I Have A Problem… But It’s Not These PB Cups

I have a problem.  It’s getting to be a big problem.

I’ll just say it.  If I insert tons of pictures of my peanut butter and almond butter cups, maybe you won’t judge me.

I hate working out in the morning…

I really do.  I hate it.  I have less energy for my workouts in the morning.  I’m always hungry when I wake up and I don’t want to eat before working out and then have to eat again later.  I just NEVER want to work out in the morning.

Don’t get me wrong. I love working out.  And I love the morning!  I just HATE the two together.  I like to wake up early and have that time to study, blog, read emails, peacefully drink my coffee.  That’s another thing- working out in the morning totally ruins the time when I would have my coffee!!

My favorite time to work out is in the early evening.  As long as I’m out of school by 5pm I can hit the gym and love it.  I have tons of energy at that time, I come home to a nice dinner, and go to bed.  I feel like working out in the afternoon helps me work out all my stress from the day.

BUT…. my problem is the fact that on this rotation I am not getting home until 6:30 or 7 and since I like to be in bed pretty early, I never want to go to the gym that late!  So for the last 2 days, I haven’t worked out.

I know the easiest solution to this problem would be to just suck it up and work out in the morning because then it’s over and I have my whole day.  But- said in a 4 year old’s voice- I don’t want to! 

I’ve read a million things about how to get into the habit of working out in the morning: set your gym clothes out, set your alarm as a reminder, sleep in your gym clothes, make a reward system, blah blah blah.  I’ve done it before- I’ve had a few months spurts when I only workout in the morning.  I know how to do it, I just seriously don’t feel like working out in the morning lately.

So… that’s my problem… Any advice?  

Well, something that isn’t my problem, is this amazing recipe!  These are 2 ingredient, clean whole food made, Peanut Butter and Almond Butter Cups.


1 bag dark or semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup almond butter

toppings of your choice: sea salt, crushed almonds, ginger candy, pumpkin seeds, etc.


Melt chocolate in a double boiler.

Scoop 1-2 tbs chocolate into lined muffin tins.

Place in freezer for 15 minutes.

Cover each chocolate piece with 1 tbs nut butter of your choice.

Spoon chocolate over each candy until fully covered- about 1-2 tbs.

Sprinkle toppings of your choice onto each candy before it becomes solid.

Place in freezer for 15 minutes to set.  Store these in the refrigerator.

Yum yum yum!! And pretty low in sugar!! Yippee!!  Maybe I will workout in the morning if I put one of these on my treadmill??


OK time for your work out in the morning advice! I need it! 



  1. says

    The candy on the treadmill would probably work the best for me! :-) If I work out in the morning, I usually choose a weight workout. As jumping/runnung around in the morning doesn’t sound great to me, but the idea of a little lifting sounds less jarring, and I can talk myself into it. Like you, I’d rather have the cup of coffee. I like to work out early-to-mid-afternoon. I like the midday energy boost!

  2. says

    I used to hate working out in the morning too / I still do a lot of the time, but I’ve gotten pretty good at making myself. The night before I usually will plan what I’m going to do in my workout so I don’t have to think much in the morning. Right when I wake up, I eat a little bit and wait a half hour to workout. It gives me a little time to wake up and hang out for a bit–then I have a little bit more food afterwards (and coffee!). Another thing that makes it easier is simply going to bed early. Knowing I got a good night’s rest helps motivate me to just get up anyways. Good luck!

  3. Mel says

    For some reason, I love working out in the morning, especially doing long runs. I find the best motivator for me is to get in the workout mindset the night before. I lay out all of my clothes, choose my workout, charge my ipod, and throw my water bottle in the fridge so everything is right there when I need it in the morning. I also eat something that will stay with me through the morning. My stomach does not work early in the morning, so I can’t really eat before I work out. I try to get in some whole grain pasta and lots of veggies so I am strong enough to do the whole workout. Then it’s done and I have the morning to eat breakfast, shower, get ready, spend some time on wedding stuff and then go to work. Good luck!

    • Mel says

      I just remembered something else. I really like working out in my living room in the morning because I just have to walk downstairs. I have a bunch of equipment and I used the Nike Training Center app on my ipod. It is really motivating and has some really awesome workouts. It has everything from cardio to strength training to 15-minute workouts on specific areas of the body so it always has something I can do.

  4. says

    Well for starters, those pb cups look fantastic! I am currently struggling with the whole wake-up-in-the-morning-and-sweat thing as well. It makes sense logistically, I know it does. And I didn’t want to do it until I made it a goal and had a checkmark box next to it. Now. I don’t know how you function, but I do NOT like blank check boxes. I think that flipped something on in my brain and at least I don’t despise it!! It’s still hard, but manageable.

    • aawenzel says

      hahahahahahahahahha you are great. I don’t know if I despise blank check boxes as much as you do… but I can try!


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