Today Kath and I headed over to the Fitness Show which was on at the convention centre. As well as a whole bunch of stalls showcasing various products like training equipment, protein supplements, workout clothing and so on, there were some cool events going on across the various stages. The video above shows one of them – the CrossFit women’s competition. Those ladies were fit! I admit it, it’s a dream of mine to be that fit…
We also enjoyed listening to Michelle Bridges‘ motivational talk. She emphasised the importance of planning – nothing just ‘happens’ – and once the plan is in place it’s time for JFDI (Just Flippin’ Do it!). Her biggest tip of the day was… CONSISTENCY. Some days you will feel like following your plan, and other days you won’t, but just do it anyway. That works better for some activities than others… more on that below.
We also listened to the entertaining and knowledgeable Healthy Chef Teresa Cutter. She cooked up about 6 dishes in the space of 30 minutes and we got to try the protein balls and her pumpkin bread which were both super easy to make and the recipes are on her website.
So, the plan! My fitness plan is constantly changing and evolving because I get bored quickly, but I’m pretty much always doing something active. At the moment during the week I do a couple of group fitness classes, a 5km run and a yoga class as well as some home practice. Definitely the activities that are easiest to do are the ones with other people – an organised class or meet-up where someone is expecting me to be there. The activities that are the hardest to do are the ones where it’s just me trying to motivate myself – that’s the yoga home practice. Even though it’s the most convenient and the easiest of the activities it’s still the hardest for me to do consistently. I also treat myself to two massages during the week which I really look forward to!
Today’s recipe is one that I make variations of all the time. I love to snack on these raw energy balls after a workout, to get me through a long lecture at college or just to satisfy a chocolate craving! They are a fun treat to share with friends too, I’ve never met anyone that didn’t love them.
Raw Chocolate Energy Balls
1 cup unsalted cashews
7 medjool dates
½ cup dessicated coconut
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup raw cacao powder
½ tsp vanilla essence
1 tablespoon of maple syrup/honey/coconut nectar
1 pinch of sea salt
Put all ingredients in your food processor and process for a couple of minutes or until the mixture comes together enough so that you can roll it into balls easily. Roll into balls of whatever size you like. To make them pretty you can roll the balls in coconut, chia seeds, crushed nuts, hemp seeds or sesame seeds. It is best to store them in the fridge, where they will firm up a bit. Enjoy!