A Recap Of 2014

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A little recap of the time between Jan 1st (left picture) and December 21st (right picture):

On January 1st, I made a 2014 goal to be happy. To actively pursue happiness. Things didn’t always go my way this year, but I was happy. Really, really happy.

I can’t even begin to express how much I’ve changed in the last year. At the beginning of the year, I was still working on getting myself to an appropriate amount of calories. I had already made the big jump to the 2000s and was gearing up for 2200+. Of  course my ultimate goal was to stop counting, but that was something scary to be conquered later. Today, I am no longer obsessed with numbers. I eat what I want, when I want- while emphasizing a healthy balance.

In the left picture, I worked out about 5-6 days a week. I ran some days and was really making huge progress with my weight lifting. I haven’t been working out a whole lot lately (seriously, only about 50 body weight squats a day) and that’s okay! I know I need to start working out again, because I feel so much better when I do, but my focus the last couple weeks have been to study and when I have a free moment, to spend it with family and friends.

In January, there were so many things I wanted to change about myself, but more than anything, I wanted to learn to love my body. Today, there are things I want to improve on (such as entering the gym again), but I’m also very okay with who I am.

In January, my body image was terrible on days I went off my macros or didn’t go to the gym (see the banana incident here), but I learned from those days (see pretty much any of my prior posts). Now, I have bad body image days, who doesn’t, but when I do I certainly don’t starve myself or take any extremes. In fact, it has been 1 year and 9 days since I intentionally went to an extreme just because of a bad body image day.

I transformed more mentally this year than ever before and for that I am grateful.

I am grateful for my health. I am grateful for my happiness.

And I am grateful for the wonderful people in my life that have supported me throughout this journey to regain my health and who I am (I am looking at all of you awesome people!).

2014 really wasn’t about the physical changes, it was about my mental transformation. A transformation I plan to embrace and adapt with for the rest of my life. If my goal for 2014 was to be happy, then my goal for 2015 is to stay happy, to spread happiness, and to continue to seek out what it means to be the best version of me.

PEANUT BUTTER OREO BANANA BREAD

I am going to let this recipe speak for itself….

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup of sugar or sugar replacement (I used splenda-sugar mix)
  • ¼ cup of coconut oil (for a lower fat option: use unsweetened apple sauce)
  • ¼ cup of whipped peanut butter (for a lower fat option: use PB2)
  • 1.5 overripe bananas
  • 1 egg (or ¼ cup of egg white, egg substitute, or vegan egg substitute)
  • ¼ cup of milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup of sifted whole wheat pastry flour (or for a high protein option replace part of the flour with cookies n cream protein powder)
  • 7 crushed oreos
  • 3 crumbled oreos

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a loaf pan
  2. Beat the sugar, coconut oil, and peanut butter in a large powl.
  3. Add the milk, egg, bananas, and baking powder.
  4. Slowly mix in flour with a spoon
  5. Add the crushed oreos
  6. Top with cumbled oreos
  7. Bake for 30(ish) minutes (use the toothpick test, but not on the center because it will not come out clean- instead test it 1.5 inches from one of the small ends of the loaf pan)
  8. Try not to devour immediately upon taking out of the oven (it is better if you wait 20 minutes to slice)
  9. ENJOY

As always, have questions? Let me know! Did you try?! If you post it on instagram tag me in it (@thesunflowerrunner) or leave a comment and let me know how you liked it!

 

This bread was inspired by the following recipe: http://www.somethingswanky.com/peanut-butter-oreo-banana-bread/

It’s a great website, definitely check it out!