So I started back at the gym after Christmas. I imagine January is a good month for gym’s, all those New Year Resolutions kicking off. All I can say is that it has been a long time between workouts! I am super happy to be back into it (although juggling it with the kiddo’s is proving tricky) but it has also made me painfully aware of how much fitness and strength I have lost! Pregnancy and babies does that to me. Some women spend their nine months growing a baby and working out. I spend it on the couch sick and due to my pregnancies being high risk, too scared to do much at all. Having the last two babies close together gave me double the time to well and truly lose any fitness or strength I may have once had (and I’ve never had that much!).
Then the newborn comes along and life is just about sleep and survival. Running on those warm cuddles and the magic of holding a tiny, precious being as they grow in your arms and before your eyes. Before I even thought about exercise my littlest had started running around and by then I realised it was time I started running around too.
To go to a gym was not an easy decision for me to make. I know what I like when it comes to exercise but the costs stress me out and I put it off for quite a while. It also means leaving the little people and I struggle with that too. Not just because the baby cries but also because I feel like I am asking a lot of my Husband who already does sooooooo much! Anyhow, I did it. I am meeting new people, clearing my cluttered mind (a little) and despite how hard it has been physically, I am loving it and I am happier. There is a little more clarity, a little more contentment and I am hoping that this has a positive affect on all of my family and on all that I do.
Being the new kid is seldom easy in any situation. Getting back into exercise and surrounding yourself with super fit people can also be hard, but if you are contemplating it I say do it. And let me know how you go…. we can be beginners together. x
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt**
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder***
- 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa
- Place the peanut butter, honey, vanilla and salt into a bowl and mix to combine. Add the protein powder and cacao or cocoa and mix. Use your hands to work the mixture until it resembles a cookie dough consistency. Shape the mixture into balls and place in the fridge to set.
- Serve. Eat. Enjoy.
*you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.
**omit if using salted peanut butter.
***I think chocolate protein powder would be delicious. I used vanilla as that is what I had on hand. I would use whatever you have.
notes – make sure you use a protein powder that you really like, otherwise they will not work out.