Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Year's Resolution

it's an odd thing to talk about on october 1st, but i was thinking about my new year's resolution this year. i'm not really big on resolutions mostly because they are so hard to keep, so this year i decided my resolution would be merely to keep an exercise log all year long. easy enough right? i started januray 1st and have actually been successful. on the surface it's very easy, write down every time i exercise and what i did. however, it keeps me accountable because each day i don't do anything, i have to write "off" in that day. it seemed to be working pretty well until september. september was not a good month for me exercise-wise. it was a great nutrition month for me, but not in the physical activity realm. at the end of every month, i tally the days i exercised vs. the days i didn't so i can figure out the percentage of days i did something. september was a low for 2009. i have been as high as 77% (for the month of july) but september was only 53%. i console myself by saying at least it was more than half the time.

the good news is there is always tomorrow, or for me october. so, today, i start fresh again and today, i can write in 60 mins of boxing. this morning, i motivated myself for boxing by trying a new protein bar recipe. i knew i would have something to try after my workout. they turned out really well. my trainer G even liked them. of course, i'm not finished tweaking them but here's the recipe i used so far. the only problem is they have to be kept in the fridge. i wrapped them individually so they are ready to go!

here is the recipe i used:

Chocolate Protein Bars
(16 servings)

1/2 c oats
1/2 c oat flour (grind oats in food processor to make flour)
6 scoops of chocolate protein powder (i used dessert)
2 tbs ground flaxseed
1/2 c non-fat dry milk
5 tbs natural peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c skim milk
1/4 c water
1/8 c agave nectar
olive oil spray

spray 8" square pan with non-stick olive oil spray

combine cry ingredients together (oats through dry milk). add peanut butter and mix till crumbly. add wet ingredients. stir until all ingredients are moistened (it will be hard to mix but keep at it).

place ingredients in greased pan and freeze until set. cut into 16 bars and store in fridge or freezer.

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