Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pumpkin Baby Cakes & 5 am workouts + Giveaway!





I did it ya'll. I turned into a country bumpkin. 
Just kidding.  
What I really mean is I am back on my 5 am gym grind.





Seeing this on your alarm screen is never easy, you just have to find the strength within yourself to rise above the obscene wake up time for the sake of sweating. That's what I do.
ADDED BONUS:: It gave me the opportunity to do an entire load of laundry (wash+dry, not fold) before leaving the house for the day, THAT makes waking up at that time even more worth it.



Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings there are strength training, boot camp style classes offered at my gym starting at 5:15. I usually get there around 4:55, set myself and lauren up(or vice versa, depending on who gets there first...I always hope its her, #lazy) then hop on the dreadmill for some walking and chatting.



Tuesdays class focused heavily on legs...lucky for me.
NOT.
I was stuck doing modifications of almost everything which was beyond frustrating, I am telling you this meniscus thing is really cramping my fitness mojo and I don't like it one bit.

One move I didn't have to modify was a combination of a squat,row and overhead press. I liked it so much I shared it on Instagram


We did 12 reps, 3 times. By the end the sweat was pouring.

However, the instructor loves to push us to our limits before 6 am and decided to make us do burpees + push ups after lunging across the room with weights.
Good times my friends, goooooood times. 


Fall seems to have wasted no time by bringing in the cooler temperatures here in NY and I am not complaining. In fact I have jumped head first into pumpkin everything, along with every other blogger out there.


Pumpkin oatmeal baby cakes (pacncakes) is one of my new breakfast favorites!.

The ugliest food pictures taste the best. True Story.

Ingredients
1/2 cup quick oats
2T 100% pumpkin from a can
pumpkin pie spice & cinnamon, to taste
1t Truvia
1 egg white

Mix, separate into 4 and place in hot pan:

 I suggest smashing the baby cakes as much as possible. You won't lose any of the moisture, but you will make it easier to flip


It takes about 5 minutes start to finish, perfect work morning breakfast.





It has come to my attention I have reached  2,000+ twitter followers, 1,000+ on Instagram and 500+ on Facebook.

UNREAL.

In honor of this I want to do a thank you giveaway. Just a little somethin' somethin' to show my love for all of you.

All you have to do is leave me a comment saying your favorite thing about the fall and you will win a $20 gift card to iTunes OR Starbucks, your choice


I will pick & announce the winner TOMORROW-Thursday September 13 and the winner will have until Friday to contact me.






61 comments:

  1. I love the sound of fallen leaves crunching under my feet as I run on a trail.

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  2. Love the cooler temps in the fall!

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  3. Absolutely TRUE STORY!---> "The ugliest food pictures taste the best"
    My FAVORITE thing about Fall, of course are the pumpkin and spice flavors. I love the warm food/drink choices of Fall...Hot Apple Cider, Warm Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, all perfectly paired with cinnamon, raisins, and other Fall spices. Congrats on hitting such high viewer/following numbers!

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  4. The BEST part about fall is the way the air smells!

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  5. I love backyard fires, leggings, my cozy Uggs and my big comfy sweaters.

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  6. My favorite thing about the fall is Halloween...it's my favorite!!! I also love the cooler weather!!!

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  7. of course my favorite thing about fall is Pumpkin Spice Lattes! (:

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  8. I love fall running! Crisp air, cooler temps...oh yeah and snot rockets! (The trees changing colours are nice too)

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  9. Let's see...firepits, sweaters, apple scented candles, pumpkin pie, blankets, raking leaves, Halloween. :)

    Just lead a 530am bootcamp...Ill have to try the deep squat/overhead press next week. Im sure my ladies will love it! :)

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  10. My Favorite things about fall is PUMPKIN everything as well! Im obsessed! Its perfect weather for some camping and last but not least Halloween and yes i still dress up :)

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  11. Hoodies and knowing another season has begun! Hence another chapter, a day to reinvent yourself. One more chance at living the DREAM! :) Great Blog!

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  12. I love fall attire: boots leggings coats sweaters scarves mittens and cuddling up with my kidlets :)

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  13. My favorite thing is jeans and sweaters, and FOOTBALL, and not having to shave my legs so much. :)

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  14. I love the cooler outdoor workout temps!! Running through the fallen leaves :)))

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  15. Loving the pumpkin! You have read my mind.. I cant wait to have a pumpkin coffee, protein pancakes, candles, all of it!

    Congrats on the 5am grinds! Those are so tough!!

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  16. My absolute favorite thing about fall is running through the fallen leave.. Along with, pumpkin carving, apple orchards & big, oversized sweaters!

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  17. My favorite thing about fall is all of the pumpkin! Love anything and everything pumpkin :)

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  18. You're so cute!!! My favorite thing about fall is the changing leaves and the crunch that they make when u step on them during a run!

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  19. My favorite thing about fall is watching football and going to the bar with you on Sunday's!!!

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  20. my favorite thing about fall is the WEATHER! I love the cool air! seeing the leaves change is also pretty awesome in upstate NY!

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  21. My favorite thing about the fall is PUMPKIN, which is very appropriate for this post! I have pinned tons of recipes for pumpkin pancakes, but most are much more complicated. Your recipe looks simple and delicious—I can't wait to try it this weekend! Also, my favorite thing about fall is the crisp air and leaves changing color. I just moved up to the east coast, so I am excited to experience a REAL fall!! :)

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  22. got to say I love fall for pumpkin everything and squashes at a cheaper price!

