It's a hilly place, this life of mine. Full of peaks and valleys, highs and lows. Especially with my health. About a year ago I decided I would learn to run. I was certainly at a "healthy" weight, but really I'm using even that term loosely. In my opinion, a skinny person isn't necessarily a healthy one. We have that all kinds of mixed up in America. Some of the strongest, most fierce and brave and HEALTHY women I know aren't the skinniest ones. Some of the skinniest gals I know are the most self-conscious and the most obsessed with working out and the scale, and certainly the most unhappy. To me, healthy covers more than our looks, happiness is included too. So finding myself thin last year but not truly healthy wasn't a happy thing. I began to run, starting and finishing Couch to 5k. I even ran in my first 5k and came in third place! I was hooked.
Fast forward through winter, where even after a few periods of majorally slacking off, I hit the treadmill again. And then life sped up and Brett worked longer hours and there I was again, desperately looking forward to nap times, after breakfast times, and bed time for snacks and chocolate and m and m's, and chips. Junk. Folks, I was looking forward to junk.
So I changed. After having one particularly painful afternoon with a yucky stomach ache I was fed up. I was feeling "Blah" emotionally and physically and not taking care of myself. Since then I've cut out extra sugar. I say "extra" because some things (but very few) like my soy vanilla milk has 6 grams of sugar I believe per serving, which I have once a day. But I've said no to cake, cookies, pie, brownies, cinnamon roll, ice cream, and my FAVE, peanut m and m's. I've been eating clean 80% of the time at least. Most days 90% of the time. I feel GREAT. I have energy...I don't feel bloated. I'm on day 11 of no sweets!! I've never done that in my life, ever.
I even made muffins today that had no sugar, flour, or butter and they are delicious! The girls liked them too. Here's the recipe:
Banana Oatmeal Muffins
2 and 1/2 cups quick cook oats
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup honey
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ripe bananas
Combine everything in your mixer and mix on HIGH speed for 2 minutes or so. Next mix on medium to low speed for an additional minute. Spray a muffin tin with EVOO cooking spray. We used our mini muffin tin! Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-18 minutes!