January Goals

As I mentioned in my 2017 Goals posts, I am going to set a few smaller targets each month so this is my first set of target this year!!

Finish Inferno

I got Dan Brown Inferno book for my birthday in October, it took me a little while to get into it. After a few attempts I got really into it. On the flight back from Italy I couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately I haven’t had that many more chances where I have been able to sit down and really get more than a page read. So my first target for January is to finish the book.

Run at Least Three Times a Week

A few weeks back I went over on my ankle and it has been causing me a bit of pain, so this target is about quantity, not distance or speed. I have been resting my ankle since I went over and am feeling much better with it now, but I don’t want to over do it too soon. I will keep my distance between 1-4 km to start with and slowly build myself up to consistent 5kms. 

Practise Yoga Everyday

Fortunately January is a great month for us fitness fans, there are so many 30 day challenges that are out there for us to take part in. I follow a lovely lady call Cat Meffan on Instagram and noticed that she has created #Yoganuary in which you follow a video a day every day for the whole of January. The challenge includes flows, breathing exercises, meditation practices and all sorts of helpful yoga tips and tricks. 

Drink More

Over the Christmas holidays I got a bit lazy with keeping hydrated, so I would like to get back on track with that. I will continue to use my Joseph Joseph Dot bottle and will try to drink two or three bottles a day to start with, working my way up to four bottles. 

What are your goals for January?

Protein World Overnight Oats

With the 30 day challenge, I received a nice little booklet with a meal and workout plan for the following 4 weeks. Some of the meal ideas in it looked and sounded really good. One that I particularly like the sound of was Peanut butter overnight oats. 

 

Protein World Overnight Oats
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Cup of Oats
  2. 1/2 Cup of Almond Milk
  3. 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  4. 1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds
  5. 1 Scoop of protein powder
Instructions
  1. Add the oats, milk, peanut butter and chia seeds into a container and mix well. Leave to stand for about 6 hours or overnight if you can wait that long.
  2. When you are ready to eat the oats, stir in the protein and add some fruit if you fancy.
Notes
  1. I like to use an old jam jar or peanut butter jar to mix this in! It makes it so easy just to put the lid on and shake.
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My 2017 Goals

Im guessing there are going to be a lot of posts like this one flying around the internet right now. But I am still going to write this and post it! 🙂 

The new year is the perfect time to set out your intentions for the year, so that is exactly what this post is going to be, last year I set out targets for the full year and then created smaller monthly goals, which I am going to do again this year. I found it is the best way to keep up with targets and actually sticking to the resolutions that I set. 

My 2017 goals:

  • Enter and compete two more triathlons
  • Meditate weekly
  • Be able to do the splits – or as close to them as I can get
  • Practise yoga as often as I can
  • Hit my step target everyday
  • Travel as much as I can
  • Finish all Dan Brown books
  • Learn a new skill

I know there are quite a lot on this list, but I will break them down into smaller monthly goals at the beginning of each month. 

I would love to hear what your goals for 2017 are.

Holiday Goals

A few years back I joined a challenge to run a set distance over the christmas holidays and I have to admit as sad as it sounds I loved it!

I really wanted to do it again this year, but frustratingly I sprained my ankle at netball last week and am in quite a bit of pain when I run.

So the plan this year will be to set a step target each day and a total for the holiday break. This was I will also be ale to get my mum and dad involved, as they really wouldn’t want to come for a run with me, but who doesn’t like a walk?

My typical daily step target is 7000 steps so I think i need to up it a bit to make it a challenge, so I am going to go with 9000 steps a day from Christmas Eve until new years day – Which adds up to 72,000 steps!

I will be posting my daily total on Instagram so be sure to follow my progress and see if I can achieve it! What is your target for the holidays?

Festive snacks

So, i’m not sure if you have noticed but there really isnt that many days left before Christmas!! Making now the perfect time to test out some healthy but festive treats!

Personally, I love a mince pie – and previously I have made my own version of Jamie Oliver’s fancy ones! But this year I  really wanted to try my hardest to eat as clean as possible for as many meals or snacks as I can over the Christmas period.

So after a little searching on the web I found the best “Healthy” version of pastry and figured dried fruit would be a good enough replacement for the mince filling.

It is a pretty simple recipe and gave me the chance to test out a few new ingredients:

For the pastry:

  • 350g of flour (for these I tried out some buckwheat flour but any will work)
  • 200g of ground almonds
  • 6 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 12 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • A splash of water
  • A squeeze of Yacon syrup*
  • A pinch of salt
  • A sprinkle of Coconut sugar*

For the filling:

  • 500g mixed dried fruit
  • A splash of fruit juice

First you need to preheat the oven to 150°C

To make the pastry simple add all of the ingredients, except for the water into a blender and blitz. Slowly add the water a little bit at a time until the dough forms into balls.

Meanwhile in a saucepan, mix the fruit juice and the fruit and leave over a medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the fruit has filled out a bit.

Once you have a good consistency with your dough, take a handful and mould into a cupcake or muffin tin to create the cases. When I first tried this, my pastry was very crumbly, but it still worked – you might have to be a little forceful with it. Make sure you leave some of the dough to make shapes for the tops of your pies.

Pour the final dough mixture onto a floured surface and roll to about half a centimetre thick and cut our what ever shape takes your fancy. I didn’t have any cookie cutters to hand so just freehanded some triangles – I figured these would be the easiest to do with out looking too rubbish!

Once you have finished creating the spoon the fruity filling into the cases and place your chosen shape topper on top.

Finally sprinkle over some coconut sugar and pop into the oven for 15-20 minutes or until they smell delicious and have a golden look to them.

Leave them in the tin to cool once you have removed them from the oven, if you can wait that long and then tuck in!

**These ingredients were gifted to me by Idigo Herbs, but the options and comments are my own.