I wake up, stifle a big yawn and look beside me where my guy is lying stretched out.. snoring softly. I look at the alarm that just woke me up; 5.30 AM…. Shall I just pretend it didn’t go of and turn around and go back to sleep? Or shall I be brave and get out of bed?
I always used to be a morning person, but for some reason that has changed over the years. Not entirely but I do struggle more with getting up early then I used to do. It could have something to do with the fact that Tom is really a night person or maybe it is just me getting older. Who knows? (and who cares really) But at this particular point in time all I really want to do is crawl back into bed, but duty calls. Duty in the name of Michelle Bridges who has all her 12WBT-ers exercise every day. Well 6 days a week.
In the weeks leading up to the start of the program I had already started with exercising so it would be a little less of a shock to the system but even so… when I get out of bed I am stiff. My gluteus maximus (look it up if you don’t know where that is placed in your body! 🙂 ) is trying to prevent me from ever sitting again. My whole body is screaming loud and clearly that it has awoken in places I didn’t know had muscles… Don’t get me wrong, I do use common sense with exercising. In my younger years (god, that sounds like I am 75 doesn’t it?) I was a long distance runner and I know when too much is too much. And I also know that muscle pain is inevitable almost when going back to exercising after taking such a long time of.
And part of me loves the feeling. I love the feeling of knowing that I’ve done something for myself. That I’ve done something that will in the end, make me stronger and less prone to lower back pain (to name just one thing). The other part of me, the lazy part, is whining and complaining continuously.. ‘Let’s go to sleep instead of working out.’ ‘I can’t even laugh, as my abdominal muscles are so painful!’ ‘Don’t you think we should be taking baby steps instead of giant leaps forward? Easier on the muscles too!’ and it goes on like that. I ignore – or try to ignore – my lazy part and instead focus on the sporty part… 😉
So I do get up in the morning at ridiculous hours on busy days and am on my bike, rain or shine at 7 am, shower at 8.15 am. Out the door a little after 9 am. Of course I do have the luxury to partially being able to plan my days but usually it still means getting the exercise out of the way early in the day.
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All that exercise does make you appreciate food even more and this delicious and quick asparagus salad is really worth making. I just took a few quick snaps and then starting digging in straight away to prevent it going cold, but it is delicious! And while it is still asparagus season I would highly encourage you to make this.
Warm asparagus salad with mushrooms
- 20g butter
- 2 sjalots (finely chopped)
- 1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
- 180 g mixed mushrooms (chopped)
- 180g green asparagus (sliced lengthwise)
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
|Heat a frying pan on medium high and add the chopped sjalots and garlic and let it cook slowly until soft. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook for a further 3-4 minutes. Add the sliced asparagus and a splash of water. Cover with a lid and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the asparagus is done. Season to taste|
|Make the dressing by putting the olive oil and vinegar together, whisk well and add salt and pepper to taste. To dress up put some of the mixed leaves on a plate and sprinkle with some of the dressing, add the asparagus and the mushrooms on top and enjoyy. You can add some grilled bread to it if you like|