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  23. My favorite thing about fall is the wonderful weather! Running is sublime in the coolness :D

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  24. I love the smells of fall! As much as I love the falling leaves and cool colors, I hate knowing that winter is coming.
    I would like to just keep fall until the spring! ;)

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  25. I love running in the cooler fall temps, feeling the sting of the air in my face and in my lungs. After loving the heat of summer, I welcome the crisp air, crunchy leaves, and my long sleeve tops. Also love boots and jeans and a bonfire! :-)

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  26. My favorite thing about fall is the cooler weather!! We got from about 100 degrees to 70-ish & I LOVE IT!!!

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  27. Yum! Those look so good!

    My favorite things about the fall are the cooler running temperatures and PUMPKINS!

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  28. My favorite thing about fall is boots & jeans and big comfy sweaters.

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  29. Sweaters. No boots! No, pumpkin! No...crisp air and open windows oh, but apples! I can't choose!

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  30. Everything about fall is so cozy and rustic. My favorite is pumpkins.

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  31. My favorite thing about fall is going to the farm and picking pumpkins and apples!!

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  32. My favorite thing about Fall is the changing colors, especially the leaves. I just love it all so much.

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  33. My favorite thing about fall might be pumpkin flavors and halloween. I hate the cold weather in the northeast. Even light jacket weather, ugh. haha

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  34. I love the scents of fall!!! :) (pumpkin, apple pie, etc)
    family74014 at gmail dot com

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  35. My favorite thing about Autumn is wearing boots and scarves :-) Of course I'm a fan of fall flavors like pumpkin, and the crisp air and so forth, but the real magic lies in the clothing for me ;-) If I live anywhere other than San Diego I would say my fav thing was the changing leaves, but we don't get that here :-( I always appreciate it if I travel east though!

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  36. I love fall because perfect days are made in the fall. The day would start by waking up early and going for a run in perfect fall weather, taking a shower and putting on boots and a chunky wool sweater. The perfect fall day would continue with a trip to the pumpkin patch, a corn maze and hot apple cider. It would end by snuggling up with either a loved one or a furry one and watching hours and hours of some completely indulgent show like Gossip Girl or Breaking Bad. Can't wait for fall!

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  37. Aw yay - congrats on all the social network love!

    I love when we can finally turn off the a/c, open the blinds and the windows and not bake to death in our house :)

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  38. Favorite thing about fall: cute scarves!!

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  39. I love running in the cooler fall weather! We have a nature conservancy nearby and running through there and watching the leaves change is awesome.

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  40. I am making those pumpkin cakes tomorrow :) Pumpkin and apples are my favorite fall things and cool morning running.

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  41. I don't like fall! I don't want summer to end!!!! Noooooooo...

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  42. Aw, congrats on all your followers! :) It's hard to pick just one thing I like about fall but I guess I would have to say the changing of the leaves. (Which is ironic because in South Mississippi, we don't have any trees that change color.)

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  43. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are a close tie with the leaves changing colors on the trees but since I've become a runner the cooler temperatures seem to outweigh both on some days as being my favorite part of fall!

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  44. My favorite part of Fall is when the leaves change color and fall off the trees!!!

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  45. My favorite thing about the fall is pumpkin flavored everything!!! Also, raking the leaves (and then jumping in them) can be a great workout!!! I have to burn off that PSL somehow!! :)

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  46. My FAVE thing about fall is the fashion. I love pulling out my riding boots and throwing on a boyfriend cardigan or a light army jacket. Fall is the perfect time to start layering it up with tees, cardigans, and jackets. FALL=Fabulous Fashion :) :)

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  47. My favorite thing about fall is Pumpkins, Apples, Candles, Fall Activities (corn mazes, hay rides), MY BIRTHDAY, Halloween! The fashion, the colors! Pretty much everything about fall I love! It is my favorite season so it makes sense :)

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  48. Fall means the holidays are coming! Yeah! Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation with family!

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  49. My favorite thing about fall is several things. Wearing boots, sweaters and leggings. The fall candle flavors that come out. And I can't forget football!!

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  50. My favorite thing about fall has got to be the weather! Perfect weather for running in the park, nice and cool! Plus I love the leaves and being able to cozy up with a nice hot latte from Starbucks! :)
    Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!

    www.cestlaviekarina.com
    kary10024@hotmail.com

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  51. Sarah Hilgeman (@pharmgirl76)September 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    My fav fall things are PUMPKIN anything, (esp pumpkin spice lattes) cooler temps, jeans with flip flops, & FOOTBALL! I will think of you when I get up for my 5:30 workout tomorrow! 😉

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  52. My birthday is on the first day of Fall! So that's my fave!

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  53. My favorite thing about fall is the weather changing and the cool, crisp mornings when I can go for a run early :)

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  54. I Love everything pumpkin and the crisp air. I love walking in the evening when the leaves have fallen and listening to them crunch under my feet. The cool air is so mind calming after a long day. I just love it!

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  55. I love the fall for the cooler weather and colorful changing leaves of autumn everywhere!
    -Georgiana

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  56. Pumpkin patches, corn field mazes, hayrides and Halloween!

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  57. eclairre(at)Ymail(dot)com

    I love halloween & pumpkin inspired desserts

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