Friday, December 07, 2012

Starting the Day

Mornings at our house, at least Monday to Friday, look a little bit like this...

Sometime between 4.30 and 5.00am: Tika wakes up, walks to my side of the bed and licks my face. If she's feeling very generous, she goes to Andy's side of the bed and licks him, too. If she's feeling very rambunctious, her tail wags the whole time against the wall, making a noisy thunk-thunk-thunk. We *very politely* ask Tika to go back to bed, and she usually does... for about 10 minutes at a time.

5.00am: I get out of bed, feed Nacho, and take Tika for a walk or, more recently, a run.

We're coming up to the final week of the Couch to 5k program, which is a gradual introduction to running. It's pretty impressive, because I've long been very anti-running, but I really don't mind it now. This morning I ran 23 minutes without dying, or even feeling terribly puffed. Part of the success may be because I didn't really start from couch, but rather from walking-5k-at-a-fairly-cracking-pace. I fill my ears with podcasts, usually either Team Earthling or Progressive Podcast Australia.

5.45-6.00: I get home. Usually Andy's still in bed - the luxury! I try to remember to stop and smell the flowers before I have a good stretch.

We organise lunch for the day, put last night's dishes away, and then, my favourite part of the day: breakfast! I pretty much always eat granola (though on the weekends we are fans of toast, or mushrooms, or pancakes). But, since I started running, I have a very big appetite, so I have been supplementing my plain granola with some chia goo and fruit. The chia seeds have highly concentrated nutrients - plenty of fat and calories, which keeps me full for longer!

Granola with chia goo, bananas and blueberries with soy milk.
Granola, mango, chia goo, and soy milk.
By  7am we've usually fed Tika and hopped on our bikes to go in to work - I love getting in really early, when it's nice and quiet and I can get lots of work done. We're creatures of habit, but I love a solid start to my days!

11 comments:

Kari said...

Your morning routine sounds like my dream routine, except I'd like just a little longer in bed please (or the ability to go to bed earlier than I do, which on reflection would be the better option) :-) I get up about 5.30am and would quite like an extra hour of sleep as it is.

Also, congratulations on your running! I too was a 'non-runner' for many, many years, convinced it just wasn't for me. When it started to click it was such a great feeling and those early morning views when running can be pretty special.

Gorgeous breakfasts too :)

Dee said...

I need to wind back to about week three of C25K and reboot, I am running very little and suffering when I do. I wish I could eat in the mornings, it is one of my great failings. I have been buying the chia fruit loaf from Bakers delight and I find that a slice of that with coffee after my ride (at the office) is very sustaining. I used to be a clock watcher counting down til noon, now I sometimes forget it is lunch time. good stuff.

Amy said...

Cool! I hate getting up early though. I'm more of an evening exerciser. Breakfast is usually some forms of saniatrium cereal.....

Theresa said...

Kari & Amy - I would love just a little more sleep, too. 5.30 would be okay, but Tika wakes up to the earliest light and the sounds of possums using the neighbours shed roof to get back up to their tree-homes at the end of the night!

Hannah said...

Dear lord, I'm grateful that Jedda usually waited until 7am to ask to be let outside! Also, yay for new podcast ideas! I'm currently loving The Dinner Part, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Good Job Brain, and Stuff Mom Never Told You (or something like that).

Nadine said...

Running makes me so hungry - the more you do the more you eat! I thought marathon training would make me all skinny, but I was so starving all the time there was no chance of that :) Lots of protein helps, and chunky carbs like brown rice.

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Joey said...

If only I got woken up by an enthusiastic dog, rather than an ugly sounding alarm clock!

How do you make your chia goo?!

Theresa said...

Joey: I've been putting about 1tsp of chia seeds into a little bowl with abut 1Tbsp of boiling water, stirring it up, and letting it sit for a few minutes while we make the rest of breakfast. You can use cold water (and probably juice or milk of some description) if you have time to let it sit for a bit longer - overnight or something. But I'm impatient and don't plan ahead :)

Mel said...

Wow, that is such an early start but I'm sure Tika makes getting up early worthwhile! Love the early morning photo, it looks like a great spot for a run. Congrats on the running too, I gave up on it years ago after too many injuries.

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