One of my biggest pet peeves is when I mention that I bake and someone asks how I stay in shape. The thing about leading a healthy lifestyle is balance. Everything in your life requires balance. Work and life. Work and sleep. Or in my case, baking and leading a healthy life.
Like the majority of women, I have struggled with weight and body image for most of my life. Here is the interesting thing about me, I may love baking, but I don’t have an insatiable sweet tooth. Don’t get me wrong, I also get that 3 pm craving for something sweet or salty but I make choices. I don’t always make healthy ones, but I try.
Baking is all about the process for me. The individual ingredients coming together to make something special. Then getting to watch what happens when heat is added and a delicious smells fills your house and makes your neighbors salivate. But the most rewarding moment for me is when I give someone a box of treat. Their eyes light up when they open the box and then they take their first bite. There is that split se
cond when a new treat hits taste buds for the first time and if everything in the process goes as planned, a smile. When I worked in accounting I would compare it to when I walk into someone’s office and hand them a check. Baking, for me, is all about seeing that joy and happiness that a box of sweets can bring to someone.
It is much easier to resits baked goods when you give them away. My other secret weapon is chocolate has a sneaky way of making me break out. Although there are times I cave, I usually value having clear skin over a moment of joy. The important thing to remember is we are all human. If you want something sweet you don’t need to deprive yourself.
Because I am human and no longer have the metabolism of a 16 year old, I need to take steps to allow me to try my own handy work. My current saving grace is a program developed by an Australian trainer named Kayla Itsines called the Bikini Body Guide (BBG). I know what you are thinking, these programs are a dime a dozen. Although I would typically agree, I think this one is the diamond in the rough and worth the time. I may not stick to the program as well as I would like, but this 28 minute circuit training done 3 times a week will kick your butt.
I have done my fair share of training, but this one has really worked for me. So if you are like me and love baking, or eating, or you are just a normal person who wants to lead a healthier life but don’t have the time to spend hours upon hours in the gym give BBG a shot.