Day 4 – Snowmageddon

Wow, I guess it will NEVER stop snowing! We’re getting slammed with another foot today after already getting a foot earlier this week. Temps are supposed to drop tonight and the high is supposed to be -10 tomorrow. That’s the HIGH. Low is -16 and they’re saying it will feel -51 with the windchill. Ummmm….all I have to say to that is WAHHHHH! Where are we living, the North Pole? Took this pic below today and it sure looks like it!

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Weather aside, I still made it to the gym today. Go me! *Pats myself on the back.* Pounded out 45 minutes of cardio followed by an intense back/biceps weight day. Burned 600 calories in total so not too shabby! I trudged through the snow home and made a pit stop at the grocery store. Expecting to be greeted by tons of shoppers and no groceries, I was pleasantly surprised that there was plenty of bread, milk, eggs, meat…you name it! All of my St. Louis folks have been posting pics/status updates of the grocery stores being wiped out so I expected the same here. But then I came to the sad realization that this weather is quite normal for Chicago, which makes me question why I still live here.

So now that I’m snowed in and the arctic tundra is upon us, I decided to bake some healthy alternative treats. Do they still count when you’ve already had 8? LOL. See picture and recipe below.

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Chocolate Banana Oat “Muffins”

3 ripe bananas, mashed up
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
2 cups of oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix all together and spoon into muffin tin, lay out like cookies, put in a baking pan, etc. (really however you want to cook them). Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 and enjoy! You can also add other ingredients that you think might be good like raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, cinnamon, etc. I just used what I had on hand!

Last but not least, my counts for the day. I’m ashamed to report these because I am wayyyyyy over. I guess it’s a mix between my intense workouts (being more hungry than usual), my PMS-ing (yes, almost “that time”) and just being bored/holed up inside all afternoon/evening. Good news is that with my intense workouts this week, overall I have burned way more than I consumed so I should still be okay (let’s hope anyways!). Plus, what I have been consuming isn’t bad food. There is a ‘bit of a difference of devouring 1869 calories in one meal (say a burger and friends with dessert) as opposed to getting the calories from quality sources (fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc.). 🙂 Stay warm out there, y’all!

Calories – 1869.1, Goal – 1600 (over)
Fat – 59.8, Goal – 60.8 (under)
Carbs – 234.7, Goal – 111.2 (WAY over – ashamed about this)
Fiber – 39.3 , Goal  – 30-38 (over)
Protein – 117.2, Goal – 152 (under)

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