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Warnings and Brownies

HEY lovelies!! Had a good start to the weekend I hope!

 

I started my Saturday with an early morning BodyPump class!

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If I don’t look like the woman on that BodyPump poster soon, then I’m demanding a refund.

 

I don’t normally do the Saturday morning class, because I’m usually doing music stuff instead, which is how I pay for all those nut butters! Winking smile But there’s nothing like feeling this pain first thing on a Saturday morning:DSC00116

That was me collapsed in pain after the abs track. I love how that woman behind me (and everyone else) had moved on to stretching, but I was still in a heap on the floor. Er, I put more effort in…? Well, that’s what I’m telling myself anyway! Smile with tongue out I also did 30 mins of ellipticalling before whilst imagining myself running. I did warn you I was obsessed.

 

Before I left, I had a cereal-yoghurt mess:DSC00113

And Sabra hummus on toast:DSC00144

I couldn’t have my usual things because there was NO FOOD. I have this dilemma every Saturday morning, because Saturday is fooood shopping day!! I LOVE food shopping- it’s very high on my list of hobbies, and I wish I was joking when I say that but its totally true…

 

I had a recovery smoothie after my workout, same as yesterday’s, but topped with PB&Co Crunch Time instead. It really upset me how all the PB sunk before I could take the picture! I guess that just means I should stop eating it outta the jar and just take the photo next time! Winking smileDSC00119

And then, it was time for CHARITY STUFF!christian-aid-week

Last week was Christian Aid week, but my church are a little behind the times, so we did a fundraiser today instead and raised over £3300!! I then went to help at a ‘soup kitchen’:

I loved every minute. I chatted to some people who had such sad stories, and it really showed me just how easy my life is, and how GRATEFUL I should be for all I’m blessed with!

 

Because I was doing this, I sadly missed out on meeting up with Gabriela, Freya and Carrie, as Gabriela was in London this week, but while I missed out on meeting these gorgeous gals…

(Photo borrowed from Gabriela’s post)

…I know I’ll meet them all in the future, especially since I’m running a half marathon with Freya and Carrie in October! And talking of the race, guess who got their race outfit today?!DSC00161

MEEE!! Cos guess what charity I’m running for?!DSC00151

Christian Aid!! I’m part of their Team Poverty, and we are gonna kick both the race’s AND poverty’s butt! More on that soon! But I did get a little carried away…DSC00152

Look, I’m RUNNING AGAIN!! I did warn you I had a vivid imagination! Smile with tongue out

 

I also warned you that not running caused a severe case of Crazy Face:DSC00136

I may have camped out in the running section of a bookstore. And I am SO buying that book. Or at least going back and sitting there for another hour until I finish it! It ROCKS so far, and according to the predicted race times in it, I can TOTALLY get my sub 1.35 goal as long as I heal up right and train well!!DSC00139

Dinner involved these three things in a couple of wraps:DSC00165

Refried beans from WF, avocado and spicy Sabra hummus. It was SO good!! And I followed it up with…DSC09961

No-bake Date and Pecan Brownies with Chocolate PB Fudge (adapted from here)

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 2 cups of chopped+pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1T agave nectar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 cup smooth nut butter + 1t coconut oil IF you don’t have ‘drippy’ nut butter (mine was oily enough already)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet/dark chocolate chips
  1. Pulse the pecans and dates together in a food processor until mostly incorporated. Then add the cocoa powder, agave and salt and process until combined.
  2. Press into a 9×9 square tin (I lined mine with foil) and place in fridge.
  3. Melt the chocolate chips and nut butter (and oil if using) in the microwave, stopping frequently to stir until melted, then pour over the base.
  4. Place back into the fridge until set (I left overnight), then cut and ENJOY!!

 

This is the best bit:DSC09935

Pouring that choc PB over the base…and then licking out the bowl after…mmmm….

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I have been eating these every day since Sunday, and I will be for days to come…DSC09963

Plus, since Katie’s doing a ‘Hug a Vegan Dessert’ feature (which she so kindly featured last Sunday’s pancakes on today!) I thought I’d really do it:DSC00072

I did warn you I was a hugger.

