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Why I Love Winter… Seriously {Food & Fitness Link-Up}


Love – that’s a strong word.

But, I originally thought of titling this post, “Winter, I hate your face.” Also, a strong word.

Snow 2.21.14

Despite the fact that I’ve lived in the Midwest all my life, I’ve never really been a fan of winter. I don’t do winter sports. I don’t even really like being outside at all during the winter.

And I often get the Winter Blues {aka S.A.D.}

But this year has been a little different. It’s not that I like winter any more than I have in the past because I haven’t. In fact, this winter has been tough for most people all over the U.S.

But ever since I started my Gratitude Journal and I began noticing, listing and voicing all the things for which I’m grateful, my life has taken on a new perspective. So, since this is a decidedly difficult winter, let’s put it in the spotlight.

Winter, I love you and am grateful for you because…

  • I can watch TV while I workout – whether I’m on the treadmill or recumbent bike or I’m doing exercises on my yoga mat.
  • I can catch up on all of my favorite TV shows and watch a lot of movies while snuggling under the covers.
  • I love sipping hot coffee in the morning and hot tea while relaxing at night.
  • Hot chocolate and hot cider – enough said.
  • Red wine warms me up rather than makes me too hot.
  • Hot wine – well, mulled wine, really. It’s just the literal translation of the French vin chaud.
  • Many restaurants have blazing fireplaces.
  • I love cozy winter sweaters. They have always been my favorite piece of clothing.
  • Wait! Scarves are my favorite piece of clothing. Well, let’s call them accessories instead.
  • That the dogs are feeling chilly, too, so I get extra doggie snuggles in the morning, at night before bed and while I’m watching those movies on the couch.
  • It’s the time of year when comfort food tastes best.
  • It gives me an excuse to travel somewhere warm.
  • That $5 bowl of Roasted Pear Tomato Basil Soup.

Winter, I love you because you make me appreciate Spring, Summer and Autumn even more. So much, that I wrote a letter to my Summer Self.

Thank you. I’m very grateful.

And now, it’s time for…




  • Monday – Pasta Carbonara – Rob has been begging for this! I will probably serve it with a side salad to add some veg.
  • Tuesday – Chocolate Chili – Can you tell we love this? Plus it is so easy because it incorporates ingredients that I already have on hand!
  • Wednesday – English Muffin Pizzas – Yes, these have been on the menu for the last couple weeks, but they always got bumped out. I still have the goods, so this will be the week! Served with a side salad.
  • Thursday – Leftovers or more English Muffin Pizzas
  • Friday – Poker night!
  • Saturday – Dinner with the girls
  • Sunday – TBD


  • Cottage cheese with a side of this Tomato Soup. I made a batch on Sunday and devoured it with a cheese quesadilla. It is so easy and so good! I highly recommend it.
  • Leftovers
  • And for snacks throughout the day: Berries with Greek Yogurt and, of course, dark chocolate.


  • Breakfast Quesadilla
  • PB Toast
  • Granola with Milk



I’m finally getting into a groove with riding the recumbent bike and following it by PT exercises. Next week, my broken toe should be mostly healed and I can begin walking on the treadmill again.

  • Monday – 30 minutes recumbent bike & PT exercises/yoga
  • Tuesday – 30 minutes recumbent bike & PT exercises/yoga
  • Wednesday – 30 minutes recumbent bike & PT exercises/yoga
  • Thursday – 30 minutes recumbent bike & PT exercises/yoga
  • Friday – Rest
  • Saturday – 30 minutes recumbent bike & PT exercises/yoga
  • Sunday – Rest or makeup day

Sounds boring, but it’s better than nothing! I’m getting through some magazines and catching up on some shows. Thank you, Winter, for that!

So tell me, what do YOU like about winter?


Winter Jean


Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

Last week was Winter Sham. Let’s take a look at the Winter Jean this week.

Sophie Jean sporting her winter scarf look...

Sophie Jean sporting her winter scarf look…

Dear Summer Self…


This post was completely stolen from inspired by Racheal. It couldn’t have come at a better time with the blizzard and eight+ inches of snow last night. While we are amidst winter, it’s time to remind our summer selves, just how much we need to appreciate it!


Dear Summer Carrie,

Remember this past winter when temps dropped not only below zero, but up to forty below with the wind whipping every where? It was so cold, it hurt to breathe. Remember the multiple snowstorms that shut down schools so many times that your parent friends were ready to scream?

What we woke up to this morning....

What we woke up to this morning….

Remember the winter before when you participated in the April Challenge Obesity 5k with snow and ice lining the ground and wind whipping everywhere? Or when it snowed in MAY?!

Here’s my advice for you, Summer Carrie:


Get outside now. Stay outside for as long as you can. The only thing that should bring you in are hoards of mosquitoes.

Take the dogs for walks. Lots of them. They don’t have to be long ones. Even 10 minutes. They LOVE THIS. Remember, they have been cooped up all winter, too. They want to get out! To explore!

Run some races because you should be healthy by now, so you CAN!

Even when it’s raining, get outside. You won’t melt. Wear the appropriate gear and use an umbrella. Remember how much Mom loved walking in the rain in Paris? You can do that at home, too.

Run in the rain – It’s your favorite!

Go to the Farmers Market.  Walk there. Run there. Don’t drive. Stop for a coffee on your way.

Eat fresh produce like you won’t have it for a long. Because you really won’t have this fresh, local goodness come winter again!

Always get more tomatoes than you think you need. And then don’t let one single tomato go bad.  {Racheal, I’ll eat yours! 😉 }

Use the grill.  Grow some fresh herbs again.

Go swimming!

Go to an outdoor play or concert.

Go to restaurants with patios and eat outside whenever you have the opportunity.

Walk around the lakes. Run around the lakes. Go on walking dates with your girlfriends.

Go on walking dates with Rob. It’s been one of your favorite things to do together like here, here, here and here.

And take Racheal’s advice, too:

Work outside.  Blog outside.  Drink your coffee outside.  Just stay outside.  

Most importantly, when you walk outside and feel the heat from the sun kiss your face and squint your eyes, don’t you dare for one second take it for granted, because in 6 months you will be longing for that feeling. 

I agree whole-heartedly.

With love,

Winter Carrie

What do you love about summer?

What would you say to your summer self?

Cheers to Summer~
Winter Carrie