Friends and Fitness

On Tuesday afternoon I met up with my dear friend, Marla.

We met at our usual hangout.

A place where we can gab and get wired up on caffeine.

Sounds perfect, right?  And it was.


It’s always a joy seeing Marla and I had not seen her since before the holidays.

Since then, we had both traveled to warm sunny places.

And we’ve both lived lots of life the past few months and had plenty of stories to swap from life to blogging to husbands and kids.

After that I came home and learned that my Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cakes

…were featured by Fitness Magazine in their 11 Ways to Wake Up Oatmeal feature.

I haven’t made a microwave oat cake in ages but this reminded me to make my own recipe.

Naturally gluten free, vegan, microwave-able and ready in less than five minutes.  They’re also portable so you can make them ahead of time and wrap them up in plastic wrap and toss them in your lunch or into your purse for a snack.

In the fitness front, I had a lovely early-ish morning run.

Now that Skylar is in a new school that starts earlier than her former school, I can get my workout done earlier because we’re up and at ’em, bright and early.  Whether I want to be or not.

But it does feel great starting the day with a run.  Four miles, sunshine, 66F, no wind, beautiful flowers.

Followed with 10 to 15 minutes of light yoga stretching at home and that’s that.

All in under and hour and done by 9:30 am with the whole day ahead of me.  Gotta love that.

Have you done anything friend or fitness-related lately?

Are you a morning, evening, or anytime you can get it in workout person?

I’m the later and as a busy mom with no two days ever being the same, being flexible and adapting my workouts to fit into my life is the only way I can be.

I naturally have the most energy about 5pm but it’s too dark in the winter to start outdoor runs at that time.

I don’t naturally have as much energy in the mornings and it’s a chore to get out of the house (and not get sucked into a cup of coffee. Or three. And my Google Reader…) but the feeling of having my workout accomplished and done for the day is a great feeling.  I wrote a post almost exactly one year ago with a few of my Morning Workout Tips.  I should read my own advice.

53 comments on “Friends and Fitness”

  1. Congrats on your recipe feature! I am going to have to try that, sounds quick and delish. I tend to have more energy in the morning becuase if I come home after work there’s no way I’m getting out that door again lol I am pretty flexible though and play it by ear. What kind of yoga mat do you use? Do you like it? Is it skid-proof and cushy? I’m in the market for a new one and have seen so many mixed reviews for most that I’ve looked at so far. Thanks!

  2. Congrats on being featured by fitness magazine!!! Friend catch-ups are the bomb diggity especially after you’ve been away having adventures and are filled with stories to tell!! On the fitness front I am gearing up to put on a little more muscle this year. I’m gonna up the weights and protein factor, but not let it rule my life or anything. And I think I’m more of an anytime workout person. It depends on my schedule and how I feel energy-wise. How often do you tend to workout yourself?

  3. Congratulations on the feature!!! You are famous Averie!!!!

  4. Averie, it was so FUN seeing you yesterday. We could have gone on for hours! Love that you got that work out over with by 9:30am. A freeing way to move on with the rest of your busy day. CONGRATS on the mag feature. Those oat cakes look awesome & that is such a great achievement to be in Fitness! We need to plan our next get-together soon :) xo

  5. I agree, the ultimate is being done all the ‘essentials’ before 9-10am! I love working out & getting in a run before the kiddies are awake!
    I desperatly need to get more friend stuff in….

  6. Morning workouts win! I haven’t been able to do them on forever, luckily in a few weeks my schedule will allow it again.

  7. I think I have that issue of Fitness magazine! I will definitely make your oatmeal cake! Congrats for the article. That’s awesome!!

  8. Congrats on having your recipe featured on Fitness Mag’s site..though it’s not the first time for a pro like you.

    I am a morning workout person, but since my current job allows us to go to the gym during lunch, I’ve also come to enjoy lunch workouts. I think the main thing is, I like to workout before any big meals.

  9. I wake up at 6am every day for school so sometimes it gets pretty annoying but in the summer and on weekends I usually wake up at 7/7:30 because I don’t like wasting the day :) Last year my tennis class was moved to 5:15 AM before school. I actually loved it, except I had to go to school after. You’re so lucky that you can basically run outside all year long!

  10. Congrats on the fitness article!
    Looks like a delish breakfast option.

    I am all about the monring workout and even got in a 30 minute run almost every morning on my cruise!

  11. Once upon a time, when I wasn’t (still) getting up twice a night with a baby, I was a morning workout person. I never worked out in the evening. After trying for months to fit in workouts at some point earlier in the day, I now do weights at home around 8:30 or 9 p.m. Kind of a bummer, but I just can’t seem to find any other time.

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