It’s been a couple weeks since I last posted.. and I can’t seem to figure out where the time went! We’re already over half a month into January and I couldn’t find the time to write a simple blog post?
Change seems to have been the theme for January so far. I’ve made lifestyle changes, workout changes, and diet changes. For the most part though, have the potential to be pretty insignificant in the long run. Think about your day-to-day happenings. The small things you do may not last, and they may not create a lasting impression on you or the people around you. But, if you can really stick by these changes, you have the potential to be different forever.
Is it really that difficult to make up your mind to commit to change… and actually do it? In my last post I talked about New Years resolutions. Isn’t that the whole idea behind it? You pick something you would like to see a change in (whether internally or externally) and you plan on following through. Unfortunately, our commitment levels tend to waver in the face of adversity.
Some of those changes are scary.. they throw you out of your comfort zone and are really difficult to stick with. Others aren’t… but after a while you just get too lazy to cook those 3 homemade dinners a week, wake up for a 6am workout or call your parents twice a week.
Our biggest excuse for not committing is usually “I’m too busy!”. Well, think about it. If you are the most important person in your life, shouldn’t you be making time for YOU before anyone else? This week, make that change. Take an hour and do something that makes you happy. For me, it was writing this blog post. For you it could be going for a run outside (if you live in San Diego.. DO IT.. this weather is ridiculous), drinking a glass of wine and watching a movie, reading a book or going to a yoga class. Or.. if you’re a foodie with a sweet tooth.. why not make these cookies!
Apple Spice Cookies
Ingredients: (this sounds like a lot, but I actually had all of this already in my kitchen!)
1 cup oats (I use quick oats, but I bet steel cut would be awesome)
¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
¼ tsp cloves
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ cup maple syrup (or honey)
½ cup applesauce
¼ cup safflower oil
½ cup chopped walnuts
2 small apples peeled and shredded
Preheat oven to 350.
In one bowl, mix dry ingredients together. Add wet (minus apples…you can mix wet and then add to dry in another bowl, but it really doesn’t matter). Mix together until fully combined, then add apples and chopped walnuts. Bake on a greased baking sheet for about 10 minutes (each cookie is about 2 tablespoons of batter)