I slept in a bit this morning.  I am usually up at 6am – however this morning I got to lounge in bed until 7am – I just love mornings like these.  It is a gorgeous day out there too!

I just finished my breakfast – organic oatmeal, with raisins (I usually have a banana here but the ones I bought are green), I mix in about a teaspoon of peanut butter.  Before you jump to conclusions and say this is gross – try it.  It tastes like an oatmeal peanut butter cookie.   I always start the day with a glass of water (your body is the driest in the morning – it is important to begin the hydration process right away).  Then I go for my coffee! Yes – I am a coffee lover.  Always have been – always will be. My coffee is black! I believe coffee is like wine – I couldn’t imagine adding cream or sugar to my Shiraz!

Breakfast Rules:

  • Never skip it – no matter what.  It is the meal of champions – it gets your body out of starvation mode. It is just plain good for you.
  • Choose foods from at least 3 or 4 food groups.  If you just have toast and butter you will end up hungrier then you started.   Take my breakfast for example: Oatmeal (grain product), raisins (fruit- kind of a stretch but it was all I had) and peanut butter (meat or alternative).
  • Change it up.  Breakfast is a meal that we tend to keep the same all the time – it is important to change it up to fit in a variety of foods.  This is where I am lacking.  I stick to my oatmeal.

I am now waiting about an hour before I go for my run.  I have never had a problem with eating and exercising. I used to be able to wake up at 5:30am have a balanced breakfast at 6am and teach a spin class at 6:30am.  However now I am training for my marathon and reading “The Complete Book of Running for Women”.  So I am trying to do things by the book!  Even though I would be comfortable hitting the pavement right this very moment, it is possible that if I wait, I will have a better run.

This week’s challenge: Eat a variety of balanced breakfasts.

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