City Girl, Country BreakfastPosted: March 11, 2011
I’m a city girl at heart. Give me cabs, high-rises and subways any day of the week and I’ll be happy.
Sometimes, though, a girl just needs some good old home-style grub.
What I really wanted was Cracker Barrel, but since work beckons, a homemade version had to make do: stovetop apples with cinnamon + Truvia, home-fries with dill and original Eggbeaters for protein!
One of the best parts about living downtown? Walking to work.
For me, the benefits of walking to work are threefold:
- Exercise: I work nine blocks from my apartment. Walk that twice a day, I’m looking at walking 9.7 miles each week. While the twenty minute stroll each morning and afternoon doesn’t seem like a workout, that’s nearly three and a half hours of extra exercise in a week. My legs and lungs certainly appreciate the streeeeetch after eight hours at a desk!
- Saving Gas: Rapidly approaching $4/gallon. Need I say more?
- Environment: I never really gave any thought to my carbon footprint, especially when I worked at the preschool that was less than two miles from my roommate’s house. Spending just minutes per day in my car and never laying eyes on an electric bill never required me to think about what sort of impact I was having on the Earth. All of the sudden, I found myself driving two hours per day, and I had to ask myself – what the hell is this doing to the Earth?
I feel much better about my updated carbon footprint after estimating that now, walking to work, I drive around 20 miles each week (when I don’t drive to see friends or family on the weekends, that is). I was easily able to reduce my carbon footprint just by walking those nine blocks!
I’m looking for a good (yet inexpensive) bicycle, which should be fun to incorporate in the upcoming weeks. I honestly haven’t ridden a bicycle in years! It would be so like me to fall off and skin my face…but lets not think about that!
Are you a city girl or a country girl? How do you get to work? What’s are your favorite environmentally-friendly tips and tricks?