8.17.2009

remedy me

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I have been feeling a little dead and achy. My pre-pregnancy muscles have atrophied and my joints have stiffened. I can't take it anymore. I feel out of breath and exhausted at the end of the day.

To remedy all this I have committed myself to walking in the mornings and eating better (mainly breakfast). well, you all remember how I feel about mornings, but I may have changed my mind after today:

Last night we hit the sack at 9pm and I woke at 6am. I forced myself out of bed wanting to cuddle up to E a little more, but knowing that if I didn't get up I'd regret it. I put on my running shoes and took off. I walked for a half hour. It was unbelievably cool out. I came home feeling refreshed and energized. I fed my chickies and took to conquering the bushes in our backyard that have turned into living, breathing, green monsters during the past few months of summer neglect. I came away with a few scratches, but ultimately I rocked them. I kissed Easy goodbye and MaeMae and I enjoyed some homemade granola before the girls and I did a little Yoga together.

I feel good. 6am was totally worth it. Encouragement is welcomed.

Granola:

Mix together in large bowl:

10 c old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 c sesame seeds
1/2 c wheat germ

1/2 lb shredded coconut

2 c raw sunflower seeds
2-3 c chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, whatever)

2 c dried fruit (craisins are best)

Heat in saucepan until dissolved:


1.5 c brown sugar
1.5 c water

1.5 c canola oil

1 c honey
1.5 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon
1 T vanilla


Pour over dry ingredients and stir. Divide in half and spread each half on a cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes, stirring half way through. Cool. Store in airtight canister.

11 comments:

banananutmeg said...

mmmmm love granola. my kids were up a 5 freaking 45 this morning. maybe i would have been nicer if i'd gotten some exercise and eaten something other than poptarts. good advice. i'll try it this week!

The Crew said...

sounds delightful.

moshell's lilbit of space said...

can't wait to make this. Thank you.

John and Shelly Hyde said...

I almost feel inspired enough to get my butt out of bed before 9, when my lazy bones daughter wakes... almost. Good work Hay. I feel your stiffness and aching.

Rachelle said...

boy can i relate!!! if i don't walk in the morning and eat oatmeal i feel like crap the rest of the day. here's to a healthy breakfast!!

Karen and Joe said...

You are inspiring! Getting your butt out of bed being "great with child" leaves me no excuse not to do the same! Thanx chicky! you are awesome!

Saskia said...

How did you do that?! All my willpower vanishes when I'm curled up all warm and toasty in bed at 6am... none of my good intentions ever materialise! Well done you & I'm glad you felt all the better for it :)

x

{Erica} said...

YUM! Thanks for sharing. I find myself wishing we lived closer for multiple reasons but this post made me wish that we lived next door so you could make yummy things for me while our girls chased the chickens :)

Sally said...

You go girl!

Garrison Propaganda said...

i worked out religiously with number 3. i came to the point where i dropped jonas off at preschool and headed straight to the y with mercer. if i didnt get a couple hours to work out, i felt like some might feel if they missed their morning coffee. never thought working out as a pregnant mother of three how much i craved physical activity.

eric and monica said...

thanks- i'm gonna make this right now and mix it into some yogurt. delish.

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