For the last 8-12 weeks or since my first body building competition in May my focus in the gym has been heavy weight training to add as much muscle to my frame as possible. I like weight training and lifting heavy but the monotonous movements and schedule gets tough on me after so long. This got me thinking and asking myself why am I doing a workout routine day in and day out that I don’t fully enjoy? What do I enjoy? What am I good at? What makes me feel good? My first thought, I want to train and become an elite Spartan racer #dreaming but that is probably a bit far fetched.
The last couple weeks I have been adding in more higher intensity workouts, doing higher rep exercises, going on more trails runs and I have been loving it. Just yesterday, I was dripping wet after finishing leg day with a conditioning workout that I just made up on the spot (sidenote: I posted it on my snapchat – kissbybrooke) I was leaving the gym happy as a clam because that conditioning workout made me feel damn good. My endorphins were flying high. It’s obvious, my goals are changing. After chatting with the hubby about this I came to the realization that right now I have no desire to step on stage anytime soon or even in the next year or two so why keep going with this monotonous training routine. In all honesty, what I want is to feel and look my best. Call me vein, but I want to feel good in my skin and look good naked. I want to do the workouts that make me happy and fuel my soul. I might not have a definite goal like gain 10 pounds of muscle but I still have a goal and that is what is important.
Goals drive me and give me something to reach for. They keep me focused and on track and if my goals change overtime, who cares! Like I have been preaching lately, this is MY fit journey, not anyone else’s. So, here I go again. I will be changing up my gym routine and focusing on my happiness and overall well being. If you take anything from this post, make it be to have a goal. It can be big or small and whatever you want it to be. Once you have a goal, come up with a plan, put the plan into action and be 100 percent consistent.
You know those nights you are just erking for something sweet and a little piece of dark chocolate just won’t do? Make this mug cake! It will be hot and ready in t minus 5 minutes!
Salted Caramel Mug Cake
- 2 tbls coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg
- 2 tblsp Salted Caramel nut butter – I used this kind
- 1.5 tblsp melted coconut oil
- 1.5 tblsp honey
- 1 tblsp almond milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- optional: enjoy life chocolate chips
- Place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until smooth
- Pour mixture into a mug and microwave for 1:30 – 2 minutes
- Top with some enjoy life chocolate chips and enjoy your single serve cake in a mug!