Up with the sunrise

by Laura Agar Wilson on April 14, 2011

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Hello everyone, hope your week is going well! I’ve been having a tough one, everything seems to be catching up with me this week but not long till the weekend now :-)

Wednesday was my double workout day! I was out the door at 6.20am, it was a beautiful cool crisp morning and I watched the sun rise as I ran, it was a great way to start the day! I decided to do about 4 miles and do some intervals as that is what I would have usually done on the treadmill. I did 4.7 miles in 42 minutes with an average pace of 8.51 which I was pretty happy with. I did several sprints with a recovery in between. It was tough but I really enjoyed it! After work I hit the gym and did 10 minutes of intervals on the cross trainer, step machine, rowing machine and bike (40 minutes in total) followed by my abs and core. I found that I wasn’t too tired working out twice, however my appetite has been in full force today!

This morning I was up early again but for a quick 15 minute yoga session. I didn’t follow a podcast or a set out flow I just went with what felt right. I did a few fast paced sun salutes followed by some seated twists, pigeon pose to stretch out my quads and IT band and finished off in child’s pose. Absolute bliss! This evening I was back at the gym for some upper body free weights (30 minutes) and cardio intervals (30 minutes).

Now on to some of my tasty eats! I’ve had the same thing for lunch and dinner both days again to save time but I do like a bit of variety in my breakfasts. After yesterdays run I re fuelled with this delicious green smoothie:

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This contained spring greens, 1 frozen banana, 2 pears, vanilla sun warrior, 1 tbsp of smooth peanut butter, 1 tsp maca, 1 tsp of spirulina, water and xanthan and guar gums. I topped it with hemp seeds, gojis, freeze dried berries and some peanut flour sauce. So good!

Today I had some tofu yoghurt with rhubarb and orange compote, a chopped pink lady apple and some treacle and pecan granola:

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This was really tasty, still in love with the tofu yoghurt and the new granola was delicious!

Lunches have been the same mixed bean salad with braggs liquid aminos:

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Gotta love those veggies!

Today we were running some training at work and there was a leftover fruit platter from the catering so I’ve spent all afternoon grazing on the most delicious fresh fruit including pineapple, watermelon, grapes and oranges plus several pink lady apples. It was just so delicious, give me fresh fruit over cream cakes any day!

Dinner has been really good too. I’ve had two grilled Linda McCartney sausages, half a big baked sweet potato, steamed green beans, broccoli and kale / greens plus a wonderful miso gravy (just 1 tbsp of sweet white miso and 1 tsp of barley miso with hot water):

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This was a lot tastier than I had been expecting. I don’t often eat faux meat like those sausages but these just hit the spot! The miso gravy was really delicious and so quick and easy to make as well.

Last night for dessert I had a couple of sliced pink ladies with the last of my raw brazil cacao bliss:

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I would be more gutted that was the last of the brazil nut bliss if I wasn’t off to NYC soon and will therefore be able to replace it with some dark chocolate dreams!

Tonight I made an amazing giant bowl of protein ice cream with a scoop of fruit-ein powder, ice and xanthan and guar gums. I topped it with a few freeze dried berries:

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This really was a mega big bowl and has filled me right up!

Just to restate, these are just a few of my eats over the last couple of days, not everything I’ve eaten. I’m not posting every thing I eat as I don’t feel its helpful for me at the moment, plus now that I’m doubling up more of my meals it would get pretty boring!

Today I received some boxes of tea from the very kind people at Clipper Tea. I had been tweeting my dissatisfaction at the cheap green tea I was drinking and how it really isn’t a match for my favourite Clipper Organic Green Tea and they kindly offered to send me some!

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They also sent some Green Tea with Manuka Honey to try out as well bless them!

I’ve been thinking about how much I enjoyed the outdoor run way more than the treadmill – I think I may change things up and make my usual Wednesday morning workout an outdoor run instead of going to the gym. One thing it has made me realise is that I really prefer doing my tougher workouts out first thing as I feel I have so much more energy!

When does your energy levels peak? Are you a morning person or an evening person?

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Kimberley April 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I love how where I live it is getting to the temperature that is comfortable to run outside in ! yay!

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deisegirl April 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Yeah extra workouts make my hunger beast go on the rampage so I have to be careful that I don’t undo all my hard work!

The protein ice cream looks wonderful, especially with the berries on top!

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fondantfitness.com April 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I don’t think I’m an any time of the day person :) But I do love running outdoors… and child’s pose is my favourite yoga move – hee hee :D x x

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Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) April 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I am more of a morning person but I find it easier to work out in the evening for some reason! When do you go to NYC? You’re going to have such a fab time!

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starsandpinkness April 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I have to work out in the morning otherwise I just don’t feel motivated to later in the day!
Oooh I love those linda mccartney sausages too! Sometimes I feel like something more chewy than the usual beans/lentils that I have and these and seitan always satisfy that craving!