 

I also should’ve warned you that this is the longest post ever. Sorry guys. Hug and make-up for it?DSC08719

When is your next big race? Next big one is October, but a few before then to look forward to! Open-mouthed smile

 

What are you looking forward to most on the rest of your weekend? Sunday morning. If you’re new to the blog, then you should know that I’m in love with my Sunday morning routine of running (well, cross-training now!), then Pancake Sunday, then church! BEST day ever!!

 

Random Q: Pancakes or waffles? I’ve actually never had a waffle! So I’m rolling with PANCAKES Smile

 

Have an AMAZING rest of the weekend!! Love you friends!! <3

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57 Responses to Warnings and Brownies

  1. That dessert looks absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m glad I’m not the only person who considers food shopping a hobby ;) hahaha I love it!!! Probably a little too much.

    Nice job getting up for the early body pump class!! I always have good intentions but rarely follow through!

    • Haha I know! Embarassingly, it’s one of the highlights of my week! :P

      Thank you! I find it hard to get up, but I actually sleep in my workout clothes and put my alarm across the room to make me get up! Works like a charm :)

  3. Finally the brownies!! They look and sound so so amazing!!

  4. you need to get on waffles stat!! but pancakes are good too.
    I love this post. Can I just tell you how awesome your happy faces are? I’m beginning to think of them as “signature” as your thumbs up pose!!
    We can have a mass meet up in London in the fall? Regardless, I’m coming to the London Marathon to SEE YOU ALL!! So psyched!

    • Haha yes I know! I need some waffles in my life! And lol SO many people have said that! It definitely is my signature pose- such a cool one too! :P

      YES!! When are you coming then? That’s awesome news!! :D

  5. My next race is next month, but my next BIG one is in september.

    I’m looking forward to monday because it’s a 3-day weekend over here for memorial day! no work or classes.

    i like pancakes and waffles equally. waffles because they have pockets to hold nut butter and syrup, pancakes because you don’t need any special kitchen equipment to make it!
    Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats recently posted..Hablo Español

  6. Yay for charity fund raising and running a race for charity that is awesome girl! I was signed up as a charity runner for the Make-A-Wish foundation for the marathon last year that I didn’t get to do. I had to raise $750 and I went over it was an amazing feeling!
    I really wish my gym had body pump it sounds so awesome.
    My next big race is October too but I have a few not as big ones before then. Pancakes or waffles def depends on my mood haha weird I know.

  7. 1. My FIRST race is this weekend, actually. Just a local 5k, but I’m looking forward to saying I ran a race!
    2. It’s Memorial Day Weekend here in the States, so I’m looking forward to the race on Sunday, which is a memorial/benefit for a really good friend of mine’s little brother who was killed in Afghanistan last year.
    3. WAFFLES, usually, but this dive diner close to my house makes some BALLER pumpkin pancakes in the fall that I always order. :)

    P.S. I love food shopping too – I even offer to do it for friends :)
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    • GOOD LUCK on your race!! And that’s amazing that it’s for your brother’s friend! What a wonderful way to remember him :)

      And haha best idea EVER about the food shop! I think I need to start doing that too! :P

  8. My next big race is July 31st! It’s my first half marathon, and I’m super excited!
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  9. Sorry you missed out on a great meet up – I would have loved to be there TOO! Food shopping is one of my favorite favorite hobbies as well – no shame!
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey recently posted..food phases

  10. You would seriously be like the best person to hang out with – I don’t think anyone could be around you and NOT start smiling… I know I always have a smile on my face after reading your posts. Absolutely LOVE how happy you are all the time :D

    I love, love, LOVE Sundays. I spend time with the fam, go to church, and just relax. It’s wonderful. And I’m gonna go with pancakes because they remind me of my grandma… she always used to make them for me when I was a tiny thing.
    Amanda @ Running with Spoons recently posted.. cookies and questions

  11. I always park my butt in the running or cooking section of the bookstore. I could spend HOURS just flipping through the books there. I love it!
    My next big race is next saturday. State Championship! I’m the only one on the team who advanced though, which will be kind of lonely, but I’m still super proud of myself. It’s going to be such a fast race and I’m really hoping to PR!!
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  12. YOU”VE NEVER HAD A WAFFLE?
    Okay, get your booty over here and I’m making you one STAT. ;)
    Megan recently posted..Things are Changing

  13. I am going to the strawberry festival tomorrow and it is going to be the bomb.com. Other than that…no fun plans on my end. Oh boo.
    Hollie @lolzthatswim(andrun) recently posted..A Tour of My Private DoJo vlog

  14. I love that you’re a hugger! You make everything look so loved :)

    And you HAVE to try a waffle! They are like a pancakes crispier equally delicious cousin! They are SO good.

