So, first a little news. I managed to dip under the elusive 12 stone barrier. I had planned to be under 12 stone before Christmas but, well, Christmas is full of yummy treats too tempting not to enjoy. Having said this, I’m not attempting to reach a specific weight as such. I just want to feel comfortable in my own skin. Have you ever seen the movie ‘The Matrix’? You know, the one with Keanu Reeves as the character Neo trying to unplug everyone from machines? Well, in this movie there’s a scene where Keanu Reeves’s mind is plugged into a computer and he projects an image of his digital self – what his mind thinks he looks like. For me, my mental image looks nothing like the image I see in the mirror. I don’t want to be a bikini model, I just want to feel good about myself so that my mental image matches the one staring back at me in the mirror. And, I know it will happen with consistent healthy eating and having only one or two treats during the week, combined with regular training. I can achieve my targets and I will.
The key I think, and I’m no expert on it, is to allow yourself to enjoy one or two treats but to be consistent with healthy eating all week and to exercise, always having in the back of your mind that no matter how much you do in the gym or in the pool, you cannot out exercise poor food choices. Healthy food is crucial to attaining and maintaining a healthy body and mind. Just as important is portion control, even if it’s healthy. This is something I have always struggled with and only now am I managing to get on top of it.
I also came close to achieving another goal of mine. I wanted to go under 1.30 for 100m freestyle this year. It isn’t a particularly fast time in swimming circles but it’s fast for me. I managed to come in at 1.32 at the end of my training session which means I’m only two seconds off my target. Yay me! Goals are a vital component when trying to accomplish something. They give you purpose, something to work towards as you strive for improvement. Once I hit 1.30, my aim will be 1.29, then 1,28. Always try and better yourself no matter what you do or what you want to achieve.
On that note, as promised, here is recipe number two in the countdown to pancake day, a recipe I feel is an improvement on the previous one I shared. I found this recipe on Pinterest by Monique Volz from Ambitious Kitchen – blueberry pancakes that smell and taste like a combination of blueberry muffins and banana bread, using healthy ingredients. These nutritious breakfast treats are made in the blender so take very little time to prepare:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 150g blueberry yogurt (I use Yeovalley’s blueberry yogurt as it’s organic and so yummy)
- 1/2 medium ripe banana
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (and more for serving if you love blueberries which we do!)
- Put all of the ingredients except the blueberries into your blender and blend until smooth. You can thin the mixture if too thick by adding milk or thicken the mixture if too thin by adding more oats then blending again.
- Wipe a non-stick frying pan or skillet with olive oil and heat on a medium heat.
- Pour some of the mixture into the pan and add some blueberries on top.
- Cook until bubbles appear on the top of the pancake or golden brown underneath then flip over and cook until golden brown on the other side.
- Repeat this process until you run out of mixture.
All credit to ambitiouskitchen.com for this delicious pancake recipe. Even though it’s stated that this recipe makes four pancakes, I’ve cooked six out of the same ingredients, plenty for me, my husband and the youngster. And don’t forget, a few slices of leftover banana and a small dash of maple syrup go extremely well with these pancakes, though just a little.
Well, that’s all for today. On Monday, I’ll be sharing my third pancake recipe – apple and blueberry pancakes. Have a good weekend everyone!