Instead, I pile on layer after layer of sweater, jacket, scarf, earmuffs, hats, gloves and mittens. Yes, it takes me at least five minutes to get ready to go outside. This is funny actually, because I spend as little time outside as possible. NJTransit has this fancy "departurevision" section on their website. It tells me how much longer I can stay in my warm apartment before the train rolls into the station. Love it.
So what has this winter brought me? A smaller pants size! Seriously. I spent two months out of this winter completely ill. Bronchitis, sinusitis, cold after cold. I spent two months eating soup and orange juice, or nothing at all because "eating takes too much energy."
The cold weather has helped me keep those ten pounds off. How you might ask? It's too cold to go out for lunch! Why leave my cozy office and go outside to pick up a (fill in your favorite unhealthy lunch here) when I could stay in front of my (illegal) space heater eating a salad I threw together at home. I'm thinking I'll put back on those pounds I lost during the summer, when it's warm enough to go and get piles of Thai food for lunch.
A girl does not stay full on salad alone though. Around four o'clock, after running around the lab for a few hours, I indulge in... yogurt! I know, I'm so bad. But you should totally get yourself some yogurt and make this granola.
Can you believe that in my year of homemade everything challenges, I'm only now making my own granola! I feel like you can throw anything in with a whole ton of oats and you've got granola. You could be all - "Hey, I made this macadamia nut, coconut and dried jalapeno pepper granola, it's so good for you!" Or "What? You haven't tried the new beef jerky and fried plantain granola?" Just put some oats with anything and BAM - granola.