  15. Haha, I totally agree with you! Food shopping is fun, but sadly my boyfriend doesn’t really think so (yeah, weird, I know) :D

    There’s not really much to look forward to this weekend, since I should study for my exams.. History, finnish and maths, I’m so going to die next week.. :D But let’s think about the positive side of things, only a week of school left!

    When it comes to pancakes or waffles, I don’t really know. It’s been ages since I last had a waffle, and if I remember correctly they weren’t too divine (although the crispiness was nice, but they were screaming for toppings). So I think I’m gonna go with the pancakes!

  16. With an imagination like yours, you will be up & running in no time, girl! It’s really commendable that you were able to put aside your own activities to help others- priorities fo shiz!

    I love both pancakes and waffles but since I consume pancakes way more, I feel like I should be ‘loyal’ & go with them!
    Khushboo recently posted..Blondes have more fun

  17. Thanks for the recipe, now I have a plan what to do on Sudnay :) I love Saturdays because they are also food shopping days for me! But morning workout is also great – some dilemmas are just so hard to solve:))
    Hope you enjoyed you Sunday morning routine!! I have also my Sunday “stuff” I always do – baked oatmeal, swimming pool, reading Google reader posts and washing my hair – a lot of work to do:)

    Pancakes or waffles? Well, pancakes for me, I think they offer more variability and they are just so tasty!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing your brownis recipe, they sounds really delicious!! I think Ill try them and use hazelnut butter for the fudge :D I have a feeling that would be so so good!
    Its so good to hear you are doing all the cherity work! You are helping so many! I would love to start doing it too! Both because (obviously) you are helping so many, but also because I think it would be a great way to not focusing so much on myself, how I look, what I miss ect..
    Enjoy your favorit Sunday morning :D
    Ragnhild recently posted..Raw Brownies &lt3

    • Actually, focusing on others really helped me in my recovery too! So it really does help everyone! :)

      And ooh yes with hazelnut butter they will be sooo good!! I definitely need to make yours too! :D

  19. YOU WILL SO ROCK that sub 1:35 race time! that would be insane!! i can only run like 9.5 miles in that time! GREAT jo b on the fundraising!!! and KILLEr workout! thats like 2 workouts in one!

    When is your next big race? octobaaa!

    What are you looking forward to most on the rest of your weekend? shopping with my FRIENDDDD!

    pancakes!

  20. omg have a waffle dude! what about french toast?
    next big event – october too!
    but in december there is a half and a blogger convention in vegas, london to vegas, no biggie right?

  21. Thats wonderful that you volunteer for your church and that soup kitchen, I work for a charity and with volunteers all the time, so amazing :-) Ha, food shopping is a major hobby of mine too! I have my 10k in July and The Great North Run in Sept!
    Laura@keepinghealthy recently posted..Fruit and veg lover expensive habit!

  22. OMG, those no-bake brownies have jumped right to the top of me MUST MAKE list! Amazing, thanks Emma!!

    And you’ve also reminded me that I want to get my hands on that run less book. It’s tough coming back from an injury, and I think a structured programm that keeps the mileage down is a really good idea :)
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  23. Holy adorableness!!!!

    Haha I know you didn’t technically “submit” to the feature post, but I wanted to surprise you since you’re always featuring me, and it always makes me smile so much!!

    Keeping this gem for the next feature post! :)
    And of course, writing the recipe down for myself!
    chocolate-katie recently posted..Awesome Vegan Desserts!