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Alissa @ Not Just Apples April 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

i definitely have way more energy in the morning! so very true – the evenings are for resting :)

i hope your weekend is awesome!

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LilyLipstick April 14, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I love Clipper green tea. The green tea with echinachea is my favourite. I’m definitely a morning person – if I don’t exercise first thing then I find it really hard to motivate myself later on in the day. x

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everydaysapicnic April 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I’ve recently swapped some of my evening workouts for morning workouts and enjoying it. Plus it gives me more free time in the evenings :)

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Becky April 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I’m a morning person for sure – I can’t have lies in anymore at the weekend, my body just wants to get up and get going!

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~Jessica~ April 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Most certainly a morning person: it sets the tone for the entire rest of the day and without the endorphin boost, I am a mess and it’ll play on my mind forever. Plus, I’m always exhausted by the end of the day regardless of what I do.

Lovely and colourful eats as always: I tried your Bounty bar green smoothie yesterday as my coconut flour finally arrived and I was in heaven for the half an hour I took to savour every gorgeous bite (well, slurp?)

You’re such a trooper for coping with all of the stresses of work. I really hope things calm down ASAP!

xxx

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Laura April 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I’m curious about that green tea with honey… not sure if I’d like it but I’d like to try it, you’ll have to let me know what it’s like.. normall I drink my green tea unsweetened. Well done on that run too btw!x

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celeryandcupcakes.com April 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I love a short run in the week and a long run at the weekend. The short runs are really helping my endurance with my longer runs. I do prefer to work out in the morning especially where running is concerned. Recently I have been doing my cardio session in the evening as all the students are on Easter break, which means no over crowding and queing.

So glad you like the granola. It really is lovely!

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zoetc April 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I much prefer my exercise classes to be first thing in th mornin. I find i am mor motivated and it sets me up for the rest of th day. By th evening, im feelin more bloated, lazy and cant be bothered. My energy levels hav taken a nose dive and all i wanna do is chill, relax and not hav to do anythin. Its a shame tht my exercise regime is dictated by when classes are and if a class is cancelled, it puts me out of funk for th rest of th day and week. But i really cnt get into independent exercise so thts th way it is for me!

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coconut-chronicles.com April 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Laura that is a craaaazy amount of cardio! I’m mega impressed that you can manage it though! :-D
Everything looks so tasty. I’m not a faux meat fan but those sausages do look interesting. Maybe I will try find them and give them a go!

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thequirkykitchen April 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm

your eats totally rock my boat! be my personal chef!! the smoothie in a bowl looks fab! great workouts!

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Lisa April 15, 2011 at 1:10 am

Your green smoothies always look so good!

I am definitely a morning person—mid afternoon I always hit a “dead zone” and have to do something to get my energy back. I try to do it without caffeine…and sometimes I just have to sleep for 20 minutes!

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Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 15, 2011 at 4:29 am

I’m definitely a morning person, but I slept until 7 am this morning and it was glorious! I had plans to wake up at 5 and go to cycling, but I’m getting sick and I know I needed the extra sleep.

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Bronagh April 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

I must be in the minority because I do all my weekday workouts in the evening after work. I need a good amount of sleep to get me through each day and I’ve always just preferred to sleep in until the last possible minute then head straight to the gym after work for an hour or two in the evening. Add in post-gym showering and preparing a healthy dinner and it pretty much takes up my whole evening. It’s not ideal but I suppose it’s just become my routine. Maybe I need to reassess and shift my whole routine around a bit and try morning workouts, it sounds as if most people prefer them and if it gives me more time in the evenings then that can only be a good thing.

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jamandjessica April 15, 2011 at 11:55 am

I’m not a happy morning person (contrary to 99% of the blogworld it seems!). I don’t like getting up before 9 am. If I exercise in the morning, I find it harder but I like the feeling you get of achievement and the endorphins pumping you through the morning. BUT…I’m much better in the evening. I’m much less grumpy. :-)

Have a lovely weekend. xxx

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Ruby April 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I prefer working out in the morning, but I also HATE getting up early, so I very rarely do it. However, reading all these comments has made me think I should give getting up early another go. After all I’ll get used to it.. won’t I?!! :-)

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Katie April 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I’m usually at my best around 9 AM and 6 PM. Way to go on the double workouts!!!

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Lana April 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm

You inspired me to make some tofu yogurt, and it was so so amazing!!
I am defintiely a morning person! I get up early naturally. I get so grumpy in the evenings if I’m awake much after 10:30pm…hahaha (:

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Alison April 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I am definitely a morning person, though I do sometimes manage to squeeze out a good workout in the evening if I fuel well.

You know chocolate brazil nut butter is really easy to make. B/c they’re so fatty they whizz up in no time.

And I actually really like LM sausages — they’re great for bangers and mash :)

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Ffion April 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I love Clipper teas!

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