing the outdoor activities they enjoy, together, we can make a difference while maintaining healthier, happier lifestyles.  
 
I submitted OFAC to the Pepsi Refresh Project which gives grant money to new ideas that will have a positive impact! I am in the running for a $50,000 grant. Pepsi likes my idea but now it’s up to your votes to see who wins! If I win this grant money OFAC would be up and running in 4 months!  This organization will truly make a difference in the lives of those in need and all it will take is YOUR VOTE!
 
You are allowed to vote once a day, so vote as much as you can through the month of February!
 
YOU CAN START VOTING FOR OUTDOORS FOR A CAUSE BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW!
 
http://refresheverything.com/outdoorsforacause
 
As one becomes many and $1 raised becomes millions, Outdoors For A Cause and all of you that voted will be proud to say that we were part of a movement that promoted happier, healthier lifestyles while supporting those in need, saving lives, and making the world a better place for future generations to come.
 
If you like my idea, vote for it! If you REALLY like it, then help spread the word to everyone you know via email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc! 🙂 Pepsi has even created links to easily promote this idea, after you vote simply click on the social networking site you prefer and spread the word!!
 
Thank you very much!

Karen Lewis
Outdoors For A Cause

 

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I think her organization sounds like a great idea and a unique way to stay healthy and fit while giving back to charities and groups that need the help. I always feel better about signing up for a road race and doling out sometimes upwards of $75, if I know the money is going to a charitable or needy organization. I’m very happy that the Poconos Marathon in May benefits The Red Cross, especially after all they’ve done in Haiti.

So I encourage everyone to check out the site and at least vote – voting is super easy and you will be helping someone to move one step closer to achieving their dream/goal.  And  I know so many of us out there have some amazing and important goals and can relate.

Now onto Monday’s eats:

Breakfast was Kashi Heart to Heart cereal with skim milk (no almond milk in the house) topped with blueberries, and with a side of light cranberry juice.

My mid-morning snack was a Larabar and I was ravenous for it by 11:00 a.m.

Not the biggest fan of the cherry pie flavor, but it probably would have been good combined with something else – for instance in my yogurt maybe?

Lunch was reduced Fat Triscuit crackers with Garlic and Herb Laughing Cow Light Cheese. YUM! And a side of carrots.

Afternoon snacks were Chobani yogurt with Kashi Go Lean cereal and a bag of green grapes.

After work I hit the gym for a quick run of 3 miles – I finished in 26:20. I definitely took it slow and steady. I’ve had quite a bit of congestion in my ears and nose lately and yesterday was particularly bad. I was glad for the easy run.

For dinner, I took some inspiration from Meg and made a meal with Bulgur. It’s been sitting in my kitchen cupboard for a while, but I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to make. Meg made hers with shrimp, but I decided to use chicken and I switched a few other things up. Here was my final recipe – thanks for the inspiration Meg!

Bulgur with Chicken and Spinach

 Ingredients
1 shallot – chopped
1 cup of bulgur
1 tsp. olive oil
2 cups of chicken broth
1/8 cup of cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of frozen spinach

Directions

Add chicken to skillet and sauté for 5-6 minutes or until nearly cooked. Add shallot and bulgur to pan – sauté with olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Add 2 cups of chicken broth and bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmered for 15 minutes.

While that is cooking, heat up frozen spinach in the microwave and add it to the skillet for the last 2 minutes. Add cheese for the last minute of cooking – allowing it to melt and stir.

Final result:

Up close

I added a little bit of ground Cumin at the end as well and it got a “pretty good” from the Hubby. So that passes in my book.

Have you ever cooked with bulgur? If yes, what is your favorite recipe?

After dinner, Hubby and I watched The Bachelor – I guess you could say we are now officially “regular watchers” no matter how much we want to claim we aren’t. I’m leaning towards thinking Tenley is going to win it. But I definitely thought he was going to axe either Gia or Vienna last night – I was way off.

And as I mentioned, this morning I was supposed to run, but instead I made a quick visit to my doctor just to be sure there was nothing weird going on in my ears. They have been clogged for almost two-weeks and it can be really frustrating. I feel like I am constantly yelling because I can’t hear what’s being discussed. I figured it would go away eventually, but wanted to practice the “better to be safe than sorry” idea.

Doc said it’s viral and that it should go away if I continue to flush out my nose to drain the mucus (this will in turn help my ears I guess). I’ve been taking Sudafed off and on, but he said I need to be strict with my regimen: Sudafed, Mucinex D, Nasonex and I need to try something called Salt-Aire, which is kind of like a netty pot, but with a saline solution. I’m sure none of you wanted all that info – but just in case you face a similar congestion issue – here’s the cure! He made a point to note that if I don’t do all this, it could turn into a sinus infection – eek!

So besides a longish run at the gym tonight – I’ll be doing all that – fun, fun!  Don’t you just love winter? Blah. Have a good Tuesday.