Happy Wednesday guys, I hope you are having a good week? Mine has been a mixture of emotions, I wasn’t feeling great at the weekend to be honest, but I’ve managed to reframe my thoughts a little and the week has started off much better. I’ve been sticking to my daily routine of a quick morning yoga, 20 minute meditation whenever I can fit it in and a 5 km run every other day and I am feeling the combined benefits of all three. I am teaching myself to do it even when my mind says ‘no’ as I recognise that it’s just my fear talking and every time I push against it, I notice, almost instantaneously, dividends.
I’m also trying to shed a few extra pandemic-induced kilograms as I have not been feeling good in my body for a while and I am keen on addressing this before it gets out of hand. Even though I’ve never been a fan of calorie counting as I find that I very easily slip into obsessiveness, I’ve been tracking my meals and physical activity for a while now. It’s what helps me realise how much I tend to sabotage my goals with mindless, emotional eating.
Seeing the numbers is the only thing that stops me in my tracks and engages my prefrontal cortex – ‘do you really need to eat? are you actually even hungry?’ Changing lifelong habits isn’t easy (some days I still fail, of course) but it is getting progressively easier and even though I have a long way to go, my goal feels a little more manageable already.
Just to be clear, I am not starving myself by any stretch of imagination – I don’t do that kind of dieting ever. I have 3 healthy meals a day and a small treat as well, which especially if I go for a run, I can totally fit within my daily calorie target. And I am expecting the weight loss to take a long time, that’s okay, I am in no rush. I am not after a quick fix but a lasting change.
Recipewise, I made a tray of no bake granola bars for Duncan as he is off kayaking tomorrow and he and his kayaking mates appreciate a treat after a long day on the water and I appreciate the bars being as far from me as possible 😉 , especially that they are the kind of things I like to mindlessly snack on.
They are really simple to make and can be made entirely on the stove. I used a selection of nuts, seeds and puffed rice, bound together with salty almond caramel and topped with a thin layer of dark chocolate. They are easy to make and a great mid-afternoon snack. I hope you’ll enjoy these.