    • Aww you are the SWEETEST!! Haha I actually tried to email you about that but I think I got the wrong address cos it bounced back this morning! :P

      Anyway, I LOVE YOU!!! Thank you so much wonderful Katie, and have an AMAZING rest of the weekend! <3

  24. I’m looking forward to going to the zoo today! In fact, I should go get ready… I got ll caught up in reading your post! Haha!
    Tori @ Fresh Fruition recently posted..Hot Days- Cold Oats- and Graduation

  25. I prefer pancakes!I’m just looking forward to getting to spend some time with my boyfriend :) Its kind of weird now that we are ‘grown up’ and have full time jobs we can’t see each other that time in the week! BOOO!
    I am sooo making that chocolate brownie fudge goodness soon!
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  26. I am going to HAVE to make that no bake brownie, it looks IMMENSE!
    Are you running Royal Parks in October?? If you are, I will have just moved into uni literally 2 minutes away from Hyde Park so I am so coming to cheer you all on!!! You are going to ROCK IT!!

  27. mmm your yogurt mess looks literally identical to the one i’m eating right now!! red raspberry preserves = BOMB. and lovve the sabra action, you inspired me to go get two jugs yesterday and one is already missing…hmmm! anyway such a bummer you missed the blogger meet up with those gorgeous gals but AH so jealous that you’re running the marathon with those two!! I LOVE your race outfit:) hehe and mhmk so that brownie “pie” i’m calling it, yeah. I need that in my life RIGHT now. Another reason why I need to come visit you too! ahaha why on earth are plane tickets just so dang expensive!
    Olivia recently posted..Melt- A restaurant review!

    • YAY we are SO twinsies!! :D

      Brownie pie- I like that name!! And yes you DO need it in your life!! When I become a millionaire (with those brownie pies obviously ;) ), I’ll buy us each our own private jet so we can visit each other EVERY DAY and it will be awesome!!

  28. I always crack up at the models advertising les mills classes. They’re so intense!!!

    Bummed that you missed out on the meetup but excited that you’ll be running a halfie with them coming up! That’s gonna be awesome!

    I love the title of the book behind you…”Loose Women” Hmmmm..Pahahah!

    AND YES! You put the recipe up. I want to make that asap!

  29. YEAHHHH for bodypump. I love that class!
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  30. Food shopping is the best. I love thinking up meals for the week whilst cruisin’ down the aisles.

  31. I love the long post Emm! More Emma is always a good thing! :-) You look waaay better than the woman in the poster already! I am SO making this dessert…..I can taste it already! Yeah…I have a vivi imagination too! You are an ANGEL and completely amazing for helping out at the soup kitchen…..you’re just so lovely :-)

  32. Holly @ pink runner

    Yum!! I have to try those brownies this weekend!!
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  33. Yay for Body Pump! I did RPM and BodyPump this morning – I love that combo!! Do you do other strength training in addition to Pump? I’m just not sure if Pump is enough. I do 50 pounds for squats and I need to up it, but I’m afraid I’ll fall over as I’m lifting the bar to my shoulders – haha :) And your brownies look so delicious – that fudge frosting would make me happy – just that and a spoon…or my fingers. I’m not picky. :)
    Lindsay@LivingLindsay recently posted..Let’s Rewind

    • Ah I wish we got RPM at our gym! But we do have spin which is roughly the same thing, right?

      And WOAH you do 50lbs for squats?! You are my HERO!! :D

      P.S. I totally do that with the fudge, and I highly recommend it ;)

  34. Okay, wow, love this post!! :)
    So long! My favorite! haha

    Anywayyy, glad that your workouts have been going so awesome!
    And your smoothies look so yum! I just got a blender a couple days ago and have been making pb banana green smoothies like CRAZZYYY :)

    I’ve heard about “Run less. Run faster”. I’m thinking of buying it! Thoughts?

    My next big race is Wednesday night! Finals of Nationals in the 10k! Ahh!

    Weekend=no school. Long run :)

    Pancakes or Waffles? Hmm.. can’t remember the last time I had a pancake, so I’m gonna go with Waffles cuz I buy the frozen Kashi kind and put greek yogurt + pb on top!
    Haley G recently posted..Again and again

    • Haha LOVE YOU!! I’ve missed you!!

      Yaaay those smoothies are the BEST!! Well anything with PB is pretty darn awesome ;)

      Yes it seems AWESOME! I read like half the book and I loved it! The plans only involve running 3 times a week, but they’re all ‘quality’ runs as they put it (one speedwork, one tempo, one long) so the idea is you hit your goals without getting injured/burning out!

      Oooh Wednesday?! That’s SO exciting!! Seriously, I can’t wait- you will so rock it as always!! :D

      LOVE YOU <3

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